Connecting with Changemakers

A once-monthly lunchtime brainstorming session with a local social innovator or Ashoka fellow and a small group of St. Thomas students, faculty, and staff. Together, we’ll work through a “problem of practice” in the guest speaker’s field, building community around a shared concern and learning some social innovation problem-solving skills through hands-on experience.

world savvy icon over a young male student of east-Asian descent looking up at a teacher who is out of frame; a blonde, Caucasian teachers' assistant (i.e., significantly older than he) sits in the distance behind him.

Dana Mortenson

Reimagining education for a more globally connected world

Spend your lunch hour with Ashoka Fellow and global changemaker, Dana Mortenson. Dana is the founder of World Savvy, a social innovation that educates and engages youth to learn, work, and thrive to be responsible global citizens.

October 5, 11:45-1:15 (LIB LL21)

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Amelia Franck Meyer

Innovations for people and systems impacted by childhood trauma

Spend your lunch hour with Ashoka Fellow and global changemaker, Amelia Franck Meyer and Team Alia. Amelia is the founder of Alia Innovations, a social innovation that sets its sights on revolutionizing the child welfare system.

October 19, 11:45-1:15 (ASC 115)

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Mitch Hedlund

Let's recycle right! Scalable environmental responsibility and solutions

Spend your lunch hour with Ashoka Fellow and global changemaker, Mitch Hedlund. Mitch is the founder of Recycle Across America, a social innovation that is fighting the collapse of the recycling industry.

November 9, 11:45-1:15 (ASC 115)

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