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26 - 50 of 249 ideas (page 2 of 10)
Tom Woelfel, Pacific Community Ventures

How can we address rising income inequality? One way is quality job creation. For over two decades, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) have invested over $35 billion in underserved communities and yet remain one of the best kept secrets in impact investing. Hear from a group of …

CDFIs, Impact Investing, impact measurement, quality jobs
Gary Gach, Myself

Needn’t be a full program. Could provide an interstitial poem or set of poems, before lunch, inbetween panels, here & there, etc. Some apt poems I might read aloud include: Naomi Shahib Nye’s Kindness ( ) | Pablo Naruda’s Keeping Quiet ( ) | Galway …

Kathleen Paylor, FoodCorps

A discussion of the millions of kids in our country’s 100,000 public schools who eat half of their calories in schools but don’t have access to healthy, nutritious food. One in three of our kids are on track to develop diabetes in their lifetime. For kids of …

access, agriculture, children, education, environment, equity, food, Impact, kids, leadership, leverage, meaning, philanthropy, school justice. scaling, Sustainable
Pierpaolo Ceciliani, Saperi Ancestrali Digital3D

“In Africa, when an old man dies, it’s a library burning.” In the last three years moved by theses words of Malian writer and ethnologist, Amadou Hampâté Bâ, Italian Specialist in Cultural Heritage, Pierpaolo Ceciliani, has developed a complex safeguard project which applies an innovative method using …

3D, Asia, Conservation, design, diversity, education, Europe, glocal, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, innovation, inspiration, Latin America, meaning, North America, third industrial revolution
Paul Herman ( + Burke Pemberton (, HIP Investor, and

“Is you 401(k) plan destroying the future you want to retire into? If so, then it’s time for a change. Shifting your 401(k) choices to go green, fossil free, and sustainable is possible. But you have to commit, and follow through. Learn how to green your 401(k) …

401k, employee engagement, fossil free, green investing, gun free, Impact Investing
Anastasiya Litvinova, Agora Partnerships

In 2007 Agora launched a fund focused on early-stage high potential businesses in Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. The goal of the fund was to build a case for investing to produce both measurable financial and social returns using a innovative approach. …

central america, country context, financial innovation, Impact Investing, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, pioneering fund
Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Accountability Counsel

As impact investors move into sectors that have traditionally dominated by industries with harmful social and environmental legacies, what can they learn from those experiences? This session explores the due diligence and operational rules that investors like the World Bank have developed over the past decades in …

accountability, due diligence, environment, human rights, Impact Investing, impact measurement
Steven Koltai, Koltai & Co

In his Keynote Session, Steven Koltai will discuss his new book, Peace Through Entrepreneurship: Investing in a Startup Culture for Security and Development (Brookings Institution Press, 2016). The central theme of the book is that joblessness is the root cause of the instability that often leads to …

Blended Finance, emerging markets, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, Investing in Entrepreneurship, Public Support of Entrepreneurship
Gary Gach, Mindfulness Fellowship | Plum Village

30 minutes, each. Last year, on my own initiative, I facilitated meditation prior to each day’s conference; over a dozen people showed up each morning. Before Day One’s events : 20-minute guided meditation on full awareness of breathing Day Two : 20-minute walking meditation on the grounds …

Megan Christenson, Points of Light Civic Accelerator

Work-life balance, founder compensation,, and self-care are often replaced with self-sacrifice, relationship woes, and ramen in the conversation around traits of successful social entrepreneurs. In this workshop, 4 startup founders will share their life-tested tools, (hard) lessons learned, trade-offs, and tips for successfully building a sustainable venture …

entrepreneurship, families, founder, founder wellness, lifestyle, meaning, socent, social entrepreneur, women
Magnus Sandberg, Social Capital Partners

Experiments with pay-for-success funding (social impact bonds) are under way in a growing list of countries – but significant barriers to the model’s widespread adoption remain. Many of the hurdles stem from the inherent tension between the interests of government and private investors, which are not easily …

Pay for Success, Social Impact Bonds
Daryl Collins, Bankable Frontier Associates

Daryl Collins, author of Portfolios of the Poor and MD of Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA), will present new work funded by the Omidyar Network that characterizes the role women play in low income households in Mexico, India and Kenya. This new research leverages a set of Financial …

Africa, Asia, inclusion, Latin America, meaning, social impact, women
Julie Hammerman, Lens Investments & JLens Network

Often the first step in impact investing is to define your values, but this is easier said than done and not a skill that most investment professionals learn. In this interactive workshop, impact investors and their advisors are invited to discuss values, how they influence behavior, and …

Impact Investing, meaning, process, values determination
Dr. Robert C. Walker, RayVio

Today, more than one billion people do not have access to clean, pathogen-free, safe drinking water. According the World Health Organization (WHO), “by 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas.” Water purity is an ever-growing global problem, and today’s solutions for water …

Africa, Asia, disease, emerging markets, health, infrastructure, innovation, Latin America, technology, water
Rodrigo Bravo, Imperative Advisers, LLC

Over the past few decades, the social enterprise spectrum has brought about innovative solutions that provide communities at the base of the income pyramid with low-cost access to virtually all the basic goods and services required to eliminate most poverty conditions. In an age where social innovation …

Blended Finance, Collaboration, community, Development, education, Emerging Economy, entrepreneurship, finance, Impact Investing, inclusion, innovation, Latin America, leadership, social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, social impact, Social innovation, Tech, technology, venture capital, women
Liz Sessler, ImpactUs

We want you to be in our audience for a practical, fun, and interactive quiz-show-style session at SOCAP16! Social Enterprises, mission-driven organizations and investors, join us as we explore the tricky impact investment conversations that involve the head and the heart. Together, we’ll ask and answer these …

Impact Investing, investor, Millennials, raising capital, social enterprise, storytelling, women
robert gilpatrick, New Citizens, LLC

The world is like pre-moneyball baseball, full of bias and inefficiency. But, as the world becomes more open and connected, there is no reason why any organization or individual can’t be quickly and easily matched with recommendations of potential collaborators, and have their collaborations easily actionable within …

Collaboration, crowd sourced, disruption of collaboration, engagement, game, machine learning
Megan Christenson, Points of Light Civic Accelerator

Increasingly, Fortune 500 companies are peering into the halls of impact accelerators and investment funds to connect more than just their CSR departments to social enterprise sector. Mounting data on consumer trends, talent retention, and environmental risk necessitates collaboration with emerging social enterprises. Yet, disparities in nimbleness, …

accelerators, Corporations, cross-sector partnerships, CSR, Impact Investing, social enterprise
Wendy Taylor , Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID

What is my target market? Would it be easier to simply license out my technology? Should I engage in a partnership to supplement my organization’s capability gaps? How do I go about finding the right partner? If you are an early stage innovator or entrepreneur, then you …

global health, Impact Investing, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, innovation, meaning, medtech, partnership, pharma, scaling, technology
Katia Dumont, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Value for Women, Oxfam America and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs´ regional chapter of Central America have been working together over the past year to create an innovative toolkit for integrating men´s engagement and support for women economic empowerment programs. The toolkit was created in response …

Collaboration, diversity, emerging markets, finance, Financial Inclusion, Latin America, leadership, leardership, women
Anne Claire Broughton, Broughton Consulting, LLC

Anne Claire Broughton will overview the importance of creating an engaged company culture, highlighting innovative firms interviewed for The Hitachi Foundation’s Business Action Guide Series. One of those companies, Tom Walter of Tasty Catering, will share best practices and lessons learned about creating a culture of high …

employee engagement
Katherine Stephans, Library For All

Education is fundamental to breaking intergenerational poverty. Library For All (LFA), a nonprofit building a digital library for developing countries, was founded on a simple and proven premise: access to high quality books, particularly in mother tongue languages, will improve educational outcomes worldwide. LFA delivers locally relevant books …

digital library, education, Impact, Impact Investing, innovation, non-profit, technology, women
Anna Kanze, Grassroots Capital Management Corp PBC

According to CGAP, an estimated 500 million smallholder farming households (representing 2.5 billion people) rely to varying degrees on agricultural production for their livelihoods. However, smallholder agriculture remains an immensely underserved sector. Market failures obstruct access to appropriate, timely and affordable financial services and extension services for …

Blended Finance; Impact Investing; Africa; women; agriculture; sustainable agriculture; climate; tech; technology; poverty; innovation
Claire Rogers, Rachel Smith, Eniware, LLC

There are several models used by for-profit businesses that have varying levels of focus on “doing good” and varying ways that the focus is incorporated in marketing strategies. Some of these models include techniques such as conscious consumerism, which includes buy-one, get-one (BOGO), and responds to the …

BCorp, BOGO, bottom line, conscious consumerism, CSR, doing good, environment, evaluation, for-profit, GIIRS, Impact, Marketing, people, shared value, Sustainability
Bobby Fishkin, Reframe It Inc.

The Social Stock Exchange is the leading avenue in the world for social enterprises to become publicly traded by investors commited to both their profitability and their social impact. Our conversation will trace social enterprises risks, challenges and opportunities from the nascent fledgling creative & tenacious startups …

creative startup, impact investment, in-kind resources, IPO, liquidity
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2018 Important Dates

  • May 1 - June 15
    Period for submitting ideas.
  • June 16 - 29
    Commenting and voting period. All sessions open for voting.
  • June 30 - July 13
    Judging panel and final selection by SOCAP18 Content Team.
  • July 16
    Winning sessions announced to session organizers.