2014 Exchange by Ashoka U


The Ashoka U Exchange is our annual, global convening for social entrepreneurship education, bringing together 650 individuals representing over 150 institutions from 40 countries. At the Exchange, entrepreneurial students, faculty, administrators and community members come together to share action-oriented best practices on how to foster a campus-wide culture of social innovation.

We believe that all Exchange attendees are:

  • Passionate about social entrepreneurship
  • Innovating  to further social entrepreneurship on their campus
  • Creating new ideas, resources, and initiatives in social entrepreneurship

Every participant will find opportunities relevant to their unique perspective and experience:


  • Join a select cohort of 150 student leaders
  • Learn about job & leadership opportunities
  • Have your voice heard by higher education leaders

University faculty, staff, and administrators:

  • Collaborate with peers and develop partnerships
  • Gain resources for teaching & research in social entrepreneurship
  • Share lessons on institutional change models

Social Entrepreneurs:

  • Find university collaborators
  • Recruit your next hire
  • Lead the next wave of social innovation with higher education

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2014 Theme: The New Scholar

In a rapidly changing world we need new methodologies and approaches to scholarship that will advance the frontiers of knowledge and discovery and address global challenges. Innovative and forward thinking institutions will reframe traditional scholarship through interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial and solutions-oriented skillsets for new knowledge creation and application.

The 2014 Exchange seeks to build a model of The New Scholar as a collective identity emerging from both the curriculum and co-curriculum: students from different formal and informal educational settings; faculty, staff, and administrators from various higher education institutions; as well as practitioners whose work takes place in the community.

The Social Innovation Initiative at Brown University, the co-hosts of this year’s Exchange, shares their vision for The New Scholar, a leader who is determined to create change through transformative innovation and respectful risk-taking.

Join us February 20-22, 2014 at Brown University to create a new paradigm for social entrepreneurship in higher education. Take some risks and show us: How do you embody the new scholar?

About Ashoka U

Ashoka U catalyzes social innovation in higher education through a global network of entrepreneurial students, faculty and community leaders.

In a world that is changing faster and faster, students need interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and solutions oriented skillsets to succeed. Colleges and universities must innovate to continue to provide a relevant education.

Building on Ashoka’s vision for a world where Everyone is a Changemaker Ashoka U takes an institutional change approach to ultimately impact the education of millions of students. We collaborate with colleges and universities to break down barriers to institutional change and foster a campus-wide culture of social innovation.