Ashoka Fellow Douglas McMeekin has been Director of the Yachana Foundation in Ecuador since 1996. He has served as an environmental and cultural consultant for over 20 years. Douglas began the Yachana Foundation I 1991 and started Yachana Lodge in 1995. His foundation owns and protects 4,300 acres of primary and secondary rainforest. Douglas McMeekins work in sustainable development is benefitting thousands from the Amazon region of Ecuador. About TEDx, x=independently organize event 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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