Social Innovation Conference

Social Innovation Conference 2018

- Inspiring Impact -

April 7, 2018

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Social Innovation Conference

Social Innovation Conference 2018

- Inspiring Impact -

April 7, 2018

University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Social Innovation Conference 2018

Agenda 2018

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Breakfast/Registration

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Opening keynote

Speakers: Bill Baue

Location: ILC N151

10:35 AM - 11:35 AM: Morning Panel

Foundations of Social Enterprise

Discover the incredible businesses making a difference by restructuring the goals within their business plan

Speakers: Ted Barber, Alison Wortman, Laurie Lane- Zucker, Kate Clayton-Jones

Location: ILC S331

11:40 PM - 12:10 PM: Catered Lunch

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM: Afternoon Panel

Integrating Finance and Impact

Join us in exploring the various fields investing in this fast growing industry and changing the way that money moves.

Speakers: John Waite, Laurie Lane- Zucker, Andrew Bellak

Location: ILC S131

The Role of Technology in Social Innovation

Explore disruptive advancements in the tech industry and their underlying positive purposes

Speakers: Phil Weilerstein, Sam Tackeff, Charles Schweik

Location: ILC S140

1:20 PM - 3:20 PM: Design Thinking Workshop

Design thinking is a process for creative problem solving that utilizes elements from the designer's toolkit like empathy and experimentation to arrive at innovative solutions.

Speakers: Michael Alden

Location: ILC S120

3:25 PM - 4:00 PM: Closing keynote

Speakers: Emily Kawano

Location: ILC S331

4:00 PM onwards: Networking

Dress code: Business Casual

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Social Innovation Conference 2018

About us

The Social Innovation Conference is a full-day event being curated by the UMass Social Entrepreneurship Club, with the intention of developing the social innovation ecosystem in the Pioneer Valley. By bringing together top social innovators in fields such as Tech and Finance, we hope to spark discussions that will foster higher understanding of the continuously growing field of social enterprise.

Our goal is to provide the education and tools to ultimately Inspire Impact and mobilize the next generation of social entrepreneurs.


Social Innovation Conference 2018

Opening Keynote


Bill Baue

Reporting 3.0


As an internationally recognized expert on sustainability context, online stakeholder engagement, and sustainability communications, Bill Baue designs systemic transformation. As a serial entrepreneur, he's co-founded a number of companies and initiatives: 

•  Reporting 3.0, a global public good nonprofit platform of Positive Mavericks working to transform to a regenerative and distributive economy using disclosure as a fulcrum of leverage.

•  Convetit, an online stakeholder engagement platform.  

•  Sustainability Context Group, a global community of thought leaders and practitioners who advocate for Context-Based Sustainability;

•  Sea Change Radio, a globally syndicated podcast on sustainability.

He currently serves as Senior Director of Reporting 3.0, where he oversees the series of Blueprint Projects crowdsourcing redesign templates for the fields of reporting, accounting, data, and new business models.

Baue has worked with prominent organizations across the sustainability ecosystem, including Audubon, Cabot Creamery Coop, Ceres, GE, Harvard, United Nations Environment Programme, Walmart, and Worldwatch Institute. He serves on the Technical Advisory Group of the Science Based Targets initiative and as Senior Advisor to Preventable Surprises.

Social Innovation Conference 2018


Social Innovation Conference 2018

Closing Keynote


Emily Kawano

Wellspring Cooperative Corporation


Emily Kawano received her Ph.D in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the co-director of the Wellspring Cooperative Corporation, a non-profit that is building a network of worker owned cooperatives in Springfield, MA. She is a founder and co-director of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and a board member of the Intercontinental Social Solidarity Economy Network (RIPESS) both of which seek to build a post-capitalist economy that serves the welfare of people and planet. She was the director of the Center for Popular Economics from 2004-2013 and remains a member of the collective. She has taught economics at Smith College, and worked as the National Economic Justice Rep. for the American Friends Service Committee. In N. Ireland, she founded a popular economics program with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, served on the N.I Social Economy Network Working Group and worked with Belfast Community Development Agencies to develop and deliver a social economy training program for community groups.

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Nikhila Nandgopal
Olivia Varghese
Abhishek Ram
Evelyn Yanyuk
Roy Chan
Antin Lam
Bryan Chua
Madison Perlmutter
Adaline Nuesse
Monark Modi

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