Friday, August 28, 2009

Map the (social capital) Market - links should work

NOTE: This is a re-post from yesterday, but with key links fixed (fingers crossed). Thanks to ALL of you who let me know that the mapping links weren't working - I hope this version will load. You get to the GSIX map at

Today the Global Social Investment Exchange - an emerging federation of social investment exchanges - launched an interactive, online map of the various players in this space. This is timed perfectly for the Second Annual Social Capital Markets Conference (#SoCap09) which runs from September 1-3 in San Francisco.

The purpose of the mapping:
"... create a searchable directory of global players active in the field of social investment in order to support consolidation and coherence within the overall social capital market, and make available to investors, donors and other interested parties detailed and easily accessible information on appropriate service providers who can meet their investment or grant making requirements."
In other words, the map will make it easier for everyone to figure out who is part of this emerging market, what they do, where they do it, and how to get involved. If you or your organization is involved in moving social investment funds, strengthening social enterprises, connecting investors to investments, or offering metrics and tools to this market then you need to "get on the map."

As for #SoCap09 - the conference has attracted more than a dozen Canadian social investment organizations, hundreds of people from a dozen other countries, representatives from for-profit social enterprises, investors, foundations, nonprofit, individuals, activists, and scholars interested in this space. Two days of workshops and plenaries, mixed in with a variety of on-site demonstration efforts, launches of various new databases and ratings tools, and a final day where the conference attendees take over the schedule and talk about what really matters - that's what SoCap is made of.

I'll be there - looking forward to learning more about IRIS, GIIRS, PULSE and the new McKinsey/Foundation Center database of evaluation tools, the social entrepreneur project created by SocialActions and their partners and, of course, the social investment exchange session. . I'm moderating the Metastasizing Metrics session (Weds 2:45) *, featuring speakers from The Rockefeller Foundation, Acumen Fund, McKinsey, SalesForce, and the Mulago Foundation. I'm also coordinating an "unconference" session on Thursday at 9 am on the Philanthropy Policy Project (#philpo).

*I'm moderating it. I didn't name it. However I can tell you this - if you only go to one session this year on measuring success in the social enterprise space - you should make it this one. If you'll be joining us and twittering the hashtag is #socap09.metrics


Unknown said...

Divide and conquer? At the same time as Lucy's metrics session, Peter Deitz from Social Actions and I (Jill Finlayson from Social Edge) are holding a session on Make the Maps, Mind the Gaps, Build the Apps. So if you are intrigued with mapping the social entrepreneur field like GSIX, or you want to build fixes like the, join our session and then send you impact measurement colleagues to the Metric session.

Lucy Bernholz said...

So maybe what we need is twittering moderators? I need to be in the metrics session and want to be in the mapping session. What comes from the mapping session can powerfully inform the metrics session. The metrics session includes discussion of one cool database and one cool map - both of which could inform the mapping session. Can we get twitterers assigned to each session to cover them, with an eye toward sparking cross-session interaction - and a live twitter feed screen in the sessions so the mappers can see what the measurers are saying and the measurers can see what the mappers are up to?

Otherwise, Jill, I'll have to clone myself....