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SOCAP Open: Is It for You?

SOCAP Global March 13, 2023

Get Your Content on Stage at SOCAP

The SOCAP Open process is designed to capture and amplify content from across the entire impact community  — from established, longtime leaders to fresh, entrepreneurial innovators. For longtime attendees, first-timers, renowned global experts, or those who are new-to-the-field, SOCAP Open is THE way to get your content ideas on the SOCAP agenda. 

We want to hear from everyone with a great idea. We’ve been so impressed and excited by the ideas we’ve already received this year, and encourage you to submit your session proposals, too. To help, we’ve compiled a quick SOCAP Open FAQ to help answer the three questions we’ve heard most often.

Who should apply to SOCAP Open?

Anyone and everyone who would like to have their ideas considered by the SOCAP team for this year’s content agenda should submit them via SOCAP Open. This is truly the best way to bring content into the event that reflects what your organization, partners, collaborators, and community are working on, succeeding in, being challenged by, and ways others can build upon your ideas, frameworks, and solutions. Our goal is to create a process for everyone to have a level playing field to share their ideas with our broad, cross-sector audience — so for the OGs and new faces alike, SOCAP Open is the process for you.

The session organizer is the main responsible party for managing the submission. This is the person who actually fills out the form and hits “submit.” Whoever is the session organizer will be responsible for the communication with SOCAP as we prep and plan for the event. The session organizer does not have to be a speaker in the session proposal. 

What is the SOCAP Open process?

The SOCAP Open submission page houses an application form with guided questions. For SOCAP23, the submissions are due by April 1. Then, we invite the community to vote. Anyone can vote for any of the submitted sessions. We will provide session organizers with a toolkit to get the word out to their networks to vote. Our team and a selected content review committee pore over each session, its votes, and other research to make the SOCAP Open content selections. Find the full process and schedule here

Which content is SOCAP looking for?

Our mission is to unlock the power of markets for impact for all people. We unite around a shared passion for shaping the possible on a global scale. Consider these important questions for achieving this shared vision and mission for all people and our planet:

How can we work together in a way that normalizes justice and allows all people and the planet to thrive?

What is your thorniest problem that needs this community’s input?

How do you define accountability?

Review the full SOCAP23 Open guidelines to help you plan the best submission possible. 

SOCAP22 Open Sessions

Below are two recordings of the content ideas that made it to the SOCAP22 stage through the SOCAP Open process.

Orange Bonds: A New Asset Class for Investing in Gender Equality

SOCAP22 - Orange Bonds: A New Asset Class for Investing in Gender Equality


Natasha Garcha, Senior Director, Innovative Finance and Gender-Lens Investing Specialist at IIX (Impact Investment Exchange)

Stephen Liberatore, Managing Director/Head of ESG/Impact, Global Fixed Income at Nuveen

Richard Greenberg, Managing Director, Social Enterprise Finance at U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Checks and Imbalances: Can Donors and Investors Save Democracy?

SOCAP22 - Checks and Imbalances: Can Donors and Investors Save Democracy?


Paul Ryan, Deputy Executive Director at Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation

Joseph Scantlebury, President and CEO at Living Cities

Hilda Vega, Director of Philanthropic Practice at Hispanics in Philanthropy

Photo is from Orange Bonds session

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