As the CEO and Chief Old Person at and the Founder of Crisis Text Line, Nancy Lublin 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, 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. 

Lublin 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 preschool after one loud boy had declared them “not allowed for girls.” 

Nancy Lublin’s TED talk

Nancy Lublin on the TED Blog

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The many meanings of seduction: The talks in Session 3 of TEDWomen 2015

May 29, 2015

Seduction happens in many forms. The speakers in this session highlight unexpected twists on the topic — a romance of dueling banjos, the allure of insects, and our ever-widening definition of love. Short recaps of the talks in this session… What we learn from insect sex. “You could have an insect-of-the-month calendar and not have to reuse a species for […]

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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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