Design can Save the Planet by Award-winning Journalist Simran Sethi

Simran Sethi an award-winning journalist and associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications will be our guest speaker on May 7th, 2012.  She will talk on sustainability and design driven approach for entrepreneurs which are quite challenging topics in emerging markets.  I believe, her talk “Design can save the planet” will guide us on our way towards building sustainable and environmental friendly businesses.

Simran has an impressive background.  She currently teaches courses on diversity, sustainability and the environment, and social media for social change at University Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

She was named one of the top ten “eco-heroes” of the planet by the UK’s Independent and lauded as the “environmental messenger” by Vanity Fair and an “environmental woman of impact” by Daily Variety, Simran has contributed numerous segments to NBC Nightly News, CNBC, PBS, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “The Today Show” and has appeared on MSNBC, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Martha Stewart Show,” and the History Channel. Simran is the founding host/writer of Sundance Channel’s environmental programming The Green and the creator of the Sundance online series The Good Fight, highlighting global environmental justice efforts and grassroots activism. She is committed to a redefinition of environmentalism that includes voices from the prairie, the inner city and the global community.

Simran is the contributing author of “Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy,” winner of the bronze 2008 Axiom Award for Best Business Ethics Book. She has written about sustainability for The Huffington Post, Metropolis Magazine, Mother Earth News,, and the Guggenheim Museum. She has been featured on NPR and is the host of the Emmy-award winning PBS documentary “A School in the Woods.”

Simran has presented at institutions ranging from the Commonwealth Club and the Poynter Institute to M.I.T.; keynoted conferences including the 140 Character (Twitter) Conference, Bioneers by the Bay, the Green Business Conference and the North American Association For Environmental Education conference; and moderated panels for the White House sustainability symposium GreenGov and Clinton Global Initiative University. Simran is a fellow in the Poynter Institute’s Sense-Making project, a Ford Foundation-funded program that is studying the integration of new media and democratic values.

Simran blogs at and can be followed on twitter at @simransethi

The talk will be at 8pm at Bilgi University Santral Campus @ room E3 – 216 on Monday May 7th, 2012. Please follow me on twitter at @gulayozkan for the updates

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