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I recently attended the first-ever Social Capital Markets conference held in San Francisco - a jam-packed 3-day event that was billed as:

"Bringing together the investors and entrepreneurs who are accelerating the flow of capital to good."
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THE GOOD (actually, Great)

The UnConference: To me, ACTOS use, the third and final day of the event, led by facilitator extraordinaire, Jerry Michalski, ACTOS forum, was by far the most useful, engaging portion of the conference. Dubbed the "unconference", the day was comprised of over 50 sessions proposed and led by participants, facilitated, generic ACTOS, like BarCamp Africa, in an open space style. As a former management consultant with my fair share of facilitation experience, ACTOS description, I'd wholeheartedly recommend this format to anyone looking to surface and explore great ideas that might otherwise go undiscovered, develop collaborative teams, and create a fun, truly engaging environment that enables each participant to contribute meaningfully. Not only did this day result in some of the most interesting conversations and topics of the entire conference, buy generic ACTOS, but it also pulled together people with similar interests and provided, IMHO, the single best networking format of the event.

Live Pitching: During this session, four social entrepreneurs gave 8-minute pitches to a panel of VCs & potential funders who provided meaningful real-time feedback, ACTOS OVER THE COUNTER. My ACTOS experience, Apart from the unconference sessions, this was by far the most useful breakout session because it focused on hands-on, real-world scenarios.

Live Tweets: Peter Deitz (@SoCap08 and @peterdeitz) was a madman tweeting the event live; it was truly incredible to watch him engaging in conversation while simultaneously typing 140-character microupdates on Twitter. Mark Grimes (@neddotcom), ACTOS treatment, Glenn Strahan (@glennstrachan) and several others enhanced his coverage with their own insights. I believe the Twitter backchannel enriched the participation of those of us attending the event, and certainly broadened the conference's reach beyond boundaries demarcated by the geography of Fort Mason and a healthy registration fee. ACTOS OVER THE COUNTER, (For those wondering, I didn't use Epic Change donations to cover a dime, but instead used my trusty personal credit card, coupled with hotel points and airline miles, to foot the bill. Cheap ACTOS, It was certainly a worthwhile expense, but until we get a little more established, we simply can't afford to divert funds from mission-critical objectives. To their credit, there was a much-needed 50% discount for non-profits, taking ACTOS. Kudos for that!)

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THE BAD (or just not as Good)

Keynotes: Many of the keynote speakers were extraordinarily insightful, and their business acumen was beyond compare; in particular Katherine Fulton of the Monitor Group and Matthew Bishop, author of Philanthrocapitalism and columnist at The Economist were quite interesting and informative, ACTOS trusted pharmacy reviews. That said, I was waiting to be truly inspired. While there was an extremely talented viola performer who wordlessly connected the audience to the humanity of our mission, ACTOS pharmacy, few speakers really touched on the purpose of our work, but seemed to gloss over it as a foregone conclusion.

I was twice reminded in the context of the conference of this potential problem. During the Building a Business Plan ACTOS OVER THE COUNTER, breakout on the first day of the conference, the presenters pointed out (and I tweeted) an irony often seen in the business plans of socially responsible businesses: in an effort to overcompensate for the perceived "softer" side of our efforts, or because we mistakenly believe our audience is as connected to our cause as we are, we ironically underplay the power of our mission. Likewise, in a Calvert Foundation discussion during the unconference about a forthcoming documentary, ACTOS used for, one participant heartfully explained that very few in the room are actually in this for the money; it's the passion and the purpose behind our work that gets us up in the morning. I couldn't agree more - which is why I think that at least one of the keynotes should have been by an entrepreneur with compelling stories of communities and causes transformed by their work or, better yet, Purchase ACTOS for sale, someone whose life had been impacted by the efforts of those in the room.

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THE UGLY (yep, actually not pretty at all)

Inclusivity & Diversity: On the final morning of the conference, Buy no prescription ACTOS online, Jerry Michalski asked us to look around the room and think about our experience at SoCap08. As I did, I noticed something: I was sitting in a sea of white people, many of us seeking to "help" communities around the globe, very few of whom seemed to be represented in the room, what is ACTOS. ACTOS OVER THE COUNTER, Earlier that morning, I had posted a note to the blog from our Tanzanian partner, Mama Lucy Kamptoni, explaining her thoughts on poverty. She wrote:
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It was a profound disconnect for me...and she's right: the communities we seek to transform absolutely must have the power to participate in the decision-making that impacts their lives. And yet, there we were, ACTOS street price, absent their input, at an incredibly exciting conference that would benefit "them".

Let's face it, ACTOS price, the people who have the most power and who reap the most significant rewards in any marketplace are the investors and entrepreneurs in the market. ACTOS OVER THE COUNTER, They have the power to determine where funds will be invested and receive the lion's share of the income from transactions. If that power and potential profit remains concentrated in wealthy white hands, I think we've missed at least part of the point.

If we are, as it seemed at the conference, buy ACTOS without a prescription, in the early stages of developing a socially beneficial marketplace, the market makers must be diverse. If those with power in the marketplace remain a sea of white faces, ACTOS blogs, we've missed a key opportunity to build a system that brings benefits - and equality - to people across the social & geographical spectrum.

In short, I believe people from many communities, and especially those who would be impacted by our efforts, deserve both a voice and access to the capital they need to transform their own communities, australia, uk, us, usa. To Mama Lucy's point, many times the best ideas for healing a community come from within - or at least in partnership with those whose lives are impacted by poverty, pollution and other social ills, ACTOS OVER THE COUNTER. So, my challenge for SoCap09 would be to find ways to give a voice to entrepreneurs & people with great ideas from communities we seek to impact, and to drive capital in their direction. Where can i cheapest ACTOS online, At the unconference, I led a discussion on the topic of inclusivity & diversity (I know, perhaps not my primary area of expertise, but someone needed to say it). During the conversation, online ACTOS without a prescription, we came up with two ideas for ensuring that SoCap09 is more inclusive & diverse than this year's event. Thanks to Sergio Almarza Alamos and Sergio Almarza Grez from Chile of RedAlmarza, Uganda-based Jon Gosier of Appfrica, Purchase ACTOS online no prescription, Steve Vitka of Blacklight Ventures, Marianne Bellotti of the Small Hands Fund, Justin Bean of Sustainable Initiatives, and consultants Jennifer Carter-Scott and Marian Doub, who participated in this conversation and helped to develop these ideas, ACTOS class.

  • Pitches from Abroad: ACTOS OVER THE COUNTER, Either pre-recorded, fed live or held onsite, the opportunity for entrepreneurs from across the globe to share their ideas with an audience of potential collaborators and investors would be both incredibly interesting for the audience, and a rewarding experience for the presenter. To ensure non-native speakers of English, and those who may be unfamiliar with the art of pitching, could participate successfully, Is ACTOS safe, presentation preparation may need to be supported, so I'd recommend that entrepreneurs be paired with partners who have attended the conference previously, or who have some expertise in the field.

  • Fellowships: Amy Bezinger explained at the conference that the price was intentionally set high to ensure that only the highly-motivated would attend. While I think the decision was likely wise in many ways, the $1, order ACTOS no prescription,195 price tag was quite high and, with travel costs for traveling from places like Africa, Asia and South America, No prescription ACTOS online, and hotel, the cost would be absolutely prohibitive for entrepreneurs and, especially, potential entrepreneurs from developing countries. I'd recommend that a fellowship, order ACTOS from mexican pharmacy, including, if possible, travel expenses, be offered. To fund it, paying participants could opt-in to give an additional $25 donation to cover the cost (or an additional fee could be baked into the conference price for paying participants, as their presence would certainly improve the overall conference experience), sponsors of future events could be required to donate to fund fellowships and hotel/travel partners could be sought to defray costs.

This year's participants would likely have access to potential candidates in their networks for either opportunity. I know I do.

I'm sure there are many other brilliant ideas for ensuring a more diverse pool of participants at next year's event - what are yours. If you attended SoCap08, what feedback would you add. I'll be sending a link to this entry to the conference team, so please leave your comments and suggestions..

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  • Glenn Strachan

    I, like you, appreciate the open forums the best on the third day but also appreciated a number of the sessions on day 1 and 2. I think 3 days was a perfect amount of time for the event. BarCamp Africa, which I attended the Sat’day before, was too short and it was difficult to network — which is where the real action takes place. I want to comment on the “sea of white faces” and the seeming lack of diversity at the event. When I work overseas, I am always aware that I am a visitor and their to do what I can to help. In Eastern Europe I don’t stand out but in Africa I am the “Mizungu” and I am always aware of that.

    At SOCAP08 I just accepted the fact that WHITE PEOPLE were there trying to do the best they could to make connections in support of the work they are doing in Africa or some other region. Even though your work has you concentrating in Africa, it is not the only region in need of support from people like us. It is the most needy of all the world and unfortunately a lot of people within Africa do not have to tools, nor often the power to start something up which can make a difference in their country. African’s have had to deal with leaders who have done their best to subjugate the masses for as long as possible. I read a book about Uganda once and realised that just 108 short years ago, 11 years AFTER my grandfather was born, that Uganda was as undeveloped as a country could possibly be. Kampala has come a long way in 108 years and NGO’s are beginning to take root and actions are beginning to make a difference but a lot of those changes have come because people of all colours from America and Europe saw a need and then used the NGO model to try and make a difference.

    I am not disagreeing with what you have said, nor what Mama Lucy has pointed out either. However, things must start somewhere and they often start when a rich country like the USA, England, France, Japan and Norway decide that there is a problem which needs to be fixed and they provide money to do so. I would love it if all those efforts led to an ultimately sustainable solution leaving behind a local NGO to continue with the work, but in most cases once the money dries up the effort does as well.

    Anyway, those are my thoughts.

    Glenn Strachan

  • Jon Gosier

    I think you bring up many valid points on ‘diversity’. It’s something I couldn’t believe a room full of ‘social entrepreneurs’ and capitalists didn’t mention even in passing until you suggested it as a panel topic. I think more people should look at what’s behind that, what causes these people to either a) be shut out from participating or b) like Lucy says, feel like they have no say.

  • Stacey Monk


    Thanks so much for your comment! It was great to meet you at both BarCampAfrica and SoCap08 and, of course, via Twitter. I hope your trip to Albania is going well.

    I absolutely agree with you that each of us, regardless of race or geography, needs to be involved in the solutions. I also realize that there are many places beyond Africa that need support. As you’ve said, many people across the globe “do not have the tools or the power” to create change in their own countries – which is precisely my point: they should. In fact, as I’m sure you’ve likely seen in your own work, many people in developing countries, like Mama Lucy, are doing what they can to improve their own communities with incredibly limited resources. Efforts should be made to ensure that these entrepreneurs are represented at conferences like SoCap and are part of the fabric of the formation of the budding social capital marketplace. Not only do they have invaluable insights as to where investment would be most helpful, but their life experience within communities of potential impact makes them uniquely qualified to create change in such places.

    As “visitors” we can only do so much; change that is led from within a community is, IMHO, potentially the most successful. If we can connect the resources that were in the room with the ideas and passion of people like Mama Lucy who, despite their lack of resources, are creating incredible change anyway, I think that partnership will produce the best possible results.

    I think one of the panelists said “collaborate pathologically” – we must. Those collaborations should include not only the wealthy white who have traditionally held power in the marketplace, but people with great ideas from diverse socio-economic backgrounds across the globe.

    I really appreciate your insights!

  • Stacey Monk


    Thanks again for your participation in our discussion at SoCap08. I really appreciate your comment here.


  • Karla McKee

    Representation from the communities we would like to help is a fabulous idea! Perhaps a share of the registration fees could go into a scholarship fund for bringing such representatives to the conference. In addition, attendees could add donations to the fund, if they wished.

    To find candidates, could we work through the United Nations Volunteers program to disseminate information about the conference and potential scholarships to NGOs? Interested parties could submit their ideas for projects that need entrepreneurial skills and funding, then a committee could select from the applications to provide a diverse range of project types and geographical areas.

    The conference then could include breakout sessions to discuss the project ideas, with the scholarship recipients included on the respective panels to provide input and feedback.

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