Why Capitalism Needs Conscious Leadership


The business world has a bad rap, and not without reason. Deforestation, oil spills, unlivable...

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Finding Your Tribe In The Network Age


In the modern job-searching environment, being connected is more important than ever. With an...

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Webinar Recap: The Power of Convening in Changing Times


What is our role and responsibility as impact conveners in a rapidly shifting socio-political...

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Convening for Change: Core Ingredients for Success


Perhaps nowhere in modern history has the need for authentic, cross-community dialogue about our...

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It’s Time for Conferences to Stop Underpaying Women Speakers


In my two years as a professional public speaker, I have experienced two consistent trends that...

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Will the New Executive Order Impact Your Event?


On March 6, President Trump signed a new executive order that bars foreign nationals from six...

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Highlights From FLII: 2017 Latin American Impact Investing Forum


When the Latin American Impact Investing Forum was created in 2011, New Ventures had no idea it...

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AtA Impact Measurement CIP Call Summary


  Enthused with the momentum of last month’s call where we chatted about the state of impact...

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Webinar Recap: Strategies to Increase Participant Diversity


A core function of our work as conveners is to bring together communities and spur dialogue,...

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If You’re Going to Change the World, You Better Bring Your Stories


Conveners.org Member frank, an initiative of the University of Florida College of Journalism and...

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Redefining “Replication” For Social Enterprises


Social enterprises are judged by both their social impact and their ability to thrive as...

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Rethinking the Response to the Refugee Crisis


Humans on the Move was founded last year in response to a heightening global refugee and migration...

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The Rule To Remember If You’re Trying To Change Your Conference


As technology continues to disrupt the face-to-face industry, many meeting and event professionals...

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Webinar Recap: Making Complex Collaborations Work


The diagrams above show how connections between organizations can evolve when complex...

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AtA Impact Measurement CIP Update


On January 11, we kicked off our 3-part series “Impact Measurement CIP”, which came out of the...

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From Passion To Hired


These days, finding a job can be very challenging. Building a career with purpose is even harder....

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Impact Accelerator Trends for 2017


As part of our Accelerating the Accelerators (AtA) program, a program we offer as a public good,...

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Impact Convening Trends for 2017


As an organization that facilitates connection, learning, and collaboration among impact-driven...

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15 Actions for a More Peaceful and Just 2017


As we embark on a new year, Conveners.org Member Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN)...

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Learnings from Lisbon: The ELYSE Final Conference


  Last summer, over 100 social entrepreneur supporters and young social entrepreneurs from...

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Why Entrepreneurs Are Better Judges of New Ideas than Expert Investors


Seven years in, Village Capital co-founders Ross Baird and Victoria Fram write about how Village...

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How Can We Make Change Happen?


Many of us in the social sector, when reflecting on what brought us here, remember that at one point...

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A Conversation with NAACP President & CEO, Cornell Brooks


Earlier this year, Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, joined the Presidio Institute and...

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Risk-Taking In Real-Time


Last month, more than 140 feedback enthusiasts gathered in Washington DC at the second annual...

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How to Make Complex Collaborations Work


Something Tom Atlee recently wrote sums up for us what’s happening on the planet right now....

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A Framework for Building Your Cross Sector Leadership Practice


Imagine a world where individuals working in all sectors collaborate to solve our toughest social,...

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Webinar Recap: Calling in Nature as Our Teacher


Nature is a master teacher when it comes to collaboration and convening. Conveners.org, together...

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Designing Community-Focused Gatherings


On October 19, Conveners.org partnered with the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (HEP) to...

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Discover the Best Place To Be a Social Entrepreneur


The launch of the Best Place to be a Social Entrepreneur earlier this fall highlighted a...

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A Lesson on Leadership, Or How I Got Lost in HEL


I was recently invited to speak about organizational culture leadership at an annual convening of...

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The Conveners.org Sessions @ SOCAP16: Impact Convening Information, Tools, Practices, and Outcomes


SOCAP’s annual gathering of mission-focused investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders...

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Unpacking the Unconference: AtA @SOCAP16


On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Conveners.org in partnership with the Miller Center for Social...

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Want to Increase Minority Entrepreneurship? Make Incubators More Inclusive


Last year’s first ever White House Demo Day, for which entrepreneurs were invited to the White...

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Benchmarking Performance of High-Tech Incubators and Accelerators


Over the past year, ICIC has partnered with JPMorgan Chase to research the opportunities and...

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Catalyzing Networks for Impact


Today, few doubt the potential for networks of people and institutions to deliver transformative...

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We Can Be Heroes, Just For One Day…


Risk management – even the term sounds a bit boring. But it is not, as anyone who has gone...

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How to Build a Culture of Trust


The impact ecosystem is replete with well-intentioned individuals striving to make the world a...

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Top 5 Elements To Build Effective Partnerships


Has this happened to you? You’ve been deeply engaged in a series of discussions with a great new...

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How can we make mentoring better for social entrepreneurs?


During our “Shared Resources” Collective Impact Project, a dynamic conversation took off...

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Review of “What’s Working in Startup Acceleration”


The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) report, “What’s Working in Startup...

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Building Lasting Community – Path of the Entrepreneur #5


This is the final installment of the Path of the Entrepreneur Series. This series is the result of...

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Three Tips for Diversifying your Convening


Guest Post by Christal M. Jackson, Founder of Head and Heart Philanthropy   Attendees make the...

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Best Practice Series #6: Saving Money Through Collaboration


On March 10th, we completed our sixth Best Practice Webinar with the Conveners.org community. In...

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The Future of Impact Program Evaluation – Path of the Entrepreneur #4


At the Accelerating the Accelerators session at SOCAP15, participants had a chance to do a deep dive...

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Join In! Regular Monthly Accelerator Stand Up Calls


Collective Impact Projects allow the Conveners.org community come together to address shared...

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Best Practice Series #5: Engaging Attendees Through Alternative Session Formats


On February 15, we continued our webinar series to share best practices within the Conveners.org...

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Mindfulness in Support of Resiliency and Social Impact


By Gretchen Ki Steidle, Global Grassroots and Conscious Social Change Mindfulness is being aware of...

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Increasing Attendee Diversity at Social Impact Convenings: Strategies, Opportunities, and Areas for Growth


As conveners, our core function is to bring together communities for dialogue, peer-learning, and...

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Impact Accelerator Common Application – Path of the Entrepreneur Series #3


2011 THE BEGINNING In 2011, Mission HUB LLC realized they had too many internal applications that...

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Accelerator Session  at Sixth Annual Meeting: Latin American Impact Investing Forum


On February 17, 2016 a group of 15 accelerators gathered at the Sixth Annual Latin American Impact...

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Best Practice Series #4: Measuring the Impact of Your Convening


At Conveners.org, we know that when thoughtfully designed, conferences and related events can be...

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The Power of Convening for Leadership Success – Building Leaders’ Capacity to Convene


The ability to convene effectively is a powerful tool to foster relationships, build community, and...

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What new external channels can social impact accelerators use to increase application numbers and diversity to their programs?

Assessment of Industry Channels for Sourcing Social Entrepreneurs – Path of the Entrepreneur #2


  One of the major challenges that accelerators face is identifying high-quality applicants...

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The One Thing You Need To Collaborate Effectively


by David Sawyer & David Ehrlichman “The fundamental insight of 21st century physics has yet to...

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Opportunity Collaboration Co-Hosted Session Recap


The Conveners.org community values cross-organizational collaboration and thinks it is critical to...

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Best Practice Series #3: Unlocking the Power of Virtual Convening


In July 2015, we continued our webinar series to share best practices within the Conveners.org...

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Best Practice Series #2: Acing the Feedback Survey


In June 2015, we continued our webinar series to foster greater sharing of best practices within...

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CtC Year Ahead Infographic


View Details of the conveners feedback given as part of the SOCAP15 Co-Hosted Session here.  

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Path of the Entrepreneur #1


Since the first gathering of the Accelerating the Accelerators community at SOCAP14, we have grown...

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Conveners.org Two Year Anniversary!


Conveners.org is designed to be a listening organization. To do this, we provide multiple touch...

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What can Social Impact Accelerators learn from Tech?


By: Guest Author Dr. Faith Wallace-Gadsden, Founder of Archimedes Project & Communications...

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Best Practice Series #1: Hacking Early Registration


Back in May, we launched a new webinar series to foster sharing of best practices within the...

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Updated Accelerator Focus Map


In September 2014 we convened the first ever Accelerating the Accelerators @SOCAP14 day long...

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Results from Continuing Conversations Collective Impact Project & GIS Co-Hosted Session


GIS CO-HOSTED SESSION RECAP We topped off the Global Innovation Summit with a great co-hosted...

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Girl Effect or Girlwashing? How to Keep a Powerful Idea From Going Off the Rails


  This post originally appeared on www.impactalpha.com and was authored by Avary Kent &...

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Accelerating the Accelerators @ Sankalp 2015


Many thanks to the great group of Accelerator leaders who gathered at Sankalp in Nairobi, Kenya back...

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Where are all the entrepreneurs?


Conversation Map Deep Dive:"Has the flood of accelerators dried up the pool of qualified...

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Deep-Dive : How Do We Measure Success?


Conversation Map Deep Dive “How do accelerators measure success?” We all have a love/hate...

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Accelerating the Accelerators @ SOCAP14


The Conveners team co-hosted their first Accelerating the Accelerators session at SOCAP14.  We were...

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Three NEW Collective Impact Projects


Thank you to Mark, Lora, Kevin, and Topher for stepping up to lead our three new CIP’s, and thank...

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Happy One Year Anniversary, Conveners!


Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at SOCAP14 for our 8th Co-Hosted Convening the...

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“I wish I knew how to spend less on coffee…”


The report-out from our May 28th meeting at Rockefeller Foundation will take a bit of a different...

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Big-Picture Questions for May 28th Meeting


On page 14 of the Rockefeller Foundation's “GATHER: the Art and Science of Effective...

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Convening the Conveners: Lessons Learned for Greater Impact


This post was contributed by Katharine Bierce What makes for a successful convening?  On February...

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Notes from Convening the Conveners @ the Global Innovation Summit


SaraJoy Pond After the GIS event, about 30 conveners gathered at the Rainforest Studio in Portola...

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Is it time for the mega-conference?


This post was contributed by Kevin Lynch Fellow Conveners! When Topher first pulled together this...

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Convening the Conveners at Global Innovation Summit 2014


This post was contributed by Topher Wilkins So much has happened in the short months since we first...

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Notes from Convening the Conveners at SVN 2013


This post was contributed by Mike Rowlands As planned, a number of us connected over a meal at...

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Notes from Convening the Conveners at Opportunity Collaboration 2013


This post was contributed by SaraJoy Pond The Conveners gathering at Opportunity Collaboration began...

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Notes from the Inaugural Convening the Conveners at SOCAP


This post was contributed by Topher Wilkins Greetings fellow Conveners, In September, 26 executives...

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