A lot to give

Marketplace and KQED discuss the new era of philanthropy

Marketplace Staff Dec 4, 2013

We’re in a golden age of philanthropy. The first was built on the fortunes of industrialists; the second on the fortunes of venture capitalists, entertainers and tech entrepreneurs.

On January 28, 2014, join Marketplace Morning Report’s David Brancaccio and KQED’s Scott Shafer for a special event at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco that will discusshow techies are changing philanthropy. For one thing, they want results.

They want to challenge and encourage others to give. They use social media to connect real world problems to solutions. They believe in spreading access to digital innovation, to promote open sourcing and eliminate barriers to technology.

David and Scott will host a spirited, engaging and provocative conversation with our panelists. What are their motivations for giving? What are the problems they think need philanthropic attention? How do they use cutting-edge technology to solve those problems, and how technology is changing or revolutionizing philanthropy?

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Adnan Mahmud is Jolkona Co-Founder, LiveStories Founder & CEO.  He’s passionate about using technology to tackle the biggest social challenges. He co-founded Jolkona 5 years ago to inspire more philanthropy and continues to lead its strategic initiatives. Adnan is also working on his second social enterprise – LiveStories – which helps organizations and businesses to quickly share their stories on the web and inspire communities to take action. In addition, Adnan is an envoy for the US State Department on social entrepreneurship and youth leadership, speaking regularly at universities around the world. Adnan also has over eight years of experience managing products and incubation projects at Microsoft.

Nadia Mahmud is the co-founder and CEO of Jolkona, a non-profit organization aimed at inspiring a new generation of philanthropists by amplifying and accelerating their impact. Prior to starting Jolkona, she worked in the non-profit sector in Los Angeles promoting social entrepreneurship and financial literacy to inner city youth. She has a BA in Business/Economics from UCLA and her Master in Public Health from the University of Washington in Seattle. Nadia also is a Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum and is an advisor for the social enterprise Food N’ Me.

Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of the open-source blogging platform, WordPress, the most popular publishing platform on the web, and the founder of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. Additionally, Matt is a principal and founder of Audrey Capital, an investment and research company. Matt is originally from Houston, Texas, where he attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and studied jazz saxophone.

Craig Newmark is thefounder of craigslist and craigconnects.  He is also a self-described nerd, and in September 2013 was named “Nerd-in-Residence” by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Innovation in recognition of his volunteer work to enhance services to veterans. Today, Craig’s primary focus is craigconnects, which he launched in March 2011.  The mission of craigconnects in the short term is to promote and enhance the use of technology and social media to benefit philanthropy and public service.  Craig serves on the board of directors of the Center for Public Integrity, Sunlight Foundation, Consumers Union-Consumer Reports, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Jocelyn Wyatt is executive director and co-lead of IDEO.org, the nonprofit organization started by IDEO to address poverty-related challenges through design and encourage the use of the human-centered approach to innovation in the social sector. Before launching IDEO.org, she led IDEO’s Social Innovation practice for four years. Previously, she worked as an Acumen Fund fellow in Kenya, as country director for VisionSpring in India, and as international training manager for Chemonics, a USAID contractor in Washington, D.C.

Event details:
January 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Nourse Theater in San Francisco

For more information on tickets, visit the Nourse Theater’s website or call KQED at 415-864-2000

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