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Friday Night Panel

Friday Night Panel - Why Does Innovation Matter
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Franklin Institute - 222 N. 20th St.

Matt Berg - Matt Berg serves at the ICT Director for the Millennium Villages Project at the Earth Institute at Columbia University overseeing the design and implementation of ICT activities across the fourteen MVP sites. This includes the development of mobile phone based systems for service delivery and data collection including ChildCount+, a child health and maternal health platform, and a clinic based Malaria monitoring platform being deployed with the MOH in Uganda. Matt has lived and worked in Africa for over 15 years. Prior to joining MVP, Matt was the Director of the Geekcorps Mali program and chief of party for USAIDs Last Mile Initiative aimed at improving access to information via innovative ICT services in rural Mali. Matt has an MBA from Thunderbird, is a PopTech! Social Innovation Fellow and was named to the 2010 Time 100 List for his technology work in Africa.

Aaron Gross - Aaron S. Gross has played a leadership role in a wide variety of national and international farmed animal welfare campaigns in the Americas, South Asia, and the Middle East since the mid-1990s. Seeing the need for an organization devoted entirely to ending factory farming and creating humane and sustainable alternatives to it, Gross founded Farm Forward in 2006. Gross also serves as a professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego and holds graduate degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of California, Santa Barbara's Department of Religious Studies. Gross chairs the Steering Committee of the American Academy of Religion's Animals and Religion Consultation and collaborated heavily with Jonathan Safran Foer on Foers book Eating Animals. Grosss forthcoming edited volume, Animal Others and the Human Imagination (Columbia University Press), aims to make a major contribution to the growing new literature in Animal Studies. His articles have appeared in the Central Conference of American Rabbis Journal, The Huffington Post, Shofar, Tikkun Magazine, and in several scholarly edited volumes.

Trung Le - Design Leader, Principal, Cannon Design

Trung Le is a pioneer of Cannon Designs education practice and has an incessant energy and passion for learning. Le is widely recognized as an advocate for incorporating multiple intelligences and learning styles in the design of education environments. As the lead designer for Cannon Designs education group, he creates spaces that encourage student inquiry and imagination and offer students a sense of what it means to be a part of a global community.

It is this design philosophy that has yielded awards from the Chicago, Illinois and national chapters of the American Institute of Architects during his 20 years at Cannon Design. Les projects have been published in such periodicals as Architectural Record, Contract Design and Edutopia. Le is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences such as Big Ideas Fest, BCSE, CEFPI, the AIA National Convention, CAE and A+Den. His recent collaboration with Bruce Mau Design resulted in the publication The Third Teacher, a cabinet of wonders on how design can transform teaching and learning.

Neeru Paharia - Neeru Paharia is the research director at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Neeru completed her doctorate at Harvard Business School in 2010, and her research focuses on consumer behavior, decision making, identity, and moral psychology. Neeru is broadly interested in finding ways for people to consume more consciously, and her current research focuses on how ethicality is perceived when companies use intermediaries to commit unethical acts, how consumers morally disengage when faced with products they desire, and how consumers are more likely to identify with products that are marketed as underdogs. She has one first-author paper published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and another in the Journal of Consumer Research. Prior to coming to Harvard, Neeru spent three years on the founding team at Creative Commons serving as Assistant and Executive Director. She has worked as an Associate Consultant at McKinsey and did a summer internship at Deloitte. Neeru graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Science in Public Policy as a PPIA fellow, and from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. She spent a year in the Coro Fellowship Program, a leadership program in public affairs. Neeru enjoys playing blues guitar and thinking about how to solve social problems in innovative ways.

Stanford Thompson - A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory's Abreu Fellows Program, Stanford Thompson is the Director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's El Sistema-inspired program Tune Up Philly. Modeled after the transformative social development and music education program of Venezuela, Tune Up Philly's mission is to nurture urban children living in challenging social and economic conditions by keeping them engaged in success through weekday out-of-school hours musical instruction. Tune Up Philly believe that music education is a powerful vehicle for children to master skills that will enable them to acquire valuable tools for cooperative learning, teamwork, academic success, and self esteem. In addition to leading Tune Up Philly, Stanford serves as the Artistic Director of the Reading (PA) Summer Music Institute, Philadelphia All-City Brass Symposium, and Meru (Kenya) Music Project and served as the founding Director of Operations for the Atlanta Trumpet Festival and CEO of Phinical Web Designs. He has presented over one hundred educational programs, master classes, and lectures for major and community orchestras, leading arts organizations, and educational institutions around the world.

Stanford has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C and recorded on the Ondine label with Christoph Eschenbach. Stanford also appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the North Springs Philharmonic. He has lead residencies with Philos Brass in Milford, Pennsylvania and Atlanta, Georgia where they performed recitals and outreach presentations, presented master classes, and conducted clinics. In the jazz idiom, Stan has performed for the Berks Jazz Festival, performed on the Washington College Concert Series and presented for the opening gala of the Philadelphia Orchestra with the Rittenhouse Jazz Quintet.
Stanford was born and raised in a musical family in Decatur, Georgia where he was the seventh of eight children and began his studies on the trumpet when he was eight years old. During middle and high school, Stanford was a member of the DeKalb Youth Symphony, Metropolitan Youth Symphony and Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestras, Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble and Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony where he performed in China, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and all over the United States. In high school, Stanford studied trumpet privately with Dr. Gordon Vernick, Christopher Martin and Joseph Walthall.

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