Social Innovation Conference in Princeton

Note: This post was written by Gery Juleff, Executive Producer of The Green Hour

Why have a social innovation conference in Princeton?

Cooperative Impact Social Innovation Conference

It’s all about finding and embracing ways you can make a difference.

Do you have a passion to tackle local or global issues?  Do you have a great idea about how to meet some of our community’s unmet needs?  Perhaps you’d like to make a living doing something socially or environmentally beneficial? Do you work for a non-profit where half your energy goes into constant fund-raising?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Cooperative Impact may be for you.

To be held in Princeton on 14 May, the Conference is the brainchild of Daniel D’Alonzo, founder of Cooperative Impact.  Daniel realized that we face today a combination of challenges that is unprecedented, including climate change, growing inequality and a world that is defined by change, not repetition.  The old “jobs for life” structure is gone.  The younger generation will move from job to job and will often create their own jobs – enabled by new technology.

He also understood that we won’t be able to face these challenges without four critical human social skills; empathy, teamwork, collaborative leadership and the ability to change. And that there is a new paradigm emerging globally to face these challenges – that of social innovation and entrepreneurship.  Foundations, universities and companies are taking these ideas more and more seriously and there are groups springing up throughout the country and, indeed, the world dedicated to enabling this.

Mr. D’Alonzo was inspired by a local luminary (Albert Einstein) who once said, “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” Daniel decided that it was time to take action in his own community, because of the abundance of passionate and energetic people with great ideas and a rising number of non-profit organizations serving both local and global efforts.

“There are a lot of uncertainties looking forward, but we can be sure that these challenges won’t go away unless we help people tackle them,” Mr. D’Alonzo said. “Cooperative action and business have to work together and we want to build something special in this region. The next step from my perspective was to bring together ideas, experience, goodwill and financing — and to see where it takes us.”

The result is Cooperative Impact, a social innovation conference, to be held at Princeton Garden Theater on Thursday, May 14. It offers a great line-up of speakers ranging from Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert and Laura Jordan, who registered the first ever benefit corporation, to impact investors and to individuals from our community who are, turning their passion for changing the world into sustainable businesses or nonprofit organizations.

If you want to change the world, or merely be a witness to good works in action, you should be a part of Cooperative Impact, on Thursday, May 14 at the Princeton Garden Theater. Register and purchase tickets here – – and we’ll see in the future together!