The Best Bits from SOCAP12: Making Meaning Matter

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The Best Bits from SOCAP12: Making Meaning Matter

What was the conversation around SOCAP12 like? What are the most interesting things that people said (and heard)? Here’s an all-too-incomplete glimpse of the many wonderful thoughts and images that flowed around Fort Mason last week. Updates are in chronological order.

Storified by SocialFinance.ca · Mon, Oct 08 2012 01:58:55

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“@HubVentures: Problem: create local wealth. Solution: invest in community entrepreneurship #socap12” agree! @King_LizzyIvan Gonzalez
@Kevindoylejones: There are people here who are really doing: creating democratic ownership structures, reducing poverty, moving $. #socap12Adam Spence
Money is money and that’s important but community and culture more important to entrepreneurs @coreyford #socap12Victoria Vrana
"Don’t try and reform the human, reform the conditions on the ground" Buckminster-Fuller via @jeffleifer #SOCAP12Jonny LeRoy
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#SOCAP12 Plenary session- risk we have in West is abandoning a narrative in our history that involves an obligation to care for one anotherronna chisholm
#socap12 "Whole ecosystem has 2 become part of the movement we hope 2 build" @JudithRodin http://instagr.am/p/QTNRgEyExb/ #socent #impinv #philantrophyMartin Montero
Challenges for early stage #impinv: sourcing ventures, technical assistance and capacity building, & developing & acquiring talent. #socap12Adam Spence
@MarketsForGood includes the spectrum of capital & enterprises devoted to social good: from #philanthropy to #impinv #mkts4good #SOCAP12brianwalsh
SOCAP12 – 2000 people from around the world to explore Making Meaning Matter; investing in a new way that creates positive good and profit.Gene Kunde
@majoracarter spending money in your own community #maketheworldabetterplace #socap12 #communitydevelopment http://instagr.am/p/QU6IbPyE29/SOCAP12 Live
You can become economically empowered, you can drive environmental sustainability, and you can be active in change. M. Carter #socap12Adam Spence
‘poverty is not a disease, but it is a condition’ via @majoracarter #Socap12cameron burgess
@majorcarter gets standing ovation at #SOCAP12 ‘i want ppl to grow up in communities like mine & know they don’t have to be poor all lives’Colleen Ebinger
we still have a bifurcated world view w #philanthropy & #impinv; let’s destroy the false paradigms & simply place funds for impact #SOCAP12cameron burgess
"Human capital is much more important in many ways than monetary capital"- Andy Lower, Eleos Foundation, on early-stage investing #SOCAP12SocialFinance.ca
We can’t get new results using old financial structures. j Kohler from impact capital #socap12joyce sou
"Equity exit is a promise a social entrepreneur cant or doesnt want to keep" John Kohler, Impact Capital #socap12Jonathan Jenkins
Recurring theme of #SOCAP12: philanthropy & investing are points along a single ”types of capital" spectrum. HUGE change fr 2 yrs agoChristine Egger
‘the poor need big business & big business needs the poor’ #SOCAP12 Paul Polakcameron burgess
Paul Polak says impinv is confusing mission and profit at a #impinv conf! Bold! #socap12 http://instagr.am/p/QU-icXw3mc/Sawako Sonoyama
3 billion customers are waiting for revolution in business serving for the poor. #socap12joyce sou
Radical affordability, high volume and high margin, profitable supply chains needed. #socap12 polakjoyce sou
"Haven’t talked to 100 poor customers, can’t pay for biz 3x in 1st yr, can’t sell 100 million products? Don’t bother starting" – PP #SOCAP12Christine Egger
Sasha Dichter from @acumenfund "We’re not going to get new results from old private equity fund structures". #SOCAP12 #socent #impinvMartin Montero
@sashadichter "if you keep your eyes focused on the problems, you’ll come up with a variety of solutions" #socap12SocialFinance.ca
Fund re-construction is required in the #impinv mkt. We need to focus on the fund structures that truly achieve impact. #socap12Adam Spence
#SOCAP12 pollak using intermediate technology that addresses a problem but doesn’t attract investment in rural areas or stem urbanizationKate Stohr
great to hear keynote @ #SOCAP12 that speaks to the monumental changes in the environment; often the focus feels too much on the socialcameron burgess
We live in a time of unprecedented opportunity, powered by knowledge. #socap12Julian Caspari
Metrics need to be addressed with humility and curiosity. Unexpected learnings and opportunities #socap2012SocialFinance.ca
We need to focus on solving problems vs. creating an asset class #socap12SocialFinance.ca
What are you doing now #socap12? #hubcreate http://instagr.am/p/QVDsx5yE8w/SOCAP12 Live
great to see a shift this year from creating asset classes to understanding/0pricing impact and improving systems and markets – SOCAP12Shrupti Shah
To convince #impinv to go earlier stage, have to appeal to desire to generate catalytic impact, significant growth & scale. #SOCAP12Omidyar Network
.@villagecapital partner @artemisiabrasil on scale: "Life is too short to stay small" #SOCAP12Victoria Fram
"Exponential increase in #impinv interest, but people are waiting for great deals & not doing the hard work to generate deal flow" #SOCAP12Omidyar Network
Women run better businesses in the social innovation in the emerging markets but are disproportionately unfunded #socap12Hernan Vargas
taking a moment to breathe in the overwhelming goodness at #socap12; so many talented, inspiring & devoted people; i’m in lovecameron burgess
That would be a simulcast conversation @socap12 @ Fort Mason Center http://instagr.am/p/QVF_Q0HZKw/Adam Elmaghraby
Goal of #primingthepump series is to share learnings in #impinv & spark discussion about very nuanced issues. M Bannick #SOCAP12Omidyar Network
Want to see 100 ways the world is becoming a better place? Check out these entrepreneurs. http://socap12.pathable.com/#page/SE #socap12Jillian Darwish
"Problem first, tools second." Matt Bannick on keeping the cart & horse in order — at #socap12.Katherine Collins
@rossbaird of @villagecapital on a panel about accelerators #socap12 @ Cowell Theater at Fort Mason http://instagr.am/p/QVG4mtOcHa/brycebutler
Philanthropy advances our collective well-being, vs charity which is giving money away #impinv @OmidyarNetwork – M. Bannick #SOCAP12SOCAP12 Live
Let’s not think of philanthropy as charity…charity is giving the money away, philanthropy is advancing our collective well being #socap12Ivy So
"Make room in your heart for the unimaginable." #socap12 #impinvKatherine Collins
We don’t need impact data for investment. We need impact data to know if we are creating a better world. Then we can get aligned. #SoCap12steve wright
How can the #impinv community best utilize the resources and capabilities of DFI’s? #SOCAP12 http://instagr.am/p/QVHwkeSE_h/SOCAP12 Live
@BCorporation is going global #SOCAP12 – our young leaders and entrepreneurs should take a look at these business models.MERIT*
@trichetriche B Corps hold a lot of promise because you can get the benefits of both #np and #socent models of getting capital. #SOCAP12C. M. Samala
#Bcorps explains how Doing good by your workers can and should help you access essential financing #socap12 http://instagr.am/p/QVJCxEyEwX/SOCAP12 Live
Safer & easier > emotional. Rigour around returns > analytical. #impinv needs integrated decisions @socialfinance @sashadichter #socap12Bonnie Foley-Wong
"Early stage is where you have greatest opportunity to shape the market" Matt Bannick @OmidyarNetwork #socap12Harvey Koh
SoCap10, big money came out. SoCap11, Occupy arrived. Good talk & intention, but ltd. execution. #socap12 is #impinv in action.Adam Spence
How do you match the scale of the solution to the scale of the problem? #socap12 @SOCAPImpact Lab
We have too few people who are trilingual across the three sectors. #Mkts4Good #SOCAP12Monitor Institute
Check out the @marketsforgood spectrum of investors presented at #socap12 http://yfrog.com/g081182942j #mkts4goodLaura Tomasko
So thrilled by this amazing support for #genderlensinv at #SOCAP12. Amazing speech @jvbrug!!Criterion Institute
"Cumulative #s are vanity #s. Everyone can count." @emilymtucker #SOCAP12Kate McElligott
Little better yet still noticeably missing at #SoCap12 (like most #socent confs) the disenfranchised to speak for themselves. #philantrophyMartin Montero
@brianwalsh nice definition: impact investors may get mkt rates of return but their driving intention is for social impact #socap12Greg Ulrich
Many people climb the ladder of success only to find it’s leaning against the wrong building. The hints are in ur dreams. #SOCAP12 @mkngoodJulian Caspari
Do FAs shy away from values conversation because of fear? Do we perceive values and financial intelligence as separate? #socap12Liz Sessler
Talking feedback loops at #mkts4good such as social feedback from folks we aim to help. Empower ALL stakeholders to play a role. #SoCap12Martin Montero
Where the magic happens. #socap12 @ SOCAP12 http://instagr.am/p/QVQ5_Oh3MN/Rob
"Biggest risk is this will not be a market for anything, not impact, not profit" @mulagostarr #socap12 #impinvHarvey Koh
There’s a lot of data out there, but it’s not connected. Need to create information infrastructure. #mkts4good #SOCAP12Jeff Raderstrong
If we are blinded by the metrics we will miss the boat. @jeremytaylor #socap12Jillian Darwish
Jeremy Taylor: "The worse the nightmare is, the more valuable the information it wants to convey." #socap12Jigsaw Global
How to use data? @hotstudio leads interactive "persona" workshops #mkts4good #socap12 http://pic.twitter.com/hFRbXsIUSawako Sonoyama
@panahpur realized in 2006 that financial markets were inherently increasing inequality and moved entirely to impact investing #SOCAP12Sustainable Brands
Our financial system has become too frictionless and efficient. We need to get back to relationships – Don Shaffer #SOCAP12SocialFinance.ca
Jeremy Taylor: "The language of dreams is, in fact, universal," so pay attention to other people’s dreams, too, not just yours. #socap12Jigsaw Global
"How can social impact companies compete in a space inhibited by companies without a social mission"..the discussion is at 245pm #HUBcreateSOCAP12 Live
Awesome conversation about #failure in #socent. do our hero myths keep us from pivoting or failing quickly? #socap12 http://pic.twitter.com/YZS1L1ZALindsey Franklin
James Perry, challenge for govs: when you start to buy outcomes, you need to have a much more of a investment counterparty culture. #SOCAP12SocialFinance.ca
Key question in the UK: how do you create and operate the intermediaries to drive impact investing marketplace? #socap12Adam Spence
The purpose of business is not to make money, but to create value. Finance is not a business, its a tool – Michelle, @BALLE_Network #SOCAP12SocialFinance.ca
Thrilled for #slaveryfootprint to have a presence at #socap12! http://instagr.am/p/QXscssssVD/Slavery Footprint
We know what it takes to help low-income kids succeed in school. What we don’t know yet is how to help them by the millions. #SOCAP12Monitor Institute
Do terms like impact invsmt and #socent dissolve or reinforce the false dichotomy of making money vs. doing good? #SOCAP12C. M. Samala
Ecosystem building requires connecting actionable problems with actionable solutions #civicmarket #socap12New Media Ventures
ELATED that community empowerment,community control,local investing by non accredited investors& employee ownership = BIG topic at #SoCap12!Martin Montero
Great discussion on civic accelerators: inject & reenforce discipline of customer focus, while also developing customer ecosystem. #SOCAP12Colin Mutchler
Taking a break to start digesting so much information that #socap12 generates @ Fort Mason Herbst Pavillion http://instagr.am/p/QXwBysyv4i/David Rojas-Mejia
"You don’t solve poverty with money. You solve poverty with agency." Steve Wright of @GrameenFdn #socap12Kara Pecknold
Crowd funding panel "what makes @indiegogo special is its global and anyone can do it" #socap12 #crowdfundin http://instagr.am/p/QXzSLjyEz2/SOCAP12 Live
Real prosperity comes from community, from sharing, not greed, but partnering. #belocalist.org @ProInspire #SOCAP12Gene Kunde
@razoo describes lovely mission & cool model–change the world and know ur impact… #crowdfunding #socap12 http://pic.twitter.com/x5i9aKz9MicroPlace
Articulated mission and capacity to execute are what big bang #philanthropists seek #SOCAP12Sawako Sonoyama
Make sure that the money you take first is aligned with your values/mission #SOCAP12christiegeorge
Panelist – Tabreez Verjee – "Your brand is just a lagging indicator of your culture." Great insights at #SOCAP12Avary Kent
Not all about $: @indiegogo founder @gogodanae says the 5Ps that motivate fundraising = passion, perk, participation, pride, profit #SOCAP12Emily Malina
You don’t choose to join an ecosystem. You choose to contribute to the health of your ecosystem. #socap12steve wright
"Not until a woman can take control of her fertility can she take control of her future." @MarieStopes CEO #SOCAP12Living Goods
@karlhofmann #SOCAP12 -tremendous return on investment by meeting the unmet need of family planning, touches on so many other health issues.PSI
Entrepreneurs helping each other out at Hub:Create! @whatsupsmiley @gobaci #socap12 #socent http://instagr.am/p/QYFu-GyEyl/SOCAP12 Live
Social entrepreneurs are essentially buying future outcomes #SOCAP12SOCAP12 Live
Collaboration helps maximize value of #bigdata. Everyone should share. @TechSoup @MarketsForGood #socap12Sheila Warren
"Resilience is the most important investment theme for the next 100 years." – John Fulleron at #socap12 #resilience #impinvKatherine Collins
"You can’t talk your way out of a problem you behaved yourself into". -Dave Kashen,Quantum Leading #socap12#socent#corevaluesSOCAP12 Live
John Fullerton, former MD of JP Morgan, speaking on systems change frameworks. #socent #socap12 #impinv http://pic.twitter.com/4d7F5EAlImpact Amplifier
Now what? It’s about managing expectations & not over-promising so we don’t blow all our efforts. @AlexSloanSF of @SkollFoundation #socap12Ayaka Emoto
The revolution may not be needed to be televised but it needs to be funded #SoCap #socap12 @SOCAPmarketsLeanne Pittsford
"It would be an egregious mistake to leave here with everything in your head and not your heart" @Sekouworld ends #socap12Laura Tomasko
We can’t afford to invest dollars that don’t make change #socent #impinv #SOCAP12SOCAP12 Live
@sekouworld "Move $ from end to means" #SOCAP12Colleen Ebinger
Whew. Long and intense #SOCAP12 but so worth the trip @SOCAPmarketsFinanceMatters
Thank you #socap12 @SOCAPmarkets and all amazing entrepreneurs for meaningful meetings! #socent are on fire! http://pic.twitter.com/zr779RoORuby Cup
"For real wealth you don’t have to get all touchy-feely. But you have to touch. And you have to feel." -S.Andrews’ close at #socap12 #impinvKatherine Collins
As#socap12 closed its awareness, creativity and passion left me with renewed optimism for the future of our planet&its people@ProInspireGene Kunde
Meet Khalida Brohi, Founder of @SugharWomen that empowers Pakistani tribal women by teaching craft! #SoCap12 http://pic.twitter.com/y9lYbjBpGlobeIn
recovering from #SOCAP12; what a paradigm busting wrecking-ball of a conference; now let’s stop ‘starting conversations’ & take action!!cameron burgess
@ABLImpact #socap12 – #impinv only part of the solution; ask ‘how can we make a social outcome happen’ not ‘where can we make an #impinv?’Manju George
Congrats to @SOCAPmarkets for an incredible & #mindbending event! I feel like we’ve arrived at true inflection pt. #itsreal #socap12 #scurveAdam Spence
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