Ability in Tech Summit

In this episode we meet the participants, speakers, and organizers at “Ability in Tech Summit” . The summit addresses barriers and biases for people with different physical and mental abilities in tech – through workshops, panel discussions, a technology showcase, a career fair and a safe space to learn and meaningfully connect.

The first Tech Inclusion Conference in September 2015 began as a simple idea by co-founders Melinda Briana Epler and Wayne Sutton to bring together the tech community to discuss solutions to the industry’s diversity and inclusion challenges. The idea quickly gained momentum with overwhelming support from impassioned speakers, supportive sponsors and engaged partners.

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Meet San

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“Ability in Tech Summit”

This is day 23 of our 30 Day Podcast Project!  Today, you will meet San, from the “The Lions Center for the Blind”. The Lions Center for the Blind uses the latest in technology to provide individualized, one-on-one training to develop the skills necessary to succeed.

San feels more work needs to be done to educate those who are not aware of the laws protecting those of disabilities. They feel more resistance based on the skepticism and lack of understand of person’s ability rather than the actual disability.

San hopes to see what’s in the store, for the progress of those who are disabled. His organization provides rehabilitation services for people who are blind or low vision to build independent and productive lives. There is a professional team of experienced instructors provide individualized, one-on-one training for our clients to develop the skills necessary to succeed. To know more please visit lbcenter.org

Meet Lorna

Lorna Seitz is from Legis Institute, they are in process of developing an online platform to facilitate collaborative policy and legislation development.Lorna is attending the session so that she take care of the concerns for the disabled.

Legis tailors interventions to build on an institution’s existing strengths and address its unique challenges. They begin the needs assessment process by using unique institution-mapping and assessment system to identify repetitive patterns of behavior that undermine institutional fairness, effectiveness, and efficacy.  Clients and partners have used their resources to improve

  • legislative drafting processes in Government ministries and in parliaments,
  • public hearings and the use of public input to law and regulations,
  • monitoring and evaluation of legislation as it is implemented,
  • law reform processes
  • court functioning

To know more please visit legisinstitute.org

Meet Darlene

Darlene is working with Alameda County Social Services Agency. The agency promotes the economic and social well-being of individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities. The Alameda County Social Services Agency is comprised of 2,200 men and women working collectively and in partnership with community-based organizations to serve the needs of the community. 

  • The Agency assists approximately 11.3 percent of Alameda County’s residents.
  • Benefits programs contribute over $278 million to the local economy through cash assistance and CalFresh.
  • Every month more than 52,000 people receive CalWORKs (assistance for families with children), CalFresh and General Assistance.
  • Every month health insurance is made available to more than 78,000 people through the Medi-Cal program.
  • Every month more than 11,000 frail, elderly and disabled individuals receive in home care, adult protection and support managing their affairs, and throughtout the year 16,000 seniors will receive services through the Area Agency on Aging. 3,700 children are in foster care.

More About Ability in Tech

  • Website: http://ability.techinclusion.co/
  • Value Proposition: “As technology continues to affect every sector of business and innovation, there’s a growing concern for the lack inclusion across the tech ecosystem. While we work to correct this through a growing focus on diversity and inclusion, we often leave out populations of capable people in tech like those with visible and invisible disabilities.

In this episode we meet three different personalities, thanks to 2016-Sustainatopia. Sustainotopia is one of the leading events in the world for social, financial and environmental sustainability & impact. All three people whom we meet today, share a common goal – Social Responsibility!

We met Tom of Tom’s Maine, Sustainatopia’s John Rosser, and Prashant Mehta of ConsciousStep.

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Meet Tom

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Tom Chappel of Tom’s

We met Tom of Tom’s of Maine—a leading natural products company focused on oral and personal care products. The company has a long-standing commitment to supporting people, communities and the living planet. For over 42 years, Tom’s has sponsored hundreds of nonprofit efforts by giving 10% of its profits back to organizations that support human and environmental goodness.

Tom’s of Maine was founded by Tom and Kate Chappell in 1970 with US$5,000. The Mission of Tom: to create products that were more healthful to use, and to produce those products in synergy with their community and environment.

Meet John Rosser

We met John Rosser, founder of Sustainatopia— one of the leading events in the world for social, financial and environmental sustainability & impact.

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John Rosser of Sustainatopia

As curator of Sustainatopia- a global conference which attracts many thousands of global thought leaders and participants from around the world- as well as publisher of Sustainatopia.com magazine, John remains closely connected to the entire global eco-system of social, financial and environmental sustainability.

The first company he founded, the worlds largest international MBA job fair, was sold to the Washington Post in 1996. Rosser has his Master in International Business Studies degree from the University of South Carolina, and is fluent in German, with moderate fluency in Spanish and French.

Meet Concious Step

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Conscious Socks

Conscious step was founded by three friends that weren’t happy with the problems faced by the world today. They were deeply concerned with the gravity of these problems and the potential implications on all of us.

Conscious Step make socks that fight for causes that matter. Each pair is uniquely designed, ethically manufactured and partnered with a first class non-profit to fund quantified impact for the world’s biggest challenges. For example, the pink and blue argyle pattern provides six therapeutic food packs to malnourished children in Sub Saharan Africa, in partnership with our non-profit partner Action Against Hunger

Show Notes

Here are a few interesting articles about people and their companies we met in this episode.

President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and Entrepreneurs at #GES2016

In these quiet and reflective moments after the Global Entrepreneurship Summit I have been trying to put words to thought. The three days of GES, the experience of Innov8social covering the event, seeing noted leaders from the US, Silicon Valley, and the globe; including President Obama, Sundar Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg, Reid Hoffman, Secretary of State John Kerry was a profound experience.

The opportunity to meet and interview incredible social entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders including Leila Janah, Daymond John, Cheryl Yeoh, Kiva.org, and GES stars Kenia Mattis and Jean Bosco—all of whom who graciously joined our live podcasting— provided a meaningful way to share the experience and inspiration.

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Now that a few days have afforded some time to reflect and act on the experience, there is more. Perhaps it is 5+ years of blogging, but I tend to think in lists. And here is one about what I learned from the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 (#GES2016).

 

3 Things I Learned at #GES2016 – Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016

 

Learned at #GES2016 with Steve Case with GES Entrepreneurs

1. Social Entrepreneurship Has Reached the Main Stage.

Panels and discussions that five years ago would have been happening in breakout sessions or over the water cooler among social impact-aligned delegates and entrepreneurs, were front and center on main stage. Right from the plenary session when Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel opened by saying “we are all social entrepreneurs”, to the panel discussion in that same plenary session moderated by Chamath Palihapitiya, of Social Capital, in which all of the entrepreneurs were mission-driven—social entrepreneurship was less a ‘separate kind of entrepreneurship’ at GES but more ‘the future of entrepreneurship’. For further evidence simply look to the agenda of sessions as well as the docket of press releases announced, including a host of new impact funds by venture capital, incubators, and foundations.

Learned at #GES2016 with Chamath Palihapitiya2. We Must Start Where We Are.

We heard stories from entrepreneurs in post-conflict Africa to those who grapple with multiple failures, traction that is gradual to build, lack of any type of funding resembling numbers and sources we see in Silicon Valley, and the drive to persevere from successful social entrepreneurs like Cheryl Yeoh who has been ‘the other’ by way of ethnicity, race, culture, and socio-economic background but leveraged her determination and vision to not only lead and exit a successful enterprise, but then return to her home country of Malaysia to head the country’s bold initiative to encourage entrepreneurs, MaGIC, to create new pathways and opportunities for future leaders and social entrepreneurs.

My favorite example of starting where you are is GES itself. Initiated by President Obama in his first year in office, he and his administration could have no idea that six iterations later they would have created not just an event, but an institution. With spinoffs such as the White House PAGE program, numerous announcements of impact-driven entrepreneurial, education, and investment initiatives, and beyond that, a culture of inclusion, accessibility, and possibility bring people from corners of the country and world together. He started where he was, as a new president with an innovative idea, and iteratively, that idea has grown and become more impactful over time.

 

3. The World Is Waiting, For Us.

Learned at #GES2016 with Sundar PichaiSundar Pichai, CEO of Google, said of the future of entrepreneurship at the closing plenary session of GES2016: “it’s about more than building apps to make money, it’s about transforming industries, creating millions of jobs, curing diseases, fighting global warming, making our schools better for our children.”

Pichai ended his speech, “We’re all looking to you. The world is counting on you, and we can’t wait to see what you build next.”

President Obama continued the sentiment, “I believe in you, and America believes in you.  And we believe that you have the talent and the skills and the ambition not just to pursue your dreams, but to realize them; that you can lift up not just your own families, but communities and countries, and create opportunity and prosperity and hope for decades to come.  That’s the promise that we see in all of you.”

The world is waiting. Entrepreneurship is changing. We have been issued a call to action by our President and innovative leaders who have changed the game themselves. We are ready to go and do.

 

Innov8social Photos from #GES2016

 

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Innov8social is at #GES2016 Closing Day where President Barack Obama, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the cast of ‘Silicon Valley’, and global social entrepreneurs spoke at the plenary sessions.

Listen in to hear reflections from that morning session, learn about a few opportunities to further your social enterprise work and receive funding, and also hear from Shark Tank investor Daymond John about his perspectives on impact entrepreneurship. 

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Live at #GES2016 Closing Day with Daymond John, Kiva, GES Global Social Entrepreneurs

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Show Notes

Alice Fenton, Silicon Valley Startup Cup

Vallerie Bellande, Sr. Business Development Manager at Kiva.org

Jean Bosco Nzeyimana from Rwanda, Founder of Habona

Daymond John, founder of FUBU, Investor, Shark Tank

Kenia Mattis



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More Innov8social Coverages of #GES2016

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Video Recaps

Photos from #GES2016

#GES2016 Opening Day

Live at #GES2016 Opening Day With Cheryl Yeoh, GES Success Stories, Shared Studios and More

The 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (#GES2016) has its official kickoff. Interestingly, social entrepreneurship played a leading role in Day 1, resonating in speeches by Secretary of State John Kerry, Founder of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman, the ‘why’ behind entrepreneurship explored in fireside chat with Airbnb founder Brian Chesky, and especially in a panel moderated by Founding Partner of Social+Capital, Chamath Palihapitiya. Join us behind the scenes through conversations with speakers, attendees, and exhibitors at GES2016 through this live-recored podcast and video recap.

 

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Video Recap from #GES2016 Opening Plenary Session

 

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GES+ Day on Women and Youth in Entrepreneurship

Live at #GES2016 Plus: With Leila Janah, Ooshma Garg, US State Department, Malaysia Startup, and Fulbright Scholar

We are live at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit  2016, during the #GES2016 Plus day focusing on women and youth. This day preceded the official Opening Day of the Summit, with a special focus and eye on the expansion of resources, opportunity, and growing stories of entrepreneurship among and for women and youth. Interestingly, many of the entrepreneurs spoke about the social impact they are endeavoring to further with their enterprises and social enterprises.

Learn more about the agenda for #GES2016 Plus here.

 

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The episode includes interviews with:



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In this episode of The Impact Podcast, we are live at Hive! You will hear from a handful participants, organizers, volunteers, and mentors who were part of this eighth iteration of Hive Global Leaders Program, that took place in San Francisco in May 2016.

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Show Notes

Social Impact Fellowship Programs Mentioned

Interviews

 

Reflections on Social Impact Fellowship and Leadership Programs

This past weekend I participated in the Hive Global Leaders Program in San Francisco. And on Day 3, I also led an unconference session on social entrepreneurship…swapping my seat in the audience for a mic on the stage.

And this fluidity to move been leading and participating, this synchronicity between giving abundantly and receiving with gratitude, is powerful. It gives us perspective, it reminds us to be humble, it inspires us to always be curious.

It creates opportunities to experience that indescribable feeling of wonder when you connect with people deeply engaged in work that moves the entire social impact sector further.

And that just may be why I am drawn to social impact fellowship and leadership programs. Each can provide a unique lens into the space, shaped by the organizers’ vision and mission. They can each reveal some aspect of the space and its diverse and unique participants. Best of all, we come to each changed in a different way, seeking different counsel or inspiration to help us reach our next goal, challenge, and success.

I am proud to have participated in StartupWeekend, New Leaders Council, StartingBloc, and Hive. They provide both the steady wall and the fluid edge that help map out the growing social impact space. And they provide the flow and tension that help clarify how our work can better serve, create value, and help grow a vibrant global community of social impact changemakers.

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It has been a reflective weekend after an incredible first Impactathon on Saturday.

I have been turning over the inspiring experiences, conversations, and unfolding of Saturday’s event. One of the recurring thoughts has to do with gratitude. So many amazing people and organizations made the event a reality.

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Inner gratitude

To be grateful can create deep inner fulfillment and peace, to put gratitude in motion, can create exponential impact.

Gratitude in motion

At Impactathon, TechShop generously offered participants opportunities to engage with their impressive maker space through introductory memberships. Tomorrow, participant social entrepreneurs could put that gratitude in motion by developing new skills and using them to solve nuanced problems.

Impactathon speakers John Montgomery, Nathan Pham, Heather Scott Arora, and David Hodgson graciously shared their stories with candor, honesty, and authenticity. Tomorrow, social entrepreneurs could put their gratitude in motion using the insight learned about legal structures for social impact, fundraising social enterprise, and the polarities of distraction from and focus on mission in their own companies and initiatives—which could redefine success for the social enterprise space.

Our volunteers, media, and participants showed up in every way and gave their best to engage and create—astounding themselves and us. Tomorrow, that gratitude could be put in motion through their incremental successes and our ability to share the Impactathon experience with new audiences and forums, and find new ways to empower social entrepreneurs, social intrapreneurs, and informed consumers.

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You can hear more about the event in this episode of The Impact Podcast by Innov8social recorded live at Impacathon.

 

How do you put gratitude in motion?

This deeper reflection on gratitude and its ability to catalyze change has also cultivated a unique curiosity. How are individuals, organizations, and companies practicing gratitude, and how does it impact their relationships and work?

I suspect (and from experience) the most gracious scarcely consider it a practice, as it is more their modus operandi; or as John Montgomery mentioned and Heather Arora reiterated in their talks—an ‘operating system powered by love over fear’.

 

Impactathon has been years in the making–and it’s finally happening this weekend. For any interested social entrepreneurs, join us this Saturday at TechShop in San Francisco!

What: IMPACTATHON
When: Sat, May 14th, 2016
Where: TechShop, a maker space in San Francisco
Register: www.impactathon.co

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It is an interactive social impact workshop for social entrepreneurs. It will feature brief “impact talks” by thinkers and doers with social impact perspectives on law, design, food/nutrition, and systems thinking for social impact and will be followed by a tour of the innovative maker space, TechShop, and mini ‘hackathon’ to work on ideas/issues/challenges you that participant social entrepreneurs are facing in their work.

Listen to the “Why” behind Impactathon in this episode of The Impact Podcast by Innov8social.

About the Speakers

 

JOHN MONTGOMERY, Attorney/Investor and Chairman of Startworks.

NATHAN PHAM, Social Entrepreneur and Founder GoodJoe

HEATHER SCOTT ARORA, CEO and Founder of Purple Plant

DAVID HODGSON, Founder and CEO of Hummingbird Labs, Engineer and systems engineer and leader in the regenerative economy
More info and registration at www.impactathon.co.

Thank you to Our Partners

 

It takes a village, and an ecosystem! A huge thank you to TechShop, StartingBloc,HorYou, The Good Radio NetworkCALSO, Forward Films, Social Entrepreneur Podcast, HackingEDU, #ThatTechGirl and all of the individuals and organizations who are helping make this possible & spreading the good word!

1st Podcast Hackathon for creative media storytellers hosted by Innov8social

 

We have learned SO MUCH about podcasting in the past year, and especially in the past few weeks. If there is something we wish we had a chance to do before launching our podcast—it is to ‘try out’ working on the creative the technology aspects of hosting a podcast.

So, we are creating a solution for YOU!

Here is an opportunity to work in small teams, use specific instructions, and then be let loose to identify problems, create solutions, collaborate…and pitch your podcast solution to a team of judges….all VIRTUALLY!

The reason we are doing this virtually is to allow teams to work and collaborate even if they are geographically not in the same area. Also, so much of audio work is about equipment and tools—all of which sometimes happens more easily when using your own audio setup.

Because it’s the first time and we want it to be an AMAZING experience, we are limiting participation to 30 individuals (who can then work in teams of 1-3).

So, are you READY??!! We are so excited and can’t wait to see the creativity and new ideas.

All participants will receive a digital certificate of participation and winners (selected by judges) will receive a cash prize.

 

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE HERE