I'm looking forward to participating as a panelist and part of the ReVisioning Value Conference on April 26 and 27 in Portland, Oregon. Here's a description of the event from the presenting sponsor:
With the ReVisioning Value Conference and Post-Conference Workshops, Springboard Innovation intends to bring the sectors together, balancing audiences across the finance, change leadership, government, and business worlds, to work in this middle ground to redefine the traditional and the institutional. Innovation is created at the edges of habitats and niches, where they overlap and crowd into each other. It's a great opportunity to redefine, revise, and recreate how we will make a better world. We hope you'll join us at this confluence of opportunity.
The keynote speakers are Dan Pallotta, author of Uncharitable and founder of Pallotta TeamWorks, which invented the multiday AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days, and Alex Counts, President and CEO of the Grameen Foundation, an organization focused on enabling the poor to escape poverty, using microfinance and technology.
I'll be participating on a panel for the following program: The On-Ramp of of Social and Environmental Innovation: How to fill the gaps (seed funding, education, diversity, business structures such as the L3C, etc.). I will be joined by Wayne Embree, Reference Capital; Ruthe Farmer, Director Strategic Initiatives, National Center for Women in IT; Cindy Cooper, PSU Incubation Center; and Paul Osterlund, Director, Springboard Innovation, to discuss how to increase capacity in social innovation at the very beginning … from seed funding promising start-ups and education to the use of emerging business structures.
With Maryland passing the first benefit corporation legislation in the country yesterday, it will be an opportune time to include in the discussion this new vehicle that may be used by innovative social entrepreneurs. I'm looking forward to meeting some of my blog readers at the Conference.