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Ashoka U 2017 Exchange Highlights


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Interested in attending the Exchange? Check out the highlights of the 2017 Exchange to learn more about attendees, what the most popular sessions were, and the feedback we received.

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Ashoka U 2017 Exchange Highlights

  1. 1. 2017 Highlights
  2. 2. The 2017 Ashoka U Exchange was one of Ashoka U’s most exciting and complex gatherings for changemaker educators to date, with a host of special tracks, engaged funders, and a growing network of Changemaker Campuses. This report shares key components of the conference, key successes and key learnings critical to the advancement of the event. 1. What is the Exchange? A Brief Overview 2. attended the Exchange: Attendance & Participation 3. What happened during the Exchange: The Agenda & Special Tracks 4. Accessibility & the Exchange 5. What did our attendees say: Reviews & Feedback If you have any questions, comments, or want to learn more please contact Emily Lamb, Associate Director of the Exchange, at You can also find more information at Enjoy! Emily Lamb Associate Director, Ashoka U Exchange 2
  3. 3. WHAT IS THE EXCHANGE? A Brief Overview The Exchange, Ashoka U’s annual global convening, is one of the largest gatherings for leading innovators transforming higher education into an engine for social change. The agenda showcases exciting new ways the field of social innovation is taking hold across colleges and universities and making an impact around the world. The 7th annual Ashoka U Exchange was co-hosted by Miami Dade College on March 2-4, 2017 in Miami, Florida. This year, the agenda focused on three key pillars of leadership critical to transform higher education into a tool for social impact: • Developing Individual Skillsets to Lead Transformative Change • Learning and Implementing Programmatic Innovations • Advancing Social Innovation as a Field In Higher Education The Exchange is a program of Ashoka U, an organization dedicated to advancing the social innovation education as a key objective of global higher education. 3
  4. 4. WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE EXCHANGE? The Agenda and Key Topics The Exchange provides attendees with promising practices in social innovation education around topics that range from teaching to general programming, community partnerships to institutional change. About 70% of Exchange content is sourced by the participants, which means the agenda reflect the information that is most relevant to the community. This year, attendees identified the making the case for social innovation education to others, developing curriculum related to social innovation, and developing a program related to social innovation as the top challenges they wanted to address at this year’s conference. In response, the Exchange featured a masterclass series about teaching changemakers, a handful of sessions about social innovation program development, and a session about the definitions of social innovation education. Overall, 89 sessions took place, including best practice sessions, workshops, lunches, masterclasses, and site visits, over the course of three days. 4
  5. 5. The Agenda (1/3) BEST PRACTICE SESSIONS 52 sessions They featured 3-4 presenters, matched by Ashoka U, sharing their insights, innovations & lessons learned on a topic. They offered a variety of engagement opportunities including Q & A, breakout groups & discussions. CENTER FOR COURAGE & RENEWAL WORKSHOPS 3 CCR workshops They offered a series of sessions that guided participants on a journey to foster their full selves and others as healthy changemakers – in mind, body and spirit. This was sponsored by the Fetzer Institute. COMMUNITY LUNCHES 14 community lunches The lunches provided an opportunity for small, informal conversation on a topic or theme facilitated by an Exchange participant. The top 7 best practice sessions (as selected by users on the Exchange program mobile application)*: 1. Organizing & Leading Community Engagement: Paths, Impacts and Challenges for Social Innovation and Service Learning 2. Introduction to Systems Thinking 3. How to build it so they will come: Best Practices in Student Engagement 4. Measuring the Impact of Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Ed 5. Ashoka U Info Session 6. University Incubators as Innovation Generators 7. Tools for Measuring the Impact of Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship *This accounts for RSVPs and interest, not actual attendance 5
  6. 6. The Agenda (2/3) CURRENT EVENTS SERIES 4 sessions The series featured institutions that recognize higher education must achieve a dual mission of education & social change. Each session focused on a societal challenge, taking participants on a deep dive into understanding the problem & showcasing how the institute addresses the problem. KEYNOTES 3 keynotes Keynotes featured subject matter experts, inspirational speakers, and recognized leaders in high education about broad themes critical to the field of social innovation education. Keynotes took place the beginning of each day of the conference. Throughout the three days, our keynotes featured 10 impressive speakers to share their insights about higher education, social entrepreneurship and changemaking: 1. ANDREW Seligsohn – President, Campus Compact 2. DANIELA Papi -Thornton – Deputy Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship 3. EBOO Patel - CEO and Founder, Interfaith Youth Core 4. EMILY May - Co-Founder and Executive Director, Hollaback! 5. GREG Van Kirk – Leadership Group Member, Ashoka’s Empathy Initiative 6. JENNIFER Bailey – Co-Founder and Executive Director, Faith Matters Network 7. LENNON Flowers – Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Dinner Party 8. SONAL Shah – Professor of Practice; Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, Georgetown University 9. PASCALE Charlot – Dean, Honors College, Miami Dade College; Ashoka U Change Leader 10. PARKER Palmer - Founder, Center for Courage & Renewal 6
  7. 7. The Agenda (3/3) SITE VISITS 8 site visits Site Visits varied in length of time and offered participants the opportunity to explore the Miami community to see local social innovation in action. MASTER CLASSES 5 master classes Master Classes showcased master educators teaching on two subjects: how changemaking skills can be taught in the classroom AND the skills & approaches critical to catalyzing change & embedding social innovation across your own institution. INNOVATION MARKETPLACE 8 booths The Marketplace offered participants the opportunity to speak with cutting-edge organizations, programs & engagements that will help enhance their work across the globe. Including…. Ayiti Community Trust in Little Haiti Neighborhood | Neighborhood Tour & Hackathon Led by Ayiti Community Trust BME Community | Community Organization Led by Trabian Shorters, Ashoka Fellow & founder of BME Community Changemaker in the Arts: “Preserving, Archiving, and Teaching HipHop” & “Guitars Over Guns” | Organization Tour Led by leaders from PATH and GOG Little Havana Tour | Neighborhood Tour Led by Miami Dade College faculty and local leaders Miami Changemaker Ecosystem Map | Neighborhood Tour Led by Miami Dade faculty StartUP FIU FOOD | Organization Tour – associated with Florida International University Led by Florida International University faculty and staff South Miami “Climate Change” Tour | Neighborhood Tour Led by Miami Dade College faculty and local leaders Verde Gardens Farm Tour | Organization Tour Led by Miami Dade faculty and leaders at Verde Gardens 7
  8. 8. Special Tracks Ashoka U and Ashoka hosted three invitation-only tracks to advance specific, mission critical strategic initiatives. Presidents’ and Senior Leaders’ Track ~ March 2-3, 2017 Organized by Ashoka U 27 participants 15 colleges & universities The Presidents’ & Senior Leaders’ Track provided a rich foundational experience that oriented presidents, provosts, senior university leaders and trustees to the latest developments in the field of social innovation education. In addition, it equipped attendees with powerful examples of institutional innovation, and empowered them as they partner with change leaders to fuel the movement on their campuses and beyond. Grunin-Ashoka Social Innovation and Law Track ~ March 2, 2017 Organized by Changemakers at Ashoka 26 participants 18 colleges, universities, and organizations The half-day Grunin-Ashoka Social Innovation and Law Track, sponsored by the Grunin Foundation, convened lawyers, law educators, law students, and social entrepreneurs to collectively discuss how to push the boundaries of law education to empower the lawyers of the future to be innovators and changemakers. The Track is part of two-year partnership between Ashoka, the Grunin Foundation, and New York University that includes a series of engagements throughout the year. K12 Changemaker Education Forum ~ March 2-4, 2017 Organized by the Empathy Initiative at Ashoka 48 participants 30 colleges, universities, K12 schools, and organizations The third annual K-12 Changemaker Education Forum guided participants on a journey to surface and amplify high-impact innovations that unlock, reward, and embed changemaking as a core tenant of our modern education system. The group was comprised of a diverse community from Schools of Education and school districts as well as teachers, administrators, philanthropists, and influencers in national education networks. This was funded, in part, by the Moxie Foundation. 8
  9. 9. WHO CAME TO THE EXCAHNGE? Attendance & Participation The Exchange is only possible because the people who attend. For Ashoka U, it’s critical that we understand our participants and what makes them tick. In this section, you’ll learn about who attended the 2017 Exchange, where they are coming from and what they care about. 795 Submitted Applications 778 Accepted Applicants 674 Registered Applicants 86.6% Of accepted applicants registered to attend 250 Total organizations, including colleges and universities were represented 148 Colleges and universities represented 34 Colleges and universities new to the Ashoka U network 9
  10. 10. Breaking Down Exchange Attendee Demographics PROFESSIONAL ROLES PROFILE: Participants represent a diverse range of roles. GEOGRAPHIC PROFILE: 85% of attendees come from the USA and Canada. The remaining 15% come from 18 other countries. 10
  11. 11. Breaking Down Exchange Attendee Demographics EXPERIENCE PROFILE: Over 60% of the reporting attendees have three or more years of experience in social innovation education. However 54% of reporting attendees have one year or less than one year of experience with Ashoka U . 11
  12. 12. Breaking Down Exchange Attendee Demographics INSTITUTIONAL PROFILE: Representatives from the 37 Changemaker Campuses accounted for nearly 60% of all participants. The remaining attendees came from 111 colleges and universities. Nearly half of the attendees come from private institutions. 12
  13. 13. Accessibility & the Exchange As part of Ashoka U’s vision of transforming higher education as an engine for social change, we hope to meaningfully engage with a growing network of colleges and universities dedicated to this same vision. The Exchange plays a key role as a driver of engagement with the Ashoka U network. We offer scholarships to provide an opportunity for participants from institutions not yet involved with Ashoka U as we hope to continue growing the number of engaged institutions in our network. The Exchange scholarship provided a 45% discount ($375 off) on registrations. Recipients paid $475 out of pocket. Upon completion of the 2017 Exchange, 13 scholarships were distributed to a diverse group of participants. Of the 13 scholarship recipients, 11 were first time Exchange attendees, one was from a community college and two presented on the agenda. They also represented a diverse geographical group hailing from four countries, with seven of the recipients from Canada, one from Costa Rica and one from India. Only four were from the United States. Looking to the 2018 Exchange, Ashoka U will continue to distribute Exchange scholarships in the form of discounted tickets at the $475 rate with the intention of further fostering a rich and diverse Exchange network. The scholarships were provided by the 13
  14. 14. WHAT DID EXCHANGE ATTENDEES SAY: Reviews & Evaluations On March 5, all attendees received an online, optional survey about the 2017 Exchange. The Exchange survey quantitatively and qualitatively collects data about: • Likelihood to attend in future years • Goals the conference met • Opportunities for improvement The Exchange team uses the survey to impact programing for future gatherings. In 2017, about 15% of attendees responded to the survey. The survey is optionally anonymous. 87.38% Would return to the Exchange in the future. 14 What goals did participants best meet? 1. Connection with peers 2. Connection with leaders in the field 3. Generation of innovative ideas What specific content was the most valuable? 1. “Educating Changemakers & Cultivating Engaged Citizens” Saturday Keynote with Pascale Charlot and Parker Palmer 2. Site Visits 3. “Promise and Perils of Social Innovation Education” Friday Keynote
  15. 15. WHAT DID EXCHANGE ATTENDEES SAY: Reviews & Evaluations “I love being in the company of the Ashoka U universe. It was a perfect antidote to the counter narrative that about higher ed being about careers, about the tightening of borders, about fear of the other---It did me good and I hope I did some good as well.” 15