Personal Democracy Forum 2019

Join us for Personal Democracy Forum 2019, "Making Tech Civic" on June 6th at Civic Hall!

This year PDF is going for intimacy, with a one-day immersion for a smaller number of attendees given space limitations.* We're focusing on just three inter-related plenary topics, and structuring the whole day to build meaningful collaboration on those topics. So when we say that tickets are limited, they really are!

Just a few years ago, technology was viewed with rose-colored spectacles. Tech was going to open up the world, liberate folks from corporate tutelage, expand and open knowledge, make government more efficient, and bring about a more equitable society. Yet, after realizing foreign governments could interfere with elections through digital propaganda, governments could use big tech as surveillance tools, platforms were anti-competitive, technology companies are using or selling data in unethical ways, and political violence is organized on platforms, the optimism has worn off.

Our theme this year, "Making Tech Civic," is an interrogation and creative exploration into ways we can reverse some of the negative impacts technology tools, companies, and policies have had on civic discourse, economy, social structures, and politics. How can we build better information ecosystems? How do we make technology companies more civic? Has power and data become too consolidated in just a few companies, and if so, how do we hold those companies and our governments accountable to higher standards or regulations?


SEED: Gathering the Impact Ecosystem

A reprise of the successful 2018 gathering, the founders of SOCAP and Impact Hub SF are coming together to join a wide array of leaders for a conference on the seed stage funding and acceleration ecosystem, for a deep dive into what’s working and what’s next; locally, regionally and around the world. Seed stage impact investing and entrepreneurship tend to live in silos across technology, financial inclusion, housing, consumer goods, health, cryptocurrencies, agriculture and food systems …and in geographic regions. We will break down the industry and geographic boundaries that tend to compartmentalize our selective and collective efforts.

This deep practitioner convening will allow for the exchange of winning strategies, and sharing of near and long-term development plans. Together, we will discuss gaps and opportunities in the sector, and push forward actionable concepts to evolve and augment the ecosystem that supports seed stage ventures.

WARM UP EVENING - Sunday May 19 - 5-9pm | Networking, Meet Ups and Registration

DAY ONE - May 20 - 9am to 9pm | The Now: What’s Working and What’s Not + Party

DAY TWO - May 21 - 9am to 5pm | The Next: Taking the Seed Stage Ecosystem Into the Future

Expert ‘fish bowl’ assessments, design labs, short form keynotes and plenaries, as well as product and practice demos, will be mixed in to ensure collaborative exchanges that honor that every attendee has expertise to bring to the convening, and that info delivery must be varied, creative and interactive. Space is limited to ensure high-quality idea exchange.

SISTER CONFERENCE: Also join us at TRANSFORM, to see what lies beyond sustainability, and beyond impact as usual, taking place starting 5pm May 22 through 5pm May 24 2019 right after SEED. Interested in coming to both conferences? Sign up for our Transform newsletter for information on discounts!

In collaboration with Impact Hub San Francisco

Produced and hosted by GatherLab


Katapult Future Fest 2019

Katapult Future Fest explores how exponential technologies, consciousness and impact investing can be used to transcend the UN Sustainable Development Goals and build a future we want to live in. The KFF program aims to increase participants' knowledge and understanding of:

• Exponential technologies Learn from leading experts everything you need to know about the technologies that will take your organization to the next level; AI, Blockchain VR, AR, Robotics, 3D-printing, nanotech, biotech and quantum computing.

• Consciousness Understand the psychology of awareness and how we as humans can make conscious decisions on our use of technology.

• Impact investing Meet impact-driven tech startups and investors that are outperforming the market financially while making the world a better place.

This year we have invited experts to carry out deep-dives on the Future of Education, Environment, Food, Health and Financial Inclusion. We will focus on how YOU can help solve societal and environmental challenges using tools such as exponential technologies, consciousness, and impact investing.

 


Painting life-changing adventures at the NOBEL

I was one of the chosen few to receive a special invite to represent 5th Element Group and India at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2018 in Oslo, Norway.

The Nobel Peace Prize Research and Information and University of Oslo invited a select few purpose-leaders to the Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2018 to address one of today’s most pressing and universally relevant topics: Climate Change, with Al Gore, former U.S. Vice-President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, as the keynote speaker. (A few months ago I was selected as one of the 75 World Economic Forum Global Shapers to receive training in Climate Reality by former US Vice President Al Gore in Los Angeles).

The Nobel Peace Prize Week opened my eyes to possibilities, adventures, and wealth that can be unlocked when inspirational leaders, UN Sustainable Development Goals, Blockchain, Frontier Technology, and Social Impact ventures dance together — literally and metaphorically.

 

With MER, Special Projects Director, 5th Element Group

My Nobel adventure began as soon as I landed in snowy Oslo and decided to snow-walk for a mile to see Mary Elizabeth Russell, Special Projects Director at 5th Element Group, over screening of a documentary about 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad. The film offered a testament to Murad’s suffering, courage and unfathomable tenacity, but this portrait also recognized that compassion has never been in short supply. I was deeply touched, and super inspired by Nadia’s strong will to create systemic change. With both of us inspired and committed to make the world a better place, MER and I walked to the hotel. On our way, MER impressed me by putting her brilliant coordination skills to action and managed to setup a dinner for all 5th Element delegates at a “local’s favorite” restaurant.

 

With my inspirations — Jim and Ed — CEO and CMO of 5th Element

All the 5th Element Group leaders convened at the hotel and decided to walk to the restaurant. I finally met two my biggest inspirations and amazing purpose-leaders on this planet, Jim Van Eerden, CEO of 5th Element Group and Ed Martin, CMO of 5th Element Group. My admiration grew even more when they started telling me about the new initiatives of 5th for women empowerment and gender equity — causes I’m passionate about. Over this 2 mile walk in snowy beautiful Oslo, Jim, Ed and I ended up collaborating for the Indian Leadership Conclave, one of the flagship convenings on women empowerment, of India Needs You, a leadership movement I’ve been building by equipping young adults with a leadership toolkit. With the expertise and generous support of 5th, we plan to empower 200 Indian women entrepreneurs at ILC in January 2019. This shall make for an independent story soon.

 

Dinner with 5th delegates and partners at the Nobel Week

 

With Scott Rehmus, Co Founder of Impact Journeys

Super hungry, I decided to start my first meal in Oslo. It was flavorful and spicy — perfect segue into a series of meandering conversations around unlocking new set and power of wealth by solving UN SDGs. The conversations with these amazing folks were super exciting ; We just paused for a few minutes for a group photo, but the conversations reconvened over our snow-walk back to the hotel. The warmth I received from every 5th delegate and partner made me feel I’m at home ; I just felt blessed to be in the company of these wonderful superhumans. On my way back to the hotel, I engaged in this long conversation with Scott Rehmus, Co Founder of Impact Journeys and a strategic philanthropist. An expert in running family offices, Scott helped me learn a lot on how to unlock capital for cause, and how to make it easy for families to maximize their positive impact by integrating all their capital — financial, human, social, and physical.

 

Live Interview with Nobel Laureates 2018 — Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege

Last night’s conversations resumed over delicious breakfast. I did a lot of afternoon 1:1 meetings until early evening with amazing folks and ended up collaborating with brilliant peers from across the world to advance our works, achieve SDGs, and make the world a better place. After amazing collaborations, we walked to the University of Oslo to see 2018 Nobel Laureates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad over live interviews. Nadia’s story about surviving Isis genocide, rebuilding Sinjar and resettling the Yazidi population inspired us to the core and motivated us to help Nadia restore humanity. We, at 5th, have launched a Free Yezidi match campaign. You may want to donate and help reach our 200k USD goal.

 

With Jim, Ed, and Scott at the Nobel Forum

Denis’s story about treating women who have been raped by armed rebels left all of us in awe with his contribution to women empowerment. Both the 2018 Laureates and their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict motivates me more to empower Indian women through India Needs You and 5th Element Group. Sharing the room with Nobel Laureates and amazing change-makers kindled my belief that WE CAN, and WE WILL change the world.

With Elissa and Isabel at the Torch Light March

After the inspirational live interview with 2018 Laureates, all of us Nobel delegates convened at the Oslo station, purchased torches, and marched towards the Grand Hotel for a beautiful peace Torch Light March to celebrate 2018 Nobel Laureates and peace in the world. With music, appeals, and torches, all of us waited for a balcony appearance of the Laureates. My side conversation with Elissa Harris, Chief Impact Officer at 5th Element Group, was exciting where we discussed India’s demographic dividend in the next 10 years and how India shall be a superpower soon. I was amazed at Elissa’s enthusiasm about Indian food and spicy cuisine.

 

Roundtable on Frontier Tech : Landscape and Opportunities

Next morning starting with an amazing roundtable on “Frontier Tech Landscape and Opportunities. Brilliantly moderated by Jim, CEO of 5th Element, the group discussed about capital that never existed before, how to deploy that capital where it is yet to be deployed, and scale new forms of corresponding collaborations. Highlights of the session were stories of Jeff Sparrow, CEO of GeoCommerce, who is tapping CO2 from the sky to tap a new 70 trillion dollars market and Joby Weeks, Partner at 5th Element and Crypto Guru, discussing how he has helped people become wealthy by investing in BitClub — He recommended the currency to one UPS driver that used to deliver packages to his house who invested $10,000 at the time and later paid off his house and car with the earnings that amounted to around 1.2 million dollars.

 

Sporting my Climate Reality Leader ring with Al Gore

After the roundtable, I checked my watch. It was time for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and the opportunity to meet and hear my inspiration — former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate 2007, Al Gore once again this year after I got trained by him in Los Angeles in August 2018. Sporting my earned beautiful green “Climate Reality Leader” ring, I got myself seated in the University of Oslo. As 5th was the title sponsor of the Forum, 5th delegates had the privilege of sitting in the first row. Sitting next to amazing dynamic Jim, we got into a conversation with CEOs of Peace Through Commerce and New Generation Power, other partners of the Nobel Forum. We exchanged cards and planned on collaborating to unlock new capital when our conversation was cut short — The American politician and world’s leading environmentalist was welcomed to a standing applause. Following an amazing speech on how we can tackle climate crisis by Al Gore and a panel discussion on solutions available for adopting renewable sources and how an economy can thrive to sustainable solutions, I got into a long conversation with Al Gore. It was such an honor getting lauded by Al for my efforts after he trained me on Climate Reality in LA.

Post the forum, we had the privilege of attending a VIP reception with Al Gore and Norwegian Nobel Committee. I was not surprised with the number of awesome people I met at the reception ; Thanks to Ed, one of the planet’s most amazing marketers and connectors. We all went for a delightful dinner, and geared up for a late night 5th Element Group reception on Women and Impact Investing. Sipping fancy wines in a conference room overlooking snowy Oslo, everyone hoped for an inspirational end to an overwhelming busy productive day. Gayle Jennings, CEO of iNTENT Manifesto, Ex-Vice President at JP Morgan Chase and one of the pioneers in women empowerment space, shared her wonderful story on how she is supporting, investing, and celebrating Women of Color (WOC) tech entrepreneurs.

Sharing my story with planet’s most incredible change-makers

I also got a chance to share my story — I felt so grateful for the opportunity and felt so blessed to partner with the planet’s most incredible entrepreneurs. I shared on how I have been helping young entrepreneurs and how we have been building a leadership movement in India. The warmth, encouragement and support I received from the room is unparalleled and can’t be explained in words. The session ended with everyone thanking Jim/Ed/MER/Isabel and the entire 5th team for bringing planet’s most incredible humans together.

 

5th family welcomes you to the 5th Industrial Revolution

The entire group convened for one last time at breakfast next morning over the session — Impact Investing : Landscape and Opportunities. We explored creating a new socio — economic era that closes historic gaps in last mile inclusion with a mission of delivering frontier tech solutions to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. This brings me one of the most captivating parts of the Nobel week by fellow delegates — It is hard to quantify the learnings during the week but we explored pivotal questions and explored collaborations that shall shape the future of the world : Welcome to The Fifth Industrial Revolution.

Until next time,

Lots of love and Merry Christmas

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About the Author

Pratik Gauri

Founder - India Needs You, Asian Youth Inspiration Awardee, Global Shaper - World Economic Forum, Climate Reality Leader, SLP Fellow, GAP Changemaker


C2 Montréal

Welcome to the three-day immersive event that will transform the way you do business.

C2 brings together commerce and creativity to explore trends, opportunities, disruptions and major shifts on the horizon. Each year, in a collaborative environment specifically designed to provoke collisions and spark new ideas, C2 Montréal inspires 5,000 executives across continents and industries to challenge their biases, shift their perspective and explore completely new ways of doing business.

• Getting your hands dirty:
C2 brings together talented creatives, young entrepreneurs, and high-level executives across industries, disciplines and countries. A broad variety of workshops encourage the collision of ideas and approaches. Together, participants examine case studies, experience new processes, and prototype creative solutions to real business problems.

• Meeting the right people:
Each year, C2 Montréal gathers 5,000 of the most innovative people from around the world. When you’re in such good company, you could potentially learn more from the person sitting right next to you than from the person on stage. Online and offline connection mechanisms help participants find their match and plan ‘braindates’, as baptized by peer-learning pioneers E-180.
Every element of the event is also designed to maximize meaningful connection opportunities that appeal to all participants – from terrified introverts to avid hand-shakers.

• Celebrating our successes and failures:
Participants are invited to connect on a whole other level through a series of spectacle-filled evenings showcasing leading international and promising local artists and performers. C2 festivities have involved artistic partners including the world-renowned talents of Cirque du Soleil, Moment Factory, Centre Phi, Circo de Bakuza, James Murphy, Cirque Éloize, Win Butler of Arcade Fire, and Moby.

• Blending influences and ideas:
C2 was created in Montréal, and that is no coincidence. Montréal mixes cultures and languages, bridges America and Europe, flirts with the old and the new. Much like this natural hub for creativity and innovation, C2 is a blend of influences, a cross between disciplines, a hybrid creature that pulls together divergent trends to turn them into exciting opportunities.


What can Social Impact Accelerators learn from Tech?

 

Tech Accelerators, led by companies like Y-Combinator (YC), TechStars and 500Startups, attract some of the best and the brightest from around the world. Over the past 15 years, they have helped launch hundreds of companies, including household names Uber (YC), Airbnb (YC) and TaskRabbit (500Startups). According to Seed-DB, over 10 billion dollars have been invested in accelerator graduates. These accelerators have a clear proposition to entrepreneurs: join us for the chance to build a big company, really fast.

Traditional tech entrepreneurs are not the only people to have received this message. Entrepreneurs and supporters in the social impact community have also seen it and over the past five years have led to the rise of the Social Impact Accelerator.

"The Rockefeller Foundation defines an Impact Accelerator as “any intermediary organization or platform working to scale impact enterprises by providing support for multiple impact enterprise needs.”

With more than 200 Impact Accelerators around the world, this is a community that will have a massive impact on improving lives. However, we have yet to see the same level of investment and high profile companies emerge from these accelerators as we see from the Tech Accelerators. In fact, Y-Combinator recently recognized the opportunities that social impact companies offered and hasbegun to admit not-for-profit companies to its cohorts.

As the Impact Accelerator community grows and matures, what can these accelerators learn from their Tech counterparts? How can they attract the top impact entrepreneurs into their cohorts and help them gain the investment and growth that the Tech Accelerators have been able to garner for their participants?

There are four key ideas that have emerged from examining the success of Tech Accelerators. In the coming months, we will be diving deep into these topics and more.

  1. Communicating Success: Entrepreneurs have an increasing landscape of accelerators to select from. How can Impact Accelerators communicate their business and social impact success to potential cohort members?
  2. Community is Key: The major resources that accelerators offer is community. A strong community of former participants, experienced mentors, cohort members and investors are key to attracting and supporting entrepreneurs. How can you build your community and communicate to potential applicants?
  3. The Value of Specialization: Each accelerator has a clear focus and specialization that is clearly reflected in their messaging. How can specialization propel an accelerator forward?
  4. Hunting for Unicorns: A Unicorn is a one-in-a-thousand company that is an outlier success for an accelerator. How do Tech Accelerators identify and foster potential Unicorn entrepreneurs?

The Impact accelerator community is growing rapidly. As it does, questions arise about how to ensure that the accelerators meet their social mission while maintaining viability. Accelerating the Accelerators has brought this community together to share best practices and move their collective mission forward faster. Through this collaboration, we have mapped the impact accelerator community and driven the discussion on how to measure impact.