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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

TEDxYSE - Dennis Whittle - Do What Makes Sense - When it Makes Sense

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Dennis Whittle is the co-founder of GlobalGiving and gave this talk at TEDxYSE: Unleashing Young Social Entrepreneurs in Washington, DC on November 13th, 2010. Learn more at

Dennis Whittle is CEO of GlobalGiving, which he co-founded in late 2000 after a career in the official aid sector. GlobalGiving is the world's leading marketplace for global philanthropy. At its retail website, GlobalGiving allows qualified community-based groups around the world to post projects, and anyone in the world to fund them. Projects provide updates quarterly, ensuring that donors know how their funds are being used. In addition to running, GlobalGiving works with companies to power cause marketing and employee engagement campaigns, and facilitates global philanthropy. Many leading Fortune 500 companies, along with over 110,000 individual donors have chosen to give through GlobalGiving, which has facilitated funding to 2,800 projects in 110 countries. From 1997 to 2000, Dennis co-led the World Bank's Corporate Strategy and Innovation units, including the team that created the Development Marketplace. From 1992 to 1997, he led a variety of initiatives in the Bank's Russia program, including housing reform and energy efficiency projects. From 1987 to 1992, Dennis was an economist in the World Bank's Jakarta office advising the Indonesian Ministries of Finance and National Development, and managing projects in the agriculture and forestry sectors. Before joining the World Bank in 1986, Dennis worked in the Philippines with the Asian Development Bank and with USAID. Dennis graduated with honors in religious studies from the University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, and did his graduate work in development studies and economics at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. Dennis also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Learn more about GlobalGiving at

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.

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.

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This video was shot by Blue Sky Films, edited by Nicole Van Slyke