January 2, 2013

Calendar of 2013 nonprofit & social change conferences

The graphic recording created during Socialbrite’s “You Need a Strategy” session at the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference.

SuperGuide to events for nonprofits & social good organizations

JD LasicaHere’s our roundup of conferences in the nonprofit and social change sectors coming up in 2013. This has become an annual tradition here at Socialbrite, and we hope you’ll bookmark this page and return to it throughout the year — we’ll be updating it throughout 2013 as more conference details firm up.

We’ll be reporting on many of these events and invite you to share your coverage or observations on Socialbrite, or let us know and we’ll tweet it or Facebook it. Throughout the year we’ll publish monthly calendars on the first of the month. Continue reading

February 1, 2010

‘Philanthrocapitalism’: Givers are more likely to change the world

Sloane BerrentIhad the opportunity to meet Matthew Bishop, business editor for The Economist and author of Philanthrocapitalism, at a dinner about the “Future of Philanthropy.” It was fascinating to hear Matt talk about the role of the wealthy and the future of giving.

“People who give are much more likely to come up with the answer … to all the problems the word is facing” than governmnets and politicians are,” he says in this 2 1/2-minute video interview conducted at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

An overview of his book:

“An examination of how today’s leading philanthropists are revolutionizing the field, using new methods to have a vastly greater impact on the world.

Largely trained in the corporate world, these “social investors” are using big-business-style strategies and expecting results and accountability to match.

“For philanthropists of the past, charity was often a matter of simply giving money away. For the philanthrocapitalists – the new generation of billionaires who are reshaping the way they give – it’s like business. Largely trained in the corporate world, these “social investors” are using big-business-style strategies and expecting results and accountability to match. Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, is leading the way: He has promised his entire fortune to finding a cure for the diseases that kill millions of children in the poorest countries in the world. Continue reading

February 1, 2010

Ning, Davos and Haiti recovery projects

Sloane BerrentGina Bianchini is the co-founder and CEO of Ning.com, a platform that hosts more than a million social networks and connects people based on their passions and interests. She took a few minutes to tell me about her experience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, what she has learned that surprised her and how to stay connected to Davos long after the week is over.

The two campaigns she talks about are the Open Architecture Network, a program Cameron Sinclair, founder of Architecture for Humanity, was telling us about. I hope to catch Cameron to talk about his amazing work and especially the Haiti recovery projects he’s taken on. I encourage you to read his recent piece in The Huffington Post encouraging people to “steal his plan” to help recovery as quick as possible in Haiti.

The second project Gina talks about is the She 28 Campaign, a project that gives women in Rwanda the skills to start their own business making sanitary projects using banana leaves.

So yes, Gina, Cameron and I were talking about menstruation while squeezing in expressos between sessions. And that’s one of the best parts about Davos — that someone knows something about a topic or initiative that I’ve never heard of before and is more than willing to share that information with me so I can look it up later online.

Check out the She 28 Campaign video for yourself:

This post originally appeared on the MySpace Journal.

January 30, 2010

Laura Tyson on closing the gender gap

Sloane BerrentIattended a session about global initiatives being set forth at the World Economic Forum and one of them is a study on the worldwide gender gap led by Laura Tyson, a professor the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and former chair of the US President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton administration.

“Half of the world’s innovators are women,” Tyson says.

I was so profoundly impressed and inspired by Professor Tyson. Her resume and credentials match her passion for equality among us all and she reminded me of the type of professor I had in school where you want to get there a few minutes early and sit in the front row. Her perspective and impact on pushing forward how women are treated globally and how we can educate ourselves about equality are something I encourage all of you to explore. Continue reading

January 30, 2010

Reporting from the World Economic Forum


Sloane BerrentLet me share something here that I’m not sharing over on the MySpace blogs. Rather let me gush for a second. Davos, Switzerland, is truly spectacular. There is something about an invite-only conference that allows every attendee to walk up to one another and say hi, introduce yourself, make conversation. Everyone who is here has done something special to be here. Sure, there are a few lucky ducks (like myself) who have found their way here, but heads of states and CEOs and global leaders all under one roof make for very interesting conversations.

Which leads me to my next point – the people here care very much. There are a lot of conversations about just about everything you could imagine. Water conservation and sustainable of global fisheries, the future of the Middle East, what the World Cup in South Africa this summer can do to raise awareness of current hot topic issues in Africa, the crisis in Haiti. There are a million things happening in the world right now and chances are someone here is an expert in that field. Continue reading