Rye Barcott: Spark Change from Within


On the surface, Rye Barcott may seem a man of contradictions: a Marine and a peacemaker, a Harvard MBA, entrepreneur, and cofounder of a nonprofit organization in Africa.  But, at its core, his mission is steadfast: to serve, to spark change from within.  In his gripping 2011 memoir, It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace, Barcott recounts his experiences building and learning from leaders in unlikely places: from the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya to the bomb-strewn streets of Fallujah and beyond.  Eschewing old notions of top-down, command-and-control management, he shows the impact that small, diverse groups of committed people can have in the world.


The non-profit organization, Carolina for Kibera (CFK), is now a pioneer of the movement called participatory development, drawing recognition from Time magazine as a“Hero of Global Health” and interest from Melinda Gates, President Barack Obama, and other dignitaries, who have visited to see its best practices.


Rye Barcott's signature presentation on social entrepreneurship takes audiences on a journey through the joy and heartbreak, the friendships and betrayals, and the failures and triumphs of creating a movement to spark change from within one of the world's largest and most volatile slums.  As inspiring as it is informative, this presentation will spur you on your own quest to make a difference in the world, no matter your age or avocation.


Barcott will be introduced by Chris Tomlinson, managing editor of The Texas Observer and former foreign correspondent for The Associate Press.  Tomlinson was a board director for Carolina for Kibera in Kenya during the early phases of the non-profit’s development.  Barcott’s presentation will conclude with a book signing and reception.  


When:  May 6 at 6:00 p.m.  Free and open to the public.  RSVP

Where:  Bass Lecture Hall, located on the basement level of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Sid Richardson Hall Unit III, 2315 Red River Street, Austin, Texas, 78713

Parking:  Free in Lots 38, 39 (see staff for permit)

Map:  http://www.utexas.edu/parking/maps/map.htm

Sponsored by:  The International Office, the Center for International Business Research & Education (CIBER), and the RGK Center for Philanthropy & Community Service