2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

A Fearless Approach to Social Change

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What would you do if you were not afraid? What would the world look like if we took a more "fearless" approach to solving our biggest social challenges - if we were willing to take more risks, create unlikely partnerships, and embrace failure as a possible outcome? In this session, Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation, will outline the five key elements of a fearless approach to social change and share examples of great breakthroughs and innovations that have taken place when organizations across sectors have adopted these principles. The session will also feature a mini "fail fair," where audience members will be invited to share and celebrate their failures.



Ahmed Shihab-Eldin


HuffPost Live


Jean Case


The Case Foundation

Jean Case is an actively engaged philanthropist and a pioneer in the world of interactive technologies. Her career in the private sector spanned nearly two decades before she and her husband, Steve Case, created the Case Foundation in 1997. Jean serves on the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees, as well as on the boards of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), SnagFilms, and BrainScope.

She also serves on the advisory board of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund, and on the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investing Task Force (SIITF), established by the G8. Jean is also serving as Executive-in-Residence at Georgetown University’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative. Jean has served in two appointed roles leading strategic public-private efforts, including the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, to which she was appointed as Chair by President George W. Bush, and as Co-chair of the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership.

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