There are many ways you can try and change the world. Be it through volunteering, donating some money, or fundraising. But a new age is dawning in the realm of social good, and that is the age of the intersection between money and meaning.
From October 6 – 9, 2015, San Francisco’s Fort Mason was host to the Social Capital Markets Conference, also known as SOCAP, the world’s largest conference that focuses on how individuals can use business to change the world. Now in its 8th year, SOCAP brought together some of the world’s leading figures in impact investing, entrepreneurship and social good for a series of talks, networking events and events meant to enrich one’s understanding and relationships with the social impact field.
The themes of the SOCAP15 event included impact investing, meaning, divestment/investment, financial inclusion, neighborhood economics, 21st century talent, living in the future and sustainable supply chains. The conference featured phenomenal speakers such as Deval Patrick, the Managing Director of Bain Capital and the Former Governor of Massachusetts, Deborah Winshel, the Managing Director and Global Head of Impact Investing at BlackRock, Bill Drayton, the CEO and Founder of Ashoka, and Ann Mei Chang, the Executive Director of U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID.
But SOCAP15 wasn’t all about the work. The conference also featured an Off the Grid food truck feast, live music events, featuring guest artist Chuck Cannon, a WineDown event and much more. The event was powered by Mission Hub, which is part of the global Impact Hub network, and judging by the applause, the air of comfort and the number of smiles in the crowd at the closing event, this year’s event was a huge success.