You are invited to an inspiring evening of learning, sharing and creative thinking around new solutions to advance lasting social change:
Ashoka Solutions Forum
Molly Barker, Thorkil Sonne & Jim Thompson
Date: November 16, 2011
Time: 7:30pm-8:45pm followed by changemaker community reception. Doors open at 7:00.
Place: Minneapolis Central Library – Pohlad Auditorium
Cost: *Suggested donation of $10. Email email@example.com to request a waiver if a donation is in any way a barrier to your participation.
Ashoka Fellow Molly Barker is building a new women’s movement that breaks the cultural stereotypes and barriers preventing girls and young women from living healthy, authentic lives. Molly founded Girls on the Run (GOTR) with a mission of using physical and emotional training to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Girls ages 8-13 volunteer to enroll in a 12-week training program for a fun, non-competitive 5K event. In each biweekly session girls enjoy games and workouts while learning essential life skills. GOTR encourages the positive emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual and physical development of young girls, challenging girls to fulfill their potential and to stay true to themselves in the face of pressures to conform. Today, GOTR is a grassroots movement that engages over 110,000 girls a year in 193 cities across North America.
Ashoka Fellow Thorkil Sonne changes the way society perceives autism by transforming it from a handicap to a competitive advantage. Competing at market terms, Specialisterne employs autistic people, who have a ten times lower fault rate in software testing and other tasks. They are bridging the autistic community and the business world in a way that is unprecedented in Denmark or elsewhere in the world. Thorkil has had expressions of interest in the model from over 60 countries worldwide and is working with a Twin Cities entrepreneur to build Specialisterne in Minnesota.
Ashoka Fellow Jim Thompson is leading a movement to make character education the primary focus of youth sports without sacrificing competitiveness. Where many others have failed, his Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) has succeeded in crafting practical tools to enable parents and coaches to teach core social values through sport. In their work with the PCA, coaches learn to support respect, reciprocity, and emotional resiliency in their players. Through his large and committed membership base and through partnerships with major players in the sports-entertainment industry, Jim achieves a cultural shift, encouraging children to stay involved in sports. To date, the PCA has trained over 50,000 members in more than 1,000 workshops and influenced thousands of youth coaches.
The Solutions Forum series is designed to highlight the stories of proven social innovators with a goal of inspiring local changemakers and growing the local changemaker community.
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Ashoka Twin Cities
Ashoka Twin Cities is a local chapter of Ashoka, a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs — over 3,000 men and women with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Ashoka sources the best social innovations, mobilizes hundreds of thousands of people to create change and enables businesses, the media, policy makers and "changemakers" to work together to create global impact. Drawing from our global platform, Ashoka Twin Cities focuses on supporting social innovation and developing the skills of changemaking at a local level.
Learn more and connect at http://usa.ashoka.org/twincities.