Nancy Lublin is CEO and Chief Old Person at DoSomething.org, where she harnesses the extraordinary energy of teens and focuses it on issues they care passionately about.

Why you should listen

Nancy Lublin draws our attention to an often underappreciated source of social action — not just those at the top, but those in the middle. Separating the new and the scalable from what actually makes an impact, Nancy calls for a culture of doers. She is the CEO and Chief Old Person of DoSomething.org, the largest organization in America for young people and social change, and the founder of Dress for Success, the organization that helps women transition from welfare to work. 

Nancy is deeply passionate about Do Something and the activist mission behind the organization. She says her first activist campaign was liberating the purple crayons in pre-school after one loud boy had declared them “not allowed for girls.” 

Nancy Lublin’s TED talk

Nancy Lublin on the TED Blog

Impact of Ideas

Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here’s how this idea got its start.

May 6, 2014

Teenagers love to text—their thumbs pound out an average of 3,339 texts per month. Crisis Text Line turns this into a way to help teens through their hardest times: family issues, stress or suicidal thoughts. Trained counselors text back and forth with advice and resources—and, in the process, collect (anonymous) data that could lead to better […]

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Quotes from Nancy Lublin

The parents in the room know that texting is actually the best way to communicate with your kids. It might be the only way to communicate with your kids.
Nancy Lublin
TED2012 • 769K views Apr 2012
Inspiring, Persuasive
We're finding [texting] 11 times more powerful than email [for communicating with kids].
Nancy Lublin
TED2012 • 769K views Apr 2012
Inspiring, Persuasive