2019 Global Social Venture Competition: Application Deadline Dec 3

Calling all social entrepreneurs! Applications for the 2019 Global Social Venture Competition are now open. If you have an early-stage startup aiming to make a difference in the world using technology for good, apply to compete in the 2019 competition. All entries are reviewed by leading experts in the fields of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and impact investing. Top teams from across the globe will compete for $80,000 at the Global Finals at UC Berkeley, April 3-5, 2019, so apply by December 3rd to turn your idea into impact. Learn more at www.gsvc.org.


Social Enterprise Summit 2018

Attend with renowned social entrepreneurship leaders
With over 10 years of experience in promoting and supporting the development of social entrepreneurship and social innovation, SES understands what social innovators need, how to be more effective, and how to explore opportunities. Every year, we invite global, regional and local speakers to address the summit covering on the topics of social issues, social entrepreneurship, social innovation and the corresponding trends.

Explore future opportunities
The summit provides abundant opportunities to meet and interact with other international, regional and local social entrepreneurs; discuss the growth and development; explore the collaboration.

Plan short and long-term strategies for business growth
You will find new ideas and simulations from our keynote speeches, thematic and symposium sessions, workshops, tours and other activities. The new inspirations could be applicable to your businesses forming short and long-term strategies. Moreover, You will find the solutions to "business for social good": social enterprises , B Corps, creating shared values and so on.

Stay tuned to up-to-date news
The summit provides you with the latest news, practical cases and academic researches of the latest trends, strategies and insights on social entrepreneurship and social innovation.


SOCAP18

SOCAP is the world’s leading conference activating the capital markets to drive positive social and environmental impact – convening the marketplace at the intersection of money and meaning. The conference brings together impact investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, business leaders and other innovators from across the world in a unique cross-sector approach to catalyze collaboration for change. Kicking off a new decade of impact at SOCAP18, we have gathered over 20,000 people in the past ten years to accelerate the flow of capital for good.


ANDE SGB Investing Orientation Training

The ANDE SGB Investing Orientation Training is a two-day comprehensive overview of the small and growing business sector with a focus on how to make impact investments in emerging market enterprises. The agenda will include sessions on: financial models, doing deals, impact investing, sector analysis, business plans, case studies, social entrepreneurship 101, and more!

Geared towards new hires, summer associates, and those new to the sector, 300+ individuals have participated in this training over the past five years.

Tuition* (flat, non-refundable):
$300 for ANDE members
$500 for non-ANDE members

The tuition fee includes breakfast and lunch both days, and all relevant materials. In addition, we invite you to a NYC Networking Happy Hour on June 19th after the first day of training. Location is TBD, but it will be walking distance to the daytime training venue.


3 Principles for Collaboration and Impact at #EGSummit2017

Every fall, Echoing Green gathers world-class social entrepreneurs for several days of leadership workshops, productive cross-sector dialogues, and to provide space to recharge before they return to their crucial work. In our 30th anniversary year, the October 2017 All Fellows Conference brought us to San Francisco, where we visited local social enterprises and also hosted the inaugural Echoing Green Summit. The Summit convened more than 400 guests–including Echoing Green Fellows, other social change leaders, philanthropists, investors, and civic leaders–to engage in timely dialogues concerning what’s next for social innovation.

The San Francisco Bay Area is a bountiful ecosystem for social change with deep potential to influence progress all over the world. Many Echoing Green Fellows are working in Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, and beyond, in a region with an extensive history of activism and opportunity. This landscape is open for innovation and, in large part due to the wealth generated by the tech industry, is a place where philanthropy and impact investment are consistent points of conversation. As we consider the future of social entrepreneurship, how funding is accessed plays a critical role in which organizations, leaders, and approaches thrive. We can’t have conversations about funding without also surfacing the contexts in which social change is happening. The conference created an opportunity to dissect how key issues–including responding to and anticipating climate change, growing human rights movements, and 21st-century leadership–are impacting the outlook of the field.

In a time when new questions seem to arise daily about how best to dismantle structural barriers and social inequities, there's much to learn about how to make progress by reflecting on our beginnings. During the Summit, we presented the inaugural Echoing Impact award to honor the innumerable contributions of Chuck Feeney, founder of General Atlantic, Atlantic Philanthropies, and businessman who pioneered the duty-free industry. His philanthropic philosophy–giving while living–has inspired other philanthropists and resulted in $8B of investments through Atlantic Philanthropies to address intractable issues worldwide. Through his example of trusting in the promise of people to lead the way toward progress, and his early investment in Echoing Green, his legacy extends through the Echoing Green community and beyond. Governor of California Jerry Brown; Amit Chandra, managing director of Bain Capital; Chris Oechsli, president of Atlantic Philanthropies; Steve Denning, chairman of General Atlantic; David Hodgson, managing director of General Atlantic and Echoing Green Board co-Chair; Josefina Alvarado Mena ’96, CEO of Safe Passages; and Alan Khazei ‘91, co-founder of City Year and founder of Be The Change each shared reflections on how Mr. Feeney has influenced their own impact in the world.

Mr. Feeney was presented with the Echoing Impact Award to highlight his commitment to social progress, and the echoing effect and impact that his work has had across generations, countries, and the world.

So what’s next for social innovation? Where do we go from here? As Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey noted, “one of the benefits of identifying tomorrow’s transformative leaders today is not only access to emerging trends in the sector but also the ability to see through their eyes the world as it could be rather than the world as it is.” From this vantage point, there are three major takeaways Echoing Green will continue to carry forward into our next decade:

Build Community with Intention

In addition to forming partnerships with field-building partners to inform programming and spread the word about this year’s conference, Echoing Green’s community truly goes back to the beginning. Fellows from nearly every Fellowship class attended the conference, bringing their wisdom to their conversations while also learning from our newest classes and partners. (Check out this blog post for more of our reflections on community.)

Embrace What You Don’t Know (Yet)

The All Fellows Conference and Summit brought together leaders from different geographies, issue area focus, perspective, and more–and all that diversity is invaluable to progress. By entering into this space willing to learn while also valuing and offering your own perspective to conversations you might not have in daily life, the opportunities to co-design new solutions or iterate on old thinking can have compounding returns on our work.

Name Those Persistent Issues You Notice

As Cheryl Dorsey noted during her remarks, part of progress is embracing making the path by walking. Sometimes, along that path we are also required to have tough conversations for the sake of fixing broken systems and achieving the change we wish to see. While we know it’s not enough to just talk about the issues faced on the path to achieving dramatic social progress, it’s an essential component of taking informed action to address them.

This post originally appeared in the Echoing Green Blog and is republished here with permission.


Top 3 Tips for Successful Funding Applications

Ever wondered how to give your funding application the best chance of success? Of course you have! Securing funding is an essential part of launching and growing a successful social business, but doing so can be time consuming and can distract you from having the impact you have set out to create. So, if you are going to invest the time in securing funding you want to ensure your time is well spent and that your application has the best chance of success.

I have worked across Government, Corporate and non-profit sectors for the last 20 years. Throughout my career I have both submitted and reviewed thousands of funding applications and been a part of many Selection Panels making decisions about where to allocate funding—most recently as part of the Selection Panel for Dreamstarter by ING.

Here are my top three tips for what it takes to be successful in your funding application.

Selection Criteria Is There for a Reason

Far too often I read funding applications whose proposals clearly do not meet the selection criteria. It is frustrating because I know these applicants have spent their time applying for funding that they have little chance of receiving and the last thing we want to do as funders is waste the time of the very organisations we are trying to support.

My recommendation: Listen to what the funder is saying they are looking for. Does your proposal meet that criteria? If not, you are better to focus your time and energy on applying for funding that you have a stronger alignment with. You will not only have greater likelihood of success but the resulting partnership is more likely to be of benefit to your organisation in the long term.

Put Yourself in the Funder’s Shoes

When you are passionate about your cause and your business it can be hard to step out of your bubble and see things from a different perspective. Most funding these days takes the form of some kind of partnership and a partnership is most successful when it is mutually beneficial.

My recommendation: Consider why the funder may have established this funding program. What do they want to achieve from this funding? What do they want this program to say about them? How could your organisation help them with that? Once you have an idea of why they may have established this funding program, consider how your proposal will help that organisation achieve that objective and find a way to articulate that in your application.

Be Clear & Concise

The person or panel reading your funding application will likely be reading hundreds. They want to quickly and easily understand what you do, what the funding will allow you to achieve, the impact that will make and why your organisation is the best choice to create that impact. Many times I have read, and reread funding applications and been no clearer about what the organisation does, the impact it is seeking to create or what it is actually asking for. Many use jargon or specialised references while other submissions assume the impact of the problem it addresses is commonly understood and/or the impact of the applicant’s solution to the problem is obvious.

My recommendation: Always have a top line (1 or 2 sentence) response that succinctly answers the question. You don’t want to the person reviewing your application to have to read between the lines or search for your answer among paragraphs of detail.

Once you have succinctly answered the question, then you can go into a little more detail below that to further illustrate or provide supporting evidence but always keep this brief.

This post originally appeared in Social Change Central and is republished here with permission; it was written by Shannon Carruth, ING’s Sustainability & Community Impact Manager who leads ING’s award-winning Dreamstarter program.


New Book: The Innovation Blind Spot

According to Village Capital CEO Ross Baird, "Humankind has never been wealthier, yet most people, places, and industries feel entirely left out." He wrote a book to find out why. Baird's new book, The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas — and What to Do About It, includes a foreword from AOL co-founder Steve Case and stories of dozens of entrepreneurs and investors that speak to what can be done to ensure that entrepreneurship lives up to its promise of being able to change the world. Take a sneak peek of Baird's new book, which is set to launch on September 12. Click on the image below to read the book's first chapter, entitled "What Happened to the American Dream?” — shared here with permission — and pre-order the book before its release date to receive a 50% pre-order discount.

 


Holding Each Other Accountable

At a recent dialogue Echoing Green hosted on the future of social entrepreneurship, attendees grappled with our central question: whether social entrepreneurship is still a relevant mechanism for social change today. For Echoing Green, where we view social entrepreneurship as a force that operates at the intersection of social innovation and social justice, the answer is yes. There are many ways to define social entrepreneurship, but where the boundaries between the business, government, and social sectors can be blurred in service of ideas that create new, shared value is where we believe there exists a crucial role for leaders with purpose, committed to addressing inequality and systems that disadvantage communities over generations and threaten the ability of people to thrive in the future.

Over our 30-year history is a multiplicity of moments where inequality is reinforced by systems and institutions. What is the role of social entrepreneurship in those moments? In part, its role is to be wielded by leaders, close to the injustices they want to address, who understand that their work crosses fictional boundaries. Among Echoing Green’s community of Fellows are people who are addressing disparities in education, racism in policing, climate vulnerability from the United States to the Himalayas, and confronting preventable death in healthcare. They, along with their peers, know that their work cannot be approached in silos.

Of course, systems intersect in ways that have consequences across discipline and sector that reinforce inequities. Health care outcomes are often issues of economic and racial justice; in U.S. communities where education is underfunded, they are likely to be over-policed; and climate vulnerability can be tied to agricultural progress, policy determinations of other countries (see the United States' Federal government determination to leave the Paris accords), race, nationality…the list goes on. There are plenty more intersections among these issues and the work of our other Fellows. Within Echoing Green’s community of leaders, supporters, funders, and advisors are people who seek to understand these intersections and do their part to create and support solutions. This speaks to the continued relevance of this field, but more importantly, to the importance of widening the tent to bring more perspectives and actors to the table.

It’s important to us that people can come together across disciplines to exchange ideas, learn from one another, and bring their full selves as they pursue their work. Beyond this, we know how important it is that, when our community convenes, they have space to not only consider who all the stakeholders are in their work but also to understand how power and agency play a role in achieving equitable outcomes. If we acknowledge that the issues are intersectional, and we value our community for their ability to draw wisdom from one another, make connections across geographies and communities, and to be accountable to themselves and those directly affected by the work, Echoing Green’s continued commitment to working alongside more, diverse voices will only strengthen our work.

The Takeaway: Access does not equal participation or inclusion. It’s not enough to bring people together. Our community holds itself–including Echoing Green–accountable to taking action with what we learn.

People from all walks–including social entrepreneurs, community partners and stakeholders, funders, business leaders–have unique roles to play to deepen and grow social impact. When we consider the present and future of social entrepreneurship, we know that justice and agency are important for the communities directly impacted by the work, and also for the leaders themselves. Knowing this, how do we construct programming for our ecosystem? And how do we think about those experiences across perspectives? And, what happens after they leave: What is our role to play knowing that for some, after exchanging ideas and learning at a conference, a retreat, or a community of practice, they leave only to face bias-driven barriers to operationalizing their ideas? The pursuit of these answers is part of our accountability to the social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Echoing Green is privileged to have a community that is unafraid to exchange feedback and holds one another, and us, accountable to working in partnership and collaboratively. As a leadership development organization that views our community as our most valuable partner in creating the world we want to see, it’s also important that we amplify voices, do our part to contribute to the conditions that will help our global community of Fellows to thrive, and most importantly, remain accountable to those directly affected by the work we do. As TandemED co-founders Dorian Burton (also of William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust) and Brian Barnes (and of the Tennessee Achievement School District) urge in their must-read article, "Shifting Philanthropy from Charity to Justice", "…we must acknowledge advantages, privileges, and power dynamics, and approach our work alongside individuals to fix or replace broken systems."

Here’s what’s next

We know that leaders who are unflinchingly committed to bringing new thinking to how the world’s injustices are addressed  will lead to meaningful and lasting change. They cannot have this impact alone and it will be much harder if they are not an active voice at tables where decisions concerning policies, funding, and partnerships are made. On that note, we’re excited to ring in our 30th year with our 2017 class of Echoing Green Fellows.

“Find the people in your community who are doing powerful work already and figure out how to tie those various threads together. I’ve been lucky to work alongside a group of people who were all thinking about this together and we all came from different sides of the community. We were all doing little pieces of the work, and what we’ve done is knit our work together to create a stronger whole.” - Lela Klein '17, founder of the Greater Dayton Union Co-op Initiative

These 36 transformational leaders may be in early days with their organizations but, much like the larger Fellow community they join, they are positioned to embody their leadership and impact for a lifetime. Their promise is not just in their innovative approaches across a range of issues – it’s in how they view the role of collaboration, agency, and power in their work. We look forward to collaborating with each of these leaders to take action on creating a stronger whole as we support their journey along the way.

This post originally appeared in the Echoing Green blog and is republished here with permission. 2017 is Echoing Green’s 30th year. To mark this milestone anniversary, every month they are taking stock of lessons learned, sharing how these perspectives inform their work and the field at large, and ways they’re applying these lessons to help contribute to more social transformation over the next 30 years. Read the full series here


NCRC: Annual Conference

Join NCRC and leaders from business, government, community non-profits, media and academia March 28-30, 2017 in Washington, D.C. for cutting edge dialogue and hands-on trainings, workshops, plenaries, and topical sessions on issues affecting America’s communities.

Why Attend the 2017 NCRC Annual Conference?
This event is the largest national gathering of community non-profits, policymakers, government officials, small businesses, media, and academia–all focused on how together we can create a more just economic framework to improve the lives of American families, our workers, our older adults, our children and our environment, while strengthening global access to credit and capital.

For nonprofit executives and practitioners, the conference is an opportunity to learn about successful strategies used in other communities, to understand how non-traditional solutions can address existing and emerging concerns, and to exchange ideas with colleagues from across the country. Topics will include community efforts to ensure consumer protection and responsible banking and lending, economic revitalization, workforce development strategies, how to use data for advocacy, and addressing the needs of older adults.

For fair housing professionals, the conference is an opportunity to engage with colleagues on issues such as mortgage servicing, exclusionary zoning, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, disparate impact, and other important community concerns. This includes gaining a clear understanding of emerging legal issues and cases, and how they may affect local communities.

For local, state, and federal policymakers, the conference is a chance to learn about the concerns that are at the forefront of community efforts across the country. These issues include consumer protection, age-friendly banking standards and practices, local responsible banking ordinances, and new opportunities for communities to work with and influence banks and regulators. It is also a chance for community leaders to hear from people who are in a position to enact policy changes that can improve communities.


World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

We live in a fast-paced and interconnected world where breakthrough technologies, demographic shifts and political transformations have far-reaching societal and economic consequences. More than ever, leaders need to share insights and innovations on how to best navigate the future.

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. For over four decades, the World Economic Forum’s mission – improving the state of the world – has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting programme.