The Ashoka U Exchange is the world’s largest convening for innovators embedding social entrepreneurship in higher education. The Exchange brings together 700 university faculty, staff, administrators and students representing 150 institutions to share new ways of teaching and learning that will shape the way educational institutions influence the world.
Over the course of three days, participants have the opportunity to share innovations and learnings with a broad audience of experts. Participants gain valuable feedback, insights, and ideas – approximately 75% of the Exchange content is driven directly by participants. With many like minded peers gathered together, Ashoka U places a strong emphasis on highlighting the visionary work happening around the world. Throughout the Exchange, attendees share top social entrepreneurship models from Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses, which serve as premiere examples of social innovation in higher education, and non-Changemaker Campuses to drives collaboration and the spread of best practices far beyond the three days.
Each year the Exchange is hosted by one of the Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses. In 2016 the host will be Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The following campuses hosted past Exchanges: Duke University (2011), Arizona State University (2012), University of San Diego (2013), Brown University (2014), and University of Maryland (2015).
About Ashoka U:
Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs. Building on Ashoka’s vision for a world where Everyone is a Changemaker, Ashoka U takes an institutional change approach to impact the education of millions of students. Ashoka U helps break down barriers to institutional change and fosters a culture of social innovation in higher education. Ashoka U’s global network of 150 colleges and universities is advancing an education that develops interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and solutions-oriented skills.
Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has elected and supported over 3,000 Fellows – social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems – in over 70 countries. Ashoka’s support includes start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to their global network of Ashoka Fellows. Ashoka envisions an Everyone a Changemaker world, capable of responding quickly and effectively to social challenges, and in which each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem and drive change.