ONLINE Adaptive Leadership Course for Change Agents

Soma Integral Consulting

Facilitating the process of change is a complex endeavor: it usually involves a large number of stakeholders who have diverse values, priorities, and perspectives on what the problems are and different views on what solutions might effectively address them. Most often, there are no single ‘right’ answers that can be provided by 'expert' because social and environmental challenges are political and value-based.

The role of an adaptive leader is to mobilize a group of stakeholders to do ‘adaptive work,’ i.e., to facilitate a transformative process that unleashes the collective intelligence in the group in order to generate innovative and mutually beneficial solutions for both the social and ecological systems impacted.

The course includes 8 sessions of 2-hour each delivered online via the interactive Zoom platform over a period of 4 weeks. Two sessions are held on Friday each week: 10am-12pm PST for Sessions A and 1:00pm-3:00pm PST for Sessions B. There is an additional one-hour meet-up session on the Friday before the course begins (11:00am-12:00pm PST).

Course Dates: Jul 7 (Meet-up); Jul 14 (Sessions 1A + 1B); Jul 21 (Sessions 2A + 2B); Jul 28 (Sessions 3A + 3B); Aug 4 (Sessions 4A + 4B).

For more information about the course content and sessions, please visit the course page: http://soma-integral.com/courses/adaptive-leadership-course/

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adaptive-leadership-in-complex-multi-stakeholder-environments-tickets-34484560248

http://soma-integral.com/courses/adaptive-leadership-course/

CivicX Returns to Seattle, June 20-23

Civic Accelerator

Join entrepreneurs, community and business leaders, investors and philanthropists for conversation and networking as we celebrate the Spring 2017 class for CivicX. Our entrepreneurs are looking for additional investment, board members, customers and partners to scale their impact as they graduate from the Civic Accelerator. This special event will be held on the last evening of the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service (conference attendees attend for free). Come celebrate over food and refreshments in Downtown Seattle!

https://spring2017demoday.splashthat.com/

SVN’s 30th Anniversary Conference & Gala Announced

Social Venture Netowrk

The SVN 30th Anniversary Committee is excited to announce that The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn will be our venue to celebrate 30 years of SVN, December 7-9, 2017.

The committee is now hard at work on content and sessions for the conference. We're using SVN’s mission statement as the basis—to support and empower diverse, innovative leaders who leverage business to serve the greater good—along with our Success Metrics. We'll have more updates in the coming months.

We are also putting forth a call to members for a few keynote speaker slots and session ideas. Should you know of a ‘household’ name who might attract more attendees from outside (and inside) our membership, let us know. However, this is not a brainstorm, we ask you only submit names who you personally could and are willing to reach out to ask. Once we collect the names we can determine who is ideal to approach, given the overall content and themes.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoMdDvH3Q1UF3cgkjmfCz1wFV9gYLOGOFeLxy0SGG_0yFuVg/viewform

Second Major Report From GALI On Accelerating Startups in Emerging Markets Released

Global Accelerator Learning Initiative

The second major report from GALI, written in collaboration with Deloitte, compares acceleration in emerging markets versus high-income countries. Examining data from more than 2,400 early stage ventures that applied to 43 programs, it finds more similarities between emerging market and high-income country entrepreneurs and accelerator programs than commonly believed.

https://www.galidata.org/publications/accelerating-startups-in-emerging-markets

New GALI Report On Acceleration In Mexico

Global Accelerator Learning Initiative

With the support of Citibanamex, through Fomento Social Banamex, GALI is working to increase understanding of acceleration and early stage ventures in Mexico. This data summary includes information from 461 ventures operating in Mexico, contributed by 21 accelerator programs.

https://www.galidata.org/publications/acceleration-in-mexico/

GLG Launches Fourth Year of Social Impact Fellowship with Call for Applications

Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.

Los Angeles, California; May 1, 2017 — GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.), the world’s leading membership for professional learning, today announced that applications for its fourth class of Social Impact Fellows would be accepted now through July 17, 2017. (The application is available here.) The GLG Social Impact Fellowship, which was extended from one to two years in 2016, gives curious and ambitious nonprofit and social enterprise leaders access to peer-to-peer learning from GLG’s membership of 500,000 experts and thought leaders, at no cost.

“Our mission is to transform the way the world’s top professionals share expertise through varied one-to-one learning opportunities,” said GLG CEO Alexander Saint-Amand. “Our Fellowship, now in its fourth year, serves some of the world’s best and brightest social entrepreneurs. We’re excited to build a new class of Fellows who will bring with them unique experiences and challenges and grow our community of leading social sector learners.”

GLG Director of Social Impact Jen Field announced the opening of applications in Los Angeles at the Milken Institute Global Conference, where GLG will host an event for social sector leaders and GLG Social Impact Fellows. In conjunction with the call for applications, GLG will release new videos with current and former GLG Social Impact Fellows discussing their organizations and how they’re creating impact across their various geographies and issues. The first video features 2015 Social Impact Fellow Rebecca Van Bergen, Founder and Executive Director of Nest. More videos will be released in the coming weeks.

“At GLG we are fortunate to be learning from the passions, drive, and commitment of each of our Fellows,” said Field. “And we know that the key to success is identifying leaders who share GLG’s commitment to the value of teaching and learning.”

GLG Social Impact Fellows are creative problem-solvers who have demonstrated that they are among the most promising and gifted social sector leaders. They join GLG’s community of leading investors, entrepreneurs, corporations, and consulting firms, who learn every day from academics, current and former C-suite executives, scientists, policy specialists, former public sector leaders, and other professionals. Fellows and their teams work collaboratively with GLG to leverage the breadth and depth of GLG’s membership to inform strategic decisions and increase impact. (Learn more about the Fellowship and past Fellows here.)

The competitive selection process is based on organizations’ missions and models and on applicants’ articulation of how GLG’s resources would help them increase efficacy and scale at key moments in their organizational growth. Past and current Fellows and their organizations tackle a range of social challenges around the world–from healthcare in Nepal to water sanitation in Bangladesh, from youth unemployment in Nigeria to disaster response in the U.S, and beyond.

Applicants must be the Founder, Executive Director, President, or CEO of a nonprofit or social enterprise with an innovative model creating demonstrable social change. Organizations must have a multi-year plan in place, be 2-10 years old, and fit within our budget criteria. Applicants must be eager to learn from the world’s leading professionals, from GLG, and from each other.

The application is available online at GLGSocialImpact.com/application. Applications will be accepted until July 17 and the 2017 Fellows will be announced in the fall.

https://glg.it/news/glg-launches-fourth-year-of-social-impact-fellowship-with-call-for-applications/

Good Capital Project Design Team Announced

SOCAP

We at SOCAP are excited to announce that Cheryl Heller, President of The Measured Lab, a firm dedicated to measuring the impact of design on social challenges, has joined the Good Capital Project team to partner in producing our two-year project that will reimagine the future of impact investing; scaling it from an emerging industry to a structural force for good in the global economy.

That project launches on Monday, June 19, at Convene in Midtown in New York City. The goal of the Good Capital Project is to bring the best minds together to focus energies, align vision, and look beyond current best practices to set daring goals for the future of impact investing.

The format of the day will include plenary sessions, where category experts will provide an overview of opportunity areas and issues; break out design sessions where smaller groups will collaborate to further define strategies and goals on specific issues of relevance to them, and presentations by the individual teams on the work they accomplished together. Each working group will have a facilitator to guide them through the creative process.

https://www.goodcapitalproject.com/blog/2017/5/2/good-capital-project-design-team-announced?mc_cid=a49f39e2e5&mc_eid=df27b80839

Manylabs Seeks Residents/Events For Science Coworking Space

Manylabs

Manylabs convenes researchers, educators, and makers working under the umbrella: science for good (open science, science education, environmental science, data-driven wellness, low-cost tools, etc.). Manylabs is seeking: 1. residents to join our community, bridging the gap between citizen scientists, technologists, and the public (applications are accepted very month) & 2. conveners looking for unusual event space - we are renovating our ground floor in SoMa to accommodate groups for private and public events. Please reach out to us for more information! (Dvorit Mausner, executive director, [email protected])

www.manylabs.org

SOCAP Announces The Good Capital Project, Launching June 19th in NYC

SOCAP and the Good Capital Project

SOCAP Group is proud to announce the Good Capital Project, the next step in bringing impact investment into the mainstream. For almost ten years, the SOCAP community has been working together to build the market at the intersection of money and meaning. We are taking our next giant step in New York City on June 19 and we hope you will seriously consider being a part of this gathering.

This day will convene leaders from the financial, design, academic, non-profit, governmental and impact communities. We want to gather this diverse group of people interested in building a marketplace for good so that we can drive greater collaboration and coordination to accelerate capital flows into purpose-driven investments in every sector.

Save the date: June 19, 2017! Using a design thinking approach, we will highlight the barriers and find opportunities for impact investors to bring their initiatives to scale through aligning and enlisting cooperation of major Wall Street firms, international development organizations, angel investor networks, foundations, and community investing. Over the duration of this project, we expect the landscape for investing for good to become clear, and new, and for substantial partnerships, co investments, and projects to arise. We want to enlist all the players to join the effort to solve global challenges with market-based solutions, mixed with philanthropy and public sector financing.

The time is right for a convergence of all of the sectors and asset classes for an interdisciplinary coordination of unlikely allies to take impact investing to scale, globally and locally in partnership.

We are committed, we are inclusive, and we are dedicated to making this happen. You want to be in the room where it happens. Join us June 19.

June 19th
Convene, 730 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10017
[email protected]
https://www.goodcapitalproject.com/

SOCAP Open Submissions Now Close June 14th

SOCAP

SOCAP Open's submission date has been extended to June 14th!

SOCAP Open is our invitation to you to share your best programming ideas with our conference team and the SOCAP community, to add your perspective to the mix. After the submission period, all ideas are voted on by the general public and reviewed by an advisory panel of experts.

Selected session leaders then develop their content and present it during the SOCAP conference in San Francisco. SOCAP17 will include interactive sessions, panel discussions, workshops, and storytelling opportunities.

http://socialcapitalmarkets.net/submission/

Gray Matters Capital Partners With New Ventures Group to Bring OpenImpact Learning Journey in Mexico City This May

New Ventures Group & Gray Matters Capital

Atlanta-based impact investor Gray Matters Capital has partnered with Mexico City-based New Ventures Group to bring the OpenImpact Learning Journey to Mexico City in May 2017!

The learning journey is a hands-on introduction into impact investing and social entrepreneurship for investors. The journey will take place in Mexico City for four days, and will consist of ecosystem networking, workshops, and projects with impact investment funds, social entrepreneurs, foundations, and other actors within the ecosystem.

Here are the journey details:

Dates: Tuesday May 30th - Friday June 2nd
Location: Mexico City
Maximum number of participants: 8 investors
Expense: $600 USD (fee includes food and in-country transportation), $1,500 USD (fee includes food, in-country transportation, and hotel); flight not included. This is a pilot program, so the journey is being offered at cost.
Want more information? Contact Emily Truax at [email protected] or +52 55 5604 5555 ext. 3800, or visit their website: openimpactproject.com

openimpactproject.com

Toniic SDG Impact Theme Framework Aligns Impact Investments With UN SDGs

Toniic

Toniic Institute presents the Toniic SDG Impact Theme Framework. The goal of the framework, the development of which Toniic will curate as a public good, is to allow impact investors to align their investments with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and thereby find greater alignment and synergy in global investment opportunities. Please see our full press release announcing the Toniic SDG Impact Theme Framework.

The SDGs are a set of seventeen inter-related aspirational goals for the planet approved by the United Nations in 2015 that bring together developing and developed world and public and private sector opportunities. They contain 169 targets for sustainable development of the planet to be achieved by 2030. These include ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests.

http://www.toniic.com/sdg-framework-press-release/

THNK Creative Leadership Program Call for Applications

THNK School of Creative Leadership

If you are an experienced leader looking to make change happen by developing ideas into tangible initiatives, THNK’s Creative Leadership Program could be for you.

With four week-long modules spread over over six months, participants advance a pro-social entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial project while developing as a leader and growing their global network. You’ll learn how to navigate and thrive in rapidly-changing and uncertain environments, translating your passion and purpose into real impact.

With no exams or lectures, you will learn by doing, working on real topics that matter most to you. Whether you are an intrapreneur or entrepreneur, you will push your own development through peer-to-peer interaction with master practitioners and a highly diverse cohort of peers from a range of entrepreneurial, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

What will I get out of the program?

Sustainable roadmap to making the change you are passionate about
Process to build and lead a team capable of creating measurable impact
Collection of practical tools and frameworks to spark innovation and solve problems
Multidisciplinary support in bringing your project into the world
Clear definition of your leadership strengths and weaknesses
Expansive network containing potential co-founders, collaborators, and peer coaches

Click the below link to learn more!

https://www.thnk.org/programs/creative-leadership-program/

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Now Accepting Applications for Women PeaceMakers Program

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ), at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies, is currently accepting applications for its Women PeaceMakers Program. The new Women PeaceMakers Program will offer a unique fellowship for peacebuilders, focused on strengthening and improving peace efforts in conflict-affected communities around the world. The 10-month fellowship will do this through building an engaged community of four peacebuilders from conflict-affected communities and four international peace partners looking to transform their ability to build peace together.

For 2017-18, the program’s focus will be on peacebuilders who engage with the security sector. The cohort of four Women PeaceMakers and four International Partners will work together to explore the following question:

How can Women PeaceMakers and international partners build more effective local-global collaborations in their peacebuilding efforts to engage the security sector?

Participants will be selected based on their work with the security sector (police, military and other state security forces) to advance peacebuilding, human security and women’s rights in local contexts.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the IPJ website at http://peace.sandiego.edu/wpm or contact Katie Zanoni, IPJ Program Officer for Women PeaceMakers, at [email protected]

https://pcdnetwork.org/blogs/redesigned-2017-women-peacemakers-call-for-application/

The Palo Alto Impact Center Announces Rebrand to ONE WORLD


Conveners.org Member The Palo Alto Impact Center announced today that it is rebranding itself as One World Training, and formally launching One World Impact Investments. Collectively, the organization will be known simply “One World”. Why? Their mission is to scale social impact enterprises in the Bay Area that improve the lives of individuals globally, and they believe this is best achieved by people and organizations that embrace a holistic, global outlook on two key dimensions. In their own words:

Who We Serve

Every organization decides who it serves.  One World is focused on helping underserved and underrepresented populations––and the planet which supports us all––through our social impact work for two reasons.  First, we believe it is fair and just to support these populations––a compelling reason in and of itself.  Second, we believe that all populations are ultimately interconnected, and that by helping underserved populations we ultimately help everyone, everywhere––“a rising tide lifts all boats”.  This is the “World”.

And what about “Training”?

We believe deeply in the power of training and education to transform individuals and organizations.  In particular, we believe the social impact field is not fully understood, nor are its concepts embraced by mainstream businesses or the investor community.  This holds back the ecosystem as a whole; closing this education gap is what inspires us to do the work we do.  From small networking events to full scale multi-day custom programming, we approach our work through a training and education lens.

Impact Investing

Additionally, One World is elevating its activity to invest both directly and indirectly in social impact organizations.  One World Impact Investments is a new fund which invests in early stage Bay Area-based social impact organizations.  Our current portfolio of companies is listed on our website, and our investment criteria for additional investments will be published soon. The One World investment syndicate is an informal group of angel investors and family offices that have aligned interests and impact investment goals as The One World Impact Fund.  To learn more about the syndicate please contact: [email protected]

In Closing

The San Francisco Bay Area has a tremendous amount of resources in the form of human, financial, and intellectual capital; the opportunity for One World is to enable social impact companies to fully leverage these resources collaboratively, in a way that benefits everyone.
This is the one world worth fighting for.

Learn more about the rebrand and One World's offerings and upcoming events on their new website: http://oneworld.training/

 


Meet the GCP’s Committed Partners and Participants

Good Capital Project

You don’t want to miss the launch of the Good Capital Project, a two year initiative. Using a design thinking approach, we will highlight the barriers and find opportunities for impact investors to bring their initiatives to scale through aligning and enlisting cooperation of major Wall Street firms, international development organizations, angel investor networks, foundations, and community investing. Over the duration of this project, we expect the landscape for investing for good to become clear, and new, substantial partnerships, co investments, and projects to arise. We want to enlist all the players to join the effort to solve global challenges with market-based solutions, mixed with philanthropy and public sector financing.

There are lot of initiatives arising that show the time is right for a convergence of all of the sectors and asset classes for an interdisciplinary coordination of unlikely allies to take impact investing to scale, globally and locally in partnership.

We are committed, we are inclusive, and we are dedicated to making this happen. You want to be in the room where it happens. Join us June 19.

http://socialcapitalmarkets.net/2017/03/30/gcp-partners-participants/?mc_cid=d426e9cddf&mc_eid=e77bfe9da9

Echoing Green Releases Social Impact Talent Report

Echoing Green

Each year, Echoing Green evaluates thousands of applications in order to identify high-potential social change leaders from around the globe.

We are eager to bring this remarkable group to New York for connections and interviews as Finalists for the Echoing Green Fellowships – our two year immersive leadership development program that provides seed-funding and hands-on support, and embeds them in the Echoing Green network. Ultimately, the investment we make in selecting the 2017 Fellows will be from this group of dedicated entrepreneurs, who will go on to join our unparalleled community of 700+ innovators.

We believe these 73 next-generation innovators have the talent and drive to launch bold new ideas for solving some of today’s most pressing and entrenched problems around the world.

Click the link below to learn more.

http://www.echoinggreen.org/ideas/social-impact-talent-report-2017

JPMorgan Chase’s CEO Admits to Diversity Problems With Black Talent In 2017 Letter To Shareholders

Quartz

Everything is “exceptional” and “extraordinary” at JPMorgan Chase, according to CEO Jamie Dimon’s annual letter to shareholders. But the firm has “simply not met the standards set for [itself]” on one initiative: hiring black talent.

That will hardly come as a surprise to an industry that’s resolutely lacking in diversity. According to the US Census Bureau, 79% of financial advisors are white, 8% are African American, 7% are Hispanic/Latino, and just 5.7% are Asian.

By some measures, JPMorgan’s diversity record is better than its peers. According to its website, among its professional US workforce, 20% is Asian and 8.7% is Hispanic/Latino. It’s also making progress on gender diversity. 40.5% of US employees are women. It promotes women to leadership positions too. Within global financial services, 30% of Dimon’s direct reports and 30% of its leadership are women.

https://qz.com/951064/jpmorgan-chases-ceo-jamie-dimon-admits-to-diversity-problems-with-black-talent-in-his-2017-letter-to-shareholders/

1776 and Revolution Announce Challenge Cup 2017 Global Startup Competition

1776 and Revolution

We are now accepting Challenge Cup applications through 1776’s UNION network, a digital platform that offers your startup access to pitch-coaching, industry advice, and key connections with the right people to help you scale in your industry. Each applicant will receive access to UNION for the duration of their time in the competition.One winner will be selected from each Challenge Cup Local to compete in the Global Finals at Challenge Festival in New York City. These startups will have the opportunity to share their ideas on a global stage and compete for grand prizes. At Challenge Festival, competing startups will have the opportunity to participate in mentor hours, curriculum and pitch coaching as well as make direct connections to potential funders, clients, experts, and 75 of the top startup peer-founders from around the world.

Today, 1776 announced the kickoff of its fourth annual global Challenge Cup competition that seeks to find innovative startups solving the world’s most complex challenges.

Challenge Cup is presented in partnership with investment firm Revolution, an active champion for the emergence of entrepreneurial communities and startups outside of Silicon Valley.

“The Challenge Cup illustrates that great companies can start and scale anywhere. While talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not and the Challenge Cup is squarely addressing this inequity,” said Steve Case, CEO and Chairman of Revolution LLC and Co-founder of AOL. “Revolution is proud to partner with 1776 again on this effort to provide startups around the world with the tools they need and the attention they deserve.”

Over the next four months, Challenge Cup will take place in 75 global cities, including cities drawn from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest program as well as over 20 US state capitals. In each of these cities, 1776 will partner with a leading local startup program to host a Challenge Cup experience on 1776’s UNION Network, a digital platform that connects startup ecosystems around the world.

The program culminates in the 2017 Challenge Festival, a multi-day event in November taking place at 1776’s newest campus located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

“The Challenge Cup is more than a pitch competition. We are forging partnerships between government officials, institutions, and entrepreneurs tackling complex challenges,” said Evan Burfield, Cofounder and CEO of 1776. “By partnering with Revolution we are reinforcing the networks necessary for startups to solve meaningful problems on a global stage. By hosting the competition on 1776’s UNION network, we are uniting the fragmented global startup ecosystem in this mission.”
Whether it be Twiga Foods in Kenya, Prima-Temp in Boulder or MyPeegu in Bangalore, startups are solving some of our most complex and challenging problems but are often overlooked with respect to venture funding and access to entrepreneurial resources.

“The Challenge Cup afforded me unparalleled access to capital, startup and investor connections, and global exposure,” Grant Brooke, cofounder of Twiga foods and Challenge Cup 2016 winner said. “Startups are the key to solving the world’s biggest problems, and competitions like the Challenge Cup draw attention to solving those problems on a global stage.”

Varies
https://www.1776.vc/challenge-cup/
https://www.1776.vc/challenge-cup/

Conscious Company Global Leaders Forum Announced


Are You a Conscious Business Leader? Connect With Your Peers.

Join 200+ executives & true change makers who share common values around being conscious business leaders and developing sustainable workplaces, and are passionate about leveraging their business to address greater causes. Take a look at the agenda with the latest content and speakers featured at this exclusive event.

Even more, Conveners.org community is eligible for a $1000 discount using this code: Conveners1000

Simply submit your Application for the event!

 


ANDE’s New Partnership Established to Boost Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

LONDON—April 4, 2017—The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia (DFAT), and The Rockefeller Foundation announced a new partnership today that will aim to foster more inclusive, self-sustaining economies through entrepreneurship in East and Southeast Asia.

With close to $500,000 committed, DFAT and The Rockefeller Foundation’s support will help grow and develop the ANDE East and Southeast Asia regional chapter, which will be based in Bangkok and serve the East and Southeast Asia region. Support for small and growing businesses (SGBs)—businesses with 5 to 250 employees and ready to scale—are essential to connecting both regional and global markets to local communities. As a result, underserved communities receive increased access to critical goods and services, such as education and housing. In Asia, there is growing evidence that this type of access has improved healthcare and provided offgrid communities with reliable and affordable energy sources.

“This partnership will strengthen the individual work of dozens of organizations supporting entrepreneurs in the region, and ultimately fortify small businesses working to effect change in their communities,” said Randall Kempner, executive director of ANDE. Additionally, the partnership will help to further expand the ANDE East and Southeast Chapter’s impact in the region through training programs and in-person events. This work builds on progress made by a volunteer steering committee that has been supporting ANDE’s work there since 2014.

Read more here.

 

http://www.andeglobal.org/?page=JobswithANDE

Oxfam and Sumerian Partners Release Report On Impact Investing: Who Are We Serving?

Oxfam and Sumerian Partners

This paper seeks to questions some of the assumptions around impact investment and highlights the experience of enterprises contributing to poverty reduction so that they might be better served by the field. It argues that the sector risks being discredited due to rising, unrealistic expectations about financial returns.

https://www.oxfamamerica.org/explore/research-publications/impact-investing-who-are-we-serving/

MIT Media Lab Accepting Nominations for Inaugural Disobedience Award

MIT Media Lab

We are now accepting nominations for the first-ever MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award, which carries a $250,000 cash prize, no strings attached.
This award will go to a person or group engaged in what we believe is an extraordinary example of disobedience for the benefit of society.

What does this mean? Societies and institutions lean toward order and away from chaos. While necessary for functioning, structure can also stifle creativity, flexibility, and productive change–and ultimately, society's health and sustainability. This is true from academia, to corporations, governments, the sciences, and our local communities.

With this award, we honor work that impacts society in positive ways, and is consistent with a set of key principles. These principles include non-violence, creativity, courage, and taking responsibility for one’s actions. This disobedience is not limited to specific disciplines; examples include scientific research, civil rights, freedom of speech, human rights, and the freedom to innovate.

Eligibility requirements for the $250,000 prize
- The recipient must be living.
- The recipient must have taken a personal risk in order to affect positive change for greater society.
- Both individuals and groups are eligible to win the prize.

https://www.media.mit.edu/disobedience/

New GSEN Mapping Report: Organizations Supporting Early Stage Social Entrepreneurs in Africa


By mapping, connecting and convening intermediaries across Africa, the GSEN Mapping Report initiative has worked to improve the effectiveness and reach of organisations supporting social entrepreneurs in Africa.

Our first stage in the initiative was to identify these intermediaries operating in Africa. Our new GSEN Mapping Report lists more than 60 organisations supporting early stage social entrepreneurs in Africa, with information on the support they offer and where they operate.

Read more and get the Mapping Report here.

For the second stage, over 60 Africa-based organisations were invited to participate in the first-of-its-kind GSEN Learning Workshop for social enterprise supporters in Ghana in October 2016. In the end, 21 participants, active across 16 countries in Africa came together to build skills, knowledge and networks, helping them to improve their support for early stage social entrepreneurs.

The final stage of this initiative brought GSEN members from Africa, Asia Pacific, North America, Western Europe & Central & Eastern Europe together for the GSEN Annual Event in South Africa, exchanging knowledge, connecting social leaders and delivering change. Watch out for the final outcomes report at the end of April 2017.


Introducing RSF’s Integrated Capital Fellowship


Last week, we unviled our latest program to revolutionize investing and giving: the Integrated Capital Fellowship. We are now accepting applications from professionals with financial expertise and an activist impulse who want to be at the forefront of fundamentally rethinking the purpose of wealth.

The application deadline is April 15th.

Fellows will learn alongside a group of experts in the field to partner with principals and help move capital using an integrated and strategic approach to meet a social mission. The curriculum focuses on long-term systemic change and covers the individual and collective work needed to transform our outdated economy, moving it from extraction to regeneration.

Read more >   |   Apply here >


Aid & Development Asia Summit

Aid & International Development Forum

The 3rd annual Aid & Development Asia Summit will take place on 14-15 June 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital city of Myanmar (Burma).

Gathering 250+ humanitarian and development professionals, The Aid & Development Asia Summit will bring together regional and global expertise to discuss innovations and partnerships for aid and development programmes in Asia, with a particular focus on Myanmar.

The Summit will offer an unparalleled opportunity for knowledge exchange, cross-sector engagement and collaboration between UN, government agencies, local and international NGOs, Red Cross, development banks, investors, associations, media and the private sector.
Be part of this year’s Aid & Development Asia Summit and:

• Compare your approaches with peers and build long lasting partnerships and alliances with UN and government agencies, NGOs, donors, and the private sector
• Hear latest policy and project updates and influence the debate on improving humanitarian aid operations and infrastructure resilience – especially in Myanmar
• Exchange best practice and discover innovations in health & WASH, agriculture and infrastructure resilience, humanitarian logistics, use of (mobile) technology for development programmes
• Gain first hand insights from development banks, donors and government agencies on their financing priorities and funding guidelines

Agenda Topics:

• Improving health resilience & addressing current health threats (dengue, Zika, malaria, TB, HIV)
• Ensuring access to safe drinking water and sanitation
• Building resilient infrastructure to better support SDGs
• Improving lives and livelihoods and the safety of displaced people
• Utilising mobile technology to better reach and engage communities
• Improving connectivity, social networks and data exchange
• Financing of development and aid programmes in Myanmar

June 14 & 15, 2017
Naypyitaw, Myanmar
[email protected]
http://asia.aidforum.org/

Social Entrepreneur Program Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

SOCAP

In 2017, we will select up to 150 outstanding entrepreneurs to receive a scholarship. The benefits of being a SOCAP Social Entrepreneur include:

- Free SOCAP17 full conference pass (valued at $1495)
- Tailored entrepreneur programming pre-conference
- Hostel accommodations for the duration of the conference
- Recognition and high visibility in the SOCAP program
- Dedicated mentorship from notable impact leaders

The deadline for international applicants seeking early notification (if selected) is June 1, 2017. For all applicants, the deadline is June 30, 2017.

https://teconocpgk.formstack.com/forms/socap17_socent_application?mc_cid=52cacd3b23&mc_eid=01e0a76fa0

Emerging India, A New Incubator Center and Accelerator in India

Delta

We are excited to announce that our friends in India - Sangam Ventures will be launching Delta, a cleantech incubator focused on solving critical access and sustainability challenges. To kick things off they are opening the first call for applications for the Emerging India Program, a 6-month intensive field-based accelerator focused on energy access and agriculture challenges. Check the below link for more information.

http://delta.sangam.vc/emerging-india

AARP Foundation Recruiting a Social Entrepreneur in Residence

AARP FOUNDATION

The AARP Foundation is focused on developing effective solutions that serve the low-income 50+ population in one or more of our four focus areas, food insecurity, housing, income and isolation. Each year we seek to launch 4-5 new social enterprises that allow low-income 50+ individuals to either continue to age in their home as they grow older, have access to affordable nutrition, maintain and/or increase their income, and reduce the negative health outcomes of social isolation. Our work to date has included home health technologies, new food delivery models, fin-tech products and services, to how we can leverage artificial intelligence to help the 50+ at scale.

We are currently recruiting for an open position Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the Foundation. The role is an exciting and unique one in the field of social entrepreneurship. It is, in essence, the opportunity to identify a solution that helps the low-income 50+ population in one of the above 4 areas, build your case through early-stage prototyping and Lean-Startup methodologies, seek internal funding to test the solution, and eventually raise both internal and external funding to scale your successful product or service. This role will have a lot of autonomy.

We are looking for driven self-starter individuals with a combination of entrepreneurial mindset (highly creative, action-oriented, curious, passionate to learn), pragmatic business skills (relentless focus on scaling, cost-efficiencies, data-based decision-making) and a deep passion for social enterprise as a means through which to achieve greater social justice.

You can view our website at www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/ and our careers page at http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/careers/, to view the benefits we offer, a description of the role, and get to know our culture a little bit better.

Washington DC
http://careers.aarp.org/ShowJob/Id/999832/Social-Entrepreneur-in-Residence/
http://careers.aarp.org/ShowJob/Id/999832/Social-Entrepreneur-in-Residence/

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