ThanksGiving Back 2013-2014 - ChangeLeaders: Exploring Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley

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ThanksGiving Back 2013-2014
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ChangeLeaders: Exploring Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley
Trip Location: 
Bay Area, CA
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“I believe that Silicon Valley is truly a place of excellence and the impact of this tiny community on the world is completely disproportionate to its size. We are the undisputed leaders of technological change. But with our abundance of talent and resources, we also have the opportunity to be the pioneers of social change and, ultimately, this may be our greatest contribution.”

    - Jeffrey Skoll, Founder of the Skoll Foundation and former President of eBay

Silicon Valley has become synonymous with technological entrepreneurship, housing companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and the numerous start-ups striving to emulate the successes of these corporations. However, commonly overlooked are the public service- and philanthropy-oriented ventures born from the innovation of this same region.

Our trip hopes to highlight the various facets of social innovation in the Bay Area—both entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial. We will be visiting and volunteering at local social enterprises to learn about the intersection of social change and Silicon Valley innovation from the perspectives of foundations, corporations, non-profits, and start-ups.

Trip Leaders
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Josephine Chen

Hi! I’m Josephine, a junior interested in applications of innovations in technology and health to solve global issues. I've had an amazing time learning about social innovation over the past few years through working with nonprofits and organizing conferences and competitions. In the process, I discovered that many of my previous, narrow conceptions about social-e were wrong, and I'm really excited to be co-leading this ThanksGiving Back trip to explore the wide variety of organizations involved in this sphere in Silicon Valley! 

Sean Wang

Sean Wang is a junior from South Pasadena, California, majoring in biology. He has been involved in several social entrepreneurship projects including the Commonwealth Challenge, Social-E Capital, and the Compass Fellowship. In his free time, Sean enjoys playing tennis and learning new instruments.