Oh to spend two days mingling with hundreds of like-minded conspirators, social entrepreneurs, movers and shakers! The 2010 Global Social Venture Conference at UC Berkeley this week surpassed all expectations.
BLISS won a spot as one of 16 finalists selected from over 500 entries from across the globe. Bad news: We didn’t win the Social Impact award we were nominated for – it went to WeCare Solar, who use solar technology to improve maternal healthcare in Africa. Good news: The competition was only part of the 2 days of fun-filled inspiration—panels, discussions, speakers and conversations with inspiring folks in the world of social entrepreneurship.
The most riveting speaker was Wilford Welch, keynote on the final day, a former diplomat and do-er of numerous amazing things that cannot all be listed here, one of which is his groundbreaking new book: Tactics of Hope: How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing The World, with 7 case studies on social entrepreneurs. In describing the group of young, aspiring entrepreneurs that were his audience, he said:
“You are all impatient to make a difference, to change the world. And don’t you dare lose that impatience!” Continue reading