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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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主題: June 2010 SVN Networker
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日期: 2010年6月23日,星期三,上午6:25

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Transforming the way the world does business ® June 2010

In this Issue

Network Updates Members in Action Welcome New MembersUpcoming Events

Dear Friends,

Thank you for sharing news about the great connections and collaborations that emerged from our Spring Member Gathering. If you missed the conference, or would like to revisit your favorite sessions, we’ve posted videos from our plenary sessions on our website here and you can read recaps of all the sessions here.

We’re already gearing up for our fall conference, to be held in Long Branch, New Jersey, October 21 – 24. Featured speakers include Van Jones, Jim Hightower, Otto Scharmer, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Simran Sethi, Bryan Welch, Joe Sibilia and David Mager. Online registration will open in early July.

We recently selected the finalists for our fourth annual SVN Innovation Awards. We’re very excited about the eleven organizations our judges chose and they represent a diversity of next-generation ventures and tackle a variety of social and environmental challenges. Click here to learn more about our finalists. Our judges will select the Innovation Award winners later this summer, and we will honor them at our upcoming fall conference.

Deborah Schoenbaum, our new Senior Director of Programs and Development, is getting ready for a summer of conferences and local gatherings, where she’ll connect with SVN members and other leaders from sustainable business networks. See Deborah’s travel schedule below. I hope you’ll get a chance to meet her soon.

I’d like to thank Ben Bingham for hosting a successful local gathering last month at the home of his colleague Sam Folin in Philadelphia. And thanks also to our local gatherings sponsor, RSF Social Finance.

Coming soon to a mailbox near you: SVN’s 2009 Stakeholder Report and our 2010 member directory, so you can stay in touch with SVN members wherever you go.

Thank you for supporting SVN and working to create a just and sustainable world.

In service,
Deb Nelson
Deb Nelson
Executive Director

Network Updates

Spring 2010

Watch the Plenaries from the Spring Member Gathering

Click the links below to view the highlights of the plenaries from our Spring Member Gathering. Please feel free to repost and share these.

Sponsor SVN’s Fall Conference in New Jersey

We’ll be at Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch, NJ (about 1 hour from New York City) from October 21 – 24 for our Fall Conference. It will be the perfect opportunity to promote your brand and your work as a leader in socially responsible business by becoming an SVN sponsor. Over a four-month period your brand receives more than 10,000 impressions in aligned media, the networks of SVN partner organizations and within the SVN community. Plus, your brand is an integral part of the 3-day conference experience for 350 key decision-makers in socially responsible businesses. Click here to see all our sponsorship opportunities and contact Aileen Sweeney for more information.

Meet SVN’s New Senior Director of Programs and Development, Deborah Schoenbaum!

Deborah Schoenbaum met many of you at our Spring Gathering but is eager to meet the rest of you! She’ll be heading to a number of events this summer so if you’ll also be in attendance be sure to introduce yourself. Deborah will be at the following events:

Click here to learn more about Deborah.

Members in Action

BW Many SVNers Among Businessweek’s “Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs”
SVN members continue to lead the way and a number of them were recently recognized in Businessweek’s list of “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs 2010.” SVN member organizations Napo Pharmaceuticals, Roxbury Technology and Organic Valley made the list. Additionally, two of our Innovation Awards finalists, BTTR Ventures and Driptech, also were on the list of 25 companies. Click here to see the full list and vote for your favorite.

GreenFestSVNers and Politicos Turn Out for Chicago Green Fest
Mayor Richard M. Daley and Governor Pat Quinn helped kick off the fourth annual Chicago Green Festival where they joined SVN Board Member Denise Hamler, Director of Green America’s Green Business and Green Festival Programs, to cut the opening ribbon. During the ceremony, Illinois Governor Quinn signed legislation into law that mandates energy savings of state buildings. Many SVN members were on hand to celebrate the green innovations and businesses which are creating a more sustainable world. Click here to learn more about the event.

Szaky Tom Szaky on “How I Saved My Company”
SVN member Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle, took part in a new series from the New York Times called “How I Saved My Company.” Tom explained how he turned his company around from losing $2.2 million annually to projecting $3.2 million in profits this year. Tom recorded a video of himself explaining his business strategy for the Times which you can view here. If you’d like to share your own story business heroics, contact the Times at smallbusiness@nytimes.com.

NataliaAllen Natalia Allen in Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business”

SVN member Natalia Allen, founder of Design Futurist, was selected by Fast Company as one of “The 100 Most Creative People in Business”. As an undergrad she won the Designer of the Year award at Parsons the New School for Design. Today, she’s working with brands like Quiksilver, Nike, Best Buy and Cambridge University. Looking forward, her own fashion line will debut in fall 2011. She explained to FC, “We need to get retailers, manufacturers, and the guys on Wall Street to dream with us in a different way.” Click here to read see the full list.

Indigenous DesignsIndigenous Shows Off Fall Line in West Hollywood Show

Indigenous Designs celebrated its 15th anniversary and presented its Fall line at its West Hollywood Fashion for Eco-Passion event recently. Stars from “Mad Men” and “Nip/Tuck” joined SVN member and Indigenous co-founder Scott Leonard to celebrate 15 years of fair trade fashion. Indigenous Designs is also featured in this month’s issue of Coco Eco Magazine and as a thank you to its fans, Indigenous Designs is offering a free one-year subscription. Visit the “Subscribe” page and in the “Free Subscription” box enter the offer code “cocoecoid0530” (valid through July 14th).

CleantechMartha Shaw Completes First CleanTech Exec Program at NYU Poly
SVN member Marth Shaw, CEO of Earth Advertising, has just graduated as part of the inaugural class of NYU Polytechnic Institute’s Clean Tech Exec Program. The program’s goal is to train executive leadership to help speed up the rate at which clean tech ventures can be scaled from lab-level breakthroughs to viable businesses. Martha explained that she worked on “the structuring of a cleantech commercialization conduit to help new technologies get beyond tipping point where they often fail to scale up.” Click here to read more.

MaryAnne Howland on Green Jobs and in Black Enterprise

SVN member MaryAnne Howland wrote an article in the LOHAS Journal entitled “Where Are the Green Jobs?” She dives into the issue of engaging minority communities with the much publicized rise of the green collar economy and the $125 million per year the Green Jobs Act is supposed to bring. MaryAnne also spoke with Black Enterprise Magazine this month about green jobs and said, “Today’s most forward-thinking companies incorporate some green practices into their corporate responsibility programs. That should be a wake-up call for entrepreneurs and job seekers. This trend has created the need for a green supply chain.” Click here to read the full article and make sure to catch MaryAnne at the LOHAS Forum where she’ll be discussing this topic.

Workforce, Inc. Profiled in Green For All Case Study

Workforce, Inc., (WFI) run by SVN members Gregg and Jannett Keesling and winner of the 2009 SVN Innovation Award, was recently selected as a case study by SVN member organization Green For All as part of its assessment of the green collar economy. WFI’s dual mission of becoming Indianapolis’s most comprehensive recycling hub and offering those returning from prison immediate, legitimate earnings and social services makes it a perfect example of how a greener economy can help some of our most under-served communities. Click here to read the full case study.

Grocery $300K Granted for Burlington Natural Food Co-op
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue recently announced a $300,000 grant for the construction of a new co-op grocery store in downtown Burlington, N.C. SVN member Eric Henry, who sits on the Board of Directors, says he hopes the 7,000-square foot natural food store will offer fresh meat and produce with a focus on locally grown, made and packaged products. Click here to read more.

Welcome New Members

The following organizations have had members join Social Venture Network since last month’s Networker.

Upcoming Events

LOHAS The LOHAS Forum
June 23 – 25
Boulder, Colorado

At the LOHAS forum you’ll be able to network with like-minded executives from all market sectors, speak with members of the mainstream media who are interested in covering companies and products designed for the conscious consumer, and hear the experts’ latest trend data from the leading LOHAS market sectors. Come connect with international companies and understand the latest marketing trends.
Click here for event details and click here to register.

Bolder Giving Bold Conversation with Harry R. Halloran Jr.
June 24
Free Conference Call

For years Harry ran oil and renewable energy companies. Now he has become a passionate philanthropist, committing 90% of his wealth to his foundations which focus on promoting socially responsible business. Bold Conversations is a monthly phone discussion hosted by Anne Ellinger, co-founder of Bolder Giving in Extraordinary Times. Each month you can join a conversation with an extraordinary giver who will share strategies, challenges, and excitement about their giving. Click here to register.

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