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Friday, January 14, 2011

Social Innovation and Social Finance: IT'S HERE!

Social Innovation and Finance Tour
Vancouver, BC Jan. 17-19, 2011

The day has finally arrived.  After extensive preparations and endless hours, I am now sitting in the airport ready to leave for what I know will be a groundbreaking event for the social innovation and social finance movement in Canada.  As part of the Ashoka Canada  family for the past few months, I have been fortunate enough to coordinate next week's events with the support of our partner organizations:  SiG National (Social Innovation Generation), Plan Institute, and Causeway Social Finance

Here are some of the topics we're going to be discussing with Canada's most active and educated leaders in the social finance and social innovation space:

  • Social Finance in BC
  • Social capital users and reflections from the supply-side
  • Impact Investing
  • How to bring about a mixed model of financing from grants to social capital?
  • Types of capital and when it's appropriate to use each type
  • Creating a public policy agenda
  • Looking at public policy through the disability lens
  • Scaling up proven innovation to create impact and durability

Monday evening, Jan. 17th, is our sold-out public event.  Four prominent social innovation leaders will provide both the global and Canadian perspective of social finance to 200 guests.  For more information and to grab a spot on the waiting list, visit

For those of you outside Vancouver, don't fret! I will MOST DEFINITELY post a follow-up to these events.  Looking forward to reporting back some positive and forward-looking results!

But for now, it's time to board the plane....

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