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Social Innovation Leadership Conference

Create or find a meeting place, either physical or virtual, for a conference enabling social impact and innovation networking and mentoring to take place between experienced leaders, social entrepreneurs, and the OpenIDEO community of ideators.

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Create a physical or virtual space where either quarterly or annually social innovation experts can get together to exchange ideas and explore business models for change.  Invite people such as William Drayton, founder of Ashoka, or Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, to network and mentor those who are interested to make social change on a small or large scale.  The conference would allow for both one-way, two-way conversations and discussion groups.  Also, this conference can feature hands-on workshops where ideators get a chance to begin implementing their ideas similar to Boston's Startup Weekend format, but focused on social change initiatives instead.

Here are some links for reference:

Wharton Social Impact Conference
http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/socialimpact/student-led-activities/conference-home.cfm

Babson College Social Innovation Lab for Collaborative Solutions
http://www3.babson.edu/lewis/
https://life.babson.edu/organization/lewis/about

Boston StartUp Weekend
http://boston.startupweekend.org/

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Great thoughts, Rashel! We look forward to you posting this in the Concepting phase once it opens later this week. Maybe you'll get more comments going here which will help you build it further and take some of the learnings form the great references you've supplied and apply them specifically to our unique community. Given our focus is on social impact and action it's brilliant to see you're looking at examples which are about *doing.* If we're going to consider sustainable business models, might there be ways for guidelines, promotional support and toolkits to be provided and community members to self-direct their own events (like TEDx?) Lots to think about and we're super excited about what you all might come up with!