SOCAP Open: 48 Proposals Selected!

Posted by on July 21st, 2016

10517-1468942816We are pleased to present this year’s selected SOCAP Open sessions! For the 2016 conference, we received a record 250 proposals through the SOCAP Open platform. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share your ideas with us and to vote on which sessions you wanted to see at Fort Mason this September. Your votes were tallied up and considered along with opinions submitted by our advisory panel. They were difficult decisions, but 48 of the proposed sessions have been selected to be shared at SOCAP16, along with nearly 100 additional sessions curated by our content team. Selected sessions are being refined by the organizers in collaboration with the SOCAP team and may have a slightly different title and description when they make it to the stage, but take a peek below for a preview of the great diversity of content this community is bringing to life September 13-16 in San Francisco!

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SOCAP Voices: A Conversation on Bridge Building, Art, and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems with Social Impact Pioneer Penelope Douglas

Posted by on July 21st, 2016

10528-1468950243Penelope Douglas is a pioneer in social finance and entrepreneurship, who is currently working as a bridge builder across banking, community development finance, social enterprise, impact investing and the arts. She is also a lifelong visual artist. In the Spring of 2015 Penelope was named to a year long Artist in Residence position at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, one of the nation’s most innovative contemporary art centers. Douglas formerly served as a longtime Executive, Senior Advisor and Chair of Mission HUB and has been an integral part of the SOCAP team. We sat down with Penelope to hear her thoughts on the evolution of the social capital markets, bridge building, and her passion for art and for building an equitable future for us all.

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SOCAP Pro Tip: Start Networking Before the Conference

Posted by on July 14th, 2016

10429-1468249596One of the best things about SOCAP is that people you’ve been wanting to meet and talk with are all right there with you at Fort Mason! You could spend a year flying around the country and scheduling phone calls, or just make the most of your time at SOCAP. In addition to people you know or want to know, SOCAP is also filled with valuable strangers – people you haven’t met yet, but who share your vision for change and offer skills and assets that could be catalytic for your work. The conversations that take place at the picnic tables and meeting spaces at Fort Mason transform strangers into allies and collaborators. Many such alliances formed at SOCAP have already led to better outcomes for people, communities, and the planet.

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How You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: Conferences, Travel, and Climate Change

Posted by on July 14th, 2016

10392-1468246438A SOCAP Conversation with Diana Connolly and Eric Zimmerman

SOCAP has become a gathering place for investors, innovators and entrepreneurs committed to addressing climate change. And yet, as we meet we create a considerable carbon footprint and contribute to the very problem we’re trying to address. According to NASA’s Global Climate Change initiative, our global temperature has risen 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that 2015 was the warmest year ever recorded.

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5 CONSCIOUS COMPANY CEO Interviews You Have to Read

Posted by on July 4th, 2016

In these 5 interviews from SOCAP partner Conscious Company, impact CEOs reveal their biggest challenges, successes, and opportunities.

What’s your story? That’s the question Conscious Company has been asking social impact entrepreneurs since we interviewed Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey in our first issue way back in January 2015. Eight issues and 18 months later, we’re thrilled to have published dozens of interviews with CEOs of impact companies large and small, new and established, US-based and global. Each week on in our newsletter and six times a year in our print edition we feature practical tips for investors and entrepreneurs, on-the-ground perspectives from founders, visual business models, and more. Our growing ranks of supporters consistently tell us how much they appreciate our blend of clean design and accessible yet in-depth content.

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