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When: Friday, March 14, 2014
1-2pm ET

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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 1pm ET
The Emergence of African Rural University and Education in Uganda, South Africa and Detroit
Guests: Patricia Seybold and Carol Gorelick

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African Rural University in Uganda is a unique educational institution designed collaboratively by faculty, students, and the people ARU graduates will serve. It’s an all women’s university, and offers an innovative course in rural transformation, combining science and the humanities to serve the needs and aspirations of communities. ARU emphasizes community, entrepreneurship, creating social capital, sustainable development, and visionary leadership.

Patricia Seybold is an author and consultant with expertise in assessing how evolving technologies impact businesses and their customers. Her clients have included Amazon, GE, Fidelity, Cisco, Symantec, Citigroup, American Cancer Society, American Institute of Physics, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and many others. (See more about Patricia Seybold Group clients.) She is president of Boothbay Region Health & Wellness Foundation, a nonprofit committed to improving health of Boothbay, Maine peninsula, where she lives, and CEO of the Patricia Seybold Group Her books include Outside Innovation, The Customer Revolution,, which became an internet business classic. She has been on the board of the African rural University for eight years and wrote The Evolution of African Rural University. Visit her blog at

Carol Gorelick is a facilitative leaderof systemic change. As co-founder and Executive Director ofABC Connects, she is working in the U.S. and South Africa to develop school-community partnerships. She has worked in global companies, led a consultancy and NGO, and taught at Pace University and the University of Cape Town. ABC Connects is developing partnerships among education, families, corporations, government, not-for-profit organizations and academe. A $400,000 Kellogg grant provided initial funding for an action research pilot in South Africa and Detroit: Building Stronger Communities: Strengthening Schools. Carol is leveraging the ABC Connects pilot through a Society for Organizational Learning project: Connecting Pathways: Educating for the 21stCentury. This initiative uses a community engagement framework to develop skills, talent and network competencies that people will need in the digital and innovation economy.Carol’s publications include "It Takes a Village to Raise a School” for Reflections, The Society for Organizational Learning Journal. She is co-author of "Performance through Learning: Knowledge Management in Practice” and co-editor of a Butterworth-Heinemann series "Frontiers in Learning.”

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