Christopher Gergen is co-founder of Forward Impact that develops entrepreneurial working and living communities including HQ Raleigh, HQ Greensboro, HQ Charlotte, Think House, and Duke TeachHouse. Christopher is also the founder of Forward Communities, a non-profit that has launched community-based efforts to foster inclusive innovation including developing and scaling high-impact social entrepreneurs including Bull City Forward in Durham, NC, Queen City Forward in Charlotte, NC, and Moore Forward in Moore County, NC. Christopher is the co-founder of Forward Cities – a national learning collaborative between cities focused on building more inclusive innovation economies and InnovateNC – a similar multi-city learning collaborative in North Carolina. Additionally, Christopher helped the Aspen Institute launch a new Center for Urban Innovation. Christopher is Innovator in Residence with the Center for Creative Leadership, a fellow and faculty member with Duke University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship initiative, and senior advisor for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. Christopher is co-author of the nationally acclaimed book Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives and since 2009 has co-authored a bi-weekly column on social innovation for the Raleigh News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer titled “Doing Better at Doing Good.” Christopher is a 2013 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and an alum of class 24 of Leadership North Carolina. In 1999, Christopher co-founded SMARTHINKING that became the leading online tutoring provider in the United States before being acquired by Pearson Education in 2011. Other ventures include starting Café Nunoa – a coffeehouse/bar in Santiago, Chile when he was 24 and “Entrepreneur Corps”—an AmeriCorps*VISTA initiative that placed 400 full-time business volunteers for a year of service in over 90 non-profits. He lives with his wife and two children in Durham, NC.
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