Who to Watch at Chicago Ideas Week 2012: Adam Braun


There's a lot to wrap your mind around with the approaching Chicago Ideas Week, the weeklong invasion of super-smart and super-influential folks taking place at venues all over town from Oct. 8 to 14.

We're helping with a series of speaker profiles designed to highlight the speakers who will benefit you, the Chicago entrepreneur. There are just over 100-plus speakers announced so far, and more to come.

In this profile: Adam Braun.

Accolades: He’s the founder and CEO of Pencils Of Promise, a nonprofit dedicated to giving “every child access to quality education.” PoP has been recognized by everyone from Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Justin Bieber. The Biebs!

Why you should care: It’s a nonprofit that’s trying to make all our kids smarter -- how could you not care about that? Obviously, if it’s something you’re even the slightest bit interested in hearing more about -- that is, founding a nonprofit, helping educate children and just dabbling in social entrepreneurship in general, Braun is a good one to listen to.

When you can see him: Oct. 8, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Owen Theatre at Goodman Theatre.

Read more here.

David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.

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