NextDayBetter, a creative speaker and food series for migrant communities, challenges the boldest thinkers around the world to answer this question. The social impact startup celebrates the stories of changemakers from “untapped communities,” such as the global Filipino community, and calls them to action.
On Tuesday, NextDayBetter announced that their 2015 Global Speaker Series will be in nine cities around the world, bringing together leaders across the industries of innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, design, and more to discuss and create solutions for the world’s most pressing problems.
The series will tour through San Francisco, Orlando, Toronto, Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York City, Vancouver, and London, leading up to a momentous homecoming in Manila, Philippines.
“This is historic. Nothing like this has ever been done on a global scale. Filipinos everywhere will be redefining our global community as innovative doers and makers who have the talent to affect real change,” says Filipino American tech entrepreneur and NextDayBetter CEO, Ryan Letada.
“The world has an infinite supply of problems. We need diverse leaders to join the decision-making table when it comes to creating solutions. Let’s celebrate ideas and actions inspired by diverse communities that will bring growth to the Philippines and beyond.”
The Philippines has been said to be experiencing a “Brain Drain” for the last several decades as the majority of well-educated individuals have been emigrating to other countries for the promise of better quality of life. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, an estimated 3,400 Filipinos leave the Philippines every day, growing the already 10.5 million Overseas Filipino Workers that currently live in 217 countries.
“We want to make ‘Brain Drain’ a thing of our past and make ‘Brain Circulation’ our present and future,” says John Paul Capulong, Head of Partnerships at NextDayBetter.
NextDayBetter has partnered with private, public and community organizations across the globe to launch this worldwide series including The Commission on Filipinos Overseas and Mailchimp.
Past speakers featured at NextDayBetter events include changemakers Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration rights activist; Geena Rocero, transgender rights advocate and founder of Gender Proud; Nicole Ponseca, restaurateur and founder of Maharlika and Jeepney NYC; Francis Manapul, award-winning writer and illustrator of DC Comics; Freddy Anzures, designer at Apple and creative director of Wax Poetics; and disaster mapping expert Celina Agaton.
This year’s series is themed “Imagine 2035,” a challenge for attendees to envision what they want their city to be like in twenty years and what needs to be done to achieve that vision. Regardless of background, the speaker events are open to all innovators and do gooders who want to affect change in their communities and beyond. Climate change, gentrification, disaster relief, and the future of learning are just a few of the global issues that featured speakers and attendees will tackle.
To learn more about NextDayBetter + Global 2015 and attend their events, visit NextDayBetter’s website at www.nextdaybetter.com — Sherina Ong, NextDayBetter
A Creative Speaker and Food Series For Diaspora Communities. Our events celebrate the stories of changemakers from untapped global communities and call them to action. We believe that diasporas like the Philippines global community are hubs and inspirations for world-changing ideas. Learn more: www.nextdaybetter.com