If you’ve been keeping up with Springboard Innovation activities, you are aware the annual ReVV conference is almost upon us. This will be my first year at the conference, but reading comments and feedback from the previous year(s) gives me great confidence it will address issues, inspire and evoke response from those that attend and go back to their funds, non-profits and enterprises to make an energized difference in communities, environments and the world.
I recently read a great book, “The Blue Sweater”, by Jacqueline Novagratz, founder of the Acumen Fund. In this story she does a great job – using herself as an example – of guiding the reader to an understanding of not only lending aid but exacting and measuring accountability to communities that have a desire to lift themselves from poverty to subsistence.
While her example takes place in Rwanda and India, and the issues discussed at ReVV2011 seem to be focused on local communities, the parallels are significant. How can we empower citizens by giving them tools to make ecological changes in their community, make a socio-economic differences in their neighborhood, lift themselves to self-sufficiency? These questions are in the forefront of what will be presented at the ReVV2011.
The speakers for this year’s event are, happily, diverse. Here are some I’m particularly looking forward to meeting:
Woody Tasch | Founder of SlowMoney.org
A venture capitalist, foundation treasurer, and entrepreneur, whose explorations shed new light on a truer, more beautiful, more prudent kind of fiduciary responsibility . . . which reflects the economic, social, and environmental realities of the twenty-first century.
Henry Petroski | Author, Professor of Civil Engineering, Duke University
He will talk about his book, ”The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems“, the strategy of failure, and the promise of the engineer in all of us.
Tim Draimin | Executive Director, Social Innovation Generator; Chair, Causeway Social Finance
Tim will share strategies for city and government leaders about how policy and networks can accelerate local innovation for good.
Michael Van Patten | Founder & CEO, Mission Markets and Mission Markets Earth, LLC
Heather Fleming | Co-Founder and CEO, Catapult Design
You can see more speakers when you register for the fast-approaching conference at http://www.revisioningvalue.org/event_registration