The third and final day of SOCAP09 was considered the highlight of the three day conference, with participant-led Open Space sessions. Over 800 attendees were impressed with the SOCAP team as they convened the right people: top practitioners, investors, and entrepreneurs, along with the new, young grass roots start ups and people with ideas who want to make a difference. They asked us what projects and topics we wanted to speak more about and then invited us to post these hour-long sessions on the wall for attendees to consider.
There was a great deal of energy, and I very much enjoyed the sessions I chose to join: "Branding Social Enterprises," "Using Video to Support Social Venture," "Republic 3.0: Global Citizenship as a Lifestyle," "Creating an Offline Community at HUB Bay Area," and "Providing Brands with a Return on Investment for their Cause Marketing Dollars."
Learn more about what other participants had to say about the conference on SOCAP's Blog here.
In other news, Kiva and Yola.com sponsored the lunch on Wednesday and we're very proud to announce that Yola raised $7,550 on their Kiva Lending Team in only three days! Yola has agreed to match this amount and will be making their loans to Kiva entrepreneurs over the next few weeks. We're very thankful to Yola and look forward to more collaboration in the future. For those that don't know much about Yola.com, learn more about them here.