"Overwhelmingly full schedule of goodness"

SOCAP Global July 15, 2009

That’s how Nathaniel Whittemore describes the SOCAP09 lineup in his recent Change.org post. In addition to highlighting some of the big names that will be at the conference, such as Sonal Shah, director of the new White House Office of Social Innovation, Nathaniel dishes about the panels that he is most excited to attend. You can check out the full SOCAP09 schedule here . What are YOU excited about?
Below is Nathaniel’s full post. You can also read it on Change.org .
"Just a couple days ago, the second annual Social Capital Markets conference announced their full schedule for attendees.
"The event, which even in it’s first year was marked by it’s incredibly synthetic and overarching approach to helping people understand the convergence of different types of actors around a common market for doing good, has managed to grow in quality and scope of participants.
"The first day features an opening keynote from Sonal Shah, director of the new White House Office of Social Innovation . Leaders including Vanessa Kirsh (founder of New Profit, Inc. ) and Andrew Wolk of Root Cause will lead a discussion to follow. Breakout sessions that day range from "Selling Without Selling Out" – an exploration of how for-good companies can have reasonable exits that preserve the social mission – to a look at the way that Pharmaceutical Companies (and dollars) have a role to play. The day closes with a diverse panel moderated by Economist editor and "Philanthrocapitalism " author Matthew Bishop.
"The second day is an almost overwhelmingly full schedule of goodness. Some of the panels that I’m most excited about include "Community Driven Change," featuring Premal Shah from Kiva , "Creating Ecosystems of Social Entrepreneurship Around the World," "For Profit Mobile Enterprise in the Developing World," and "Indigenous Design and Appropriate Technology in Africa." (Wonder what piece of the social entrepreneurship space is most compelling to me, huh?)
"The third day, as last year, is organized in an openspace format, which means that attendees who stick around determine and lead the content. This is an extremely effective structure for building relationships and sharing ideas that maybe didn’t have as much air time during the main event.
"Again, what excites me about SoCap is the approach to understanding the social entrepreneurship space as a full, robust, and increasingly complex and coordinated (or coordinatable) marketplace. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be hosting a number of interviews with and posts about speakers who will be featured at the event."

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