SOCAP09 is being held in San Francisco September 1-3. And if the $1,195 registration fee is beyond your budget, but you are interested in intersection of money and meaning, don’t miss the free pre-conference workshop being offered on Sept 1st by SVT Group. Both SOCAP09 registrants and non-registrants are welcome.
I had the opportunity to chat briefly with Sara Olsen, founder of Social Venture Technology Group. She has led the firm to become a world leader specializing in the development of frameworks for measuring the value of intangibles, and communicating this value in terms practical for entrepreneurs, managers and investors. Most recently Sara worked with the Environmental Investment Advisor to CalPERS, Environmental Capital Group, to design and pilot the Environmental Performance Reporting System used in its $1Bn environmental technology private equity portfolio; and has teamed with HIP Investor to develop and launch the Human Impact + Profit (HIP) Framework for investors, publicly-listed corporations and other institutions.
Impact Measurement Workshop
The target audience for the workshop is leaders from companies, NGOs, foundations and investors in charge of allocating funds who want a better understanding of the tools available to measure and quantify the positive social, economic and environmental impacts of their investments.
The interactive workshop will cover how to set impact goals, determine the right metrics to track, understand how to track them over time and communicate results for the greatest influence. SVT Group will also share strategies for managing the information successfully, and discuss the latest tools and trends in impact measurement.
While grappling with “good impact information” might seem overwhelming or difficult, Sara stresses that it really isn’t. If you want to learn about new tools and approaches for measuring the impact of your work, this is the workshop for you. And if you can’t attend the entire conference, this is a great chance to get a small taste of the intersection of money and meaning for free.
Preregistration is required and space is limited. You can preregister here.
Deborah Fleischer, founder and president of Green Impact, a strategic environmental consulting practice that helps companies identify key environmental issues, strengthen their relationships with stakeholders, develop profitable green initiatives and communicate their successes and challenges.
Since majoring in environmental studies in 1983, Deborah’s career has focused on environmental issues in both the public and private sectors. She is an expert in sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement, program development and written communications. You can follow her occasional tweet @GreenImpact.