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Making Social Innovation Work Inside Your Organization

Warren Nilsson

11:00am-12:00pm Pacific, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern

  • Warren Nilsson, senior lecturer in social innovation, University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business; faculty member, UCT Bertha Centre for Social Innovation
  • Tana Paddock, coordinator, Organization Unbound
  • Marlon Parker, social entrepreneur and founder, Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs)

Tana Paddock

How can you build a capacity for innovation within your social purpose organization? Organizations that excel at social innovation tend to have in common one apparently simple practice: They pay a great deal of attention to the inner experiences of the people who work in them.

Please join SSIR on February 5 as Warren Nilsson and Tana Paddock discuss the theory and practice of "inscaping"—their term for the work of drawing on personal experience to generate the raw material of social change. Nilsson and Paddock will present examples and insights from specific organizations that use inscaping to foster innovation "from the inside out."

Marlon Parker

Joining them for the webinar will be Marlon Parker, founder of RLabs, a social enterprise based in Cape Town that promotes community-driven innovation in 21 countries.

The webinar will build on Nilsson and Paddock's article "Social Innovation From the Inside Out," in SSIR's Winter 2014 issue. There will be time for Q&A during the last 20 to 30 minutes of the webinar, which will be moderated by SSIR Senior Editor, Michael Slind.

This webinar is for people at nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other social purpose groups who want to create internal processes that will help to build a deep, long-lasting capacity for innovative thought and action.

Learn more about this webinar and register here. To view previous webinars in the SSIR Live! webinar series, go to

Regina Starr Ridley
Publishing Director
Stanford Social Innovation Review

P.S. Away from your desk on February 5? That's OK! Register and you can view this webinar on-demand three hours after the live event ends.

Pitchfests: Promoting Local Business Investment through Entrepreneur Showcases

What do you get when you bring together local entrepreneurs and everyday investors?

Answer: A pitchfest!

A pitchfest (also called an entrepreneur showcase) is a fun, informative event where local entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital can connect with everyday investors and community members.

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During the event, the entrepreneurs give presentations to “pitch” their business ideas to the audience in an informal setting that typically includes food, drink, and plenty of mingling. A pitchfest is a matchmaking event of sorts, serving as the first step toward connecting local entrepreneurs and investors in meaningful ways.

On February 6, New Dream hosts a free webinar about how to organize a pitchfest in your community. Dovetailing with New Dream's Guide to Going Local, the webinar will cover topics such as how to get started, identifying local entrepreneurs and investors, and maximizing the success of your event. Register now!

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 1:00-2:00pm EST (10:00-11:00am PST)
Cost: Free

Guest speaker:

Bob Marino of Seacoast Local, an education based nonprofit organization working to keep more money rooted in the Seacoast, NH community. Seacoast Local's Entrepreneur Showcases are featured in New Dream's Guide to Going Local — watch the video here.

Community is the Answer: International Association for Community Development conference

This major event will explore some of the most significant local and global questions we face today in the context of the answer: community.

How will we address the challenges of poverty? Of growing inequality? Of the environmental crisis? Of the failure of our institutions?

Community is the answer will showcase community-based solutions from Scotland and around the world. It will allow community members, activists, practitioners, researchers and policymakers to come together and examine what actually matters to people, how to measure it and how to place it at the core of what we do.

[ register here ]

Taking place in the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the gathering is expected to attract several hundred Scottish and international participants. This will be a unique opportunity for those who care about community development to learn about how people in different contexts are tackling similar challenges; to create new connections; and to develop networks which will last beyond the life of the event.


Over three days, parallel tracks will provide allow participants to choose from a range of seminars, workshops, presentations, arts-based learning events and field visits. There will be a social programme and the opportunity for overseas delegates to take part in extension programmes supported by Scottish community learning and development practitioners.

Tourism & Local Economic Development

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is proud to once again partner with Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) to celebrate International Development Week, which runs from February 2 – 8, 2014. We invite you to join us on Thursday, February 6, from 12 to 1:15 pm EST for a webinar on tourism development for local economic development (LED).

What You'll Learn:

During this webinar, you will learn how three Canadian municipal experts work with their counterparts in Nicaragua, Cambodia and Ukraine on innovative approaches to tourism development to benefit community economic growth. The interactive format of the webinar will give participants the opportunity to exchange ideas, share best practices and ask questions.
Our valued partners in local government development cooperation are helping build more inclusive and resilient communities. The webinar creates a venue to tell their story and share their expertise, to further support the important peer-to-peer exchanges fostered by FCM international projects.

[ register here ]

Please note that this webinar will be held in English only.

More information:

Should you have any question regarding the webinar, please do not hesitate to contact Pascal Lavoie, Program Manager (MPED Asia).

Education for Co-operation: How do we educate co-operators?

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network is presenting this webinar to explore how the co-operative sector employs their 5th principle of co-operation - education, training and information.

The featured speakers are Karen Miner, Christina Clamp and Erin Hancock.

[ register here ]

Erin will begin by providing the results of a scan of Canadian co-op educational initiatives including those undertaken by primary co-ops, federations, universities and consultants. This research provides an understanding of what type of work is happening and points to opportunities for improvement as well. Erin is the Manager of Research and Education for the Canadian Co-operative Association.

Karen will speak about the status of a current study for the 2014 International Summit Co-operatives on the state of co-operative management education. Also, she will profile the International Consortium of Leaders in Co-operative Business Education - a new, global network of institutions providing education and training for co-operative enterprises. Karen is the Managing Director of graduate level Co-operative Management Education at Saint Mary’s University.

Chris will report on a US-focused cooperative inventory project that captured: the scope of educational and/or training programs and materials; evaluation of specific materials; identification of other outstanding materials; and gaps in, or problems with, cooperative educational materials. Chris also conducted research to map the study of cooperatives in higher education in the USA and Canada in 2012-13.  She will report on the results of both studies and discuss the policy implications for co-op education. Chris Clamp is a professor of sociology at Southern New Hampshire University and director of the doctoral program in Community Economic Development and of the Center for Co-operatives and CED. 

*Please note we have changed our audio system, so prepare to join on your computer (mic and headphones) or phone into a Toronto-based number*

The Global Presencing Forum

We invite you to participate in a virtual experience of the The Global Presencing Forum, broadcast live from Cambridge, MA. Plenary sessions of the Forum will be streamed live, free of charge, and there are a variety of ways to participate online. Click here for more detailed information.

The 2014 Global Presencing Forum, "From Ego- to Eco-System Economies: Creating Well-Being for All" is offered by the Presencing Institute in collaboration with key partners*. It will showcase living examples that generate profound change by shifting awareness of economic discourse: from a focus merely on GDP to a focus on well-being (e.g., GNH or GPI), from scarcity to abundance, from exclusion to inclusion, from competition to co-creation, from reducing negative to generating positive impact, from transactional to transformative relationships, from exploitation to shared ecosystem prosperity. For more information on the Forum, visit:


1. Access Live Stream
Simply click the link - which you will find here prior to the beginning of the Forum - to access the live video stream on your computer or mobile device.

2. Access Live Stream + Join the Conversation
In addition to Option 1, converse with peers by joining a dedicated group.

Login to the PI website or set up a new profile at: Return to the index page for a link to the group, or go directly to:

Here you can post comments, chat with other participants from around the globe, share links, documents, photos and videos - all leading up to, during, and after the Global Forum.

3. Access Live Stream + Join the Conversation + Host a Local Group
In addition to Options 1 and 2, host colleagues or friends in your own local environment. Download a free copy of the Global Forum Toolkit, designed specifically for this year's event, with a variety of questions, methods, and suggestions to help you run a "mini-forum" wherever you are in the world, in parallel with the live events in Cambridge, MA.

During the event, we encourage all participants to submit questions and insights to and/or utilize Twitter with the hashtag #ego2eco.


Tuesday 11 February
08:30 - 8:40 Mindful Opening
08:40 - 9:20 Framing of the Three Divides
09:20 - 10:30 Innovating across the Divides
11:00 - 13:00 Stories from the Field 

Wednesday 12 February
08:20 - 9:00 Check-in and Sharing
09:00 - 10:30 Panel: Sparks of the Future
11:00 - 11:30 Presencing Practice
11:30 - 12:00 Sensing and Finding Fields of Connection

Note: All times displayed are in EST (Eastern Standard Time).

For the full detailed program, visit:


Technical specifications can be found towards the bottom of the web stream page:

* Key sponsors include: MIT CoLab, the MIT Department for Urban Studies and Planning, DOEN Foundation, the GIZ Global Leadership Academy, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Eileen Fisher Community Foundation.


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