For the first time ever, StartingBloc is coming to DC. Learn new tools for effecting change and connect with other leaders building a future that works for everyone.

An Overview of the Agenda

Day 1 | Off the Bloc
Fellows map out their StartingBloc experience, get to know each other, and learn about Transformative Action – a set of proven tactics for successfully creating change.

Day 2 | Storytelling
How do you craft a compelling narrative? What role does story play in creating change? Fellows learn from accomplished storytellers and change-makers and try their own hand in the Ideas Marketplace.

Important Dates

Sep 16th
Late Apply Deadline

Oct 16-20
Institute Dates

Day 3 | The Scrimmage
Fellows split into small teams to move the needle on specific challenges facing 10 impact-driven organizations. The learn and employ the Rapid Prototyping process used to create Google Glass and the Self Driving Car. Led by Rework.

Day 4 | Taking Action
On Sunday, we tackle where the rubber meets the road. Fellows dive into workshops on leadership, team building, and complex situations, and they explore what it means to be more effective in their work.

Day 5 | Moving Forward
What is it to create lasting change? How do you craft a career worth having? And how do you make the most of the StartingBloc community from here on out?

The Speakers

Scott Sherman

Scott Sherman

Executive Director, Transformative Action Institute

Scott did his doctoral research on strategies that lead to success in social change work and TAI is the result. He is an Echoing Green Fellow and his work on nonviolent social change has been praised by the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa.

Gayle Karen Young

Gayle Karen Young

Chief Talent & Culture Officer, Wikimedia Foundation

Gayle is a culture-builder and a catalyst for human development who specializes in team dynamics. She is also the Board Chair for Spark and an advocate for global women's issues.

Mitchell Wade

Mitchell Wade

Founder, Institute3

Mitchell led CHOICE Humanitarian as the organization helped 60,000 people escape extreme poverty while quadrupling their per-dollar impact. He now works with innovators to turn insights into change.

More speakers to come as we confirm them!

What is an Institute Like?

At the DC ’14 StartingBloc Institute, you participate in a series of workshops and activities designed to inspire you and stretch your limits. You learn directly from high impact entrepreneurs and change-makers, you work with proven frameworks for delivering change, and you build relationships with new life-long allies.

For an example of the day-to-day of the Institute check out this year’s LA ’14 agenda.

The StartingBloc Trailer

What is new for DC ’14?

Small Break-out Groups
All Fellows will be part of small break-out groups led by StartingBloc alumni. You’ll meet with your group each morning and participate in some of the days’ activities as a team.

Intentional Dinners
Convening over food is powerful. So, we’ve pushed evening receptions back to make space for Fellows to sit down to dinner in groups. Speakers, mentors, and staff will facilitate these dinners each night.

Ready to Apply?

What is the Late-Apply Deadline?

We’ve opened up a late-apply window for StartingBloc in Washington DC! Our regular deadline was August 28, and our late-apply deadline is Tuesday, September 16. We’re opening up this deadline for those who hear about StartingBloc last-minute, and for whom Washington DC, and the October dates, are a great fit.

We will add a $50 fast-processing fee to the tuition for those accepted through the Late-Apply period. Also, full tuition for DC ’14 is due on acceptance, and scholarships and crowd-funding are not available to late-apply applicants.