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Featured Speakers


Jenny Kassan of Cutting Edge Capital helps with financing startup and scale. Cutting Edge Capital provides small and mid-sized businesses with the information, tools, and expertise they need to raise capital in a way that fits with their unique business model and long-term goals. As experienced business lawyers, entrepreneurs, and finance experts, the CEC team has identified capital raising strategies that allow businesses to solicit non-traditional sources of funding. In addition to being a great way to raise capital, these strategies allow businesses to build public support and recognition at the same time they are raising funds.


To engineer is human, and, science alone will not solve our global problems. So says author Henry Petroski, Duke Professor and author of many titles addressing the role and value of design, engineering, and, most essentially, human problem solving. In his latest book, "The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems" Petroski calls for us to roll up our sleeves and start building, thinking, and solving problems. He also explores a little-followed strategy--that of focusing on failure. He will keynote Day 2 of ReVV2011 where we begin to explore how to generate community innovation.

Woody Tasch is a true innovator. His idea is simple: create appropriate finance tools that meet the needs of the social change. Drawing inspiration from the Slow Food movement he focuses on the relationship between our food, farms, and finance, uncovering the fatal flaw in the funding. Where nature is in charge, finance deals must follow her lead--fast money doesn't work. In his book "Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money" Woody suggests that finance tools should match the reality, not the other way around. We're honored to have Woody be our morning keynote come March 7, 2011. Read more about him on Slow Money.

"Indispensable reading, to be placed on the same shelf as Wendell Berry and E.F. Schumacher." - Gregory Whitehead, Treasurer, The Whitehead Foundation

"It goes along with Small is Beautiful on my 'books that matter' shelf." -Joan Dye Gussow, Professor, Columbia University

ReVV 2011 | It is happening in Portland!

The focus is on building an innovation ecosystem through community capacity and an entrepreneurial culture. The format is about learning how. Cross-sector expertise; blended value. Nonprofits join multiple-return enterprise--founders and funders connect to look at new models for growing economic and social wealth. Integrate big ideas into your organization!

Monday, March 7
Increasing Returns in Finance and Enterprise

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration, Gerding Theater at the Armory
128 Northwest 11th Ave. Portland, OR
Coffee, Tea, Pastries, Yogurt, and Fruit
8:30 a.m. Welcome from host Springboard Innovation
Building an Entrepreneurial Culture for Economic and Social Capital
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.


INTRODUCTION: Gretchen Garth, founder, 21 Acres, visionary impact investor
KEYNOTE: Woody Tasch, Author of "Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money," Founder, Slow Money
Woody offers a new vision for finance, business and a healthier future. Utne Reader named Woody Tasch one of their 25 Visionaries of 2010 while Reuters and Entrepreneur Magazine placed Slow Money alongside microlending and credit unions on their watchlist of 5 Financing Trends for 2011.

(10:00 a.m. - 10:15 p.m. BREAK) visit exhibitors in multiple lobbies
FIRST SET OF LEARNING LABS | 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
MAIN STAGE Through the Funders' Lens: How impact investors are changing the landscape for good
Introduced by DeAnna Poling, One PacificCoast Bank; Brooke Randall, Equilibrium Capital; Gretchen Garth, 21 Acres; Malaika Maphalala, Natural Investments; Leslie Christian, Upstream21; Mark Van Ness, real-leaders.com; Justin Conway, Calvert Foundation | Translator Stuart Cowan, Autopoiesis

"Impact investing" is creating a new breed of investor--a blending of values and venture--philanthropic intention coupled with expectations of financial returns. Who are these new investors and what are they hoping to promote? Hear their perspectives on the use of money for projects that matter, and understand what they are looking for.

STUDIO THEATER  Economic and Community Development: How (and why) to launch a Co-op for community value
Alistair Williamson, past Board Chair, Equal Exchange; Stanley Florek, Tangerine Power; John Sorenson, N2e; Ted Howard, Cleveland Foundation & Evergreen Cooperatives ; Steve Fahrer, Veris Wealth Management, Evergreen Cooperatives; Jenny Kassan, Cutting Edge Capital (NOTE LONGER SESSION FOR EVERGREEN REPLICATION)

The Co-op has grown up. Its success has been felt from Spain to Ohio, creating new social and economic wealth. As we seek new models for mission-related enterprise, the co-op has re-surfaced. Learn from those who are using co-ops with great success, and building economic and eco-social capital. Ted Howard and Steve Fahrer will lead a longer session into the lunch hour about how to replicate Cleveland's Evergreen Cooperatives.

REHEARSAL HALL Grow a New Generation of Leaders
Lewis Hower, Director, University Impact Fund; Scott Stein, NetImpact; Ian Fisk, William James Foundation; Louise Pulford, Social Innovation eXchange (SIX); with a special presentation by Katie McMillan, MBA2012 | Translator Anne Murray Allen, Willamette University

Millennials are asking for a different kind of experience. Described as optimistic, team-oriented, and high-achieving, they represent a potent cohort of problem-solving, capable innovators. Let's get them up to speed with new opportunities to lead differently. An entire new crop of educational programs are emerging, offering deep, hands-on experience in cutting edge business and finance. Learn how to create education innovation towards a sustainable future.



12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

LUNCH AND EXHIBITOR MEETINGS: Both MEZZANINE and MAIN LOBBIES
~ and, book signing on the Mezzanine with Woody! Up at the Annie Bloom's Books table on the mezzanine


A SPECIAL WORKING LUNCH SESSION
in the MAIN THEATER
How to create a social and/or environmental "profit center" that contributes to your bottom line and social profit
Amy Pearl, Drew Tulchin, Anne O'Malley, Yameen Ali, Mark Van Ness and others will join us to keep ideas flying high! What's a social profit center? It's a strategy that draws value from improving the community. Whether it's delivering food on a B-line trike, or using your wall space for a nonprofit, you can generate value in many ways. These are good ideas. But, how do these multiple-return-enterprises do this? It's easy to hold up the success stories, but their pathway isn't always all that obvious. How do companies and nonprofits create multiple revenue streams? Not only will we share how to find and leverage new opportunities using case examples, we'll offer ideas in real time. Take the challenge! Ask us how to create new sources of revenue by generating social and environmental strategies. A panel of business and social enterprise experts and examples will light up the stage!

SECOND SET OF LEARNING LABS | 1:00 - 2:45 p.m.
MAIN STAGE Growing Mission Markets: Get on it!
Mike Van Patten, Founder and CEO, Mission Markets; Alex Hofmann, Changents

The ecosystem of impact investing is getting stronger, but without a platform--stable, custom-designed infrastructure--social enterprises either can't compete or can't get their unique needs met. A custom solution was needed--missionmarkets.com. How do you get listed? Sometimes it's a matter of identity--a clean tech enterprise may not realize it qualifies (it does). Mission Markets increases the sources and types of capital available to enterprises (both forprofit and nonprofit) seeking debt or equity, and elevates the multiple-return organization for funding. A new gold standard for doing business. Learn about it, and then engage in a hands-on session on how to get listed.

STUDIO THEATER Adding an Income Stream to Your Nonprofit
Amy Pearl, Springboard Innovation; Anne O'Malley, AO Nonprofit Services; Drew Tulchin, Social Enterprise Associates

As we explore new models for mission-related enterprise, nonprofits are exploring their structural boundaries to find new ways to take advantage of the interest in impact investing, income generation, and venture development. Experts in nonprofit law, enterprise, and strategy provide clear examples, strategies, and hands-on practice for nonprofits to envision and plan a new initiative. You'll explore a variety of approaches that generate new opportunities for your clients and your future.

REHEARSAL HALL Talent Development: How to connect experience to social/environmental enterprise to increase success
Jim Emerman, Civic Ventures; Karen Shimada, Life by Design NW; Gregg Semler, Pivotal Investments and Pivotal Leaders Network

In both for-profit and nonprofit enterprises, innovators growing businesses that benefit the community need (and deserve) help. At the same time, there is a growing interest in helping by experienced professionals. New partnerships and programs are connecting this human capital to the social innovation ecosystem by tapping the talent of transitioning careerists and retiring boomers who want to move from success to significance by transferring their skills to social ventures. Learn how to create or leverage fellowships, networks, and trainings to leverage this expertise.

BREAK 2:45 - 3:00 ( visit exhibitors in all lobbies)
THIRD SET OF LEARNING LABS | 3:00 - 4:45 p.m.
MAIN STAGE Improved Strategy for Entrepreneurs
Rob Wiltbank, Montlake Capital; Faculty, Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Professor Wiltbank is the best of three worlds: a researcher, successful investor and entrepreneur, and teacher. His research describes the difference between a classic entrepreneur and an effective one--what are the decision-making processes that advance success? This is critical information for every start-up, social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader and business leader. Bootstrapping gets a facelift, improved practices, and a new name!

STUDIO THEATER New Strategies for Funding Your Social Enterprise: Community Capital
Jenny Kassan, Cutting Edge Capital

Raising capital for any venture is hard, and getting harder. For a social or environmentally focused venture, it can be the barrier to creating dramatic positive impact. What (legal and innovative) strategy can help grow a nonprofit program, initiative, or mission venture? Direct Public Offerings (DPOs) are an emerging finance plan than can provide early funding and the right terms for the unique needs of mission ventures. Learn the value and potential of a DPO, while understanding the legal constraints--from an expert.

REHEARSAL HALL Social and Environmental Metrics for the Enterprise: How (and why) to integrate one into your venture (forprofit of NGO)
Drew Tulchin, Social Enterprise Associates; Stephanie Ryan; B-Corp; Franklin Jones, Founder & CEO, B-Line | Translator: Yameen Ali, Springboard Innovation

As corporations of all stripes seek new sources of capital and growth, they must express their return and value created. The future lies in defining, measuring, and reporting on the multiple value streams of an enterprise. Impact investors seek return on financial and eco-social profit. But, expressing outcomes that include intangibles is difficult. What emerging tools are being used? Learn about current industry efforts, then dig into your own enterprise through a guided session on choosing your own value metrics. This important session will help experienced hands and new comers alike understand and integrate such information into planning, decision-making, and marketing social businesses and non-profits.

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Closing Keynotes in MAIN THEATER

Building a National Innovation Ecosystem
Louise Pulford, Program Director of the Social Innovation eXchange (SIX) at the Young Foundation

Tim Draimin, Executive Director of Canada's Social Innovation Generator (SiG)


In keeping with the ReVV2011 "how-to" theme, we will ask these two distinguished leaders how their organizations are leading entire nations towards a more fluid, supportive social innovation ecosystem. What can cities, regions, and countries do, from the grassroots to the government, to better understand the unique needs and opportunities social enterprise holds for our future.

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Networking Reception: Chocolate, Special Libations, and Edibles! Join together to eat, drink, and be collaborative as we imagine an improved process to changing our future for the better.


Tuesday, March 8
Building an Innovation Ecosystem

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Good Morning and Welcome Back!
Coffee, Tea, Pastries and Fruit
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome from host Springboard Innovation
What are the conditions under which innovation will occur?

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

 

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.



INTRODUCTION: Tom Loughlin, Executive Director, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), visionary leader and founder, engineeringforchange.org
Tom will share insights about leading one of the greatest American institutions of innovation into the 21st Century, focused squarely on making doing what's right their new standard.

KEYNOTE: Henry Petroski, Author of "The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems" Professor of Civil Engineering, Duke University
Dr. Petroski will talk about two core ideas: Why seeking out failures is a positive strategy for discovering value; and, why engineering deserves more respect! Join us to hear this noted author and thinker share his thoughts on problem solving for world change.


FIRST SET OF LEARNING LABS | 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
MAIN STAGE Create Local Investment Opportunities and Grow Economic and Social Capital
Introduction by Sun Lee, Development Director, KBOO | James Frazier, Natural Investments and Charter Member, LION; Michelle Sandoval, Mayor of Port Townsend, WA, Charter Member, LION; Jenny Kassan, Cutting Edge Capital/Katovich Law Group; Facilitator: Malaika Maphalala, Natural Investments

How do you keep capital in the community in new ways and still stay within the strict laws of the SEC? Learn how to adopt legal and inspiring approaches from finance and legal innovators, and build your city's multiplier effect. Understand the basics, the story, and then build a plan for your own community. Bring a team of local leaders, your mayor, and the will to grow community capital.

STUDIO THEATER All We Need Now is a Marketplace! How to reduce search costs and benefit both "supply" and "demand"
Skip Sponsel, Emerging Innovation Accelerator; Amy Pearl, Springboard Innovation; Dave Moffenbier, ATI; Paul Osterlund, Abundance Farming Project; Alan Shiffer, World Vision

Join us as we unveil an astounding new opportunity for real integration of social venture, nonprofit services, and forprofit companies. A new platform developed for emerging tech is being applied to the social and environmental venture space, along with serving the needs of impact investors and foundations. Come find out how to list your organization. The beauty of this is, it focuses on emerging innovation - STARTUP! Join us to learn more.

REHEARSAL HALL How to Make Design and Engineering Innovation Support Social Purpose
Heather Fleming, Catapult Design; Abby Sarmac, Lemelson Foundation; Tom Loughlin, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)/Engineeringforchange.org

Heather has a clear vision of what to do with a degree from Stanford in product design--use it for good. How is her small firm making news around the world? See examples of her pioneering work, and hear how the Lemelson Foundation supports invention for good. Learn how to include some of these processes into your own work and organization.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

LUNCH, BOOK SIGNING, AND EXHIBITOR MEETINGS: Both MEZZANINE and MAIN LOBBIES
Lunch in the Lobby and on the Mezzanine.
~ and, book signing on the Mezzanine with Henry Petroski! Up at the Annie Bloom's Books table on the mezzanine!

Fiscal Fitness Consultancies offered near the beer and books by Drew Tulchin, Social Enterprise Associates!

SECOND SET OF LEARNING LABS | 1:00 - 2:45 p.m.
MAIN STAGE Cultivating Centers that Foster Community Value, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Mark Hatch, TechShop; Gretchen Garth, 21 Acres; Amy Pearl, Springboard Innovation's HATCH: An Innovation Incubation Lab; Shannon Stuart-Smith, The Plantery

What do technology incubation, organic farming, designers and tinkerers, startup, and social change have in common? They are all elements of new kinds of centers of innovation. Each is growing capacity in unique ways, each with a specific focus area. What if we put all these centers into one model, exploring the best pieces of each, and making a true community center that would generate, incubate, and launch community solutions? Join us as we explore how, and what it would create.

STUDIO THEATER Getting a Loan When You're a Nonprofit
Mark Van Ness, real-leaders.com; Justin Conway, Calvert Foundation; Esther Park, RSF Social Finance

Let's focus on nonprofits. Whether in start-up mode or scaling up with new programming, a loan can be new territory for a nonprofit of any size. Learn when it's the right thing to do, what the criteria are for entry, and what the social finance loans look like. Would a guaranteed bank loan work? A PRI? For how long? What about my Board? Get answers here. If you are a foundation or funding firm, join us to help make the process less mysterious, and tease out who to approach for what kind of loan.

REHEARSAL HALL Microphilanthropy, Crowdfunding, and Startup: The Beginning of Connected Capital(C)
Paul Osterlund, Springboard Innovation's ChangeXchange; Kristin Wolff, Thinkers and Doers, LLC; Yameen Ali, Springboard Innovation

New online tools and platforms are growing on the Web. What is the trend and where is the value? We'll tour a few, then do a hands-on session on how to get listed. What are the tips and tricks, as well as real criteria for placement and benefit.

(2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. BREAK) visit exhibitors in multiple lobbies

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
JOIN US IN THE MAIN THEATER

What are the final challenges? Where can coalitions and new partnerships be made? What role does government leadership play? What can accelerate social innovation and entrepreneurial growth? All the speakers join the discussion as we explore the next steps.
We'll explore a catalytic approach. Something every city, organization, business, corporation, professional, and community member can participate in. Join us for a rousing discussion and ideafest on how to create community value. Let's address the reflections in real time with everyone.


Springboard Innovation enables community members to launch innovative, sustainable solutions to community problems. They do this with unique educational programs, facilitated forums, an online social innovation exchange, and a model for city-wide support of social innovation. Our goals are to bring more people into the discipline of leading change, and to help foster a new breed of change organization. Springboard focuses on educating, convening, funding, and building the ecosystem for social innovators, helping launch solutions to issues from global poverty to local food and family health.

Read an interview with Amy Pearl, Founder of the ReVisioning Value Conference and Springboard Innovation.