Accelerator Selection Tool Debuts at SOCAP17


Conveners.org, Sphaera, and ImpactSpace today unveiled the Accelerator Selection Tool, an online…

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New Book: Real Impact


Impact investment—the support of social and environmental projects with a financial return—has…

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A New Kind of Impact Investment Spectrum: The Holistic Spectrum for Impact


On July 14th, 2017 a classroom full of private investors were about to learn for the very first…

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Sprout Summit: 5 Proven Ways to Grow Your Social Enterprise


As a social entrepreneur, it’s vital that, in addition to developing and improving your current…

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Social Enterprise Alliance Summit 2017 Recap


Conveners.org Member Social Enterprise Alliance hosted it's annual Summit in Los Angeles last…

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What We Learned at the 2017 Global Citizenship Conference


Conveners.org Member Melton Foundation convened over 80 Melton Fellows and delegates from across…

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5 Top Mapping Resources for Social Impact Leaders


The impact ecosystem is expanding, and while local and regional ecosystem mapping efforts — such…

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How to Put Together and Host an Event That Moves Ideas Forward


Similar to what our friends at Conveners.org have noticed, we at The Determined, a creative studio…

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Building Tendrel’s Virtual Community


As a Conveners.org member, Tendrel connects the world's leading social entrepreneurs with their…

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Top 3 Tips for Successful Funding Applications


Ever wondered how to give your funding application the best chance of success? Of course you have!…

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New Book: The Innovation Blind Spot


According to Village Capital CEO Ross Baird, "Humankind has never been wealthier, yet most people,…

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The Best Free Social Enterprise Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed


Whether you are in the planning stages of launching a social enterprise, are brainstorming whether…

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Lessons Learned Along The Journey From Unreasonable Institute to Uncharted


Last month the team at the Unreasonable Institute made a strategic leap to have more impact.…

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Convening for Impact: Latino Policy Summit ‘Day of Action’


This May the Latino Community Foundation (LCF) convened 300 Latino community leaders, advocates,…

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CIP Series Roundup: Advancing Accelerators’ Impact Measurement


And just like that it’s summer! It’s been an incredibly productive and fun year so far, and one of…

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Co-Hosted Session Recap: Alternative Revenue Streams for Convening with One World Training & Investment


On July 25, Conveners.org co-hosted an in-person session with One World Training & Investment…

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Webinar Recap: Creative Approaches to Convening Cross-Sector Leaders


On July 26, Conveners.org co-hosted a webinar with David Styers of the Presidio Institute to…

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Why Collaboration Is Important in Impact Investing


The Good Capital Project convened for the first time on June 19th in New York City. This new SOCAP…

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18 Social Innovation and Impact Conferences You Can Attend Each Year


As the impact ecosystem grows, impact-focused events are springing up around the nation and world.…

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Holding Each Other Accountable


At a recent dialogue Echoing Green hosted on the future of social entrepreneurship, attendees…

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New Book: The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur


Read a full chapter on the trials of social entrepreneurship from the recently published book, The…

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The Rise of Social Enterprise in New Zealand


Purpose, inspiration, sustainability, passion… this is what social enterprise thrives on. The…

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Creating Breakout Innovation


In 2015, the year before I joined the Thousand Currents team, I started a rather unusual research…

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Innovations in Corporate Social Impact


There are a variety of reasons why companies are driven to focus on social impact. Corporate…

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Coalitions, the Good, the Bad and the Effective


PCDNetwork CEO & Founder Craig Zelizer shares his thoughts on one session at the annual…

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Actionable Insights for Decision Makers, Social Entrepreneurs, and Engaged Citizens


Sally Osberg, President and CEO of Conveners.org Member Skoll Foundation, sat down with Skoll…

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Leading with Heart and Building Authentic Relationships to Create Real Change


With over 6,000 alumni, Rockwood Leadership Institute is the United State’s largest provider of…

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The Case for Creative Coalitions in a Time of Turmoil


Imagine a country’s Olympics team getting all mixed up. The swimmers end up in the sprint and the…

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Top 10 Insights from SPRING: How to Run an Accelerator


SPRING’s hypothesis is that business has the power to help transform the lives of girls. The…

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Skoll World Forum 2017 Reflection: Global Goals in an Uncertain World


Walking into the session, a question buzzed in my head: can we 7B+ humans prove to ourselves that…

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Early Stage Entrepreneurship Support Programs


Early entrepreneurship support programs come in various forms, however, there are four main types:…

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The Entrepreneurial Mindset Is Your Swiss Army Knife


Most, if not all, entrepreneurs share a set of traits which can be described as the…

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International Development Organizations Meet Impact


The big question is: Can they learn to syndicate with other capital, and only use subsidies at the…

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New Book: The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism


Written by pioneering clean money investor and change agent Joel Solomon, this newly published…

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How You Can Help the Entrepreneurs You Care About Succeed: Lessons from 26 Communities Worldwide


She Leads Africa, a female founder-focused VilCap Community in Lagos, Nigeria Silicon Valley is…

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Top 5 Tips to Host an Eco-Friendly Convening Abroad


In honor of Earth Day this month, Conveners.org has crowd-sourced a list of best practices for…

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Scaling Earned Revenue in Non-Profits


Given the difficulties so many non-profits face when looking for project funding, the need to…

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SOCAP Conversations: The State of the Field of Impact Measurement and Evaluation


What should robust evaluation and measurement of impact investing look like? Last year The…

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The BIL-LMDF Women Effect Event (or Why Investing in Women Is the Smart Thing to Do)


Conveners.org Member Tiime shares a recap of a recent conference on GLI (Gender-Lens Investing)…

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Humans on the Move Spotlight Series: Gulf Coast


This post is the second installment of Conveners.org member Humans on the Move's “Spotlight…

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Leading Bravely in Global Health


GlobeMed recently held its annual Summit 'Leading Bravely: Finding Strength in Diversity' on March…

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How We Gather


America is changing. Millennials are less religiously afiliated than ever before. Churches are…

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SEWF in New Zealand: Creating Our Tomorrow


Christchurch in New Zealand was hit by a series of cripping earthquakes in 2011. Today, the city…

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Why the Good Capital Project: Interview with John Kohler


The Good Capital Project will convene for the first time this June in New York City. This new…

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Creating Common Ground in an Era of Division


The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship takes place this week, April 4-7, and…

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Humans on the Move New Spotlight Series


Conveners.org member Humans on the Move is launching “Spotlight Series,” a new series highlighting…

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Impact Investing in Silicon Valley


Highlighting the rapidly growing interest in impact investment opportunities within Silicon…

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The Big Marketing Mistake Most Events Make — and How to Fix It


You’ve probably seen plenty of event highlight videos. They’re the three-minute sizzle reels with…

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Change, Justice, Equity: The Optimism of Echoing Green’s Solutions Week


  Photo courtesy of The Green Space. Echoing Green, a Conveners.org Founding Member, kicked…

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We Don’t Need Another App for Social Change, or My 4 Days at #Sxsw


From March 10 through March 14, Craig Zelizer, CEO & Founder of The Peace and Collaborative…

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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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CIP Call Recap: AtA Impact Measurement


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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CIP Call Recap: 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Webinar Recap: 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 is…

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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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Webinar Recap: Planning for the Worst


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

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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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Webinar Recap: 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 Acceleration”,…

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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…

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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…

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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 PondAfter 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…

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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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