The UnConference 2019

The UnConference 2019: CommYOUnity Solutions

October 8th, 2019
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix, Ariz.

At our first UnConference, we gave voice to key issues driving the nonprofit and philanthropic community and co-created real, innovative solutions to our biggest challenges.

Attendees shared their voices and collaborated to solve problems, realize their community’s highest aspirations and accelerate social impact. Featuring David Bornstein of the Solutions Journalism Network and The New York Times; Jeff Snell, Sr. Fellow for Social Innovation at the ASU Lodestar Center and founder of Midwest Social Innovation LLC; and a diverse group of expert presenters.

The agenda

8:00 am - 8:45 am Registration, exhibitor hall, networking and continental breakfast
8:45 am - 11:15 am Solutions Collaboratory
11:15 am - 11:30 am Debrief, reflections and next steps
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Lunch, networking and exhibits
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm A conversation with David Bornstein and Jeff Snell
1:15 pm - 1:35 pm Break, networking and exhibits
1:35 pm - 2:35 pm Workshop Session #1
2:35 pm - 2:55 pm Break, networking and exhibits
2:55 pm - 3:55 pm Workshop Session #2
3:55 pm - 4:30 pm Networking and The UnConference UnClosing

The Solutions Collaboratory

In the Collaboratory, nonprofit and community philanthropic leaders identified challenges and enacted actionable plans to solve them, distilling idea development down to hours instead of weeks during a high-energy, interactive group process.

Guided by Jeff Snell and informed facilitators, with reflections and insights provided by David Bornstein.

David Bornstein

David Bornstein is CEO and co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which works to establish solutions journalism — rigorous reporting that examines responses to social problems — as an integral part of mainstream news. He has been a journalist for almost 30 years. Since 2010, he has co-authored the “Fixes” column in The New York Times.

He is the author of three books: "How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas," "The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank," and "Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know."

David Bornstein

Jeff Snell

Jeff Snell serves as Special Advisor to the Dean of Continuing Studies & Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He serves as a facilitator for public and private sector meetings that need to identify key questions, working groups, and timelines for making necessary changes. As founder of Midwest Social Innovation, LLC, he has provided regional executive education in social enterprise models. Start-ups have garnered best new business awards by local chambers of commerce; individual recognitions include honors from the Manhattan Institute, selection as a Fellow for Ashoka, and receipt of a MacArthur “Genius” Award. He is also the Sr. Fellow for Social Innovation at the ASU Lodestar Center.

Jeff’s social innovation projects include a partnership with The New York Times to embed Social Innovation as an interdisciplinary learning tool across the curriculum (selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as one of 10 winners in a field of 1,000 proposals from 15 countries). His work designing the first graduate and undergraduate interdisciplinary social innovation courses at Marquette University resulted in an ongoing university-wide platform and receipt of the inaugural Most Innovative Instructor award. Read more

Jeff Snell


2019 UnConference workshop presenters

The UnConference's workshop sessions helped attendees move from ideas to solutions, led by a diverse group of presenters with years of experience and fresh tools to make an impact.

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