CONFERENCES

A COLLECTION OF LINKS DIRECTING YOU TO VARIOUS CONFERENCES ON SOCIAL INNOVATION, ENTERPRISE AND ALLIED FIELDS...

We've covered conferences and what they are all about. For actual dates and locations (which vary each year), please go to the respective websites to check out the details. 

Most conferences are annual and vary in locations across the globe, so please check respective websites and make sure you are seeing the correct year!! 

We've split them into broad categories to help you decide faster and better!!

NOTE: All conference descriptions are from respective websites and Quiet Value is not in any way responsible for their views and words. If a link is broken, please let us know.

THE CATEGORIES

We suggest you browse through each conference to see if something in it resonates with you. 

However,  if you know exactly which area you are interested in, click on each button to take you to the category of your choice.

This is by no means a complete list and DOES NOT cover all events from around the world. If you have something to add, get in touch and let us know, we'll be sure to look into it!!

 

Broad based agenda

Most conferences have broad categories and are focused on growing the field, knowledge and generally increase awareness...

Social Outcomes Conference

The Social Outcomes Conference  brings together prominent academic and practitioner voices from ‘different countries and disciplines for an in-depth exploration of the practice and evidence base around the implementation of outcomes-based models of public service provision from across the world

Social Innovation Summit

According to their website, "The Social Innovation Summit is an annual event that represents a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers. Where most bring together luminaries to explore the next big idea, we bring together those hungry not just to talk about the next big thing, but to build it." 

Women's summit

According to their website, this is "a heartfelt retreat of mission-driven women among the rolling hills of Sonoma — a place to intentionally slow down and incubate connection, inspiration, and rejuvenation with other incredible women." 

ISIRC

International Social Innovation Research Conference-‘The conference brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss social innovation from a variety of perspectives. ISIRC 2019 will be hosted by The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, Glasgow Caledonian University from Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th September 2019. The conference will take place at 200SVS, in the heart of Glasgow City Centre

ICSEI 

International Conference on Social Enterprise and Innovation-This conference ‘aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Social Enterprise and Innovation. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns.’

Global Health and Innovation Conference

 This conference says their website "is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with nearly 2,000 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries". It is designed and curated by Unite for Sight. 

Agents of Change Summit

According to their website, this is  ‘The Summit will return in 2020 bigger than ever with new technologies, insights and research. The Summit unifies and expands the community of change agents using marketing and technology to drive positive behavior change. Together, we have the power not only to change health in our own communities, but across the country, and around the world

MSI

The Montreal Summit on Innovation  summit will "join forces with experts, university researchers, entrepreneurs and donors to transform ideas into action.Through various panels, collaborative experiences and conferences, the MSI and its nearly 240 industry leaders will encourage invitees to rethink current research practices and reflect on the challenges to come.’

Global Summit /1% for the Planet

A members-only conference for those with the  1% for the Planet consortium. "Each year, 1% for the Planet hosts Global Summit events for our members to come together and share inspiration to lead our movement forward." 

Fast Company Innovation Festival

Fast Company Innovation Festival will convene thousands of makers and innovators from across the globe—exceptional leaders and doers shaping the future—for five days of inspired conversation, purposeful networking, and meaningful takeaways. 

B Corp Champions Retreat

This is a coming soon event slated for April 2021 in Mexico. Details TBD. 
 

Take a look below at their YouTube teaser...

SXSW

Focused mostly on climate change, their social track is one to watch nonetheless. "With updated studies putting climate change front and center in the global conversation, leaders, and scientists from a variety of groups will cover their challenges and successes in trying to effect lasting environmental change during the Climate & Social Action Track."

Accelerate Good Global

Accelerate Good Global is a sector-defining event, uniting tech nonprofit entrepreneurs, technology leaders, and philanthropists who believe in leveraging tech for good.

Sustainatopia

"Founded in 2009, SUSTAINATOPIA remains one of the leading events in the world for social, financial and environmental sustainability & impact. Attendees have participated from more than 60 countries."

NOTE: This conference is held in multiple locations

Engage for Good

This conference brings under one roof professional from all models of business- for profit, nonprofit and government to talk about corporate giving, social impact bonds, branding, social purpose and more...

 

Markets, investing and technology

Conferences with a broad focus on the financial and tech side of social impact.

Impact Investing World Forum

This conference focuses on social impact and investments that accelerate societal growth. This includes areas like social impact bonds, technology, sustainable investing, banking etc. 

SRI Conference

"No other SRI event offers the educational, skill-building, and networking opportunities afforded by The SRI Conference." 

Social Venture Circle

Social Venture Circle (SVC) is a membership network that equips entrepreneurs, impact investors, and capacity-builders with connections, money, and expertise in order to build businesses that drive the NEXT economy: one that is regenerative, equitable and prosperous for all. 

SOCAP

SOCAP is an annual conference hosted by Social Capital Markets  is described as “the leading gathering of global changemakers addressing the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions.” 

It draws plenty impact investors but is for everyone, drawing almost 3,000 attendees in 2019. 

 

Focusing on nonprofits

Networking to branding / marketing to fundraising, here are some options dedicated to nonprofits

Frontiers of Social Innovation

Every two years, Stanford Social Innovation Review—the leading global publication on cutting-edge theory and practice for the social sector—brings together senior leaders from nonprofit organizations and foundations, social entrepreneurs and philanthropists, leading academics and researchers, executives of for-profit CSR-centric businesses, and government policymakers from around the world for two days, to discuss, debate and develop solutions that address the most pressing global challenges.

SECON

The Social Enterprise Conference (SECON), is "presented by students at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, will bring together top leaders, practitioners and students to engage in dialogue, debate, and expression around Social Enterprise."

University backed...

Some of these events are put together and backboned by a university, oftentimes organized by students and alumni...

 

The Collaborative

"The Collaborative is a 3-day immersive experience designed exclusively for nonprofit professionals and social impact leaders to learn, share, and get inspired. From fundraising and marketing best practices, to the latest in technology and data, gain the tools, strategies, and connections you need to accelerate your organization’s impact".

Nonprofit Tech Conference

The Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) is the can’t-miss technology event for the nonprofit sector. ".....to connect, learn, and find new ways to spark change with technology."

ANA Nonprofit Conference

"The ANA Chicago Nonprofit Conference, a three-day event where you can exchange innovative marketing and fundraising ideas. Get inspired to think creatively and  make the relationship with your donors even stronger." 

NOTE: Dates for 2020 have not been announced.

 

Purple Con

"PurpleCON is the ultimate brand amplification and business acceleration conference for social entrepreneurs. We elevate the stories of women and people who color who are scaling innovative companies and solving the world’s stickiest challenges. If you’re on a mission to make money and make a difference, you can’t afford to miss it." 

Sustainable Brands

They say "year after year, we bring together our global community of change agents to share the latest developments in sustainable business, to collaborate around solutions to difficult obstacles, and to inspire a new generation of business leaders".

BGFG

The funnest of them all!!!

 

From fashion and beauty to lifestyle and travel, Buy Good. Feel Good. Expo celebrates the power of the conscious consumer. An uplifting weekend full of energizing entrepreneurs and brands with purpose, the Expo inspires the change maker within us all.

Branding, marketing& consumer goods 

it's not enough to do good, you need to get the word out there you exist and stake your place... and know the wonderful products that are striving to make a social impact

 

Global People's Summit

"The Global People’s Summit provides a space for a truly global conversation to take shape—a place where people and organizations around the world can collaborate, share best practices, foster innovation, build community, celebrate success, influence global agendas, and find new ways to translate their vision into action—together online"

NOTE: Nothing is slated for 2020.

Social Good Summit

the Social Good Summit explores how technology and new media can be leveraged to address global issues. It is held at the UN Gen Assembly in NYC and engages global citizens and progressive thought leaders. 

NOTE: Nothing is slated for 2020

Skoll World Forum

"The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems." The forum is a reflective of the same theme.

The Big Ones...

And here are the real big ones....done on a global scale with prominent partners and celebrities, innovators and entrepreneurs all working toward the greater good.

So, which one is right for you??

What you see above is a small selection which we could find on the web. There are several other local conferences going on all the time. So how do you decide??

These conferences as wonderful as they are, are all very very expensive and adding travel, food and accommodation can add to a tidy sum indeed. While we can say no pain no gain, it is a different story when it comes to money....

Think carefully what you want to do, where you live, see if your school has travel or conference grants, see if your organization has a budget or will make one for such events....it is not easy that we grant you right away.

Think very carefully what your interests are and where your career is right now and how you want it to grow. if not this year, save money and go next year to the one you really want, than spend on something that is not of use to you. 

Get in touch with us  if in doubt, we are happy to guide you (and we won't charge for this advice, we promise!!!). 

Also, see the Who am I? map on this website, might be of help.

Good luck and let us know how your experience was!!