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Mar 1, 2011
Spring conference season is in full swing, and I'll be at several conferences in March:

Harvard Social Enterprise Conference -- Presented by the students of the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, I'll be speaking on Sunday, March 6th in the "Technology & Design" track called "The Social Network". I'll be presenting with DonorsChoose, Blue State Digital, and GlobalGiving. We'll be focusing on what's next in social networking and how it will affect social entrepreneurs, activists, politicians and supporters in the United States and around the world. Tickets are still available for Sunday and you can register here.

SxSW -- I'm looking forward to being in Austin at the SxSW Interactive conference for a number of meetings and to hear how people are using the social web in innovative ways. I will be at the Good Capitalist event on Saturday evening and the Network For Good event on Sunday evening, and I hope to see many of you there.

NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference -- Care2 is a proud sponsor of the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington, DC.  Due to a family commitment, I will not be able to attend Charityoke: an NPTech Karaoke party, which we are co-sponsoring with RAD Campaign and Salsa, but many members of our DC team will be there.

On Friday, I will be presenting the Care2 Impact Prize at the plenary session. A great group of finalists has been selected by our judging panel, and we hope you'll vote for who you think should win.

Jocelyn Harmon, Director of Business Development at Care2, will be speaking on Friday afternoon with Ivan Boothe, Allyson Kapin and Shireen Mitchell about Building Community and Movements

!deation Conference -- Charles Lee has put together an amazing conference in Long Beach, California on March 28-29. The conference will bring together a mix of non-profit and for-profit "thinkers and practitoners" to discuss how each can make an impact on social change. I'll be sharing what motivated me to start Care2 and why each day we demonstrate that business can be a powerful force for good.

If you're going to be at any of these events and would like to get together, please let me know. 
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Oct 1, 2010
Embrace DisruptionNext week, I'll be speaking at Embrace Disruption, a part of the annual Social Capital Markets (SOCAP10) conference, which will bring together funders, entrepreneurs and the people making media.

The early keynote by Zach Exley of the Wikimedia Foundation and a developer of a local wiki will discuss harnessing mass collaboration in a sustainable enterprise. Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, will be providing the second keynote and showing how Mozilla has been able to use mass participation to build products, spark innovation and maintain an open web.

The first panel discussion will include several documentary filmmakers and will explore the new rules and the new markets for documentary filmmakers. Millennials are the next generation of documentary filmmakers and are true digital natives. They are also opening up new avenues for distribution that had never been explored in the past. A documentary can get as many views online via YouTube as it can in the theaters - and sometimes more.

The second panel for the afternoon will be moderated by Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Journalism, and will be exploring the future of news. Is the sky falling or is it an era of a new, better ecosystem? How can veteran journalists adapt to the new ways of doing things and still remain competitive?

I'm excited to be on the final panel in the afternoon moderated by Vince Stehle, consultant for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other panelists will be Diana Barrett from the Fledgling Fund, Larry Kubal of Labrador Ventures, and Erik Langner from Public Radio Capital. We will be discussing how different companies are turning financial capital into social good.

One of the items we'll be discussing is the new media reality of mass collaboration and how media today is no longer one to many but instead a group effort. Care2 has seen this with our Care2 News Network (C2NN) where we provide the platform but it’s our members who find and share the news and insights with each other. C2NN users play the role of both publisher and consumer of digital content.

We'll also be exploring the challenges of finding media venture investors that will support a company's mission that includes trying to "do good" and not just "make money". There's often a tension between mission and maximizing financial returns -- investors have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize return on investment, while social entrepreneurs are also seeking to make the world a better place. During Care2's first few years in business, as we struggled to get to scale, we would often use the phrase "no margin, no mission". If we couldn't make money then we weren't going to succeed in our mission of building a sustainable platform that allows millions of people to make a difference for causes they care about.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Embrace Disruption 2010 conference. There are still tickets available. If you're visiting San Francisco for SOCAP10 please come find me at the conference.  You can also follow some of the sessions on twitter following the hashtag #socap10 or via the SOCAP10 live video stream.
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