Global Responses to a Global Pandemic webinar series #3: Sharing African responses to COVID-19

As the global community for investors for impact, AVPA, AVPN, EVPA & IVPC (LatImpacto) are working together to share lessons and philanthropic responses from across the world.

These short virtual spotlights will share examples from differing regions to similar challenges:

• Exploring the diverse roles grant makers can have in responding to the pandemic

• Share examples of responses

• Hear from voices on the ground

An opportunity to start conversations and share peer learning with a global audience which can be continued over the coming months. Hear practitioner stories from 4 continents.

This webinar is part of a series, register for the webinars below:

Webinar #1: Asia‘s response, Tuesday, 7 April at 16:00 – 17:00 SGT. Watch the recording here.

Webinar #2: Latin America‘s response, Wednesday, 15 April at 16:00 – 17:00 CEST. Watch the recording here.

Webinar #3: Africa‘s response, Tuesday, 28 April at 12:00 -13:30 CEST. Register here.

Webinar #4: Europe‘s response, Tuesday, 5 May at 11:00 – 12:30 CEST. Register here.

Global responses to a global pandemic series: Sharing European Investors’ for Impact responses to COVID-19

As the global community for investors for impact, AVPA, AVPN, EVPA & IVPC (LatImpacto) are working together to share lessons and philanthropic responses from across the world.

These short virtual spotlights will share examples from differing regions to similar challenges:

• Exploring the diverse roles grant makers can have in responding to the pandemic

• Share examples of responses

• Hear from voices on the ground

An opportunity to start conversations and share peer learning with a global audience which can be continued over the coming months. Hear practitioner stories from 4 continents.

This webinar is part of a series, register for the webinars below:

Webinar #1: Asia‘s response, Tuesday, 7 April at 16:00 – 17:00 SGT. Watch the recording here.

Webinar #2: Latin America‘s response, Wednesday, 15 April at 16:00 – 17:00 CEST. Watch the recording here.

Webinar #3: Africa‘s response, Tuesday, 28 April at 12:00 -13:30 CEST. Register here.

Webinar #4: Europe‘s response, Tuesday, 5 May at 11:00 – 12:30 CEST. Register here.

VIRTUAL TED Circle: Who Has Power? What New Power Looks Like

RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 27: Discuss Ideas Worth Spreading with the TEDxHouston community during TED Circles!

We believe that meaningful conversations create interpersonal connections that collectively strengthen communities. Through TED Circles, we invite YOU — our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and TEDxHouston community — to join us online and/or in person on the last Friday of every month to discuss a variety of interesting topics.

Rescheduled from March, the theme for this virtual conversation is “Who Has Power”: This TED Circle will focus on Jeremy Heimans’ TEDSalon Berlin talk: “What New Power Looks Like.

We can see the power of distributed, crowd-sourced business models every day — witness Uber, Kickstarter, Airbnb. But veteran online activist Jeremy Heimans asks: When does that kind of “new power” start to work in politics? His surprising answer: Sooner than you think. It’s a bold argument about the future of politics and power.

We’ll start by discussing:

  • “Activists always say to look for where the power is, who has it, and how it’s shifting.” Where do you think power is in today’s society? Who has more of it? Who has less? How do you think it may be shifting?
  • Jeremy says “New Power is not the inevitable victor.” Do you agree/disagree? Why or why not? Do you prefer New Power or Old Power?
  • In the civic arena, which sources of power do you encounter most often? How does it affect you? How do you respond to it?
  • How have you personally experienced ‘power’ versus ‘powerlessness’? Do you strive for balance of the two — and, if so, how? — or do you work to be more powerful in everyday life?
  • Networks and technologies can be used to build New Power. How do you think that might provide advantages or disadvantages to people who are savvy networkers and/or technologists?
  • Jeremy’s call-to-action is “to NOT be an island.” Do you think we’re moving towards more interconnection, or towards more isolation? Why? How might we build stronger networks and collaboration that effectively leverage New Power for good?

TED Circles uphold the spirit of TED, focusing on the power of ideas. TED provides monthly themes, recommended Talks, and specific conversation starters so everyone participating can focus on engaging in constructive conversations. Welcoming a wide range of perspectives, TED Circles encourage equal participation within a safe environment that promotes curiosity, open-mindedness, debate, inclusion, and generosity. Here’s a summary of what TED Circles are and are not:

  • TED Circles are volunteer-hosted, small, face-to-face (in-person, online) gatherings where topics are safely discussed.
  • TED Circles are not a TED event. They are not a club or a one-off gathering. They do not sell things or raise money. Agendas and self-promotion have no place in these conversations!

Jeremy Heimans has been building movements since childhood, when he ran precocious fax campaigns on issues such as environmental conservation and third world debt in his native Australia. A former McKinsey strategy consultant, he has co-founded several online campaign groups and citizen activism initiatives, including GetUp (an Australian political movement with more members than Australia’s political parties combined), Avaaz (an online political movement with more than 40 million members) and AllOut (a global movement for LGBT people and their straight friends and family).

Now based in New York, Heimans is co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a social business that builds movements and ventures that he says, “uses the power of participation to bring change in the world.” He and colleague Henry Timms, executive director of 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center in New York, and founder of #GivingTuesday, are set to publish an essay in November 2014 examining new forms of power and their meaning. As Heimans puts it, “Old power downloads and commands; new power uploads and shares.”

The World Economic Forum at Davos named Heimans a Young Global Leader and in 2011 he was awarded the Ford Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Visionary Award. In 2012, Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business, and in 2014, CNN picked his concept of “new power” as one of 10 ideas to change the world.

How Social Impact Affects Your Bottom Line

A discussion about the importance of quantifiable impact with leaders in the space

About this Event

Join us for the last Quantifiable Impact series event of the year

This event will encourage conversation amongst social entrepreneurs about the importance of quantifying impact. As this ever-changing space begins to take shape, stakeholders and donors are looking for transparency across operations and projects to ensure their money is acquiring the highest social ROI. The ability to understand and quantify impact is trending to become one of the cornerstones of sustaining longevity of any social venture. Come join us to hear from leaders in this space regarding the opportunities as well as introduce challenges in running social organizations in a data driven world.

5:30 PM Sign-in/Registration/Networking

6:00 PM Key Note and Workshop

7:00 PM Q&A

7:30 PM Networking

Speaker Info:

Ivonne Cruz – Ivonne Cruz is a consultant for GAA and the Puentes Consortium administrator at Rice University.

Ivonne Cruz, Ph.D., holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in sustainable human development and social public policy from the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. Her primary interest focuses on the human dimensions of global environmental change, corporate social responsibility, human rights issues, and sustainability reporting. Ivonne has been an independent consultant for over 15 years and has served in a variety of roles and institutions including academia, international agencies, and public sector entities. She has worked for the Environmental Defense Fund, the United Nations Environmental Program, the United Nations Industrial Program, the Global Environmental Facility, NOAA, the Mexican and Cuban Environmental Protection agencies, and other local governments in Europe. She has lived in several countries and has published several papers and book chapters on social policy issues, sustainable development strategies and has participated in the elaboration of sustainability reports for private and public sectors.

*Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Thanks to our Co Hosts Global Affairs Associates, LLC and Impact Hub Houston

#THIS19 : Fresh Perspectives : Growing Houston’s Ecosystem…Literally

Join Impact Hub Houston, WeWork Food Labs, and leaders from Houston’s food community to learn homegrown solutions to agricultural businesses

About this Event

Houston consistently ranks as one of the top cities for economic growth potentialone of the best startup ecosystems, and THE city with the best food scene in the country!

But while much attention has been given to the local startup ecosystem, our local agricultural and food entrepreneurs are often overlooked. So how do we help local food- and agriculture-based innovators connect around shared goals, collaborate effectively, and access resources and guidance to help them grow their own paths to success? How do we cultivate the next agricultural automation startup, or the next Ritual or UberEats and the businesses that help those apps thrive?

Join some of Houston’s local food leaders to explore and address these challenges!

SPEAKERS 

  • Ecky Prabanto: Co-Founder, Greenway Coffee/Tropicales/Susu Kopi and Boba
  • Kaitlin O’Brien: Roaster/Co-Founder, XELA Coffee Roasters
  • Jimmy Tay Trinh: Chef/Founder/CEO, Naughty Noah’s Vietnamese Superfoods platform
  • Daniel Garcia-Prats: Co-Founder/Director of Operations, Small Places LLC
  • Moderator: Carlos Estrada, Manager, WeWork Labs

Many thanks to WeWork Downtown for hosting and providing food and beverages for this event!

#THIS19 : The Next Generation: Investing

Join Houston’s emerging investment community leaders to learn how our capital environment is evolving and offering new funding resources.

About this Event

Houston has long been criticized for its perceived lack of funding for startups, especially for diverse entrepreneurs. But last month, at least seven early-stage companies successfully closed their fundraising rounds — four of them co-founded by women and/or minority entrepreneurs — with many more promising startups in our region’s pipeline.

Join THIS: The Houston Innovation Summit during Global Entrepreneurship Week for a conversation with some of Houston’s emerging investment community leaders to learn how Houston’s capital environment is evolving, how they’re sourcing new deals, what they’re most excited about, and new markets and trends on the horizon for people to put capital to work.

SPEAKERS

  • LILLY LIUMercury Fund, Senior Investment Analyst
  • SAMANTHA LEWISGOOSE Society of Texas, Director
  • Stephanie Campbell: Managing Director, HAN / General Partner, The Artemis Fund
  • RHIAN DAVIES: VP Business Development, LetsLaunch
  • Heath Butler: Network Partner, Mercury Fund / Co-Founder, Urban Capital Network
  • Mike Menendez: Principal, Apogee Capital Partners / Founder, Southern Impact Investing Alliance
  • NextSeed

LILLY LIU

Lilly Liu is the Senior Investment Analyst at Houston-based Mercury Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on entrepreneurs and technology innovation originating in the U.S. Midcontinent. She works with the investment team on deal sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio value creation. Mercury’s investment themes target SaaS, Cloud, and Data Science/AI platforms that make the industries of Middle America more competitive and efficient. Outside of Mercury, Lilly is an active contributor to the Houston and Midcontinent startup ecosystems, serving as a mentor at WeWork Labs, Station Houston, and TMCx. She graduated with highest honors from Duke University with a double major in Economics and International Affairs.

SAMANTHA LEWIS

Samantha Lewis, Rice MBA ’17, is the Director of the GOOSE Society of Texas – an exclusive investment group focused on early stage technology ventures. Before attending Rice Business school, she successfully started two ventures, one of which she sold in 2017. The other company, Green Chile Co, generates over $3 million in annual revenue and boasts of customers like Torchy’s Tacos, HEB, and Trader Joe’s. Samantha is an advisor to numerous startups including Houston based blockchain startup, Topl.

RHIAN DAVIES

Rhian leads business development strategy and growth at LetsLaunch, an equity crowdfunding fintech startup. Prior to this, Rhian spent over 10 years in supply chain management, deal delivery and operations within the energy industry at Shell and BG Group, including the development of global sourcing strategies and leading high profile negotiations with major international industry players. Rhian has lived and worked in over 6 countries and holds a BSc in Management Sciences from Warwick Business School, UK. She is currently undertaking her MBA at Rice Jones Business School.

#THIS19 : The Next Generation : Entrepreneur Education

Join some of Houston’s largest and most diverse academic institutions to learn how they’re growing the next generation of entrepreneurs!

About this Event

Houston consistently ranks as one of the top cities for economic growth potentialone of the best startup ecosystems, and one of the best places in the country for women and minority entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. So how do we help our city reach that potential and grow the next generation of entrepreneurs in ways that also create more inclusive, equitable and sustainable paths to economic development?

Join leaders from some of Houston’s largest and most diverse academic institutions to learn:

  • How Houston’s entrepreneurial education environment is evolving;
  • How they’re helping prepare and grow the next generation of entrepreneurs — from Zillennials to second-act seniors, and from newcomers to Houston to those new to startup culture;
  • What trends and opportunities they’re seeing; and,
  • What they’re most excited about for Houston’s economic future.

SPEAKERS 

  • Dr. Beena George: Chief Innovation Officer, University of St. Thomas
  • Brenda Rios: Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives & Community Relations, HCC
  • Sandra Louvier: Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, HCC
  • Kelly McCormick: Professor of Practice & Managing Director of Red Labs, UH
  • Moderator: Ned Mueller, Entrepreneur In Residence, HCC

Many thanks to Houston Community College (HCC) Southeast for hosting and providing food and beverages for this event at the Felix Fraga Academic Campus in the East End!