SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 30, 2014) - INFORUM at The Commonwealth Club announced today that Ben Rattray, Founder and CEO of Change.org, will receive INFORUM's 21st Century Visionary Award on February 26th at The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.
The 21st Century Visionary Award is bestowed in recognition of special achievement, innovation and distinguished public service. Past honorees include YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steven Chen, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Van Jones, Cecile Richards and more. Ben's revolutionary work empowering citizens with his microactivist platform Change.org certainly makes him a worthy candidate to join this impressive list.
Change.org, the world's largest social action website with 50 million users, allows individuals and organizations to create and spread online petitions for any issue they care about, including issues like economic and criminal justice, human rights, education, the environment, animals, health, and sustainable food. Notable successful petitions include the South African parliament launching a national task team to end "corrective" rape, and the Boy Scouts of America finally acknowledging high schooler Ryan Andresen as an Eagle Scout after he came out as gay in 2011.
Ben Rattray studied at Stanford University during the technology boom of the early 2000s and later attended the London School of Economics. Originally drawn to the glamour of Wall Street, he changed his career paths to focus on the "pursuit of collective action," founding Change.org in 2007. He was named to the 2012 Time 100 List of the World's Most Influential People and listed as one of Fortune's 40 Under 40 Rising young business leaders of 2012. Ben is on a mission to leverage technology to change the world.
"Change.org is becoming the go-to marketplace for social change and rallying global communities around a specific cause. We are so lucky that the Bay Area is headquarters to Change.org and we are thrilled to award Ben Rattray with INFORUM's 21st Century Visionary Award," said Caroline Moriarity Sacks, INFORUM director.
The program consists of a one-hour conversation on-stage with Rattray and the moderator, including 15 minutes of live audience questions and a brief award ceremony. Premium ticket purchasers will enjoy a private reception with Rattray before the program including spirits and light hors d'oeuvres.
The program takes place at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Wednesday, February 26th 2014 at 6:30 p.m. PT. For more information and to register for tickets, call (415)-597-6705 or register online at bit.ly/changeorg-eb.
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