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Crowdsourcing for Social Good

SocialEarth, Hub Bay Area & Chronicle Books

Thursday, August 20, 2009 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

Crowdsourcing for Social Good

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The event tonight has reached cpacity. Please note the venue is different from previous events: we're at Chronicle Books on 2nd near Townsend.

Questions? Email sundeep [at] gmail [dot] com

Thanks and see you soon!

Crowdsourcing for Social Good

Wikipedia leverages millions of people to build a living, breathing encyclopedia.  NASA Clickworkers leverages hundreds of thousands of people to map craters on Mars.  What else can the "crowd" do for social good? What can the crowd do for YOU?

You are invited to an exclusive panel and mixer to learn about and share thoughts around crowdsourcing for social good - led and attended by some of the biggest changemakers in the Bay Area.

Panelists & Moderator
Leila Chirayath Janah, Founder, SamaSource
Jacob Colker, Founder, The Extraordinaries
Jon Bischke, Founder, eduFire

Robert Chatwani, Head of Global Citizenship, eBay Inc. (Moderator)

Mixer, 7pm - 7:30pm
Panel / Q&A, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Mixer, 8:30pm - 9:30pm

A suggested donation of $10 will be collected at the door to cover costs of the event; extra monies will be donated to SamaSource, a 501c3 non-profit. Note: each attendee will receive a free copy of "Change the World for Ten Bucks"

Limited attendance
This is an invite only event with room for 100 attendees, so please RSVP so we know to save you a spot.

Past events
Our first event attracted some of the biggest names in social entrepenurship in the Bay Area (, our second event focused on developers who wish to "build4change" (, our third event featured panelists Premal Shah, Steve Newcomb and Kevin Jones (, and our fourth covered mobile (

We look forward to seeing you on August 20th!

Hosts: sundeep ahuja & SocialEarth
Co-hosts: Hub Bay Area & Chronicle Books


Panelist & Moderator bios
Leila Chirayath Janah, Founder & CEO, SamaSource
Leila first developed the idea behind Samasource while working as a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners, where her clients included global leaders in the outsourcing and telecom sectors. This work, combined with her experience in development with the World Bank Development Research Group, Ashoka, and as an English teacher in Ghana with the American Field Service, inspired her to start a social business. Leila is a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Program on Global Justice and has a B.A. in African Development Studies from Harvard University. 

Jacob Colker, Founder & CEO, The Extraordinaries
Jacob Colker is a recognized leader in political activism and issue advocacy. He has managed political campaigns in California, Illinois, and Maryland, and he was one of the first field directors in the country to leverage social media in a major political campaign to win a statewide election.  Recently, Jacob spent two years managing advocacy campaigns for The International Campaign for Tibet, coordinating with teams in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Nepal, and the UK.

Jon Bischke, Founder & CEO, eduFire
Jon Bischke is the business visionary behind and has over a decade of experience helping people to teach and learn online. He has been involved in starting two companies that have been acquired by publicly-traded companies (The Network, acquired by Penton Media in 2001 and Zaadz, acquired by Gaiam in 2007) and a third ( which is currently operating profitably. A Minneapolis native, Jon graduated from the University of Minnesota and the UCLA Anderson School of Management and has an extensive background in the areas of training and education. He has taught business courses at the University of Minnesota, GMAT preparation courses for Kaplan Education and corporate training sessions for hundreds of technology professionals.

Robert Chatwani, Head of Global Citizenship, eBay Inc. (Moderator)
Robert is Head of Global Citizenship at eBay Inc.  Most recently, he was General Manager of, an eBay Inc. site, overseeing strategic planning, operations, marketing and business development. Before that, Robert was a Senior Manager on eBay’s Internet Marketing team. Prior to eBay, Robert was the Co-founder and COO of MonkeyBin, the leading software company to the global barter & corporate trading industry. Before MonkeyBin, Robert worked in management consulting at McKinsey & Company, where he served Fortune 500 companies and helped start McKinsey’s Globalization Practice. Robert received a Bachelor of Economics from DePaul University, completed graduate work at the University of Chicago, and completed an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

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When & Where

Chronicle Books
680 Second St.
4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94107

Thursday, August 20, 2009 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

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SocialEarth, Hub Bay Area & Chronicle Books

SocialEarth is a fresh, entrepreneurial and socially mindful weblog focusing on businesses that are doing good through their work. At SocialEarth, we believe the future of our livelihoods and our world depends on the creation and sustainability of such businesses. Therefore, we seek, promote and support social entrepreneurs, young and old, domestic and international, established and new, who have the audacity to create mindful businesses where profitability is a necessary objective and solving a ‘social ill’ is an imperative.

The Hub is a space for social innovators to work, meet, connect, and inspire. Members come to Hubs across the globe to collaborate, access market opportunities and capital, build community, and scale ideas. It is a place-based and online community of entrepreneurs, freelance professionals, artists, funders, students, mentors, community leaders… amazing people, doing incredible things. We borrowed from the best of a member’s club, business incubator, idea lab, and the comforts of home to create a different kind of space. A habitat for innovators.

One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. The company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes fine art titles in design, art, architecture, and photography.

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