“I’ll reemphasize my three keywords: humility, relationship, and listening. We have to value the human element just as much as we value profit and, more importantly, understand that the two are so interrelated they can’t actually be detangled.” — Nikki Silvestri, Silvestri Strategies
As SOCAP15 came to a close, our final plenary reflected on how the conversations we have been having over the last three days are being influenced by the broader global context. What does it mean to build a marketplace at the intersection of money and meaning in a world facing growing economic inequality, racial injustice, ongoing humanitarian crises, and climate change? Our final plenary featured some inspiring and thought provoking discussions that spoke to that big question. The audience also joined in a celebration of some of the world’s most impactful social entrepreneurs as Randy Haykin and Paul Miller of the Gratitude Network announced the 2015 Gratitude Award winners.
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Gratitude Awards at SOCAP15: Winners Announced
The Gratitude Awards recognizes and the most promising and innovative early-stage social ventures in education, community development, and the environment and sustainability. More than 500 companies representing more than 30 countries were nominated. Nine Gratitude Award finalists presented their ventures to the audience at SOCAP15 last Thursday and the judges and voters have spoken. Winners were selected in each of the following categories:
Education: The Reset Foundation
Community Development: Vendedy
Environment/Sustainability: Carbon Analytics
SOCAP People’s Choice Award: CASSA
All nine nominees will receive ongoing mentorship from the Gratitude Network over the next year, The four announced winners will receive an expense-paid trip to the Bay area meet one of the Gratitude Super Mentors: Ed Catmull, CEO of Pixar; Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO; George Zachary, VC at Charles River Ventures, Meg Garlinghouse with LinkedIn For Good and Super-angel Ron Conway. Congratulations to all of the Gratitude Awards finalists and winners!
We are so grateful to everyone who attended, presented, and spoke at SOCAP15. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, ideas, stories, and expertise. While the Blue Angels put on a spectacular show overhead, we appreciate the SOCAP15 community’s understanding and persevering on to have great conversations through the background noise. Thank you.
Let’s keep the conversations that started here at the Fort Mason Center going all year long! You can watch videos of content you may have missed at the SOCAP YouTube Channel or participate in SOCAP365 a new initiative from MissionHUB. We will also continue covering your stories through the SOCAP blog and on Facebook and Twitter.
Mark your calendar for SOCAP16, October 4 – 7, 2016 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.