The Exchange is more than a conference; it’s a thriving network of thought partners. Over the course of three days, participants have the opportunity to share innovations and learnings with a broad audience of passionate experts. Participants gain valuable feedback, insights, and ideas – approximately 75% of the Exchange content is driven directly by participants. Throughout the Exchange, participants have the opportunity to engage in a variety of ways: exploring the community and learning from leading local social innovators; engaging in conversation during small group workshops; and learning from field experts about their newest innovations. There is something for everyone here.

Unlike many other conferences, we use a two step application process to select a community who share an interest and experience with social change and social impact in higher education. The first step includes submitting an application and, upon selection, the second step includes registration and payment.

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.

About Ashoka

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.

About Tulane

Our host, Tulane University, one of 30 Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses, boasts an incredible university ecosystem dedicated to social innovation education and design thinking methodologies. Highlighted through the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, the new Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, and robust co-curricular programming that inspires, mentors, and supports student changemakers, Tulane is on the cutting edge of social innovation in higher education.