October 26, 2015
This past weekend, the 11th annual Connecting for Change conference took over New Bedford. Hosted by the Massachusetts-based Marion Institute, the event attracts thousands of activists and community change agents who want to make a big dent in local and global problems. For the first time ever, Social Enterprise Greenhouse sponsored the Values Based Business track as part of a brand new partnership and in sponsorship of the event. Together with Main Street Resources, we curated a robust program of content to expose Connection for Change’s audience to social enterprise.
The track kicked off on Friday morning with a keynote address by Matt Stinchcomb, the Executive Director of Etsy.org and the Vice President of Values & Impact of Etsy.com. Matt’s conversation address touched on what it means to be an ethical business and his vision for the future of free enterprise.
Other track highlights included:
- Community Supported Industry with Alice Maggio of the Schumacher Center
- Enlightened Entrepreneurship with Clay Rockefeller of the Steel Yard
- Social Enterprise panel with Healthy Roots, Capital Good Fund, Ava Anderson Nontoxic, and the Rhode Island Urban Debate League
We are proud to work with the Marion Institute and look forward to a deeper partnership and more collaboration in the future!
University Initiative Director
As the Social Enterprise Greenhouse University Initiative Director, Cayla helps college and university students get involved in social enterprise. The University Initiative is a program funded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation Innovation Grant to retain students and recent graduates in Rhode Island through enabling them to work on and in social enterprises. Learn more about Cayla here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.