Social Enterprise Conference

Fri, October 4, 12am – Sat, October 5, 12am Where: Columbia School of Business, NYC

ENGAGING CUSTOMERS AND CLIENTS IN SOCIAL CHANGE Society will never change unless we collectively want it to. Social entrepreneurs may have great visions for transforming the world, but little can be accomplished without energizing and motivating those on the receiving end of change efforts: the clients and customers of social enterprises. While lessons can be learned from marketers and social media practitioners, there are unique challenges in adapting these ideas to solving social and environmental problems. Organizations ranging from multinational corporations to social venture startups need to grapple with questions such as: What is the best way to compel customers to consider the social footprints of their purchases and leverage the power of the individual for social good? How can grassroots ideas and engagement translate into action to create a movement? How do you create demand for and deliver socially useful products and services that benefit underserved communities and the environment? By uniting industry experts, thought leaders and practitioners, the 2013 Social Enterprise Conference will delve deeper into the ways leaders and managers can use innovative strategies to maximize social change.

Social Enterprise World Forum

Wed, October 2, 12am – Sat, October 5, 12am Where: Calgary

The 2013 Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) will bring together 1,200 individuals from more than 30 countries and speakers from more than 20 countries. Attendees will come from diverse backgrounds – social enterprise practitioners from all sectors, traditional non-profits, for-profit businesses, philanthropists, intrapreneurs, the public sector, support agencies, funders and investors, consultants, indigenous groups, and students – but all share a dedication to resolving the world’s most complex and confounding social challenges.

Georgetown Conference

Thurs, October 3, 12am – Sat, October 5, PEI

Issues impacting rural Atlantic Canada are complicated and not easily solved, but that does not mean we should not discuss them. Our region needs a frank discussion, free from government control, about what small communities need to succeed. We also need a platform to share our many local successes with others throughout Atlantic Canada and beyond.

The Georgetown Conference, Redefining Rural is such a platform. Georgetown is a conference about ideas and success but it will not shy away from the difficult issues we face: What role should government play? How do immigrants perceive their rural experience and what can rural communities do to make that experience more welcoming? How do we grow our economies beyond traditional industries? How do we attract and keep young adults in an era when many see the future in Western Canada? What opportunities exist within our aging demographic?