October 1, 2012

Nonprofit & social change calendar: October 2012

Jane McGonigal
Rock star games pioneer Jane McGonigal at SOCAP 2011 (Photo by JD Lasica).

Planning for the month’s top conferences & events

JD LasicaSocial Capital Markets starts today, heading up a packed month of events in the nonprofit/social change sector.

Other highlights include The Feast, PopTech, Bioneers, BSR, NETA, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and Social Media for Nonprofits, with two events: in Washington, DC, on Friday and in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 23. You attending any of these? Continue reading

March 1, 2012

Nonprofit & social change calendar: March

An ideas sketch on a whiteboard at SXSW Interactive 2010 (Photo by JD Lasica).

Planning for the month’s top conferences & events

JD LasicaMarch is the real beginning of the 2012 conference circuit, with big events such as South by Southwest, the Skoll World Forum and the Washington Nonprofit Conference, kicking off today.

For the full year, see our Calendar of 2012 nonprofit and 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!

TED Feb. 27-Mar 2 Long Beach, Calif.
From dazzling technology and leading-edge science to the richest veins of human creativity and interconnection, TED 2012 will display remarkable speakers, new uses of music, extravagant use of underused senses, intricate choreography between speaker and screen, new ways of involving the audience, breakthroughs in animation, intense, campfire-style storytelling and some “spectacular surprises.” ted2012
TEDActive Feb. 27-Mar 2 Palm Springs, Calif.
TEDActive is an opportunity to let your mind travel the world of ideas while watching the live-hosted TED 2012 program on screen in a comfortable, customizable space. When the talks are over, your conversations with other passionate people begin — a chance to engage in inspiring discussions and projects. tedactive
Washington Nonprofit Conference March 1-2 Washington, DC
Need a fresh perspective on fundraising? At this conference, you’ll learn innovative strategies and creative approaches to fundraising that will help you identify and develop new initiatives for your programs, as well as how to increase donations. You’ll find more than 30 educational sessions, a keynote presentation and roundtable discussions so that you’re able to pick and choose from topics that best offer solutions to your challenges. washington-non-profit
SXSW March 9-18 Austin, Texas
South by Southwest offers an amazing gathering of thought leaders in independent music, independent films and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery. tim street
Left Forum March 16-18 New York
A one-of-a-kind gathering, Left Forum convenes the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the public. Conference participants come together to engage a wide range of critical perspectives on the world, to discuss differences, commonalities and alternatives to current challenges and to share ideas for transforming the world. LeftForum
eCampaigning Forum March 21-22 Oxford, UK
In the 10th annual eCampaigning Forum, you’ll learn about e-campaigning from the people who do it and share effective strategies and practices with peers. ecampaigningforum
The Social Enterprise Exchange March 27 Glasgow, UK
This event will create plenty of opportunity to exchange best practices and information on a number of topical themes including social enterprise policy, growth and replication, starting a new business, winning business, social investment, subcontracting and impact measurement. Social-Enterprise-Alliance
Skoll World Forum March 28-30 Oxford, UK
The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches to solving the world’s most pressing problems. Their mission is to accelerate the impact of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage and large-scale social change. About 800 hand-selected delegates from the social, finance, private and public sectors convene for three days and nights and attendees representing nearly 65 countries participate in critical debates, dedicated networking events, self-organized sessions, small group workshops and compelling panel and plenary sessions. skoll
Clinton Global Initiative University Mar 30-Apr 1 Washington, DC
This fifth annual gathering will bring together students and national youth organizations to create and implement Commitments to Action across five Focus Areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation and Public Health. clinton-global
November 1, 2011

Nonprofit & social change calendar: November

green awards
The International Green Awards take place Nov. 24 in London.

Planning for the month’s top conferences & events

JD LasicaWill I see you at some of these conferences this month? I’ll be attending CrowdConf 2011 on Wednesday and speaking at the Vivanista Fundraising Summit on Nov. 12. (If you’re attending either, please say hi.)

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.

CrowdConf Nov. 1-2 San Francisco
CrowdConf is the first and leading conference on crowdsourcing and the future of distributed work. CrowdConf brings together an international audience of scholars, executives, policy makers, artists, and technologists for a day of learning, conversation and networking.
BSR Nov. 1-4 San Francisco
BSR works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. bsr
BlogWorld & New Media Expo Nov. 3-5 Los Angeles
BlogWorld moves from Las Vegas to LA, where experts from every field of blogging and new media will be on hand to share their knowledge, techniques and advice. Industry gurus will share their experiences and network with attendees in seminars and moderated panels. BlogWorld LA
Social Media for Nonprofits Nov. 4 San Francisco
The Social Media for Nonprofits series returns to San Francisco with a stellar lineup of nonprofit professionals.
Digital Capital Week Nov. 4-11 Washington, DC
DCWEEK is a festival focused on bringing together designers, developers, entrepreneurs and social innovators of all kinds. Last year, the inaugural Digital Capital Week showcased tech innovation in Washington. The 2011 version of Digital Capital Week promises to be even bigger.
Women in Computing Nov. 8-12 Portland, Ore.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industrial, academic and government communities. Women in Computing
BigTent Nov. 3-5 Omaha, Neb.
The BigTent Conference is a three-day day gathering of youth leaders, educators, advocates and young people who will share strategies, philosophies and tools to advance the health and wellbeing of families and children. The conference combines inspiring presentations, practical workshops and celebratory community building all aimed at equipping individuals, organizations and communities to do their part to ensure that young people are ready for college, work and life by age 21. bigtent
Vivanista’s Charitable Fundraising Summit Nov. 10-12 San Francisco
Vivanista’s Charitable Fundraising Summit will bring together volunteer leaders, fundraising event chairs and nonprofit development staff to learn from experts as well as share fundraising best practices. This 1 ½ day conference will include an Awards Dinner honoring volunteers who have been nominated in a variety of fundraising fields. Fundraising-In-Action
Nonprofit Software Development Summit Nov. 16-18 Oakland, Calif.
Aspiration helps connect nonprofit organizations with software solutions that help them better carry out their work. The firm’s annual “NPTechie Love Fest” seeks to maximize nonprofits’ effectiveness and impact. Nonprofit Software Development Summit
NextGen Charity Nov. 17-18 New York
NextGen Charity is the conference on new strategies in nonprofit and philanthropy work.
ARNOVA Nov. 17-19 Toronto
ARNOVA, now in its 40th annual year, is the largest and most significant research conference focusing on nonprofits, philanthropy, voluntary action and civil society to be held on an annual basis. More than 600 prominent scholars and teachers, as well as practice leaders for the nonprofit sector, from across the U.S. and around the world will participate.
International Green Awards Nov. 24 London
The International Green Awards is an initiative enlightening the world through showcasing the best in class examples of creativity in business, citizen and government initiatives leading to sustainable outcomes. This year, the gathering looks to reward sustainable achievement right across Business, Government & Citizen initiatives that influence positive change. International Green Awards
October 3, 2011

Social change & nonprofit calendar: October

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
September 1, 2011

Social change & nonprofit calendar: September

Social Capital Markets returns to San Francisco next week.


Events guide for nonprofits & social change organizations

JD LasicaConference season is ramping up again. Here’s a roundup of conferences and events scheduled in the nonprofit and social change sectors for the month of September. I’ll be attending the Social Capital Markets conference in San Francisco next week.

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.

SOCAP Sept. 6-9 San Francisco
SOCAP is a multi-platform organization dedicated to the flow of capital toward social good. The event series connects leading global innovators – investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs – to build this market at the intersection of money and meaning. SOCAP11 is asking, What needs to be created, what needs to be put into action, what should the social capital market stand for? What does Money + Meaning = ? SOCAP
Open Video Conference Sept. 10-12 New York
This multi-day summit brings together thought leaders in business, academia, art and activism to shape the future of online video. It’s a forum for technical and creative innovation in online video as well as larger questions. This year’s event will be about a third as big as years past, with an emphasis on working groups and concrete action. OVC
Social Venture Institute Sept. 14-18 Cortes Island, BC
Participants will present their business problems to a panel of experienced business leaders and fellow participants. In return, they receive advice, tools, and resources to strengthen and grow their enterprise in a socially conscious way. SVI
Web of Change Sept. 21-25 Cortes Island, BC
Web of Change connects the foremost thinkers and do-ers in the growing community of social change and technology from across North America. Tim and Nicholas
IdeaFestival Sept. 21-24 Louisville, Ky.
IdeaFestival is a world-class event that attracts leading global innovators and thinkers to discuss and celebrate imagination, new perspectives and transformational ideas. (I’ve spoken here in the past and recommend it.) It provides a stage to explore the cross-cutting nature of innovation involving a range of diverse disciplines. ray-kurzweil
Artez InterAction Sept. 29 Toronto
Join thought leaders and peers and participate in one of the world’s top social fundraising exchanges. Watch an all-star lineup of speakers and sessions to explore the potential of mobile and social media on your fundraising programs. Steve Mast

Image at top by Julie Blaustein on Flickr

May 3, 2010

Social change & nonprofit calendar: May

Events guide for nonprofits & social change outfits

JD LasicaFollowing is a roundup of conferences and events scheduled in the nonprofit and social change sectors for the month of May. For the full year, see: Calendar of 2010 social change conferences.

Even if you can’t attend, you should be able to follow part of the proceedings on Twitter — type in the name of the conference on Twitter Search and look for the hashtag associated with it (then click on it).

If you’re interested in social media, tech and marketing conferences, see the May calendar on our sister site, Socialmedia.biz.

Conference Date Place
NYC Symposium for Social Change May 3 New York
The NYC Symposium for Social Change brings together the powerful economic tools of Wall Street with the entrepreneurship of social innovation to impact New York City’s most pressing issues in education, environment and impact investing.

Global Voices Citizen Media Summit May 6-7 Santiago, Chile
Global Voices Online gathers with a diverse group of bloggers, activists, technologists and journalists from around the world for two days of public discussions and workshops. The theme of the meeting is “Next generation citizen media, public access and citizen participation.” Making Your Media Matter 2010
SHINE May 13-15 London
As an antidote to business conferences or other social enterprise events, this unconference sets out to provide the space, place and time where people setting up their social enterprise could grow their business, learn from others in the same situation, and come away with their questions answered.
Games for Change Festival May 24-27 New York
The seventh annual event takes place at Parsons The New School for Design.
Gov 2.0 Expo May 25-27 Washington, DC
Government 2.0 is about empowering government employees to serve citizens better and opening up the government into a platform that enables citizens to better help their communities.

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