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TEDxLondonBusinessSchool - Brian Forde- Rethinking Social Enterprise

As President, Brian Forde leads Llamadas, S.A. strategic efforts to bring low-cost phone service to rural Nicaragua through a series of innovative telephony projects specifically created for the developing world. Llamadas, S.A. was recently named the Social Enterprise of the Year through the Inter-American Development Bank's program Pioneers for Prosperity and was recognized by the US Ambassador to Nicaragua as the one of the most innovative companies in the fight against poverty. Prior to founding Llamadas, Brian taught small business classes in the mountains of Nicaragua as a Peace Corps Volunteer, empowering 11th grade high school students to become self-reliant, starting their own companies. Brian is widely recognized as one of the top Social Entrepreneurs in Central America and has been featured by many media outlets including CNN and NPR for his efforts to alleviate poverty by lowering the cost of telecommunication. Brian graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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