opportunities And events

May 14: Social Innovator Showcase

The Social Innovation Forum’s signature event, the Social Innovator Showcase allows attendees to hear eight of greater Boston's most innovative nonprofit leaders present their solutions to our region's most challenging social issues.

Jun 4-5: CRISPRcon, Boston, MA

The scientific community has handed the world an incredible tool: the ability to make precise edits to the DNA in living cells. These technologies could allow us to transform our food, health and ecological systems. They also raise important questions about risks, benefits, ethics, equity and more. CRISPRcon: Conversations on Science, Society and the Future of Gene Editing returns June 4-5, 2018 in Boston, MA to advance broad dialogue on whether and how gene editing technologies should make the transition from the lab into society at large. Join for a dynamic, diverse and provocative lineup of panels, keynotes, interactive discussions and networking opportunities that consider gene editing across a variety of applications, disciplines, geographies, communities and cultures. Register and learn more. 


Jul 9-13: Social Design Meets Entrepreneurship

In this one week master class, learn how to combine doing well with doing good. In a partnership between Design for Social Innovation at SVA and The Lewis Institute, faculty from both schools (Cheryl Heller and Cheryl Kiser, respectively) will provide the tools and experiential learning to create both social and financial value simultaneously. Learning is anchored in the seamless integration of business, creative and social innovation methodologies. Apply to the master class.

Oct 23-26: SOCAP18, San Francisco, CA

SOCAP is a leading conference activating the capital markets to drive positive social and environmental impact–convening the marketplace at the intersection of money and meaning. The conference brings together impact investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, business leaders and other innovators from across the world in a unique cross-sector approach to catalyze collaboration for change. Apply for a SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship by June 30.