Social Enterprise Current Events: June 10

Up to date social enterprise events can be found on the Current Events Page.

Events posted by the Social Enterprise Program – American University, School of International Service (6/10/2014)

We at the Social Enterprise Program wanted to let you know about these upcoming events in the DC area, across the country, and around the world. To stay updated with the program, follow us on Twitter (@AUSocent) and like us on Facebook.

Happy exploring and enjoy!

D.C. AREA

Her Corner Speaker Series: Access to Capital and Financing Strategies
6:30-9:00 PM | +June 10, 2014 | 1776
Join Her Corner to hear two amazing women share both personal stories and professional advice on financing strategies and choices that we can make in order to grow our businesses. Featuring: Susan Glosby, VP of Opearations for Fit4Mom, one of the fastest-growing franchises in the nation; and Debbie Tyler, a Senior Advisor at Capefirst Funding LLC where she coaches executives to lead sustainable growth and shareholder value for their companies.
More info, visit:http://bit.ly/1oRGIb2

Strategic Product Innovation
6:30-8:00 PM | +June 11, 2014 | General Assembly
Many technology companies have a product management team responsible for translating market needs into products. This group typically develops product roadmaps of new features and enhancements, working closely with engineering. The challenge is these teams often operate tactically as extensions of engineering rather than strategically conceiving, developing, and delivering products that grow out of overarching business unit and corporate strategies. This disconnect between business and product strategy often leads to suboptimal products, missed opportunities, misused investment dollars, and suboptimal financial performance. This class presents a framework for developing market-led product strategies that grow revenue, profits, and a sustainable competitive advantage.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1jiMHlj

The GIVE: A StartingBloc Mixer for Morning People
7:30-9:30 AM | June 16, 2014 | Busboys and Poets
Stop by Busboys & Poets on your way to work and learn how being a giver is not only fulfilling, but also one of the surest paths to success.  Based on new research by Wharton’s youngest full-professor, Adam Grant, this is event is hosted by StartingBloc, a national Fellowship organization for social innovators working hard across sectors to build a better world.
We are bringing a driven group of people together for a morning of sharing resources, finding allies, and drinking delicious coffee.  Bring the challenges you’re currently working on, a pen and paper, and any new friend you think is a good fit for the StartingBloc community. There’ll be time to visit with old friends, to make some new ones, and to meet Cesar, the new CEO of StartingBloc.
We will have complementary coffee and tea on hand for a morning pick-me-up. And feel free to order some food and scoot up a chair to share ideas over breakfast too!
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/UrGUEL

Forge Your Own Path: A StartingBloc Mixer (and FIFA World Cup Opener Party)
6:30-9:00 PM | June 16, 2014 | PunchRock
If you couldn’t make it to the morning mixer (or even if you did), come spend an evening with the StartingBloc community and Cesar (the new CEO of StartingBloc) in a conversation about taking risks and “the road less traveled.”  Also, we will most definitely be watching and cheering the US Men’s Soccer Team on their opening World Cup game against Ghana.
We’re bringing a group of awesome people together for an evening to connect, learn about risk, find allies, drink wine, share some sandwiches, and watch some great soccer.
This is event is hosted by StartingBloc, a national Fellowship organization for social innovators working hard across sectors to build a better world.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1ilE7lP

Not Non-Profit: Alternative Models for Social Ventures
11:30 AM | June 17, 2014 | Evermay
Join successful social entrepreneurs Jane Mosbacher MorrisLauren Marra, and Daniella Foster as they discuss their perspectives and decisions to stray from traditional business models to establish their organizations.
Jane will talk about her business, TO THE MARKET, a for-profit social enterprise.
Lauren will talk about Arabella Advisors, and its classification as a Benefit Corporation (or B-corp).
Daniella will provide a policy perspective on these different models.
They will focus on the following points:

  • Why they chose their respective business models (as opposed to a more traditional non-profit)
  • Why this model works for them
  • Benefits and challenges of operating under these models

Alex Simon (Compass) rounds out the speaker panel as he facilitates the discussion, providing definitions and explanations of these new frontiers in business.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1lwWXXB

DC Net Impact Presents: An Evening at Honest Tea
6:00-7:30 PM | June 18, 2014 | Honest Tea HQ
Please join Net Impact and the William James Foundation for an evening with Honest Tea. Led by Seth Goldman, “TeaEO” of Honest Tea, you will have the opportunity to hear from the Honest Tea leadership, sample Honest Tea’s newest drinks, and mingle with fellow Net Impact members and staff of the William James Foundation. Tea and refreshments will be provided.
This event is a great opportunity to get an in-depth, behind the scenes view of one of the most exciting and innovative companies around. In an effort to ensure that attendees are able to have a full experience, we will be structuring the event like our speed networking events. After initial mingling and introductions, we will have senior staff from Honest Tea, Net Impact, and the William James Foundation stationed around the room to facilitate introductions and conversations between smaller groups of attendees. This will allow our guests the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and students, hear several different perspectives on Honest Tea, engage with Net Impact leadership about the upcoming conference (or any topic of your choosing), and learn more about the exciting ideas coming out of the William James Foundation.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1kgalTd

DC+ Acumen #SocEntDC Happy Hour
6:00-8:00 PM | June 18, 2014 | Local 16
DC+ Acumen is happy to host this month’s happy hour.
Join us to hear Siiri Morley, Executive Director of Prosperity Catalyst, as she discusses the great work they’re doing to support women in distressed regions of the world thrive as skilled entrepreneurs and leaders. In 2012, Siiri was recognized as 1 of 60 notable women in Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” and was profiled as an “Agent of Change” by PBS Newshour in 2013.
Drink, collaborate, network.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1pCtmRb

RESULTS International Conference
June 21-24 | DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
The RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund 2014 International Conference kicks off on June 21st through the 24th here in Washington, DC, and this year, we’re offering participants the opportunity to go deep into particular focus areas – leadership, media skills, a lobby day and advocacy training. The RESULTS International Conference equips participants with the skills you need to advocate effectively in the fight against poverty & encourages to dialogue with leaders in the space.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1glXfEU

“The Samaritans” Screening
6:00 PM | June 26, 2014 | Impact Hub DC
Join AfricanDevJobs for the screening of “The Samaritans” – a mockumentary about a fictional NGO in Kenya called Aid for Aid. This event will explore the culture and nature of aid work in Africa, particularly in the offices of NGOs. Following the viewing, a panel discussion will be held with leading voices and activists in development. Learn moreabout series. Join us for laughs and a dynamic conversation on the aid industry.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1ob3Q8n

Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference 
8:30AM-4:30PM | June 26, 2014 | SEIU
NonProfit 2.0 is more than just a conference on the next generation web. It’s a next generation conference in format that focuses on disrupting social change. Ever attend a conference for a keynote, and find the rest of the content to be wanting? NonProfit 2.0 delivers the best of both worlds — offering great keynote sessions led by Craig Newmark of craigslist and craigconnects and Majora Carter, one of the biggest activists and disruptors in urban revitalization, — but in an unconference way with no PowerPoint. Instead Nonprofit 2.0 will focus on open questions and dialogue for fantastic conversations. Craig, who disrupted the classfied business with craigslist and is now focusing on philanthropy to support nonprofits and causes, will discuss his non-traditional business philosophy of “doing well by doing good,” and his belief in the advantage of “bottom-up” grassroots action. Majora will discuss her journey, message, and vision to revitalize communities that are often ignored and how nonprofits can use similar strategies around their advocacy issues. Then from midmorning forward, NonProfit 2.0 shifts into a full-on Unconference.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1j2Vd74

Changing the Face of Philanthropy Summit
June 27-28, 2014
This is the only two-day intensive of its kind bringing together young black professionals ages 25- 40 to strengthen giving behaviors, and develop strategic action plans for civic leadership and involvement. Through targeted workshops, compelling keynote speakers and meaningful dialogue, attendees will leave with measureable plans for effective community engagement.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1nZgjek

Scaling Impact in Inclusive Market Systems
September 22-25, 2014 | Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
The SEEP Network’s 2014 Annual Conference will serve as a platform to promote learning and exchange around proven and emerging approaches, strategies, and models for reaching substantial numbers of poor and vulnerable populations on a sustainable basis. The conference will explore scalable solutions that involve inclusive business models, private sector partnerships, technology applications, and new investment and financing models. The conference will organize learning around overarching questions
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1oUARpp

 

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

Scaling Impact 5th Annual Conference
June 18-19 | New York City, NY
Mapping Funder Networks in Your Field of Interest. Exploring Diverse Strategies for Investing in Scale. Securing Financial Sustainability for Nonprofits at Scale and more!
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1h7bFW1

Asia Microfinance Forum 2014
August 4-8, 2014 | Shanghai, China
The Asia Microfinance Forum (AMF) provides and promotes inclusive and sustainable financial services in Asia. Members of the Banking With The Poor Network have identified a range of priority challenges and opportunities for achieving greater financial inclusion in Asia, and AMF will provide a platform to seek solutions to these challenges and support organizations to better take advantage of opportunities by stimulating fresh thinking and building the capacity of stakeholders and institutions. Areas for the various plenary, panel, and workshop sessions being explored include:
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1iCvsKW

17th Microcredit Summit
September 8-10, 2014 | Mexico
The Microcredit Summit Campaign is organizing the 17th Microcredit Summit in Mexico featuring the theme ‘Generation Next: Innovations in Microfinance.’ This summit will provide an opportunity for microfinance stakeholders to promote best practices and to engage in a thoughtful discussion around the challenges and opportunities associated with the growth and transformation of the sector. It will address these challenges and opportunities by tackling questions.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1i9v0qV

Sustainable Brands New Metric
September 24-26 | MIT School of Management
Measure impact in new meaningful ways. Quantify value beyond existing measurement standards. Expand the way business interprets costs and benefits. Three days of critical thinking that will transform our economy.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1lRedcV

2014 Net Impact Conference
November 6-8, 2014 | Minneapolis, MN
We’re excited to invite you to join us in Minneapolis this fall for the 2014 Net Impact Conference! This year, we’ll be breaking boundaries – leaving limits behind, forging unexpected alliances, and exploring creative solutions – to transform the world. With 2,500 attendees, 350+ speakers and 100 sessions, not to mention the famous Net Impact Expo and other networking opportunities, the Net Impact Conference is the place to rub elbows with impact leaders, dig deep into the most pressing sustainability issues, and take measurable steps to advance your impact career.
More info, visit:http://bit.ly/1glUZNH

Social Good Tech Summit
November 6-9, 2014 | San Francisco, CA
Because the World of Social Good Deserves the Most Innovative Technologies. Join us for a three-day Summit bringing together the most innovative technologies and the world of social good. We’ll be featuring the coolest technology companies and highlight stories of social good organizations and startups using technology to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. 
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1lnCSFe

ONLINE

Design Expo ‘14
June 9-13, 2014
Together with Business Fights Poverty, iDE is presenting The Design Expo 2014, a one week, online celebration of innovative product, service and business model designs that transform poor peoples’ lives. This exciting online event is taking place between 9-13 June 2014 via the Business Fights Poverty website.
The Expo includes a rich and interactive mix of activities: Google Hangout interviews with topic pioneers, online live-chat clinics, sharing best-practice learning, an online exhibition zone for products, extensive networking opportunities and much more. Join the Design Expo, spread the word and invite your friends!
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1hs2vSf

How to Drive Innovation with Customer Journey Mapping
1:00 PM EST | +June 11, 2014
Across private, public and not-for-profit organizations, opportunities for growth are lost because we misjudge what customers want. Developing a deeper understanding of our customer is an easy way to increase the success of your innovation projects. Customer experience mapping visually represents the customer’s experience as they interact with your organization, in order to identify key parts of the journey that define their experience and influence the outcome. It provides a compelling description of unmet needs and helps you identify opportunities for improvement and innovation.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/Swj60F

Insights on How to Scale Women’s Empowerment Globally
2:00-3:00 PM | June 12, 2014
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has taken a strong interest in addressing this entrepreneurial and economic gaps faced by women around the world. In Spring 2014, the Foundation produced From Millions to Billions: Scaling Up Women’s Empowerment Globally, a report that researched women-owned businesses in Mexico. It summarizes the characteristics of women-business owners and how larger international businesses can play a role in increasing the number of potential women entrepreneurs and increase their capacity.
Join the U.S. Chamber Foundation and our partner, Value for Women, for our upcoming webinar that presents new research findings on some of the key issues about women’s economic empowerment in Mexico. You’ll learn about the status of women workers and business owners in Mexico, and what current and potential new programs are working to increase their capacity.
More info, visithttp://uscham.com/1nLtfW4

Making Mission Matter
2:00-3:00 PM EST | June 18, 2014
Mission creep is a pervasive and extremely debilitating problem that afflicts all too many nonprofit organizations. According to presenters Kim Starkey Jonker and William F. Meehan III, it is the number-one reason why nonprofits fail to achieve the impact for beneficiaries that they desire. Yet mission creep is easily preventable and easily curable. By attacking it head-on, nonprofit leaders can not only prevent suboptimal performance, but also open the way to taking on outsized challenges.
Learn how to take your organization to a higher level by joining Jonker and Meehan—along with guest presenter Sakena Yacoobi—for a discussion of organizational mission. In this webinar, Jonker and Meehan will expand on their recent article “Mission Matters Most”(from their series at SSIR Online, “The Fundamentals of Nonprofit Management”) and on their earlier Stanford Social Innovation Review article “Curbing Mission Creep.” Jonker and Meehan will discuss the countless external and internal pressures that cause mission creep, and they will present tools for counteracting these pressures. Recognizing that mission statements are one of the most useful (but most underused) tools available to any nonprofit, Jonker and Meehan will also outline seven characteristics of an effective mission statement. In addition, they will discuss ways to build a mission-focused organizational culture. Webinar registrants will have the opportunity to ask Jonker, Meehan, and Yacoobi questions during the last 20 minutes of the webinar, which will be moderated by Michael Slind, senior editor of SSIR.
This complimentary webinar is for anyone in the social sector—nonprofit management and staff, board members, funders, anyone who seeks to create, support, and grow an organization that can align its mission with its efforts to increase impact for beneficiaries.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1ow4Xv8

Lean for Social Change
June 23-August 17, 2014
+Acumen was created to give people a meaningful way to “add Acumen” to their lives. Each course pulls from the leadership training that Acumen Fellows experience. The courses are free and open to anyone but you must sign up as a team (min: 2 people, max: 6 people).
Lean for Social Change draws on the latest thinking in Silicon Valley on how to build companies that maximize customer value while minimizing wasted effort and makes it relevant for social innovators. The lean approach relies on validated learning, experimentation, and iterative product releases to shorten product development cycles, measure progress, and gain valuable customer feedback. In an environment where the majority of startups fail, lean principles aim to give startups a better chance of success by helping entrepreneurs learn more quickly what works and discard what doesn’t. These principles aren’t just for high tech startups but tools for life for any innovator, especially those determined to solve the world’s toughest social problems.
More info, visit:http://bit.ly/1lNKKho

 

Until next time, go out and change the world!

Social Enterprise Program
School of International Service (SIS)
American University
www.american.edu/sis/socialenterprise/

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Social Enterprise Weekly Updates: Jobs, Fellowships, and Internships (as of 6/9/14)

Updated June 9, 2014

You can find the most up to date Jobs, Fellowships, and Internships in Social Enterprise here.

Posted by the Social Enterprise Program – American University, School of International Service To stay up to date with the program, please follow us on Twitter (@AUSocent) and like us on Facebook.

INTERNSHIPS

Eastern Congo Initiative
Finance Internship
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1ihuRPF

PATH
Corporate Engagement Intern
Seattle, Washington
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1os73NB

Initiative for Global Development
Communications Intern
Business Development Intern
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1dY43Rh

Peer Insight
Visual Design Intern
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/S34iXy

D.C AREA JOBS

Divine Chocolate
Part Time Bookkeeper
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1s1fB2F

Goodwill Industries International
Manager of Public Policy Analysis and Outreach

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1lj5G3o

The 100 Million Project
Program Associate
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1hBXxYz

Fairtrade America
Executive Administrative Assistant
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1ihvDfq
Marketing and Communications Manager
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1hBXiMY

Groundswell
Technology and Data Strategist

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1hKya72

At Site
User Experience Designer

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1gZsea6

Living Cities
Assistant Director, The Integration Initiative

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1p4dkRW

Fair Labor Association
Business Services Program Manager

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1gZwTbZ

World Vision
Design and Development Officer, Public Private Partnerships

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/RmiF8s

Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Policy Assistant

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1kzFwZU

Telesis Corporation
Administrative Assistant to the President

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1nlCprV

InterMedia
Business Development Manager

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1miySab

Move This World
Development Assistant

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1kzAFaW

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL JOBS

Impact Strategy Advisors
San Francisco, CA

Head of People Capital
For more info, visit: http://goo.gl/8tBHhX
Head of Investment Management
For more info, visit: http://goo.gl/HJuxXd
Impact Field Institute Program Manager
For more info, visit: http://goo.gl/qW3ABd
Executive Assistant/Bookkeeper
For more info, visit: http://goo.gl/adtAiO

Endeavor Global
Associate

San Francisco, CA
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1h5OPSa

World Health Partners
Director of Technology & Innovations

New Delhi, India
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1s1bx2v
Financial Controller
San Francisco, CA
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1xzAQch

Atma
Finance Manager

Communications Manager
Portfolio Manager
Mumbai, India
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1keJHWI

GOOD/CORPS
Jr. Project Manager

Operations Coordinator
New York, NY
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1tZhTes

Florida State University
Coordinator, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative

Tallahassee, Florida
For more info, visit: http://fla.st/1iKg7Mv

Living Goods
Director of Sales and Performance

Kampala, Uganda
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/SImcPF
Director of Finance
Kampala, Uganda or Nairobi, Kenya
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/TBtyVR
Associate
San Francisco, CA
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/TGx0yR

NESsT
Consultancy to Develop a Knowledge Management System

Santiago, Chile
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1ie5GNm
Communications Manager/Staff Writer
San Francisco, CA
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1k4lemz

Jeff Skoll Group
Associate

Los Angeles, CA
For more info, visit: http://linkd.in/1nlwCmq

yerdle
Director of Operations, People and Finance

San Francisco, CA
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1mirzPQ
Community and Communications Manager
San Francisco, CA
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1lK7YVD

TOMS
Director of Social Innovation and Communications

Los Angeles, CA
For more info, visit: http://linkd.in/1p496tH

COHESIVE India
Project Coordinator

New Delhi, India
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/S34yWz

Groundwork Opportunities
Director of Partnerships

San Francisco, CA
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1ihdEpm

D-Rev
Communications + Community Manager

San Francisco, CA
For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1r3jR1o

Until next time, go out and change the world!

Social Enterprise Program
School of International Service (SIS)
American University
www.american.edu/sis/socialenterprise/

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Social Enterprise Weekly Updates: Current Events, June 2

You can also find the most current social enterprise events here.

Events posted by the Social Enterprise Program – American University, School of International Service (6/2/2014)

We at the Social Enterprise Program wanted to let you know about these upcoming events in the DC area, across the country, and around the world. To stay updated with the program, follow us on Twitter (@AUSocent) and like us on Facebook.

Happy exploring and enjoy!

D.C. AREA

Millennial Entrepreneur’s Forum
+6:30-9:30 PM | +June 4, 2014, 1776
The Millennial Entrepreneur’s Forum will partner with 1776 to provide Millennials the opportunity to network with successful entrepreneurs and business experts face-to-face.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/T7IoD9

Social Value, Social Impact, Social Return on Investment
+9:30 AM | +June 5, 2014 | Aspen Institute
SROI is a principle-based approach to measuring the difference you make. These principles are a series of questions that help you measure the right things, start thinking about how you can increase your impact with existing resources, and may cause you to rethink your objectives.
While best known for the SROI ratio, it is much more about ensuring accountability to those you affect and those on whose behalf you work. Drawing on cost-benefit analysis, sustainability reporting, financial accounting and logic models, SROI is a flexible and integrated approach which starts with no predetermined view of what the outcomes of your work are or of what tools you should use to measure them. As a set of principles it can be used in the board room, in selling to customers, or influencing government policy.
This one-day course will explore SROI using case studies to show how the principles and questions inform practical decisions in your organizations, as well as provide information to investors. Going back to these questions also provides a way of understanding the various tools and approaches that are available, including, for example, IRIS, GIIRS, and logic models. We will cover technical issues around measurement, but also explore accountability to stakeholders and what it means for information to be reliable so that it can be used.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/T7nynn

Rally for Impact Scrimmage
1:30-7:30 PM | June 8, 2014 | ReWork and Rally Software
Register for the Rally For Impact Scrimmage: a fun, inspiring way for you to do well while doing good. Together we’ll help several engineering-focused nonprofit organizations think through and tackle their tough problems with innovative solutions. You don’t need to be a developer to participate: just bring your Agile creativity and your “Citizen Engineer” mindset – using technology to solve problems with environmentally, economically, and socially responsible solutions.
More info, visit:http://bit.ly/1jEz9my

The Rise of Innovation Districts: A New Geography of Innovation in America
9:30-11:30 AM | June 9, 2014 | Brookings Institute 
The geography of innovation is shifting and a new model for innovative growth is emerging. In contrast to suburban corridors of isolated corporate campuses, innovation districts combine research institutions, innovative firms and business incubators with the benefits of urban living. These districts have the unique potential to spur productive, sustainable, and inclusive economic development.  
On Monday, June 9, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings will release “The Rise of Innovation Districts,” a new report analyzing this trend. The authors of the paper, Brookings Vice President Bruce Katz and Nonresident Senior Fellow Julie Wagner, will be joined by leaders from emerging innovation districts across the country to discuss this shift and provide guidance to U.S. metro areas on ways to harness its potential.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1kPjToB

DC Net Impact Presents: An Evening at Honest Tea
6:00-7:30 PM | June 18, 2014 | Honest Tea HQ
Please join Net Impact and the William James Foundation for an evening with Honest Tea. Led by Seth Goldman, “TeaEO” of Honest Tea, you will have the opportunity to hear from the Honest Tea leadership, sample Honest Tea’s newest drinks, and mingle with fellow Net Impact members and staff of the William James Foundation. Tea and refreshments will be provided.
This event is a great opportunity to get an in-depth, behind the scenes view of one of the most exciting and innovative companies around. In an effort to ensure that attendees are able to have a full experience, we will be structuring the event like our speed networking events. After initial mingling and introductions, we will have senior staff from Honest Tea, Net Impact, and the William James Foundation stationed around the room to facilitate introductions and conversations between smaller groups of attendees. This will allow our guests the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and students, hear several different perspectives on Honest Tea, engage with Net Impact leadership about the upcoming conference (or any topic of your choosing), and learn more about the exciting ideas coming out of the William James Foundation.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1kgalTd

RESULTS International Conference
June 21-24 | DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
The RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund 2014 International Conference kicks off on June 21st through the 24th here in Washington, DC, and this year, we’re offering participants the opportunity to go deep into particular focus areas – leadership, media skills, a lobby day and advocacy training. The RESULTS International Conference equips participants with the skills you need to advocate effectively in the fight against poverty & encourages to dialogue with leaders in the space.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1glXfEU

Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference 
8:30AM-4:30PM | June 26, 2014 | SEIU
NonProfit 2.0 is more than just a conference on the next generation web. It’s a next generation conference in format that focuses on disrupting social change. Ever attend a conference for a keynote, and find the rest of the content to be wanting? NonProfit 2.0 delivers the best of both worlds — offering great keynote sessions led by Craig Newmark of craigslist and craigconnects and Majora Carter, one of the biggest activists and disruptors in urban revitalization, — but in an unconference way with no PowerPoint. Instead Nonprofit 2.0 will focus on open questions and dialogue for fantastic conversations. Craig, who disrupted the classfied business with craigslist and is now focusing on philanthropy to support nonprofits and causes, will discuss his non-traditional business philosophy of “doing well by doing good,” and his belief in the advantage of “bottom-up” grassroots action. Majora will discuss her journey, message, and vision to revitalize communities that are often ignored and how nonprofits can use similar strategies around their advocacy issues. Then from midmorning forward, NonProfit 2.0 shifts into a full-on Unconference.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1j2Vd74

Changing the Face of Philanthropy Summit
June 27-28, 2014
This is the only two-day intensive of its kind bringing together young black professionals ages 25- 40 to strengthen giving behaviors, and develop strategic action plans for civic leadership and involvement. Through targeted workshops, compelling keynote speakers and meaningful dialogue, attendees will leave with measureable plans for effective community engagement.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1nZgjek

Scaling Impact in Inclusive Market Systems
September 22-25, 2014 | Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
The SEEP Network’s 2014 Annual Conference will serve as a platform to promote learning and exchange around proven and emerging approaches, strategies, and models for reaching substantial numbers of poor and vulnerable populations on a sustainable basis. The conference will explore scalable solutions that involve inclusive business models, private sector partnerships, technology applications, and new investment and financing models. The conference will organize learning around overarching questions
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1oUARpp

 

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

Sustainable Brands 2014 Conference
June 2-5, 2014 | San Diego, CA
The Sustainable Brands Conference was founded on the belief that unleashing the best of our human ingenuity and innovation can change the shape of business, and with it, the world.  Our desire is to spark new ideas by connecting people from different perspectives and disciplines with each other in an optimistic, collaborative environment to create a shared vision of what’s possible. It’s about replenishing the world through better brand.
More info visithttp://bit.ly/1fDHUOW

Scaling Impact 5th Annual Conference
June 18-19 | New York City, NY
Mapping Funder Networks in Your Field of Interest. Exploring Diverse Strategies for Investing in Scale. Securing Financial Sustainability for Nonprofits at Scale and more!
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1h7bFW1

Asia Microfinance Forum 2014
August 4-8, 2014 | Shanghai, China
The Asia Microfinance Forum (AMF) provides and promotes inclusive and sustainable financial services in Asia. Members of the Banking With The Poor Network have identified a range of priority challenges and opportunities for achieving greater financial inclusion in Asia, and AMF will provide a platform to seek solutions to these challenges and support organizations to better take advantage of opportunities by stimulating fresh thinking and building the capacity of stakeholders and institutions. Areas for the various plenary, panel, and workshop sessions being explored include:
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1iCvsKW

17th Microcredit Summit
September 8-10, 2014 | Mexico
The Microcredit Summit Campaign is organizing the 17th Microcredit Summit in Mexico featuring the theme ‘Generation Next: Innovations in Microfinance.’ This summit will provide an opportunity for microfinance stakeholders to promote best practices and to engage in a thoughtful discussion around the challenges and opportunities associated with the growth and transformation of the sector. It will address these challenges and opportunities by tackling questions.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1i9v0qV

Sustainable Brands New Metric
September 24-26 | MIT School of Management
Measure impact in new meaningful ways. Quantify value beyond existing measurement standards. Expand the way business interprets costs and benefits. Three days of critical thinking that will transform our economy.
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1lRedcV

2014 Net Impact Conference
November 6-8, 2014 | Minneapolis, MN
We’re excited to invite you to join us in Minneapolis this fall for the 2014 Net Impact Conference! This year, we’ll be breaking boundaries – leaving limits behind, forging unexpected alliances, and exploring creative solutions – to transform the world. With 2,500 attendees, 350+ speakers and 100 sessions, not to mention the famous Net Impact Expo and other networking opportunities, the Net Impact Conference is the place to rub elbows with impact leaders, dig deep into the most pressing sustainability issues, and take measurable steps to advance your impact career.
More info, visit:http://bit.ly/1glUZNH

Social Good Tech Summit
November 6-9, 2014 | San Francisco, CA
Because the World of Social Good Deserves the Most Innovative Technologies. Join us for a three-day Summit bringing together the most innovative technologies and the world of social good. We’ll be featuring the coolest technology companies and highlight stories of social good organizations and startups using technology to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. 
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1lnCSFe

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Social Impact Bonds: From Concept to Reality
2:00-3:00 PM EDT | +June 4, 2014
Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are among the newest and most promising innovations within the impact investing space. Four years after the first SIB launched in the U.K., the US market is now gaining traction with four Social Impact Bond projects operational in New York City, New York state, Massachusetts, and Utah. At the federal level, President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget includes almost $500 million in investments for states to undertake Pay for Success programs. However, challenges must be faced before the market can realize its full potential and drive large-scale social impact.
Please join Tracy Palandjian, CEO and cofounder of Social Finance, as she lays out three developments that are critical for SIBs to become a well-established option for funding effective social interventions at scale. She will be joined by Sam Schaeffer, CEO and executive director of Center for Employment Opportunities, which operates one of the first SIBs in the US focused on employment reentry services for formerly incarcerated men. Palandjian will draw on recent articles in Stanford Social Innovation Review, including “The Social Impact Bond Market: Three Scenarios for the Future” and “Foundations for Social Impact Bonds.”
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1rCXIHm

Design Expo ‘14
June 9-13, 2014
Together with Business Fights Poverty, iDE is presenting The Design Expo 2014, a one week, online celebration of innovative product, service and business model designs that transform poor peoples’ lives. This exciting online event is taking place between 9-13 June 2014 via the Business Fights Poverty website.
The Expo includes a rich and interactive mix of activities: Google Hangout interviews with topic pioneers, online live-chat clinics, sharing best-practice learning, an online exhibition zone for products, extensive networking opportunities and much more. Join the Design Expo, spread the word and invite your friends!
More info, visithttp://bit.ly/1hs2vSf

Lean for Social Change
June 23-August 17, 2014
+Acumen was created to give people a meaningful way to “add Acumen” to their lives. Each course pulls from the leadership training that Acumen Fellows experience. The courses are free and open to anyone but you must sign up as a team (min: 2 people, max: 6 people).
Lean for Social Change draws on the latest thinking in Silicon Valley on how to build companies that maximize customer value while minimizing wasted effort and makes it relevant for social innovators. The lean approach relies on validated learning, experimentation, and iterative product releases to shorten product development cycles, measure progress, and gain valuable customer feedback. In an environment where the majority of startups fail, lean principles aim to give startups a better chance of success by helping entrepreneurs learn more quickly what works and discard what doesn’t. These principles aren’t just for high tech startups but tools for life for any innovator, especially those determined to solve the world’s toughest social problems.
More info, visit:http://bit.ly/1lNKKho

 

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School of International Service (SIS)
American University
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AU Social Enterprise Master’s Students Summer Projects

What are some of our Social Enterprise students up to this summer? Summer is an excellent opportunity for SE students to dive deeper into subjects and hone in on skill-sets.  Summer often involves taking on consulting jobs with organizations and social enterprises, interning abroad, gaining a deeper understanding of field work, and working on long-term projects – both abroad and domestically. Learn more about the Social Enterprise students at American University here. Here is what a few of us are up to this summer:

Caitlin Rosser
Masters Student Social Enterprise American University
Where? Ollantaytambo, Peru

Organization? Awamaki, a non-profit social enterprise that supports women’s economic empowerment and community development through fair trade artisan cooperatives, sustainable tourism operations, and local community education

What will you be doing?
I will be doing a Monitoring & Evaluation Internship in the Sacred Valley in Peru with Awamaki. I will be assisting with program monitoring and evaluation so the organization can better understand the social role it plays within the local community, the economic opportunities it provides for the members of the business cooperatives, and the effectiveness of its marketing tactics.

Michael Cobb
Masters Student Social Enterprise American University
Where? Washington, DC.

Organization? AARP Foundation

What will you be doing?
I will be assisting with the development of an impact investment fund to support the Foundation’s impact areas with vulnerable 50+ populations, as well as developing impact evaluation criteria for the Foundation’s internal impact investing portfolio. 

 Andreas Vailakis
Masters Student Social Enterprise American University
Where? La Union, Lempira, Honduras

Organization? Union MicroFinanza (UMF), a community-driven non-profit social enterprise based in Honduras and the USA that works with local coffee-growers to improve living conditions through microcredit, technical training, research, buying/selling of coffee, and community development projects.

What will you be doing?
I will be developing a Monitoring and Evaluation plan for some of UMF’s projects (Microcredit and Agricultural Technical Training) to help develop a clear strategy on data collection and analysis for impact assessment over time. This will also help to develop indicators and information to help build a larger donor base and writing of grants.

Andreas’ Social Enterprise blog for summer: wordpress.wayfaringandreas.com

Alessandra Clará
Masters Student Social Enterprise American UniversityWhere? San Salvador, El Salvador

Organization? ConTextos, a non-profit social enterprise located in El Salvador. ConTextos transforms the educational experience so students develop literacy, problem-solving skills, critical thinking and curiosity by providing teach training and building libraries through donated books.

What will you be doing?
I will work with ConTextos to conduct academic research and will be working on two main projects:
1) Create a for-profit arm for the organization in order to become less dependent on donations. The project will include planning logistics, operations, and developing the legal aspects of the for-profit arm.
2) Impact metrics.

My work with ConTextos will continue to carry on throughout the academic year, eventually becoming my Social Enterprise Practicum. 

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Founding Your NGO: Tips from Social Entrepreneurs

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Founding Your NGO: Tips from Social Entrepreneurs

6:00-7:30 PM | June 4, 2014 | SIS Founder’s Room

Join us for a discussion on the practical considerations of starting an NGO.  A panel of social entrepreneurs will share their personal experiences. How do you attract followers and forge partnerships? What is the key to staying afloat in a competitive market? Hear from DC young professionals who have founded successful non-profit organizations, either as a full-time occupation or a side venture.
A networking reception with light refreshments will follow the discussion.
Panelists:
Irene Mbari-Kirika, Founder, inABLE
Benjamin Searle, Co-Founder, Ultimate Without Borders
Aaron Shneyer, Founder, Heartbeat
Moderator: Stephanie Fischer, Executive in Residence, School of International Service, American University
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Discover Design Thinking: A Hands-on Experience

Discover Design Thinking

Discover Design Thinking: A Hands-on Experience

9:00am-1:00pm | Saturday, May 3 | SIS 120, American University

All are welcome. Register here.

Do you keep hearing the words “design thinking”? Are you unsure what they mean, much less how to apply them to your company, organization, or personal aspirations? Have you read the Wikipedia page but still don’t quite get what all the fuss is about? 

You have to experience the process to really understand it! Design thinking is a human-centered approach to problem solving that can change the way you and your organization work through challenges. By gaining insight into what people really want and allowing it to guide creation, solutions are more engaging an useful to the end user. 

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the basic principles of design thinking, drawing from the Stanford d.school, IDEO, and complementary methods for the social innovator. Through learning-by-doing, you will gain tools to enhance creativity and learn tips to implement them within your organization or personal endeavors. This four-hour workshop is ideal for participants with limited to no knowledge of designing thinking, who want to dive in headfirst.

This workshop is open to all and is ideal for individuals with little to no experience in design thinking. It will be highly interactive and provide you the opportunity to work through a problem with a partner. You don’t need to be a designer, engineer, or product specialist. Design thinking can be applied by everyone and, in fact, the best ideas are generated by groups with diverse backgrounds!

$25 registration covers the cost of snacks, refreshments, supplies, and labor. Connect with other participants through the event’s Facebook page. 

“Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” – Tim Brown, president and CEO of IDEO

 

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DC Social Enterprise Week Events

Disruptive Solutions & The Changing Landscape of Global Development
Tuesday, April 15 | 6:30 pm | SIS Founder’s Room, American University

Join the Social Enterprise Association and the International Development Student Association for the Spring Keynote Speaker: Raj Kumar, President and Co-Founder of Devex. This event will include a Keynote and a moderated conversation by Kate McElligott, the Senior Manager of Thought Leadership and Strategic Partnerships at the Grameen Foundation, with a Q & A to follow.

While the event is free to attend and open to the public, we highly encourage you to RSVP to confirm your attendance.  Please sign up through the Eventbrite and you can find more information about it on our Facebook event page.

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#SocEntDC and Hatch International Social Enterprise Week Happy Hour
Wednesday, April 16 | 6:00 pm | Penn Social

The Social Enterprise Association and Hatch International are teaming up to host this month’s #SocEntDC happy hour.

Drink, collaborate, network. Register here.

These events are also a part of Social Enterprise Week DC

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