Impact Economy Summit
Target date: October, 2019
Public ticketed event with limited attendance, subject to application.
Estimated budget: $100,000 to include:
- Workshop and Presentation Materials
- Accommodation, flights and catering for Keynote Speakers
- Media and Promotion: Website, Summit Media Team
- Other Labour: Administration, Project Management, Summit Host, Keynote Speakers
Profits generated through ticket sales will be used to offset ongoing development costs.
5-day summit where Impact Investors, Impact Entrepreneurs, NGOs, Project Leaders and members of underserved communities come together to present and discuss how we can invest for accelerating sustainable social and economic wellbeing.
The summit will focus on meeting core needs and opportunities for enabling equality and community resilience. It will leverage the: vision and expertise of the worlds most forward thinking economists and entrepreneurs; voice and insight from community members, and; lessons learned from traditional investors and aid workers, to:
- Direct the development of alternative approaches as they shift from theory to implementation, and;
- Identify scalable models for investing, where traditional and alternative intersect.
We will address questions like:
How do we invest for sustainable development? What works and what does not? How do we engage with underserved communities, while gaining a workable return on investments, and addressing the key components to poverty reduction and overall development?
The Summit’s agenda will be based on case studies and operational framework presented through the community upliftment model: Project Raven. Outcomes will be used to further its development and success.
To cater for those who can’t attend the whole week, each day will focus on a key area of interest. Activities will include talks, lightning pitches, clarification sessions, open discussions and workshops, and be publicized through live streaming, video podcasts and social sharing.
To lighten the load, prize draws for Whistler thrills will include a chance to win a Ziptrek, a ride on the Bobsleigh and more! Continue the conversations in the evenings – each night will offer scheduled entertainment, excursions in the mountains, local bar crawls, potluck with the locals and fine dining too.
Day 1: New Business Models
What Project Raven is, why it exists, how it works relative to other forms of aid, and what’s going on. Here we will look at how the weeks topics and available tools connect.
Topics will include an exploration of values and how they relate to Capitalism vs Open Cooperativism, The Commons and Multifaceted Business Models.
Day 2: Community Development Frameworks
Why and how to engage with communities in developing economic opportunity from within. Here we will learn from organisations and locals working in Project Communities.
Topics will include Community Development Frameworks, Ecosystem Mapping Tools, Development Metrics and Goals, Data Analysis.
Day 3: Distributed Systems
From blockchains, distributed hosting and more. Here we will focus on how these systems can revolutionise the way that we overcome today’s challenges: locally and globally.
Topics will include Distributed Networks and Currency Systems, Resilience and Security, Policy Consensus, Force vs Flow.
Day 4: Alternative Solutions
What are they and how can they help us to meet UN sustainability goals? Here we will look at examples from Project Ravens pilot communities, and ask how they can help?
Topics will include Alternative Agriculture, Energy, Health and Education.
Day 5: Invest 2 Impact
Here we turn to the people who join us. Share a challenge, then let’s work together to discover: how solutions discussed can help out;
Throughout the week, participants will be encouraged to consider the challenges that caused them to attend. The day will include an opportunity for them to have their concerns understood and put as a challenge to the keynote speakers. We’ll then break into groups to discuss. We’ll look at the investment they need and review the best way to get it.
What will you learn?
Participants will benefit through:
- Strategic learning related to diversified networked economies
- Hands-on participation leading to new opportunities and insights
- Connections with great thinkers, economists and activists
Topics covered in the Summit will include:
- Community Development Frameworks
- Ecosystem Mapping Tools
- Development Metrics and Goals
- Impact Investment Data Analysis
- Policy Consensus
- Shared Value Networks
- Multifaceted Business Models
- Alternative Currency and Exchange Systems
- Microfinance and Community Insurance
- Resilience and Security
- Distributed Systems
- Open Cooperativism and The Commons
- Alternative Agriculture, Energy, Health and Education
Participants will develop an understanding of:
Emergence of Alternatives
- Emerging alternatives to current conventions, the enablers of these alternatives, drivers and motivators.
- The relationship between the alternative and mainstream systems.
Diversification Of Value
- Systems that enable trade of both monetary and non-monetary forms of value.
- Where and why people are seeking diversification of value and hedging their tangible and intangible wealth for resilience.
- How a networked, decentralised system maintains legitimacy and trust through self-regulation and/or traditional regulation.
- How alternative systems can become networked and exchanged, either replacing or complementing existing conventions.
- System characteristics e.g. social democracy solutions
Who is this for?
- Investors: People interested in getting involved in impact investment, or who have already been involved, and want to hear the newest ideas and success stories from Wall Street, Big Tech, Individual Investors and smaller Impact Investment Funds.
- Change Makers: Disruptive innovators and thought leaders. People who are willing to listen and share ideas that can positively impact how we we live, work and play.
- Project Workers: Individuals and organizations working to create sustainable economic and social wellbeing.