If you ask those who know me to describe me in 5 words or less, chances are that “aggregation” “efficiency” and “social impact” will top the list…and these days, it’s a given that “Detroit” is in that mix too. In the spirit of living up to this reputation, I’ve put together a list of fellowships, workshops, conferences, meetings of the minds, etc. that I’ve learned about and in some cases, had the privilege to participate in, over the last few years. They take place in settings and environments that I know not only stir up motivations and inspire creativity, but also expand perspectives and social/professional circles, and ultimately lead those involved to raise the bar they set for themselves and those around them. I’d love to see the representation of Detroit community, civic, and business leaders, social entrepreneurs, and philanthropists at these events increase in the months and years to come. With the incredible work that’s happening across the city in every city, it’s critical that we continue share our successes as well as our challenges with others, and also build on what others have experienced outside the city, and country. With time, I expect this list to grow as well as make it easy for those interested in participating to evaluate which one may be right for them. But for now, check out their sites, and hopefully we’ll run into each other at one of them someday!
+ Ashoka Fellows + Aspen Institute + Columbia Social Enterprise Conference + DreamIt + Harvard Social Enterprise Conference + Millennial Trains Project + NYU Stern Annual Conference of Social Entrepreneurs + Opportunity Collaboration + Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship + Social Enterprise Alliance Summit + Stanford Social Innovation Summit + The Feast NYC Conference + Unreasonable Institute: Global Fellowship
**If you have a favorite conference or workshop, please share it in the comments section, and I’ll be sure to add it to the list!