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A Series from The Conversations Network

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Hybrid and For-Profit Business Models - Challenges and Opportunities

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CDT

Social entrepreneurs discuss how they use for-profit activities to fund their organizations' missions in this session of the Skoll World Forum. These are done in combination with, and in addition to, nonprofit activities. From profitably of providing water to poor villagers to training street children to run business, and from franchising medical care to creating a transparent market place for handmade goods, these entrepreneurs show that business and nonprofit can mix well.

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Gene Sykes & Mark Tercek - Risks and Opportunities of Going Green

Sun, 5 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CDT

What does Wall Street make of the trends in cleantech, corporate environmental strategy, and emerging carbon markets? In this talk, sponsored by the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, two Goldman Sachs managers discuss how their investment firm is making the financing of corporate deals contingent upon the incorporation of increasingly stringent environmental criteria.

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Laura Arrillaga - Philanthropy Today

Wed, 3 Sep 2008 00:00:00 CDT

Venture philanthropy and other new products and trends indicate that philanthropy has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. Donors are younger than ever before and foundations have become increasingly professionalized. In this discussion, sponsored by the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, philanthropy expert Peter Hero interviews Laura Arrillaga, a leader in Silicon Valley, about developments that are now making philanthropy a powerhouse for social change.

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Lawrence Summer, Cameron Sinclair, Nancy Birdsall, Harriet Babbitt - What is Sustainable Development?

Sun, 17 Aug 2008 00:00:00 CDT

The Industrial Revolution ushered in an era of technological change, leading to better standards of living for us today. Yet this progress has taken a toll on the non-renewable resources of our planet. Given the accelerated rate at which developing nations now follow in our footsteps in the exploitation of natural resources, how long will our planet be able to sustain such growth? Panelists Harriet Babbitt, Nancy Birdsall, Lawrence Summers and Cameron Sinclair discuss the meaning of, and ways to achieve, sustainable development.

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The Future of Philanthropy - Skoll World Forum 2007

Sun, 9 Dec 2007 00:00:00 CST

As the boundary between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds continues to blur, how may philanthropy evolve to assist social change? A panel of academics and practitioners discusses how public- and private-sector support may be combined in new ways in the future to fund progressive domestic and global social enterprises.

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Jessica Jackley Flannery - Redefining Microfinance in the Internet Era

Mon, 28 May 2007 00:00:00 CDT

Based in Silicon Valley, Kiva is an innovative social enterprise that uses the internet to connect lenders with small businesses around the world. Jessica Flannery talks with Design for Change host Sheela Sethuraman about starting the organization, and reflects on some of the reasons for its rapid growth and success.

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Pierre Omidyar - The Omidyar Network

Fri, 10 Nov 2006 00:00:00 CST

In conversation with John Battelle, legendary technologist Pierre Omidyar explains the philosophy and business plan underlying his new network for investment in for-profit ventures which foster economic, social, and political self-empowerment. Applying lessons learned from his founding of eBay, this new investment strategy is based on the belief that people are basically good, and that connecting them with the right tools can build trust and opportunity.

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Pamela Hawley - The Social Entrepreneurship Landscape

Sun, 5 Nov 2006 00:00:00 CST

When approaching funders and volunteers you must "come from a space of opportunity and not from a space of need" argues Pamela Hawley at the 2007 Nonprofit Boot Camp. Drawing from her experience with UniversalGiving and VolunteerMatch, Hawley describes what it takes to create a successful social entrepreneurship organization.

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Kay Sprinkel Grace - Craigslist Boot Camp Keynote

Sun, 29 Oct 2006 00:00:00 CDT

Mission, vision, and values are the essential ingredients of a transformational process which brings philanthropists and organizations together to meet critical community needs. Kay Sprinkel Grace approaches fundraising with an attitude of pride and power. She explains how donors are inspired to invest in an organization that communicates shared beliefs by taking real action to benefit those in need.

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Expecting Returns - Bridging the Gap Conference

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 00:00:00 CDT

For years, many believed that socially responsible investments could simply not hold up to traditional investments. Social capital market experts dispel the myths associated with socially responsible investing, and look toward the future of what is to come as more and more funds offer social choices.

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Strategic Philanthropy - Bridging the Gap Conference

Mon, 17 Jul 2006 00:00:00 CDT

A new generation of innovative philanthropists is helping to transform charitable giving. This panel discussion highlights the philosophy of three young, but outstanding, organizations in the strategic philanthropic field. Panelists emphasize the targeted use of wealth to address specific social challenges.

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Community Foundations - Bridging the Gap Conference

Thu, 1 Jun 2006 00:00:00 CDT

Community foundations have become an increasingly common outlet for charitable giving and activities in the United States. In this panel discussion, community foundation leaders discuss innovative models for turning dollars into social change, as well as challenges faced by this important sector of philanthropy.

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Luther Ragin, Jr. - Is Grantmaking Enough? A Case for Mission-Related Investing

Mon, 6 Mar 2006 00:00:00 CST

Luther Ragin, Jr., Vice President of Investments for The F.B. Heron Foundation, explains how the mission-related investment approach can harness a foundation's financial power to maximize its social return. From the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford.

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