The Ashoka U Exchange, a global conference for social entrepreneurship in higher education, will take place at Brown Feb. 20-22, 2014. A total of 650 faculty, staff, administrators, and students from 150 colleges and universities representing 30 countries, together with social entrepreneurs from around the world, will discuss “The New Scholar,” equipped to create innovative solutions for the world’s most pressing problems. “At Brown, the spirit that drives social innovation runs deep,” said Brown President Christina Paxson. “We are thrilled to host this year’s Ashoka U gathering and to welcome participants from around the globe to Providence and the Brown campus for intensive discussions about the best ways to promote and sustain social innovation.” During the conference, Brown’s Social Innovation Initiative will receive the 2014 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award for its co-curricular approach to supporting social entrepreneurship through the Social Innovation Fellowship and Leading Social Ventures course. Conference speakers include Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, President Paxson, Alan Harlam, director of the Social Innovation Initiative at Brown, and Jonathan Greenblatt, director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Conference participants will visit three sites in Providence and learn about local approaches to social innovation: the Capital Good Fund, the TRI-Lab at Brown, and HOPE (Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere), a community program of the Swearer Center for Public Service.