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Erin is currently directing the Ashoka U Exchange. The Exchange brings together a global network of social entrepreneurship educators, students, and practitioners to share best practices and collaboration opportunities to transform higher education.
I am: Organized, a list maker, and a stickler for quality.
Talk to me about: Your vision for the future. I’d also love to hear the concrete steps you will take to get there and how you will know when you have been successful.
I’m passionate about: Making big, important ideas possible.
If I didn’t do what I do, I would be: A competitive weight lifter, and a health and wellness entrepreneur.
People don’t know that I’m good at: Falling asleep at a moment’s notice.
I’m a changemaker because: I support big ideas, brilliant people, and highly leveraged collaborations to make social change a reality.
An idea worth spreading: Colleges and universities have enormous intellectual, human, and financial resources that, when harnessed and geared towards social impact, make a significant contribution to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Marina leads Ashoka U, and brings nearly 10 years of experience of campus change – starting as a student leader, then working with a global network of professors, and now working with a Consortium of leading Changemaker Campuses.
I am: Curious and ask questions all the time. Always connecting dots.
Talk to me about: Why you do what you do. I think how people define themselves is fascinating.
I’m passionate about: Understanding and applying lessons learned about what makes people feel happy, content and fulfilled in life.
If I didn’t do what I do, I would be working at TED or another similar global network to connect innovative people and ideas.
People don’t know that I’m good at… matchmaking people. I naturally like to broker partnerships with people who can learn from each other.
I’m a changemaker because I want to give a platform to identify leading ideas and models for social change, and have them replicated.
An idea worth spreading: 8 hours of sleep a night. I swear I am a better person when I sleep.
Inspired by Ashoka U’s vision of colleges and universities as hubs of social innovation, Michèle works with campus teams to change complex institutional systems to become more supportive environments for social entrepreneurship and changemaking.
I am: reflective, adventurous, a good listener.
Talk to me about: your vision for higher education, bicycles as the best means of transportation, backgammon, and philosophy (deconstruction, French feminism, psychoanalysis).
I’m passionate about: finding innovative ways to develop empathy.
If I didn’t do what I do, I would be leading extreme educational backpacking trips through South and Southeast Asia.
People don’t know that I’m good at… making a delicious Bavarian potato salad.
I’m a changemaker because I identify everyday opportunities for micro-systemic change: finding new ways of thinking and acting that are more conducive to human flourishing.
An idea worth spreading: Meditation as a way of changing the world.
I am: laid back, looking for my next adventure
Talk to me about: your story, who you are and how to came to be here
I’m passionate about: Traveling, learning about other cultures
If I didn’t do what I do, I would open a bakery/coffee shop on a beach somewhere
People don’t know that I’m good at… cooking, math, trivia
I’m a changemaker because I believe in people
An idea worth spreading: Empowering every individual to be a Changemaker in their own lives
Favorite TEDtalks: JK Rowling, The Fringe Benefits of Failure