Archive for April 24, 2009

Working Within the System to Change It

“This is our time. This is the time to change,” said Sheryl O’Loughlin, CEO of Nest Naturals during the “To Sell of Not to Sell” panel Friday afternoon.

The panel – comprised of natural food innovators Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stonyfield Farm, Seth Goldman, co-founder of Honest Tea and Sheryl O’Loughlin, and moderated by Terry Moliner of Stakeholders Capital, Inc. – emphasized one message: Socially-conscious businesses must work within the system in order to change the system.

Continue Reading April 24, 2009 at 9:39 pm Leave a comment

SVN ‘Everywhere’ Research Team at Work

As part of this year’s spring gathering, the “SVN Everywhere” research team is busy working the room to meet with members and understand your behaviors and needs around member connectivity. Our goal is to see how social media tools can enable and accelerate our work and impact.

(more…)

April 24, 2009 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

Obama Makes Social Innovation Real

The opening panel for the SVN member gathering saw SVN members Greg Nelson from the White House, Jonathan Greenblatt, Obama transition team manager and founder of Ethos Water, and Elliot Hoffman, co-founder of Just Desserts who runs New Voice for Business. In addition to talking about the need for a new political voice for progressive business, Jonathan announced some exciting and inspiring new initiatives the Administration is making in the field of social innovation.

Jonathan GreenblattJonathan Greenblatt: What’s happening inside the Obama administration is completely aligned with what SVN members stand for. President Obama is big on civic engagement, national service, and social entrepreneurship. He emphasized the idea of social innovation, about looking for partnerships between non-profits and business to drive an agenda of change for the country.

One early idea of the Administration was to create a White House Office of Social Innovation, that could provide clear leadership and focus a consistent voice for change. This office was just created last week! The CEO, Sonal Shah, is a social entrepreneur herself who founded an organization sending service volunteers to South Asia, and who was also a CSR manager at large global firms like Goldman Sachs and Google.org. The office’s second in command is a fellow of Ashoka. These are people from this community who get it.

(more…)

April 24, 2009 at 2:28 am 1 comment


SVN IMPACT: the best stories, news, media, and tools sharing how SVN's members are transforming the world through business.

SVN updates from Twitter

Our latest photos on Flickr

April 2009
M T W T F S S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930