Stanford Social Innovation Review : Informing and inspiring leaders of social change


An event presented by FSG and the Stanford Social Innovation Review

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Location: Stanford University, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305
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Conference Overview
Substantially greater progress could be made in alleviating many of our most serious and complex social problems if nonprofits, foundations, governments, and business focused on achieving broad cross sector coordination, instead of focusing on the isolated interventions of individual organizations (”Collective Impact,” Stanford Social Innovation Review). 

This conference will bring together a cross-section of senior-level practitioners to explore the challenges and opportunities of collective impact and to discuss how to accelerate the adoption of collective impact efforts. 

Conference Agenda

Registration and Breakfast

Welcoming Remarks
Presenters: Regina Starr Ridley, Publishing Director, Stanford Social Innovation Review and Eric Nee, Managing Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review

The Potential of Collective Impact
Presenter: John Kania, Managing Director, FSG

John Kania will introduce the collective impact framework, its timeliness in today’s economic climate, the importance of the approach, and the shift in how social sector actors are approaching large scale change.

Stories from the Field (Part A): Collective Impact in Action
Presenter: Jeff Edmondson, Executive Director, the Strive Partnership

Jeff Edmondson will explain how the Strive Partnership, a partnership of organizations in the Cincinnati area, is achieving transformative results in public education.

Table Discussion
*  What are the signs that an issue is ripe for the collective impact approach?  What are the conditions of readiness? 
*  What are some of the commonalities across each of your collective impact stories?


Stories from the Field (Part B): How One Corporation is Leading a Collective Impact Effort to Benefit both Society and Business
Presenter: Howard Shapiro, Global Staff Officer Plant Science & External Research, Mars, Inc., and Adjunct Professor of Plant Sciences, The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis

Howard Shapiro will explain how Mars is using a collective impact approach to break the cycle of poverty for cocoa farmers in Cote d’Ivoire.

Lunch: themed tables by focus area

Panel: Collective Impact and Scaling High Performing Nonprofits: Competing or Complementary Approaches to Social Progress?
Moderator: Jane Wei-Skillern, Lecturer in Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Panelists: Tobias Aguirre, Executive Director, FishWise; Diana Aviv, President and CEO, Independent Sector; Paul Shoemaker, Executive Director, Social Venture Partners Seattle

Jane Wei-Skillern will moderate a panel comparing different strategies to achieve large scale social change such as scaling individual nonprofits, building networks and facilitating collective impact. 

Table Discussion
*  How do you start and sustain a collective impact initiative? What advice might you ask from or give to your peers?


Panel: The Role of Funders in Collective Impact
Moderator: Edward Skloot, Director, Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, and Professor, Practice of Public Policy, Duke University
Panelists: Emmett Carson, CEO and President, Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Norman Rice, President & CEO, The Seattle Foundation; Sterling K. Speirn, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Edward Skloot will moderate a panel on the non-traditional roles required of funders to incentivize and support collective impact efforts.

Closing Remarks
Presenter: Mark Kramer, Founder and Managing Director, FSG

Mark Kramer will summarize the key takeaways from the conference and discuss next steps.

Reception and networking

(Agenda subject to change)

In association with Northern California Grantmakers

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