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Recap: 8 Audiobooks Every Social Entrepreneur Should Hear

“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” – Larry King

With Larry King’s sage words, here is a recap of the 8 Audiobooks Every Social Entrepreneur Should Hear, originally posted on LinkedIn Pulse.

 

Recap: 8 Audiobooks Every Social Entrepreneur Should Hear

1. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

This candid, honest memoir is not only well-written, but compelling read by Amanda herself. Based on her 2013 TED Talk, this memoir tells the story of her journey as a musician, artist, an entrepreneur but also her reveals her mindset of creating impact through engagement. Whether wordlessly asking for a donation as a human statue or using social media to find a place to stay, or reaching out to her fans to crowdfund her music, she asks and does so unabashedly. I was struck by her unambiguous message told with honesty, vulnerability, and humor—Ask. often, honestly, and authentically.

2. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

If we’re being honest, I was unexpectedly blown away by this audiobook. Perhaps I was anticipating a formal, even academic, account of a US Supreme Court Justice’s journey to the golden bench. This incredibly well-written, personal, and moving account shifted my course and commitment to pursue my calling. From administering her own insulin shots from the age of 9 as a Type 1 diabetic, Sonia (aka Justice Sotomayor) surprises, enlightens, and inspires with her personal stories of difficult realities at home, her unfettered pursuit of excellent, and her one-of-a-kind journey (as a woman, minority, diabetic, etc.) to the highest court.

3. Walking Papers by Francesco Clark

I hadn’t heard of Francesco before listening his book, and now I find his story and resolve unforgettable in every way. Francesco tells his story of a random pool accident that resulted in paralysis from the neck below, all at the age of 24. His gritty, honest, detailed account of the hours, weeks, and months after the accident not only showcase how precious every moment we have is, but also his innate resolve to persevere amid challenge. It’s this same quality that leads Francesco to find new treatments and ways to improve his health, and to become the founder of Clark’s Botanicals–a skin care line designed especially for individuals with extremely sensitive skin.

4. Bonobo Handshake by Vanessa Woods

This audiobook is a perfect example of the potential of powerful impact storytelling. I knew very little about bonobos, a member of the ape family found only in a particular region of the Congo Basin in Central Africa. However, with Vanessa’s personal stories lined with her unique observations of the goings-on at the sanctuary, her relationship with her now-husband, and the personalities of each of the bonobos with whom she interacted, the Congo and the need to protect the bonobos came to life in a new way. As an animal lover, I appreciated the small details about the rescues and the findings, and may have even blushed when Vanessa so casually described bonobo interactions that are as common as a human handshake.

5. Use What You’ve Got by Barbara Corcoran

This honest, thoughtfully-organized, and entertaining memoir read by the author is a delight, especially for any fellow fans of Shark Tank. We hear Barbara tell stories of growing up as one of fourteen children, to moving to New York City, and taking bold steps to establish herself as an adult and an entrepreneur. Her storytelling is very accessible and direct, and her tales reveal simple but powerful aspects of entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs need to survive as entrepreneurs in order to make sustained impact, and this is a wonderful account of what it takes to make it above all odds.

6. Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts

How does a very public person survive very personal challenges—if you are Robin Roberts, you do so with openness, heart, and strength. Former athlete and current Good Morning America co-host, Robin tells the story of her cancer reoccurrence and treatment—all which took place at the same time her beloved mother passed away. As someone who has gone through the loss of my mother to cancer, it was touching and inspiring to see how Robin found strength to persevere and to hear her resounding message to “make your mess your message” in her own voice.

7. Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

This engaging book may have creativity in its title, but it is as informative on important aspects of leadership, team-building, entrepreneurship, and scaling as well. Ed tells the story of Pixar–from its early days to its post-Toy Story and post-multi billion dollar acquisition by Disney. What makes this book special is that at its heart, Pixar tells stories for children and adults. Authors Ed and Amy disarm this account by being able to toggle from high-stakes business meetings to how Woody’s character changed from early renderings to be less mean.

8. Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo

Wouldn’t it be great to have an index to amazing TED Talks along with a review of key aspects on why they were so effective? Talk Like TED is precisely that resource. I only wish the audiobook version would interrupt Carmine’s narrative to insert the aforementioned TED Talks, and then continue so I could catch all of the references. This however definitely led me to look up various TED Talks and examine them more closely for their powerful storytelling features.

And one more thing 

I have written about it more lightly in Svbtle, but one of my absolute favorite genres is humorist audiobooks—and for these to work, I think it pretty much has to be read by the author.
These authors / artists / comedians are masterful storytellers that tell stories through the lens of humor. Even as they elicit a chuckle, they may also be imparting some of their deepest wisdoms or toughest life experiences. The quality of being able to laugh at our own situations is powerful, engaging, inclusive, and well— contagious.
You can take my word for it, or I highly recommend you check out authors including: Sloane Crosley, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, David Sedaris, Nora Ephron, Sarah Silverman, Carol Burnett, and BJ Novak. I have thoroughly enjoyed and learned a great deal from their audiobooks. And perhaps because their narrations were so effective, I might be even walking around with the mistaken belief that we’re actually friends in real life :)
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What is Social Business? Defined by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Father of Microfinance, Muhammad Yunus [Video]

Muhammed Yunus, Nobel Laureate and founder of the Grameen Bank, has authored several books on microfinance and social enterprise. In his 2010 book,”Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs” he defines the conceptual framework for a new kind of business focused on impact. Professor Yunus calls this framework, social business.Unlike the often less-defined articulations of social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and social enterprise—for Professor Yunus, social business is distinct and clearly delineated in its focus of serving the poor, being sustainable, but not seeking to provide dividends (see Type I social business below).



Here, we take a look at some of the features of Professor Yunus’ social business.

 

Professor Yunus Explains Social Business,  in His Own Words [Video]

 

“A social business is not a social enterprise. It is not an non-profit.” – Muhammad Yunus

Professor Yunus distinguishes from social enterprise, because it is a no-dividend company. In a social business, all profits go back to company.
Distinguished from a non-profit because it is revenue-generating.

Professor Yunus’ Definitions for Type I and Type II Social Businesses

Type I Social Business : A company that is non-loss, but does not give dividends. 

According to Professor Yunus, a Type I social is focused on social objectives. It either produces a product or delivers a service targeted to the poor or to address a pressing problem. An example he discusses at length in the book is that of Shakti Doi, a fortified yogurt product designed and created specifically to improve nutrition for children of poor families in Bangladesh. The yogurt is the result of a joint venture between Yunus’ Grameen Bank and the multinational brand Danone.

In order to meet Yunus’ vision of a true social business, multiple iterations of the yogurt were tested to maximize nutrients while ensuring cost was low enough (i.e. originally sold at 5 Taka or $.07).

Grameen Danone Shokti Doi: Nutritious Social Business yogurt
Child eating Shakti Doi yogurt in Banglades. Credit: Yunus Centre

Type II Social Business : A company that takes profit, but is wholly owned by the poor.

Professor Yunus provides a second type of social business as well. Type II social businesses can adopt a profit-maximizing, dividend-generating model, so long as they they are owned by the poor and disadvantaged. The profits can be returned to owners/employees through dividends or indirect benefits.

The most famous example of a Type II social business Grameen Bank, as it owned by the disadvantaged borrowers of the bank, mostly women.

 

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Which Channels Should You Use to Tell Your Impact Story? Online in 60 Seconds Can Provide Perspective [#Infographic]

So, let’s say you agree that telling a social impact story is different from other kinds of pitches.  How, then, do you decide the optimal channels you should use to develop and deliver your impact story?This incredible graphic posted by Qmee.com provides a helpful perspective of relevant channel, engagement, and can help you make a strategic decision on where your social enterprise can get the most value for the time, resources, and paid advertising you might spend.

credit: qmee.com

 

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Innov8social is now on LinkedIn’s “Pulse”!

There are lots of new things in the pipeline for Innov8social!To kick off this new chapter, read about some of inspiration behind our work here and a few plans ahead on this recent post on LinkedIn’s publication “the Pulse”.

Here is an excerpt:

 

A New Chapter for Innov8social, and a new Podcast

“Exploring social innovation through conversation.”

That is the theme of Innov8social’s new podcast. And what a true exploration the past four years have been. In June, Innov8social will turn 4 years old.

Innov8social started as a blog

It started in 2011 as a blog–one to examine a phenomenon of new legal structures, resources, and tools, at a time when five states had passed to create legal standing for companies that sought profit and mission.

in a changing landscape

Fast-forward to 2015, over hundreds of blog posts and dozens of interviews, and the landscape has continued to evolve. Twenty-seven states now have a form of the benefit corporation, just one of a few legal structures to recognize companies seeking something more than a single bottom line. To boot, another four states have passed a form of social purpose corporation legislation. Still others, nearly a dozen, have passed another form, called the low-profit limited liability company (L3C)… read the entire post on LinkedIn.

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Storify Recap of VLAB January 2015: Transforming Entrepreneurship – Women Under 30 [PHOTOS]

VLAB January 2015: Transforming Entrepreneurship - Women Under 30It’s incredible to think that this blog post on a fascinating VLAB event on crowdfunding in June 2012 was the first connection point with VLAB. Fast forward two-and-half years and it’s been continually enriching to become immersed in disruptive technology, learn about emerging trends, and—especially for our work in exploring social innovation—better understand those points of nexus that connect the vast potential of entrepreneurship with impact.Tonight’s VLAB event featuring five accomplished entrepreneurs and skilled moderator was no exception. The theme of this evening was “Transforming Entrepreneurship: Women Under 30” and featured the Founders, Co-Founders, or CEO’s of tech startups TRUSTe, Entefy, Revel, BitWall, Enplug, and Locket.Here is a social media recap of the event that features posts about the panel, advice shared by the panelists, soundbytes, and reflections from attendees and organizers. Enjoy :)

 

 

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Interview with Nicholas Fusso, Program Director of D-Prize [AUDIO]

Earlier this year Innov8Social interviewed Nicholas Fusso, Program Director of D-Prize. D-Prize is an innovative competition dedicated to scaling distribution (i.e. the “D” in D Prize) of solutions to global poverty.Now that multiple cohorts have passed through the social innovation competition, Nicholas back in an audio interview to overview past winners, the types of social entrepreneurs that have been selected as D-Prize recipients, and what is ahead for the program.The call for Fall applications concluded at the end of November. Applicants from that round who advance past the first round will have until the end of December to submit their social venture plan, and if they are selected to advance, will be required to complete additional items by January 24, 2014. Winners can receive up to $20,000 to implement their proposed solution.

There will be another call for applications in Spring 2014. You can find out information about past winners and competition details at www.D-prize.com. Good luck to all of the D-Prize participants!

 

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Interview with Gary Vaynerchuk: A Social Enterprise Perspective [AUDIO]

Through a confluence of interesting happenings, I had the chance to do a quick phone interview with Gary Vaynerchuk, social media headliner, last month. It. Was. Awesome.

Gary talks social entrepreneurship. Listen in.

 
A few notes: this was done on Google Voice, so you will hear the “start recording” message. You will also hear the runaway guest star of the interview, i.e. Gary’s GPS.

Takeaways:

  • Gary’s thoughts on social cause marketing–It is at an interesting point in maturation. Business people are leveraging cause marketing, not sure if it’s a good thing–will it cause consumer cynicism?
  • Business models that have caught Gary’s attention: buy one, give one is clever, so is giving percentage of retail price. He is more concerned about the passion of founding entrepreneurs of a startup—how are they evangelizing the message of impact + business?
  • Social enterprises Gary likes: Warby Parker, charity: water

 

Gary Vaynerchuk, a household name after 2008 TED Talk

A little background on Gary, and my sincere enthusiasm in having a chance to chat with him. Gary has been a household name for me and my entrepreneurial siblings since we watched his TED Talk  —“Do What You Want (no excuses!)”— about a year after it was posted.

To be fair, I think we were as captivated by his passionate, colorful speaking style (note emphasis of phrases such as “please stop doing that!” and “there is no reason [in 2008] to do $#@! you hate!”)  as by the clarity of his message. [tune in, esp. to 25-55 sec :]

There is something refreshing about his vigor and unapologetic, no holds bar approach to entrepreneurship. He went all in for his new venture, saw traction, and was committed to making it grow. Let’s just say, at moments demanding inspiration, I have tuned back in to this talk—and maybe even joined him in some of his memorable phrases.

A book, another two, and an empire

Since those early days of breaking into the social media scene, Vaynerchuk has attained certain celebrity status among social media superstars. There was the first book in 2009, Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, which was well-received and frequently quoted. The follow-up came just a couple years later.
The Thank You Economy and has been topping charts as a best-seller. Gary will be releasing his latest book this year,  Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy, Social World.


Gary V’s empire now expands beyond WineLibrary TV to include books, a social media consultancy, and investments in upcoming startups. He frequently headlines large social media events and conferences, is popular for his candor and humor, and is unabashed in giving advice to new entrepreneurs. (See him give his two cents to this entrpreneur at a talk at 59:00: warning, expletives)

What would Innov8Social have to ask Gary Vaynerchuk?

Gary Vaynerchuk does not profess to be a social entrepreneur, so why interview him for Innov8Social?

As has been mentioned before, in this blog’s authentic exploration of social innovation, I have found (repeatedly) that one of the hardest part of social entrepreneurship is being an entrepreneur. It is the initial hurdle.

Whether you are enterprising for money, world domination, or social good—there is a pervasive emphasis on taking on the challenge with an entrepreneurial mindset. And that’s why Gary Vaynerchuk was a great candidate to continue and deepen the exploration. In a few words (some of them likely four-letter) he can get to the heart of the matter when it becomes to being an entrepreneur.

Notably, not every entrepreneur needs to be like him. Not by a long shot. But there is an infinite depth that can be learned from his enthusiasm, belief, and strategic thinking when it comes to launching and growing enterprises.

 

Gary shares what he really thinks about Innov8Social

As you may have noticed from the audio interview (above) we spent part of our 15-20 minutes doing a Q&A for Innov8Social readers. The rest of the time I talked blogger-to-blogger with Gary. I caught him up on my efforts with Innov8Social at the meta level, asked his opinion of how I can focus on growing, and what would be “success” for this blog and effort.

As I anticipated (and hoped), he was frank and honest. From dealing with readership in hundreds of thousands of pageviews, and millions of clicks—Innov8Social is at best a humble effort. It was good to talk to him openly and pause for reflection on my efforts so far, and how Innov8Social can grow into the expansive vision I have for it.

Hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I did having it., and that it provides a different perspective on how a through-and-through entrepreneur views social enterprise.

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40+ Blogs on Social Innovation, Impact Entrepreneurship, and Social Enterprise You Should Check Out

The field of social innovation, impact entrepreneurship, social enterprise is expanding at an incredible pace. It is a moving stream of information, barreling forward…in a hurry.

For a blogger, that can a unique challenge. You know that what you pen today may be outdated by the time you hit “publish”. However, the dynamic nature of blogs (and the ability to update them) is a silver lining and can make our work more agile.
Blogging in the space, we learn tremendous amounts from other blogs that focus on different niches, hone in on discerning nuances, structure their information distinctly, adopt unique takes on design, and bring something wholly their own flavor to the social innovation table.
With the caveat that this list will be updated as new blogs come to, here are a few interesting blogs in the social innovation space to check out.
We would love to hear your picks and favorites (and even your #socinn blog titles) in the comments.

40+ Blogs on Social Innovation, Impact Entrepreneurship, and Social Enterprise You Should Check Out

  1. Acumen Blog – bold ways of tackling poverty
  2. Armchair Advocates – blog where social media meets social good
  3. Ashoka – blog for and by innovators for the public
  4. B Corporation Blog – voice of the B corporation community
  5. Beth’s Blog – how networked nonprofits leverage networks and data for social change
  6. BlendedProfit – blog of past shows of thought leaders in good business
  7. Building43 – compilation of blogs highlight small teams + big impact
  8. Business for Good Blog – authored by CA social enterprise attorney
  9. Calvert Foundation Blog – blog on impact investing
  10. The Centre for Social Impact Blog – academic excellence fit for social purpose
  11. Co.exist – Fast Co. blog on world changing ideas and innovation
  12. Crowdsourcing.org – industry blog on crowdsourcing
  13. CSRWire – corporate social responsibility blog
  14. Cutting Edge Capital Blog – strategies for the impact economy
  15. DailyGood Blog – news that inspires
  16. Dowser – blog on who’s solving what and how
  17. Echoing Green Blog – unleashing your talent to solve the world’s biggest problems
  18. Foundation Center Blogs – knowledge to build on
  19. Good.is – social network and blog for social good
  20. Google.org Blog – technology for social impact
  21. The Hub Bay Area Blog – where change goes to work
  22. HuffPost Impact – blog on causes, volunteering, and people making a difference
  23. Idealist Blog – small and big ways people are facing obstacles, turning good intentions into action
  24. IDEorg Blog – cultivating potential
  25. Innov8Social – blog exploring social innovation
  26. Kiva Blog – blog by Kiva fellows field partners, entrepreneurs, and staff
  27. Mashable Social Good Blog – blog on social good
  28. Net Impact Blog – students and professionals creating positive impact in the workplace & world
  29. New Empire Builders – blog on startups, nonprofits, + companies making the world better
  30. NextBillion Blog – development through enterprise
  31. Nonprofit Law Blog – information to empower leaders, by NEO Law Group
  32. Non-Profit Law Prof Blog – a blog part of the Law Professors Blog Network
  33. Skoll World Forum Blog – Skoll original content
  34. Social Earth – blog promoting entrepreneurship, business, and ideas
  35. SocEntLaw – law & entrepreneurship blog
  36. Social Capital Markets – blog on the intersection of money and meaning
  37. Social Enterprise UK – national body for social enterprises in England
  38. Social Innovation Exchange Blog – global network for social innovation ideas
  39. Social ROI – blog on how social entrepreneurship is making the world a better place
  40. Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog – informing and inspiring leaders of social change
  41. The Sustainable Economies Law Center Blog
  42. TriplePundit – blog on people, planet, profits
  43. UnSectored Blog – looking beyond sectors to collectively define progress and enact change
  44. White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation Blog
Other Resources
List of Books, Blogs, Funders, and Conferences – compilation by socialvelocity
Top 50 Social Entrepreneur Blogs – compilation by (it)magazine
Top 50 Social Entrepreneurship Blogs – blogs ranked using 20 different factors
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Twitter Recap of #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley 2013

On a beautiful sunny Friday, hundreds of attorneys, legal tech folks, law students, legal bloggers, and others interested in innovation in law gathered at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View California to learn about innovation in law.

 

#ReInventLaw 2013 Silicon Valley Conference

A Movement to ReInvent Law

While Innov8Social has been a platform to explore social innovation and startup social entrepreneurs, I was surprised to begin to learn about the emerging innovations in law and legal tech. Speakers focused on design and process-oriented practice of law and focused on taking a long, tough look at whether the legal industry today best meets the needs of clients and the legal profession.

Silicon Valley Conference, March 8th 2013: Rapid-Fire

#ReInventLaw 2013 Silicon Valley ConferenceIn rapid-fire style, the conference featured over 40 speakers–many of whom presented in 6-8 minutes. The quick progression of speakers made the presentations more of a “pitch” than an in-depth view and allowed for many ideas to be presented in a short time. With numerous scheduled networking time, the organizers wanted to encourage discussion and debriefing with other attendees.

MSU Law Leads the Movement for Innovation in Law

Michigan State University College of Law (@MSULaw) has taken a leadership role in cultivating and growing this area of legal innovation. Organizers of the conference, Daniel Martin Katz and Renee Knake are faculty members at MSULaw and Co-Directors of ReInvent Law Laboratory that is actively pursuing building a platform to share and exchange ideas and innovation on how evolve the legal industry.

With funding from the Kauffman Foundation and MSULaw, the ReInventLaw Laboratory is focusing on building tools to address the R&D gap felt by law firms, legal departments, and other legal fields. Additionally, ReInventLaw Lab hosts Fellows to further the work and research in innovation in law. The core tenets of ReInvent Law Laboratory are: law + tech + design + delivery.

Twitter Recap of #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley 2013,  @Storify

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Twitter Recap of #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley 2013

The ReInvent Law Silicon Valley 2013 conference on 3/8/13 explored law, tech, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the legal profession—and paid special attention to disruptive technologies, future trends, and identifying needs of clients. Here’s a recap of Twitter highlights!

Storified by Neetal Parekh· Sat, Mar 09 2013 12:34:27

Images from #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley 2013 by @margarethagan

#ReInventLaw a VC’s thoughts on the legal tech space, my #sketchnote http://pic.twitter.com/EQNsygiMXaMargaret Hagan
What is wrong with Law School? http://www.razblint.com/2013/03/law-students-on-law-school/ a Top 11 List from law students #reinventlaw http://pic.twitter.com/V2l7UxSOtVMargaret Hagan
Legal forms alone are not enough! #ReInventLaw Clients need wholly designed legal experience. http://pic.twitter.com/mCJV9WE8MHMargaret Hagan
Visualize the Law! #ReInventLaw let’s build legal maps… http://pic.twitter.com/hlnjsyYUlbMargaret Hagan
#ReinventLaw Where will good Legal Innovation come from? Good design process — some ground rules for brainstorms: http://pic.twitter.com/CMQlZeu3XwMargaret Hagan
#ReInventLaw To really design access to justice, we need to look beyond just making law publicly available. http://pic.twitter.com/gSzFAbOkSNMargaret Hagan

Set 1 #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley Speakers: 8 Talks, 6 Min

Henry Jones, Managing Director @Axiom_Law
RT @lbridgesmith: #ReInventLaw Henry Jones notes that the GC’s at the top 200 companies control 80% of legal work. Meeting their needs…Axiom
Henry Jones from @Axiom_Law kicks off #reinventlaw Silicon Valley 2013! http://pic.twitter.com/tETCoKNFVuComp Legal Studies
VC looks at @Axiom_Law but as investor, does not see exit strategy given non-lawyers can’t own #ReInventLaw [RF: but Axiom not a law firm[ronfriedmann
Stephanie Kimbro, Attorney @BurtonLaw
Assumptions about lawyer advertising need to be rethought; impeding access to justice @StephKimbro #ReinventLaw #LegalRebelsRachel M. Zahorsky
@StephKimbro asks: why so many under employed lawyers AND such a gaping need for legal services? #ReInventLaw – Good Question.Ed Walters
Silvia Hodges, Director of Research Services @CTTyMetrix
#reinventlaw Silvia Hodges – lawyers need to focus on efficiency and numbers – use UTBMS codespracticePRO
Ray Bayley, CEO @ Novus Law
Just did the 6 minute fast talk at #reinventlaw. Listening to CEO of Novus Law. Story telling increases learning.StephKimbro
“@ronfriedmann: #ReInventLaw Ray Bayley. Novus uses gamification to motivate workers” || Best thought legal business I’ve seen.Patrick Lamb
#reinventlaw Ray Bayley – groups always outperform individuals – get people working togetherDanPinnington
Ben Gubernick, Founder @ Resolvable
#reinventlaw Ben Gubernick: courts are like 10,000 independent burger joints – we need a McDonalds model for the courtsDanPinnington
Yes! Ben Gubernick: adoption, not technology, is our challenge to change the legal system. #reinventlawWeorce
Joe Kelly, Law Student @MSULaw
#reinventlaw Joe Kelly from MSU Law: we need to make law more visual – think Google Maps and touch http://milaws.orgDanPinnington
Totally! “@agoldner: Why is law text only? Why not at least as pictures? Joe Kelly wins most interesting idea thus far at #reinventlaw”Jeena Cho
Show what the law says: present the law in more consumer friendly formats. UX/UI > text-make law more accessible. Joe Kelly #reinventlawFair Document
#reinventlaw Joe Kelly, real people need real time legal solutions they can understand and accessLarry Bridgesmith
Nicole Auerbach, Founding Member @ Valorem Law Group
#ReInventLaw Nicole from Valorem Law – 50% women coming into law for last 20 years but only 15% equity partners in top 200 firms! ShockingRiverview Law US
Nicole Auerbach of Valorem talking about why billable hour is detrimental to women lawyers.-That’s why I unbundle w/fixed fees. #ReInventLawStephKimbro
“The billable hour disparately impacts women.” @ValoremNic on why women should bash the clock @ReInventLaw @MSULaw http://pic.twitter.com/8pUIIbz7YDRenee Knake
Colin Rule, CEO @Modria
Colin Rule takes the stage at #Reinventlaw to discuss Online Dispute Resolution. #ModriaLoic COUTELIER
#reinventlaw colin rule – 90% of 60 million disputes resolved by eBay through online dispute resolutionDavid Bohrer
Colin Rule – the EU will make ODR mandatory for all eCommerce vendors by 2015! #Modria #reinventlawLoic COUTELIER

Set 2 #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley Speakers

Ed Walters, CEO @FastCase
#ReInventLaw Ed Walters from Fastcase on who owns the law?Aric Press
#reinventlaw Ed Walters from Fastcase: Should big corporate publishers own the law? Audience answer: “Hell no!”DanPinnington
Law is a damn cool data set – Ed Walters of FastCase #ReInventLawR. Amani
Ed Walters: Law must be both free AND open; law is our code of ethics #reinventlawDonna Seyle
Sol Irvine, Partner @YusonIrvine
How to #ReInventLaw you asked? Data-driven contracts talk by Sol Irvine. Great stuff!Daniel W. Linna Jr.
#reinventlaw Sol Irvine – amazing value-add for lawyers – tell your clients about the data in their contractspracticePRO
#reinventlaw Sol Irvine has totally convinced me most contracts can be written as a dozen data points in ExcelDanPinnington
Daniel Martin Katz, Co-Founder @ReInventLaw Lab, Asst. Professor MSU Law
A pretty packed house tuning into co-founder of #ReinventLaw Lab, Daniel Martin Katz talking about the future of law http://pic.twitter.com/Km4XLCGHw5Neetal Parekh
#reinventlaw daniel katz-KEY “you can’t sell something to someone who does not want to buy it” Just cuz we build it . . .David Bohrer

Set 3 #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley Speakers

Jason Mendelson, Managing Director @FoundryGroup
VC investor Jason Mendelson of The Foundry Group is interested in the legal space & would love to disrupt the AmLaw 10! #ReInventLawReid Trautz
Jason Mendelson: big data is nothing without insight #reinventlawDonna Seyle
Insightful talk by Jeff Mendelson of @foundrygroup—legal education is ripe for transformation #ReinventLawNeetal Parekh
Focus on consumer & work efficiency- impact driver of innovation-the consumersJason Mendelson @foundrygroup#reinventlaw @FairDocumentsJustin Yarmark
Sell margins not hours. Lawyers need to think strategically about creating profit and margins not # of hours. #reinventlaw @foundrygroupJustin Yarmark
Jason Mendelson “Great lawyers will buy things to make them more efficient” – very true. #ReinventLawThe Law School App
Josh Becker, CEO @LexMachina
Thanks Andrew! “@agoldner: Josh Becker rocking #reinventlaw. @lexmachina delivers empirical value and saves companies money.”Josh Becker
#ReInventLaw josh Becker describing money ball techniques to predict judge or lawyer behavior.Aric Press
Raj Abhyankaer, CEO @Legal Force (@LawInspiring)
Raj Abhyanker talks how a dissatisfied associate became an entrepreneur taking on the legal industry #Trademarkia #LegalForce #ReinventLawRachel M. Zahorsky
RT @aricpress: #ReInventLaw Raj on trademarkia: 24k clients world’s largest trademark firm @legalforce @trademarkiaNeetal Parekh
Raj Abhyanker from @legalforce: Invest in retail access to law, not lobbies. #ReInventLaw Beautiful slide deck! http://pic.twitter.com/rizv70Dvr3Ed Walters
#ReinventLaw – Video, talk by #LegalForce CEO Raj Abhyanker, Silicon Valley, March 8 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxiSlG2Lcmw&sns=tw via @youtubeLegalForce
Dane Stangler, Director of Research & Policy @KauffmanFdn
Dane Stangler, Kaufman Fdn: looks at how reinvention of law can affect other areas of economy, release entrepreneurial energy #reinventlawDonna Seyle
Dane Stangler of Kauffman Foundation: “How can legal sector help other sectors open themselves up to innovation?” #reinventlawGideon Grunfeld
#ReinventLaw Law can be a tool to encourage entrepreneurship. Almost an unbelievable truth from Dane Stangler, Kaufmann Foundation.Tweet The Debates

Set 4 #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley Speakers

Tim Stanley, CEO @Justia
Hearing the history of free law online from @Justia Founder/CEO Tim Stanley…not as much change as you would expect in 18 yrs #ReInventLawNeetal Parekh
Tim Stanley (@justia): We can’t rely on Google for everything…or maybe we can #ReInventLawDavid Kemp
Tim (@Justia) Stanley talking about origins of the #openlaw movement. He’s led effort for many years. #ReinventLaw http://pic.twitter.com/PaP0c31PWGEd Walters
Michael Bommarito, Co-Founder @ Quantitative Legal Solutions
#ReInventLaw @mjbommar up now. Law’s Future from Finance’s Pastronfriedmann
Value + risk management is what clients want, not hours. #ReInventLaw @mjbommarronfriedmann
.@mjbommar has posted slides of his #ReInventLaw presentation, “Law’s Future from Finance’s Past”: http://bommaritollc.com/2013/03/08/slides-from-reinvent-law-silicon-valley-talk/Robert Richards
John Murdock III, Partner @ Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP (@BABC_Law)
#reinventlaw John Murdock brings process management to knowledge management in legal production like no one else! Well done John.Larry Bridgesmith
John Murdock illustrates what efficiency sounds like. #ReInventLaw http://pic.twitter.com/lUAeFAPn7MEd Walters
Mark Sherman, Asst. Director Education Division @ Federal Judicial Center
#ReInventLaw mark Sherman from fed judiciary on big strides by fed judges into 21st c. Includes iPads, apps, YouTube. Judges! Who knew?Aric Press
Federal judiciary follows gamification, leverages YouTube and nearly 60% employ iPads. #reinventlaw Mark Sherman federal judiciary centerJustin Yarmark
#reinventlaw Bend, flip, collaborate learn with content, interactivity and repeat. These words are the future of leaning. Mark ShermanLarry Bridgesmith
Renee Knake, @ReInventLaw Lab, Assoc. Professor @ MSU Law
Why are we here at #ReInventLaw? It’s gotta be the (law)ntrepreneurship, explains Renee Knake of @ReInventLaw Lab @msulawNeetal Parekh
Lawentreprenuership -making legal industry affordable, accessible and focused on the users experience in law. #reinventlaw Renee KnakeJustin Yarmark
My slides from @ReInventLaw Silicon Valley on (Law)ntrepreneurship – why are you here? http://www.slideshare.net/mobile/reneeknake/knake-talk-on-lawntrepreneurship-re-invent-law-silicon-valley-march-2013Renee Knake

Set 5 #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley Speakers

Karnig Kerkonian & Rudy Minasian, Principals @ Velawsity (@VelawsityApp)
#ReInventLaw starting after lunch beak with Karning Kerkonian and Rudy Minasian @Velawsityronfriedmann
http://Velawsity.com launching now at #reinventlaw. LPM in the cloud.Elmer Masters
#reinventlaw Velawsity Integration of knowledge data communication and collaboration: best practices made perfect and data made real time.Larry Bridgesmith
Amani Smathers, Law Student @MSULaw
The martini glass of legal services. @R_Amani @ReInventLaw @MSULaw http://pic.twitter.com/whQvBiHUBqRenee Knake
Does what we call ourselves matter? Lawyers need to rebrand ourselves. @R_Amani rocks the stage @ReInventLaw @MSULawRenee Knake
Kevin Colangelo, Managing Partner @YousonIrvine
Show clients the guts of your process – Kevin Colangelo #ReinventLaw that’s a great way to set client expectationsSachin Bhatia
Law factory? Sounds ominous. RT @aricpress: #ReInventLaw Kevin colangelo on building the law factory.Gwynne Monahan
Dan Lewis, CEO @RavelLaw
Very cool data viz tools – looking forward to seeing more from @ravellaw! #ReInventLawEd Walters
Blown away by the dataviz demos for legal info. @RavelLaw is awesome. #reinventlawmarcidale
Dan Lewis launching @ravellaw at #ReInventLaw. http://pic.twitter.com/2YfjXjolTxEd Walters
Sam Rysdyk, Fellow @ReInventLaw Lab
Sam Rysdyk a #ReInventLaw fellow on object oriented lawyering. Every law student should know some programming. Law as code. Rock on.Elmer Masters
#ReinventLaw Fellow Sam Rysdyk says successful law students will have programming skills. How many liberal arts grads will listen?Rachel M. Zahorsky
Because coders now get the ladies (or gents)! @reneeknake @rysdyk @reinventlaw @msulaw #CodingistheNewCoolLast Honest Lawyer

Set 6 #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley Speakers

Charley Moore, Founder @RocketLawyer
RT @LawScribbler: @RocketLawyer Charley Moore: nearly ½ small biz operate w/o legal help, now, collaborating w/lawyers online #ReinventLawAlli Gerkman
After hearing from Charley Moore at #ReInventLaw I have to get a copy of the new @RocketLawyer consumer survey before #ABATECHSHOW in April.Reid Trautz
81% of small business owners expect 2013 to be better than 2012 #RocketLawyer #ReInventLawAJ

Hon. Ann Aiken, Chief Judge @ Federal District Court of Oregon

Hon. Ann Aiken – evidence based practice for reentry – #reinventlaw Silicon Valley 2013 http://pic.twitter.com/wmqFVzLyWUComp Legal Studies
Amazing presentation on reentry into society from the criminal justice system by Judge Ann Aiken (fed dist OR) at #ReInventLawR. Amani
Wow. Judge Ann Aiken (Fed-OR) has an ask (& a spec!) — an app to prevent recidivism. Hello, Silicon Valley! #reinventlaw #gov20marcidale
Judge Aiken: we’re losing geniuses to broken criminal justice system. #ReInventLaw #RememberAaronTweet The Debates
Judge Aiken talking about 3553(a) factors #ReInventLaw #SentencingGuidelinesJosh Blackman
David Estrada, Legal Director +GoogleXLabs
David Estrada @googleXlabs makes the pitch to roomful of lawyers to support #selfdriving cars. Is Skynet around the corner #reinventlawJustin Yarmark
David Estrada – google x labs – discussing the inapplicability of existing laws to self-driving cars – more than I imagined! #reinventlawDonna Seyle
David Estrada, Legal Director of Google X. Time for Skynet automotive … err, self-driving cars. #ReInventLaw http://pic.twitter.com/nB47CgFP3wEd Walters
David Estrada – who is responsible if two self-driving cars crash in the woods #reinventlawDanPinnington
Kinglsey Martin, Owner @KMStandards
Kingsley – computer capacity will exceed lawyer capacity soon #reinventlawDanPinnington
@Kingsley_Martin building tools for quantitative legal prediction. #ReinventLaw http://pic.twitter.com/dAcU5xEPWfEd Walters
Kingsley Martin – machines will draft and review contracts #reinventlawpracticePRO
New post: Reverse Engineering Legal Logic (Live from #ReInventLaw) http://bit.ly/X4WE0F @Kingsley_Martin #KMronfriedmann
Ajaz Ahmed, Founder @Legal365.com
Ajaz Ahmed, founder of http://Legal365.com, based in the UK says “The legal market is too big for entrepreneurs to avoid.” #ReInventLawReid Trautz
@ajaz_ahmed: Great innovators do the obvious before it’s obvious to everyone else. #ReInventLaw #truth http://pic.twitter.com/0vChFDZmEREd Walters
@ajaz_ahmed @LEGAL365 We will see outsiders (like, Apple and Amazon) in the legal services space. #ReinventLawRachel M. Zahorsky

Set 7 #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley Speakers

Chas Rampenthal, General Counsel @LegalZoom
Chas Rampentahl, GC of @LegalZoom up at #ReInventLaw on Retail Lessons for the Legal Industry. Cites Quality Solicitors in UK as exampleronfriedmann
“If you can’t afford a solution it’s not a solution.” Chas Rampenthal @LegalZoom @ReInventLaw @MSULaw http://pic.twitter.com/uXI8X2jdsWRenee Knake
Great talk by Chas, @LegalZoom, our fellow traveler in retail legal innovation. Hope to visit Legalzoom in a @Target one day. #ReInventLawLegalForce
TargetLaw=solution? @ronfriedmann: Intrstng focus on those 2 poor to pay rack rates but don’t qualify for free aid #ReInventLaw @LegalZoomRachel M. Zahorsky
Sorry to say, but I haven’t met a person yet whose used @LegalZoom and had the “right” experience. #reinventlaw So be careful tagging TargetJason Wilson
Bill Henderson, Professor @ IU Bloomington Law (@IUMaurerLaw)
#ReinventLaw the great and good bill Henderson on new approach to lawyer development.Aric Press
Bill Henderson talking about original Cravath development system: raw talent, salary, training, teamword, up or out #reinventlawDanPinnington
Love the pedagogical shift suggestion by Bill. Love the suggestions for legal ed. Love love love.We’re on the right track at UT #ReInventLawAaron Dewald
Bill Henderson’s clockworks #ReinventLaw http://pic.twitter.com/yWmHvzsNYaDanPinnington
#reinventlaw Bill Henderson, project management, systems engineering, knowledge management and system design: key legal education componentsLarry Bridgesmith
#reinventlaw Bill Henderson says that the leverage model of today’s law firms serves the partners very well. Not so much clients and assocLarry Bridgesmith
Deven Desai, Professor @ Thomas Jefferson Law School (@TJSL)
Love it. RT @DanPinnington: Deven Desai – Should law firms have a T-rex in the lobby? (a reminder to evolve or disappear) #reinventlawR. Amani
Deven Desai – “lawyer of the future should be preventative” (that means understanding the client’s business) #reinventlawDanPinnington
Lawyers shouldn’t help people do whatever they want, they should help people do whatever they want that’s legal. Deven Desai #ReInventLawTweet The Debates
Andy Daws, VP for North America @RiverviewLaw
#reinventlaw Andy Daws with Legal Services Act and ABS initiatives, UK has become the world’s legal laboratoryLarry Bridgesmith
Andy Daws of @RiverviewLaw captures a key trend in law firms adopting new technology. #ReinventLaw http://pic.twitter.com/vJYU4GueTcEd Walters
Andy Daws: Q: How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb?A: Hourly, or flat fee? #ReinventLawEd Walters
#reinventlaw With retail legal services, consumers can buy tea and legal services with loyalty points: Andy DawsLarry Bridgesmith

Richard Granat, CEO @DirectLawUSA

@rgranat up at #ReInventLaw. Richard has been working for decades to deliver affordable legal services to middle class.ronfriedmann
#ReInventLaw Richard Granat says US shouldn’t let UK be only legal lab in world. If lawyers can’t solve access to justice, let non-lawyers!Riverview Law US
Richard Granat – 75 million clients in $45 Billion latent legal market (and Big Law doesn’t serve them) #reinventlawDanPinnington
#reinventlaw Clients want transparency, price certainty and convenience. Richard GranatLarry Bridgesmith
Richard Granat (@rgranat) of @DirectLawUSA on private investment in legal services. #ReinventLaw http://pic.twitter.com/IYvp59p5uMEd Walters

Set 8 #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley Speakers

Ron Dolin, Lecturer @ Stanford Law, Research Fellow @CodexStanford
@calbarlpmt ‘s own Ron Dolin presents on “Thinking Outside the Bar”. #ReInventLawPerry Segal – Charon
#ReInventLaw Stanford’s Ron Dolin asks what law really means. We need an attitude that thinks beyond current legal system and beyond the BarRiverview Law US
#reinventlaw Ron Dolin: let software do what it can do best (process) so lawyers can do what they do best.Larry Bridgesmith
Use legal technology to amplify human judgment rather than replacing it with inadequate short cuts. (Ron Dolin, Stanford) #reinventlawAlli Gerkman

Josh Blackman, Founder @HarlanInstitute, Asst. Prof. @ South Texas College of Law

Amazing @joshmblackman talk on potential of #bigdata in legal system. Nod to @aaronsw re: closed #PACER data. #reinventlawmarcidale
@JoshMBlackman: How we get from learning by precedent to learning by data, then to predicting w/data. #ReinventLaw http://pic.twitter.com/vZdBzFDxGnEd Walters
@JoshMBlackman is looking to liberate all the good data locked in PACER, to use it to change law, make predictions. http://www.fantasyscotus.net/Elmer Masters
@JoshMBlackman has crowdsourced outcomes of court cases w better results than most experts. #ReInventLawronfriedmann
@JoshMBlackman re: eventual effects of tech on law – we’re prob not far off from tools that aid justice, but what about equity? #reinventlawDavid Marble
At #ReinventLaw speakers read notes from smartphones, not index cards. #MineWasImpromptuJosh Blackman
Michael Poulshock, Founder @ Hammura.bi
Michael @Poulshock talks about the Hammurabi Project, to make law computable, like TuboTax for law. #ReInventLaw http://pic.twitter.com/y4kNp6WkmGEd Walters
@poulshock: why not publish the law in source code, a chunk of open logic? #ReinventLaw #codeislaw #lawiscode Big idea.Ed Walters
Marci Harris, CEO @PopVox
@marcidale of @popvox: How public participation changes lawmaking. #ReinventLaw http://pic.twitter.com/48sVet2C7FEd Walters
#reinventlaw Marci Harris, traditionally public policy making consisted of moving money or moving people. Now Congress is over capacityLarry Bridgesmith
Lobbying meets social media w/ @Marcidale and #PopVox #ReInventLawAJ

Andy Ninh (@_ninhja), Law Student @ MSU Law

#ReInventLaw Andy Ninh from MSU suggests augmented reality will transform future legal services. Must get a pair of those Google glasses!Riverview Law US
@A_Ninhja shares his recent visit to google and future of augmented reality within legal system #reinventlaw http://pic.twitter.com/q1AQoDC29WSam Hensley
Tony Lai, Co-Founder @LawGives
@TonyKLai of @LawGives discusses why lawyers – humans – so important for legal services, even (especially?) today? http://pic.twitter.com/ahI6CTAuUsEd Walters

Seth McGrath, CTO @PropylonUS

Missed #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley conference on legal tech & services innovation? See tweets & resources here: http://legalinformatics.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/8-march-reinventlaw-silicon-valley-2013-conference/Robert Richards
Sean McGrath of Propylon is final #reinventlaw presenter; talking paperless using TimeArc software–product for legislative drafting.Reid Trautz
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Photo Essay: 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards, New Leaders Council Silicon Valley 2013

Amid the dark wood and high ceilings of the second floor of an upscale Irish bar & restaurant in downtown Sunnyvale, CA over fifty people gathered to celebrate and honor the achievements of three local winners of the 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards.The 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards, hosted by New Leaders’ Council (NLC), recognizes emerging leaders across the country who have created impact in fields such as political leadership, social entrepreneurship, media leadership, and effect advocacy.The Silicon Valley Chapter of NLC organized the event to honor the three local award recipients.

New Leaders Council offers an annual fellowship to inform, tool, and connect emerging progressive leaders interested in fields such as social entrpreneurship and advocacy. You can find out more about the fellowship program on the NLC website and learn about other fellowship programs here: 50+ Fellowship Programs for Social Innovators.

Here is a recap of the event in photos.

Photo Essay: 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards, New Leaders Council Silicon Valley 2013

NLC SV 40 under 40 Awards Reception
Attendees including current NLC Fellows, Alumni, Board Members, and
friends gather, mingle, and connect.
NLC SV 40 under 40 Awards Reception
NLC Silicon Valley Co-Directors, Reeta Sharma and Kalen Gallagher 
 welcome guests and give opening remarks.

 

NLC SV 40 under 40 Awards Reception
Ash Kalra, NLC Silicon Valley Honorary Chair, San Jose City Council Member
introduces the 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards and reflects on his own
experience in progressive leadership.
NLC SV 40 under 40 Awards Reception
Award recipient Sarah Granger, prolific impact blogger, journalist,
 entrepreneur, and new media expert & trainer, accepts her award in
Media Leadership.

 

NLC SV 40 under 40 Awards Reception
Services of Silicon Valley, accepts his award for Leadership in
Entrepreneurship.
NLC SV 40 under 40 Awards Reception
Award recipient Alexandra Acker-Lyons, Director of Youth Engagement Fund,
accepts her Media Leadership.
NLC SV 40 under 40 Awards Reception
NLC SV Co-Directors thank the honorees and attendees, and the crowd
continues to connect and engage amid the drum beats and
vocal sound-checks of a live band warming up.