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  • New York, NY - 1 Day
    Monday
    June 4
    2018

    Global Solutions Summit 2018

    The Global Solutions Summit (GSS) is based on the premise that scientific research to find new or improved development solutions is a first small step in the very long journey from the lab to the last mile. The remaining steps entail the less-glamorous and more mundane issues of scaling up the deployment of these solutions so that they reach tens, if not hundreds of millions of people in developing countries.

    GSS 2018 will showcase specific business models and financial mechanisms that NGOs, social enterprises, foundations and others are using to successfully deploy proven, cost-effective development solutions at scale. Speakers will be thoughtful doers — i.e., women and men who are actively working in the field to overcome these deployment challenges – who will explain what they have done, how they did it, what went right and what went wrong, where gaps or broken circuits exist in the deployment ecosystem, and what needs to be done to create a more effective and efficient ecosystem that can support the deployment of these innovations on the scale required to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

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  • Washington, DC - 1 Day
    Thursday
    May 3
    2018

    Impact Investing: Driving Social Purpose Through Measurable Investment Returns

    This program offers a distinctive convergence of high-level discourse between innovative thought leaders and practice experts, including allocators, academics and investors, all of whom are helping to shape the emergence of impact investing. A step away from other commercially organized conferences, Skytop Strategies and its lead supporter—Rockefeller Capital Management—are convening stakeholders seeking to unpack a timely and relevant discussion on what to expect to see in the months and years ahead, as impact investing continues to gain the attention of investors seeking transformational change through the strategic deployment of capital.

    Join us for this full day discussion when we will deliberate on best practices in impact investing, and how they generate measurable social, environmental and economic results through bridging the gap between purpose and profit.

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  • New York, NY - 1 Day
    Tuesday
    April 10
    2018

    Africa Policy & Impact Investment Forum (APIIF) 2018

    Opportunities, Challenges and Policy Considerations

    The inaugural Africa Policy & Impact Investment Forum (APIIF); hosted by Fordham University- Gabelli School of Business bringing together a curated group of individuals for a deeper discussion about unlocking the power of private capital to make both financial and social/environment impact returns on the continent of Africa.

    Please click on the link below to view the agenda and speaker bios:

    Agenda for “Impact Investing on the African Continent”

    #AfricaPIIF #AfricaPIIF2018

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  • Oxford, UK - 1 Day
    Thursday
    April 12
    2018

    The Art of Social Franchising

    There is growing interest in using social franchising in the global development sector as a means to scale:
    • NGOs see franchising as a way to add proven program to their work without reinventing the wheel.
    • Donors see franchising as a tool to reduce the costs of each group having to invent their own program.
    • Groups/Organizations with a proven and scalable model use social franchising to develop an earned income stream to lessen their dependence on philanthropic funding.

    Join us over a pint as we examine social franchising with a case study on how to scale impact of a program proven to alleviate poverty. Through aligned partnerships, Street Business School (SBS) shares how it has successfully scaled its proven model of entrepreneurial education for women living in poverty from Uganda to seven countries across East Africa within the past two years. This example of social franchising has operationalized through funder and NGO partnerships in which locally led organizations are joining a movement to achieve ambitious global impact.

    Come with your questions, ideas and experience to this highly interactive session. We will rely on YOU, the audience, to ponder the challenges, surprises, and greatest opportunities that exist in social franchising. We will also hear from panelists who have experience using Street Business School’s franchise model to magnify their own impact. Panelists include:
    • Segal Family Foundation CEO Andy Bryant who will share how Segal leverages the partnership with SBS to scale impact while supporting other Segal grantees and grassroots led organizations.
    • Street Business School CEO Devin Hibbard who can speak to the strategy of social franchising and the execution of this specific case and these strategic partnerships.
    • Dandelion Africa Executive Director Wendo Aszed who can speak to the franchise customization process as she is currently implementing SBS in Dandelion’s community as both a Segal grantee and an SBS Global Catalyst Partner (franchisee).
    • Fourth panelist – to be announced at Skoll World Forum
    • Moderator, Joahim Ewechu Street Business School Board member and Founder of Unreasonable Institute East Africa.

    Refreshment and gifts provided at 4:00. Come early for a drink and chance to network. The panel will begin at 4:15. Thank you to Segal Family Foundation, Moxie Foundation and Street Business School for their fiscal sponsorship of this event.

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  • Washington, DC - 12 Days
    Monday
    June 4
    2018

    Certificate program: Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation (DPMI)

    Our two-week certificate program is offered during January in both Monterey, California, and Rwanda, and in May–June in both Monterey, California, and Washington, D.C. (see below for details about each location).

    You will gain the program design, evaluation, strategic partnering, and facilitation skills needed to launch a career in international development, becoming part of a global network of more than 1,000 alumni tackling the world’s most pressing problems.

    • Learn to design and monitor real-world projects.
    • Facilitate participatory community development.
    • Promote social entrepreneurship and strategic partnering.

    This program welcomes all social change makers and development professionals who are seeking additional skills in program Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation (DPMI). 

    Dates

    Monterey, CA (May 21-June 1)

    Washington, D.C. (June 4-15)

    Application Deadlines

    Priority: March 1st

    Regular: April 1st

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  • Monterey, CA - 12 Days
    Monday
    May 21
    2018

    Certificate program: Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation (DPMI)

    Our two-week certificate program is offered during January in both Monterey, California, and Rwanda, and in May–June in both Monterey, California, and Washington, D.C. (see below for details about each location).

    You will gain the program design, evaluation, strategic partnering, and facilitation skills needed to launch a career in international development, becoming part of a global network of more than 1,000 alumni tackling the world’s most pressing problems.

    • Learn to design and monitor real-world projects.
    • Facilitate participatory community development.
    • Promote social entrepreneurship and strategic partnering.

    This program welcomes all social change makers and development professionals who are seeking additional skills in program Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation (DPMI). 

    Dates

    Monterey, CA (May 21-June 1)

    Washington, D.C. (June 4-15)

    Application Deadlines

    Priority: March 1st

    Regular: April 1st

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  • San Francisco, CA - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    April 4
    2018

    Unusual Investments: Breaking the Mold for Raising and Investing Capital

    For entrepreneurs raising capital, standard term sheets and investor expectations often put them at a disadvantage or set both parties up for failure. But new models are emerging that better align investors and entrepreneurs, structure terms to incentivize sustainable growth over short-term gain, are less exploitative and grow community wealth. For investors and entrepreneurs, this panel of practitioners will highlight a range of approaches that break away from traditional venture capital models to better support world-changing ventures.

    Join us for an evening of bold conversation and fresh thinking at this evening panel discussion, followed by drinks and networking.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Monday
    March 19
    2018

    #StartingGood Virtual Summit

    The #StartingGood Virtual Summit is a free-to-access virtual summit bringing together experts to talk about creating social change under two broad categories:

    (1) You’ll hear personal stories, major learnings, and inspiring visionsfrom world renowned social innovators.
    (2) You’ll learn tailored, actionable tips and ideas to grow your impact and leave with the tools you need to create real, meaningful change.

    March 19th to March 31st.

    There will be 2-3 video sessions each day, with opportunities for live Q&A.

    All videos will be accessible to registered attendees until April 7, so you can catch up on the sessions you miss!

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