My Mission at SXSW 2017

Life is interesting. Since the time I applied to speak at SXSW early last summer, a number of things have shifted in monumental ways. The global climate has been inching from collaborative to isolationist in crucial ways. The US administration has transitioned, leading to sweeping changes in policy and focus.

SXSW in a time of change

So when I received news that a version of my talk on social entrepreneurship, based on my experience with the book, website, podcast, and programming was accepted as a solo talk at SXSW 2017 I was thrilled, and also contemplative.

What perspective could I offer in this unique time of transition and uncertainty? How could I adapt the social entrepreneurship knowledge I have been cultivating for the past half-decade into something actionable, accessible, and relevant in today’s local, domestic, and global landscape—which has shifted so much in a short six months.

These thoughts have been marinating. They have also led to uncovering a belief that this is perhaps the most important and pivotal moment for social entrepreneurship. This space, now well into its young adulthood, is primed to prove itself; beyond theory and design, as a force for impact, business, job creation, collaboration, and mission-aligned change.

I hope to address some of the shifts, challenges, openings, and unique opportunities I see for social entrepreneurship in today’s landscape in my talk this Friday at SXSW. I will be there just a few days and my mission is to share, learn from, and connect with individuals or organizations with a ‘problemsolver mindset’ that are aligned with a similar mission and vision. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Impactathon 2016

 

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Join @neetalparekh of @Innov8social at #SXSW for a talk on “#Socent for #Founders: 5 Things” on 3/10 at 11am. http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP60587

Neetal Parekh is the founder of Innov8social, author 51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship, and host of The Impact Podcast by Innov8social. On Twitter and social media: @innov8social





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