Our Planet, Our Purpose: Changemaker Summit​

On July 22-24, 2020, Ashoka and General Motors brought together the 25 young changemaking teams who were named winners of the Our Planet, Our Purpose: STEM for Changemaking Challenge. 


Over three days online, we embarked on an energizing changemaking experience packed with community, collaboration, movement building, and harnessing changemaking and STEM for sustainability.


On Friday, July 24th, we heard from Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, who joined the Changemaker Summit as a keynote speaker to share her own changemaking journey that redefined traditional conservation and inspires us all to take action on behalf of all living things and planet we share.



Time (EST)​

Wednesday, July 22th

Thursday, July 23​rd

Friday, July 24​th

12:00 - 12:30​

Welcome and Kick-Off
Ice breakers
Welcome from General Motors & Ashoka



Dane Parker, Chief Sustainability Office,
General Motors


12:30 - 13:00​


13:00 - 13:30​

Speed Networking​

World Café
Rotating sessions with
General Motor and Ashoka experts 

Winners Pitches

13:30 - 14:00​


Storytelling for Changemaking​

14:00 - 14:30​


14:30 - 15:00​



Learning Labs

Storytelling for Changemaking​

Challenge in a Challenge: 
Group work time

15:00 - 15:30​

15:30 - 16:00​


Introduction to Thursday's challenge


16:00 - 16:30​

Onling Hangout (optional)​

Online Hangout (optional)​

Online Hangout (optional)​




Dane Parker
Chief Sustainability Officer
General Motors

Dane Parker was named General Motors' Chief Sustainability Officer on Feb. 1, 2020. Parker leads company-wide sustainability strategy, including integration of the company’s goal to reach a zero emissions future. Parker’s organization will ensure the responsible consumption and production of materials, lead GM’s efforts as a global advocate for climate-sensitive manufacturing and mobility operations, and lead the strategic design and implementation infrastructure for electric vehicles at GM facilities. Parker joined GM in July 2015 as executive director of global facilities. Prior to joining GM, he was vice president of global real estate, facilities and environment, health and safety for Dell Inc. Parker also spent more than 13 years at Intel Corporation in the technology and manufacturing organization in a variety of operational roles.


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Photo by Stuart Clarke

Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE
Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute
UN Messenger of Peace

In July 1960, Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals.

In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots is active in more than 60 countries and since its inception has greatly impacted participants of all ages in over 100 countries. All of whom take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

For the past 30 years, Dr. Goodall has been speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.

For more information about Dr. Goodall and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, please visit www.janegoodall.org