Thank you to the UB School of Social Work, Blackstone LaunchPad at UB, Seth Godin, J.P. and Ulla Bak, Buffalo Jewish Federation, Evans Bank, the John R. Oishei Foundation, Martin Group, the UB School of Management Alumni Association, and more than 300 speakers and participants who joined us for our first leadership and social innovation conference, which took place in April 2017.
Join leaders from the business, nonprofit and academic worlds for a day of no-excuses action, interaction and collaboration focused on social innovation and entrepreneurship. Learn best practices from organizations that are changing the way business and goodness intersect and hear from nonprofits leading the way at this ‘unconference’ that won’t leave you bored behind a table.
We’ll talk about making moves, making connections and making a difference. Ready…set…see you there.
What happens when the business world and social sector come together for lasting impact.
Best-selling author of Tribes, Purple Cow, Linchpin, Meatball Sundae and more.
Founders, Bak USA
Plus numerous mission-driven organizations and leaders.
– See the full list in the Learning Tracks section of the agenda below.
Go deep into an area of social innovation that aligns with your interests and passions.
First, select one of eight themes for the morning learning track session. There, along with other participants with similar interests, you will hear about exciting work being done by local organizations led by socially innovative leaders. As part of this session, you will learn about an important organizational challenge that requires an innovative solution.
At the keynote session, Seth Godin will inspire action and offer a range of ideas to help you solve the challenge from your morning session by teaching you how to build a successful movement for change.
In an afternoon innovation sprint, you and the others in your learning track will put those ideas to work by identifying creative solutions.
In your final session, you’ll use the Reciprocity Ring methodology to learn processes and tools to help build a network that takes social innovation forward.
|7:30 a.m.||Registration and Recreation|
Molly Anderson, CLOE Executive Director
|9 a.m.||Setting the Stage for Social Innovation
Paul Tesluk, PhD, Dean, UB School of Management
Nancy Smyth, PhD, Dean, UB School of Social Work
|10 a.m.||The Bak USA Story
J.P. and Ulla Bak, Co-Founders, Bak USA
Following the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, the Bak family established a tablet computer manufacturing facility in Port-au-Prince to help rebuild a sustainable infrastructure by teaching valuable skills to the community, creating jobs and producing affordable devices for otherwise underprivileged schools and businesses. Then they recreated that business model right here in Buffalo.
Learning Tracks - Part One
Addressing the Critical Issue of Global Poverty and Injustice
How Empowering ‘Necessity Entrepreneurs’ Achieves the American Dream
Our Water, Our Future: Leading a Community Renaissance through Environmental Initiatives
72 Million Reasons Why It Will Take a Village to Serve Our Aging Community
Blind Ambition Initiative: Showing Businesses How They Can Do Well While Also Doing Good
Coffee Cup Impact: A Model for Contributing to the Social, Environmental and Economic Well-Being of People
Pursuing Innovation Through Merger
Hope Works: Leading Individual and Agency Self-Sustainability
|Noon||Lunch and Social Impact Fair|
A Rare Interactive Opportunity with Seth Godin
Godin has authored 18 best-selling books that have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Tribes, Linchpin, The Dip and Purple Cow. His newest book, What to Do When It’s Your Turn is already a best-seller.
|2:15 p.m.||Learning Tracks - Part Two - Innovation Sprints
Develop creative solutions to key challenges facing the organization you learned about in the morning session — then present those solutions to organizational leadership.
Learning Tracks - Part Three - Pay It Forward
The reciprocity ring is an exercise that enables the principle of ‘pay it forward.’ Witness in real time the power and potential of social networking, find solutions to issues while contributing to others, and build trust as you learn about and help one another.
|5 p.m.||Wrap Up|
|5 p.m.||Hors d'Oeuvres, Cocktail Event (cash bar) and Recreational Activities|
Next Generation United Pitch 10
Listen to pitches from ten grassroots organizations and millennial-led nonprofits that are transforming communities across Western New York — and have your say in who wins $10,000 in grants from Next Generation United. The organization that receives the most votes will earn a grant of $5,000, while second and third place will each receive $2,500 to implement their idea or expand their program. Attend and listen for free, or for $20 you can cast a vote for your favorite idea and enjoy a drink and hors d'oeuvres.
Get uncomfortable by getting comfortable. Go business casual or wear jeans and a t-shirt from your organization or a favorite nonprofit to enjoy all the activities Buffalo RiverWorks has to offer.
Hosted by the UB School of Management’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (CLOE), in collaboration with the UB School of Social Work and Blackstone LaunchPad at UB.