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Ideation Pre-Conference Intensives

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Ideation Conference is a little over a week away!

One of the new features we have this year is our Pre-Conference Intensives on Monday May 7th.

We are hosting these intensives for those interested in adding an extra day to their conference experience. These 6 hour intensives are designed to be interactive and will be facilitated by thought leaders and practitioners specializing in the following areas of focus:

(1) The Art of Collaboration and Finding Unexpected Partnerships (with Groupon & Friends)

In this intensive, numerous thought leaders from socially minded companies and organizations in Chicago will present their insights and stories on effective collaboration. Attendees will learn about the business models, the latest technologies, how collaboration is being used and how to give discarded products a new life. In addition, learn about profit models for social change and how leaders are selling impact to benefit to the community and their bottom line. You may download the agenda for this intensive by clicking on the following pdf link: Collaboration Intensive PDF

(2) Leveraging Social Media for Social Good (with Claire Diaz Ortiz of Twitter, Paull Young of charity: water, and Mark Horvath of – Sponsored by the W Hotels of Chicago)

There’s no doubt that social media is becoming an integral platform for communication, community building, and marketing. Come spend a day with some of the leading thinkers in the area of social media and good as they share their insights and strategies on platforms and developing digital campaigns.

(3) The Courtship of Fundraising: The Core Functionality & Importance of Relationships in Raising Funds (with Keith Kall of World Vision)

This lab is designed for anyone, experienced or not, who is interested in strengthening their ability to raise financial support for non-profit organizations or causes. This learning lab will cover the total value chain of relational fundraising from prospecting to closing and all the challenges and opportunities in between.  The session will focus on best practices derived from professional experience on how to raise support and build partnerships from major Individual donors to corporate and foundation donors. The goal of the lab is by the end of the day to provide the participants with some new real-world, nuts and bolts, operational skills that will translate into improved fundraising performance. This lab will be an interactive session, so please be prepared to share your experiences, thoughts, questions and expertise.

(4) Idea-Making for Social Entrepreneurs & Startups (with Brent Freeman of & Charles Lee of Ideation)

We all have ideas—things we want to do or create—but only some of us will do what it takes to see those ideas come to pass. In this intensive, participants will discover some of the essential values and principles that guide successful idea-makers, including the leveraging of mixed environments for creativity, working through resistance and setbacks, developing a practical plan for implementation that works, funding ventures, navigating collaborative opportunities, and communicating your idea to make it truly remarkable. You’ll walk away with tangible next steps for making your ideas come to life.

There’s still time to register for these intensives as well as the conference! If you’re anywhere near Chicago, don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect, share, and learn with others who desire to create good for our world.

Hope to see you soon!


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