October 3, 2011

Social change & nonprofit calendar: October

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Bioneers takes places Oct. 14-16 in San Rafael, Calif.


Events guide for nonprofits & social change organizations

JD LasicaWe’re now in full-on conference mode. What events are you planning to attend this month? Anybody going to the first SXSW Eco? Here’s a roundup of conferences and events scheduled in the nonprofit and social change sectors for the month of October. I’ll be speaking at Blackbaud’s BBCon just outside Washington, DC, tomorrow.

For the full year, see our Calendar of 2011 social change conferences. If you’re interested in social media, tech and marketing conferences, see this month’s calendar on our sister site, Socialmedia.biz.

If you know of other events, please share by adding the info in the comments below.

Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits Oct. 2-5 Washington, DC
The gathering provides four days of educational content dedicated to your specific needs and unprecedented opportunities to network and interact with your peers and industry experts Allison Fine
Convio Summit Oct. 3-5 Baltimore
Convio Summit is an information-packed gathering of Convio clients, partners, industry experts and other invited guests. It’s an event filled with innovative ideas to get your creativity flowing, with real-world examples of techniques that you can start using right away to boost your fundraising, advocacy, marketing and donor management efforts. Convio Summit
SXSW Eco Oct. 4-6 Austin, Texas
The first SXSW Eco will feature three days of diverse, top-level programming for professionals in business, government, nonprofits and academia who want to look at environmental and sustainability issues though a fresh lens, develop new collaborations and contribute to innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the environment, the economy and civil society. Simran Sethi
Retail Sustainability Conference Oct. 12-14 Orlando, Fla.
The Retail Sustainability Conference brings together executives involved in establishing environmental programs and integrating green practices into their companies. The conference’s program will address the key operational aspects of environmental sustainability and compliance for the retail industry, including sessions on energy, waste management, water conservation, store operations, real estate development, supply chain issues and opportunities for improving corporate social responsibility. Walter Robb
Bioneers Conference Oct. 14-16 San Rafael, Calif.
Since 1990, the Bioneers conference has acted as a fertile hub of leading social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. As a celebration of the genius of nature and human creativity, Bioneers connects people with solutions and each other. It’s a dynamic knowledge platform and a uniquely holistic and diverse network of networks. bioneers
fiess 2011 Oct. 17-20 Montreal
This forum is intended as a meeting place for people and ideas. The event aims to bring together key players in the social and solidarity economy from countries across the North and South and their partners in government, labor movements, research institutes and international organizations, to help strengthen partnerships between civil society and governments, to highlight successful partnerships, particularly in the development of public policy, and to encourage the exchange of ideas around the theme of the social and solidarity economy at the international and inter-regional level.
Pop!Tech Oct. 19-22 Camden, Maine
Pop!Tech will mark its 15th annual gathering with more than 600 remarkable thinkers, leaders and innovators showcasing powerful ideas and projects that are changing the world. I attended one year — it’s a great gathering. jaron-lanier
Social Venture Network Oct. 27-30 Philadelphia
Social Venture Network connects, supports and inspires business leaders and social entrepreneurs in expanding practices that build a just and sustainable economy. SVN
Social Enterprise Summit Oct 31-Nov 2 Chicago
This international forum advocates for increased social impact through social enterprise. Join over 700 social entrepreneurs to learn, grow, be inspired, make new connections from around the globe and become part of this expanding movement. Social Enterprise Alliance 2

JD Lasica, founder and former editor of Socialbrite, is co-founder of Cruiseable. Contact JD or follow him on Twitter or Google Plus.

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3 thoughts on “Social change & nonprofit calendar: October

  1. Net Impact Annual Conference – http://2011.netimpact.org/
    October 27-29, Portland, OR

    Net Impact represents a new generation of leaders spanning sectors and industries who are putting their business skills to work for a better world. Our programming helps 20,000+ members in nearly 280 chapters worldwide transform their careers to make a net impact that benefits not just the bottom line — but people and planet, too.

    This year’s Net Impact Conference will spotlight the many unexpected places people find where good works. Together, the world’s most effective changemakers and most promising leaders will explore:

    * Where creative problem solving and playful approaches can lead to serious solutions
    * Where sustainable innovations were championed by those you least expect
    * Where unlikely partnerships accelerate change

    Join Net Impact as we bring our 19th annual conference to Portland, Oregon and discuss changing the world through business with 2,600 of our members and community friends.

    Our event attracts MBAs, undergraduates, and professionals from a variety of fields, including consultants, CSR practitioners, nonprofit leaders, and sustainability specialists. Over three days, these individuals will unite at the LEED-certified Oregon Convention Center to tackle tough CSR and sustainability challenges, build their careers and professional networks, and participate in sessions that push boundaries and limits.

    The Net Impact Conference is the world’s largest and most inspirational event for students and professionals using their business skills to create social and environmental good. We hope you’ll join us this fall.