7 Inspiring Talks By Social Impact Leaders
The social impact sector is full of passionate people with innovative outlooks on the world’s greatest problems. One of the goals of the Collaborative and Classy Awards is to unite nonprofits and social enterprises with these leaders to share experiences and move the sector forward. The event will revolve around keynotes, panels, curated debates, and product demonstrations presented by executives, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and innovative nonprofit professionals.
To give you a taste of the amazing ideas and conversations that come to the Collaborative, we’ve gathered a few videos in which our speakers show their passion, expertise, and creativity. These amazing social sector leaders spoke at the Collaborative, although their talks and sessions in Boston covered other topics.
In these videos, our 2016 speakers cover causes such as hunger, human rights, and education, and offer insights on social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility. The Collaborative brings the social sector together to work together, so these varied topics and ideas are representative of the types of sessions and events coming to Boston this June.
1. Cheryl Dorsey
It’s not enough just to have the idea, you have to execute on it, you have to serve your clientele, you have to prove your model of social change is making an impact, and you have to build on your mission-driven business.
2. Caleb Harper
I knew more information about my Cabbage Patch [doll], than we know about any food that you ate today.
3. Michelle L. Sullivan
Sullivan represented the Caterpillar Foundation at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival, which brought A-List musical acts together to perform for 60,000 people devoted to social change. In this interview with Ronan Farrow of MSNBC, she explains Caterpillar’s approach to corporate social responsibility and the importance of collaboration between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
We want people around the world to be on the path to sustainable progress and prosperity.
4. Jacob Lief
In this TEDx talk just after the death of Nelson Mandela, Lief tells the story of how witnessing South Africa’s first democratic elections led him to a lifetime of service there. Furthermore, he challenges donors and organizations to think beyond statistics and recognize that changing a child’s life may cost a lot more than the traditional “dollar a day” model.
If I’ve learned anything in 15 years, it’s that raising children isn’t scalable. It takes a lot more than a twelve-month grant cycle to raise a child.
5. Sonal Shah
But the most formative stage of her career was when she and her siblings founded Indicorps, a nonprofit on a mission to reconnect young people of the Indian diaspora through a year of service. Her talk explains how the rules of their program (no drinking, no fraternizing, and a stipend of $17 a month) led to entrepreneurship, innovation, and understanding.
We wanted innovation to happen between the intersection of the fellows and the communities. Innovation is happening every single day around the world. We just don’t choose to see it.
6. Nathaniel Raymond
In this TEDx talk, Raymond not only shows how he and his team are identifying human rights atrocities through satellite imagery, he also outlines next steps for creating a standardized and ethical system for this technology.
We need ethics, we need rules, and we need standards. The people we’re trying to assist—at home and abroad—they deserve nothing less.
7. Scott Harrison, charity: water
In his talk at a Google Zeitgeist event, he shares his story and the disruptive model charity: water has used to break through the cynicism and hopelessness that prevents so many people from giving to social impact organizations.
If we were going to solve a problem this big, we would need to create an epic brand that rivaled the Googles, the Apples, the Nikes of the world.
These innovators and social sector leaders are just a few of 100 speakers and panelists lending their knowledge and experience to the Collaborative and Classy Awards in Boston this June. As you can see, they each offer different perspectives about what creates social change and how we must move forward. Attendees will get to learn from and engage with our speakers as well as many members of the Leadership Council, who decide the Classy Award winners.
Our speakers will not only share important lessons on programming, impact, and transparency– they will also speak to the characteristics funders look for in programs they want to support. From partnerships to more meaningful metrics to revolutionary breakthroughs, attendees of the Collaborative and Classy Awards will walk away with the tools to accelerate progress at their organization and a passion to do more than they ever thought possible.