Johnson Center Hosts TEDxGrandRapids Speakers

14 May
Jose Bright

Jose Bright

TEDxGrandRapids 2013 speakers Lucy Bernholtz and Jose Bright took time from their busy schedules to speak at the Johnson Center last week about their work. Bright was accompanied by Skot Welch, founder of Global Bridgebuilders and 2013 TEDx host and emcee.

Lucy Bernholz describes herself as a philanthropy wonk. She focuses on “The Future of Good” — how social goods are created, funded, and distributed in the digital era. The Huffington Post has hailed her as “game changer” for her extensive writing on philanthropy, technology, information, and policy. Her blog, philanthropy2173.com, is one of the most widely read in philanthropy circles.

Jose Bright founded the Teboho Trust, an educational support platform that is supported and owned by the community. The platform serves orphans, vulnerable and at-risk children and adolescents in Soweto. He is currently working on how to use 21st Century technology to serve and educate this population.

TEDxGrandRapids is celebrating its third year as a “local, self-organized event that brings people together to share a TED-like experience.”

Established in 1992 with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is a university-based center serving nonprofits, foundations, and others seeking to transform their communities for the public good. The Johnson Center is recognized for its applied research and professional development benefiting practitioners and nonprofits through the faculty and staff of the Johnson Center’s Community Research Institute, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Foundations and Philanthropy, The Foundation Review, The Grantmaking School, Johnson Center Philanthropy Archives and Library, and Philanthropic and Nonprofit Services.

Grand Valley State University is a four-year public university. It attracts nearly 25,000 students with high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Grand Valley is a comprehensive university serving students from all 83 Michigan counties and dozens of other states and foreign countries. Grand Valley offers 82 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs from campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids and Holland, and from regional centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and business partnerships. Grand Valley employs more than 2,000 people and is committed to providing a fair and equitable environment for the continued success of all.

The Johnson Center receives ongoing support from the Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation,Dyer-Ives Foundation, Frey Foundation, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

For more information, contact Robert Shalett, director of communications for the Johnson Center, at 616-331-7585.

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