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Social Impact Exchange Conference Blogs and Tweets

The Social Impact Exchange Conference on Scaling Social Impact generated a tremendous amount of thinking and discussions. Fortunately, for both those who attended and those who could not attend the conference, we were able to provide addition insights into the conference through blog coverage and discussions on Twitter organized by Geri Stengel of Ventureneer and Adin Miller of Adin Miller Consulting. In total, 30 different posts and articles were published on the conference and 479 tweets were posted by 72 different people (a full transcript is available here; 85% of the Twitter posts came during the two days of the conference).

Geri and Adin laid the foundation for the blog coverage in two posts – the first announcing the blog and Twitter effort and the second outlining several issues that would be raised during the conference.

On the first day of the conference, Geri published a series of posts in response to specific sessions at the conference. She highlighted Robert Steel’s comments on the need for a growth capital system, Gordon Berlin’s presentation on the importance of evidence to justify growth, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey’s luncheon speech on energizing social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders, a panel discussion on readiness to scale, and Judith Rodin’s speech on collaboration and innovation (Judith’s speech is also available here). Adin summarized the day with an overall review of five issues raised during the first day of the conference.

The second day of the conference offered more breakout discussions and plenary sessions for the conference attendees. Geri highlighted Nancy Roob’s discussion with Greg Dees on the importance of developing collaborative funding partnerships and a panel discussion that further amplified the need for collaborations. She provided a summary of the seven organizations that participated in the Investment Fair at the conference. And she also provided an overview of David Gergen’s luncheon speech, Dan Heath’s closing presentation on how to ensure the social impact movement sticks, and a thoughtful reflection on the theme of collaboration and private investments. Adin provided a reflection of the absence of innovative health projects (link forthcoming) and closed the blog coverage for the day with an overview of the business plan competition winners.

Following the conference, the Ventureneer blog hosted a series of guest posts by other conference participants reflecting on key issues and discussions. Judith E. Katz of On Target Strategies provided two guest posts discussing the elements needed for successful replication of social programs and reviewing a breakout session focused on scaling youth and education programs. Gayle A. Brandel, President/CEO, Professionals for NonProfits, discussed the importance of nonprofit staffing plans for successful scaling, Yves Salama, CEO of CharityMatrix, reflected on the importance of evaluation in business planning for nonprofits and financing options for impact investments. Geri also included a more detailed overview of the other business plan competitors.

During and after the conference, additional reflections and articles were provided by Nicole Wallace of the Chronicle of Philanthropy on nonprofit challenges for growth and the bumpy partnership between philanthropy and government, Barry Varela of the Center for Strategic Philanthropy & Civil Society at Duke, and Mike Burns of the Nonprofit Board Crisis blog. John Brothers, of Cuidiu Consulting, posted an excellent opinion article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on including mid to later stage nonprofits in scaling efforts.

Moving forward, we will continue to highlight new posts and conversations emanating from the Social Impact Exchange conference leading up to our next gathering.


Blog Post Tracking

Post Ref # Author Site Date Page Views
3It's a Theme: Collaborate! 1 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 7/13/2010  
Financing Options Needed for Nonprofit Scaling 2 Yves Salama Ventureneer 7/6/2010  
Scaling - How To Adapt a Business Process to Each Context Successfully 4 Yves Salama Ventureneer 7/6/2010  
Proven Solutions to Social Problems Exist: With Your Help They Can Scale 5 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 7/6/2010  
Financing Options Needed for Nonprofit Scaling 6 Yves Salama Ventureneer 7/1/2010  
Seven Nonprofits Get a Chance To Woo Investors 7 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 6/30/2010  
A Cocoon Movement for the Nonprofit Sector: Can We “Brimley” Longer Serving Nonprofits 8 John Brothers SSIR 6/25/2010  
Successful Scaling Requires Staffing Plan 9 Gayle A. Brandel Ventureneer 6/25/2010  
Prove Your Worth, Include College in Plans Educators Told 10 Judith E. Katz Ventureneer 6/23/2010  
Sowing the Seeds of Success 11 Judith E. Katz Ventureneer 6/22/2010  
Philanthropy and Government: at Times a Bumpy Partnership 12 Nicole Wallace Chronicle of Philanthropy 6/21/2010  
Collaborating, Attracting Investors, Learning: The Road Ahead for Nonprofit Leaders 13 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 6/21/2010  
Get Out of The Silo, Gergen Says 14 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 6/20/2010  
3 Ways to Ensure the Social Impact Movement Sticks 15 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 6/20/2010  
A platform and forum for a new type of action-oriented collaboration 16 Judith Rodin Rockefeller Foundation 6/17/2010  
Social Impact Exchange Conference on Scaling 17 Mike Burns Nonprofit Board Crisis 6/18/2010  
What It Takes to Grow: Charities and Foundations Tackle the Challenge 18 Nicole Wallace Chronicle of Philanthropy 6/17/2010  
The 2009-2010 Social Impact Business Plan Competition Winners 19 Adin Miller Adin Miller Consulting 6/18/2010 152
It's a Theme: Collaborate! 20 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 6/18/2010  
The New Philanthropy: Long-term, Collaborative, and Transformative 21 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 6/18/2010  
Short, Sweet, To the Point: Human Spirit Prevails 22 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 6/18/2010  
Social Impact Exchange, Day 1 23 Barry Varela Philanthropy Central 6/18/2010  
Five Issues Raised During Day One of the Scaling Social Impact Conference 24 Adin Miller Adin Miller Consulting 6/17/2010 87
Collaborate, Innovate, and Look to Investors 25 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 6/17/2010  
Going to Scale: the Next Frontier 26 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 6/17/2010  
Don't Grow Just to Get Bigger, Grow to Get Better 27 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 6/17/2010  
Conference Starts With Reality Check: We Need Growth Capital System 28 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 6/17/2010  
Ventureneer to Host Social Impact Exchange Conference Bloggers 29 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 6/10/2010  
SIEX 10 Competition Teaches Nonprofit New Way of Thinking 30 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 6/15/2010  
What to Expect from the Social Impact Exchange Conference on Scaling Social Impact 31 Adin Miller Adin Miller Consulting 6/17/2010 93
Social Impact Exchange 32 Sean Stannard-Stockton Tactical Philanthropy 12/4/2009  
The Social Impact Exchange 33 Sean Stannard-Stockton SSIR 12/30/2009  
Scaling Social Impact Solutions 34 Geri Stengel Ventureneer 10/27/2009  
Introducing the Social Impact Exchange 35 Mitch Nauffts PhilanTopic 10/22/2009