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Next Creative Leadership Talks Focus on Philanthropy, Arts

CreativeLeadership_EventbriteBanner_CropGWSB’s Conversations on Creative Leadership series continues on Wednesday, April 10, with a presentation on philanthropy featuring a nonprofit professional who works to bring safe, clean drinking water to the 800 million people worldwide who are without it.

The series explores the role of creative leaders in bringing together government, private industry, nonprofits and academic institutions to solve society’s most challenging problems.

The April 10 event will focus on modern civic leadership as seen through the lens of Paull Young, director of digital at charity:  water, a nonprofit that works to bring clean drinking water to the developing world.   (One week later, on April 17, the series will feature Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.)

charity: water was the first nonprofit to have 1 million Twitter followers, and 75 percent of its fundraising comes through digital channels. In six years, charity: water has raised over $90 million and provided clean and safe drinking water to over 3 million people.

Young’s job includes engaging with the organization’s now 1.3 million Twitter followers.  His talk at GWSB, which begins at 5 p.m. on April 10 in Room 651 of Duquès Hall and will be followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by Dean Doug Guthrie and a reception, will touch upon his career highlights, how he encourages creative thinking at charity: water, and suggestions for avoiding leadership pitfalls.

Widely recognized for its innovative approach, charity:  water follows a “100 percent model”of using all donations directly for delivering clean water to people who need it. It connects donors to the specific projects they fund with a full community report, including photos and GPS coordinates. charity:  water recently received a $5 million Google Global Impact Award to support water-monitoring technologies.

Young, who moved to New York from Sydney in 2007, has been recognized by the Australian Trade Commission as one of the “Global 50” influential Australian expatriates. Follow Young on Twitter.

To register for Young’s presentation, go here.

To register for the conversation with Kaiser, of the Kennedy Center, go here.

 

 

Posted by gwsb on March 27, 2013 | Filed under: GWSB News.


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