Texas Social Innovation Initiative

Organizations focusing on today’s social innovations range from a handful experienced players (Root Cause, Ashoka, Standford Social Innovation Review) to a growing presence of regional nonprofits and/or social enterprises addressing fundamental community problems. With a newly established federal agenda to stimulate and nurture social innovation in this country, how will Sonal Shah, head of the White House Office of Social Innovation create a national agenda sparked by efforts on the ground that can spread across the country and line up with other successful global initiatives such as the United Kingdom’s Office of the Third Sector and Canada’s growing Centers for Social Innovation?

On Wednesday December 9 at 10:30 CST, during the Governor’s Nonprofit Leadership Conference, Business Boomer’s live webcast will feature a distinct panel of leaders to discuss collaborative efforts that stimulate socially innovative activities in order to help answer that question. A recorded version will be made available afterward.

Anne DeHaro, Public Affairs Director and host of Clear Channel Radio, will facilitate a discussion and field questions from an online audience as she interview panelists Andrew Wolk, CEO of Rootcause, Elizabeth Darling, CEO of OneStar Foundation, & our co-conspirator Stacy Caldwell, Executive Director of Dallas Social Venture Partners.

Topics include:

* Texas Social Innovation Initiative announcement & vision
* How social innovation is changing the way nonprofits do business
* Impact investing & performance measurement
* Collaboration at the global, national, state, and local levels

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2 thoughts on “Texas Social Innovation Initiative

  1. Mark Lewis says:

    I attended the December 3rd Sparks Club meeting and found this a great environment to meet & greet other social entrepreneurs and prospective SE people. Over the last 4 years running the Strategic Business Intelligence Group, I’ve spoken to thousands of business people about SE here in Dallas and found only a tiny fraction who had even heard of the concept, much less understoood it. My time has been divided between hard core networking and building a professional knowledge base. The Sparks Club placed more sharp people interested in social enterprise in one room than anywhere I’ve seen since 2005 at the University of Toronto. Stacy & Co. you’re doing a great job with this. I’ll be back, especially if you keep up the wine & cheese thing! I feel like you’re easing my networking burden by 90% or more.

    • Christian Caldwell says:

      Thanks for the testimonial Mark! It was great to meet you. The co-conspirators are meeting later this week to plot our January and February. Stay tuned!

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