During the forum, Ashoka Fellows are pitching their ideas using the visual presentations Rollins students helped them produce.
Rollins partnered with Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, to pair students with Ashoka Fellows, leading social entrepreneurs who demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas.
This partnership provided an opportunity for Rollins students, working on a volunteer basis, to lend assistance to social change leaders from around the world. On November 6 and 7, these Ashoka Fellows are pitching their social organizations to the Americas Business Council (abc* Foundation) as part of the 2013 Continuity Forum. They have the chance to win two years of funding and advisory, media, and marketing support for their venture (up to $100,000 in grants).
“We spend so much time analyzing the problems in the world, but this is an opportunity for students to work directly with those who are creating solutions to those issues,” said Chrissy Garton, director of social innovation.
During September, 16 teams of Rollins students and faculty consulted with Ashoka Fellow partners to help design and refine their PowerPoint presentations. The majority of these Ashoka Fellows are outside of the United States and several do not speak English, so students worked remotely via Skype to build the Fellows’ initial presentations and ask questions, in order to provide the Fellows with revised presentations.
“Working with the Ashoka Fellows provided me the opportunity to apply my course work in impact investing and sustainable development on a relevant platform,” said Tori Linder ’14, who worked with Ashoka Fellows Verengai Mabika and Ernesto Mallman. “This project helped me realize the need to take a holistic, multifaceted approach to addressing today’s most pressing global issues.”