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DIL Fail Faire & Fail Hour, with Keynote Speaker David Green (Aurolab, Aravind Eye Hospital)

April 16, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Welcome to the DIL Fail Faire!

Fail Faires have been held all over the world, as a space where those passionate about international development flip the traditional idea of failure into an important part of the process of risk-taking and innovation. This Spring, let’s learn from our own failures, here at Berkeley.

Share your thoughts to help shape the event! Fail Survey here!

Come join us for the second important Fail Faire event: Keynote Speaker event followed by the Fail Hour.

David GreenDavid Green has worked with many organizations to make medical technology and health care services sustainable, affordable and accessible to all. David is a MacArthur Fellow, Ashoka Fellow and is recognized by Schwab Foundation as a leading social entrepreneur. David directed the establishment of Aurolab (India), to produce affordable intraocular lenses (now has 10% of the global market share) suture and pharmaceuticals. He has developed high-volume, quality eye care programs that are affordable to the poor and self-sustaining from user fees, including Aravind Eye Hospital in India – which performs over 370,000 surgeries per year – 50 percent of the care is provided free of charge or below – cost, yet the hospital is able to generate substantial surplus revenue.  He has played a role in developing major eye care programs in China, India, Nepal, Egypt, Tanzania, Bangladesh and Guatemala.  Within this paradigm of ‘empathetic capitalism’, he now works to create social investing funds to support sustainable social enterprises (The Eye Fund).  He co-founded Sound World Solutions, a social enterprise to make affordable hearing devices with a novel fitting; and Brien Holden Vision Diagnostics, to design unique and affordable ways to detect eye disease, diabetes and neurological disorders. He leads efforts for LegWorks,  a Canadian which makes high quality prosthetic legs affordable.  He works with Pacific Vision Foundation to establish an eye institute serving all in N. California.  He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor in General Studies (1978) and a Masters degree in Public Health (1982).  He is on the faculty of Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute.  He is the recipient of the 2009 “Spirit of Helen Keller” award for humanitarian efforts in blindness prevention; is the recipient of the 2009 University of Michigan Humanitarian Service Award; and was selected by University of Michigan Engineering students as a leading social entrepreneur alumnus. He is on the boards of the University of Michigan School of Business Social Venture Fund;  and the Stanford Biomedical Fellowship for India.  In 2011 he received the Certificate of Honorary Award of Liaoning Province as a foreign expert who has made great contributions to the economic and social development of Liaoning Province.

Right after the speaker series, come experience the Fail Hour, a Happy Hour where we will share our own failures, learn from resiliency, and learn how to be better members of the international development community.

Want to be a part of the conversation? Fill out this survey! We’d love to hear what you have to say about failure.


Interested in the Fail Salon? Register here, while tickets still last!

Fail well!



Blum Hall, Room B110
Haviland Road, Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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