The Revisioning Value 2011 conference (REVV) held in Portland, OR on March 7 and 8 provided yet another excellent opportunity for those interested in social entrepreneurship and social finance to come together. This is the second annual REVV conference; both have been hosted by Springboard Innovations, a non-profit in Portland developing a social entrepreneurial ecosystem in order to catalyze local social innovation. This year, the conference both continued and broadened last year’s focus on social finance.
Amy Pearl, director of Springboard, laid out three themes, or what she referred to as “three I’s,” for REVV 2011:
- Integration from social innovation to enterprises that increase both social and economic wealth;
- Intersection of cross disciplines such as entrepreneurship, finance, design thinking, and engineering for solving problems; and
- Developing local and national ecosystems to nurture and promote innovators that pursue the previous two I’s.