We are partnering with SOCAP, the largest North American provider of events in social/impact space. Since 2014, The Gratitude Network has led several key break-out sessions at SOCAP each year, featured our entrepreneurs live on the SOCAP Main Stage, and hosted the Gratitude Awards.
The Intersection Event of 2012 and 2013
We hosted in 2012 and 2013 a unique one-day gathering of global leaders to explores innovation and its impact on society. Featuring 12-15 top thought-leaders (presenting to an audience of 350) from enterprise, education, entrepreneurship, entertainment, science and technology, the event highlights and celebrates the contributions of innovation to social change and creates an “intersection” of ideas between participants. The event culminates in The Gratitude Awards, funding/mentorship grants given out to top social entrepreneurs.
The event takes advantage of the rich innovative culture of the Bay Area as well as the community interest and capacity to ‘do good.’ First located at Pixar Studios in January 2012 and then Google headquarters in 2013, the idea is to locate the event within institutions that are beacons of innovation. Our 2014 event is slated for Feb. 7th.
The event encompasses five core components:
- Highly sought-after presenters (such as Susan Sarandon, Ed Catmull and Ev Williams) share their experience at the main event on how innovation is impacting society;
- These same thought leaders are brought together the day before the main event, to meet one another and collaborate in a curated, facilitated day-long discussion, which results in a deeper, more cohesive discussion at the main event;
- Evening break out sessions allow participants to intersect in a number of more focused areas such as education, entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility;
- The event hosts The Gratitude Awards, which celebrate and recognize the value of social entrepreneurship;
- Participants are given ample time to intersect with one another, which fosters the formation of new ideas, entirely new organizations and deep collaborations.
The Gratitude Network created the Intersection in 2012 with help of Pixar Animation Studios, which hosted it January 2012; Google senior management subsequently hosted the event in January 2013. Our goal is to annually hold the event within institutions that are beacons of innovation.
Each event features 12-15 well-known speakers on innovation and social change from a wide variety of industries. Past events have featured top thought-leaders of our time, such as:
- Reid Hoffman, Chairman/Founder of LinkedIn
- Susan Sarandon, Actress
- Nathan Myhvold – former Microsoft CTO, and inventor
- Marla Olmstead – child painting prodigy, featured on 60 Minutes
- Ed Catmull – President, Pixar Studies; board member Disney
- Steve Jurvetson – famous venture capitalist, DFJ Ventures
- Linda Hill – Harvard Business School professor, author
- Jason Yotopoulos – EVP at SAP; heads Global innovation centers
- Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO
- Lauren Bush – granddaughter of George Bush, serial entrepreneur, Founder/CEO of The Feed Project
Each year 250-300 participants are hand-chosen through an on-line application process. The event is specifically designed to encourage “Intersection” between participants, and each year we give attendees ample time to interact/”intersect” with one another. We believe this fosters the formation of new ideas, entirely new organizations and life-long collaborations.
In the past two years more than 500 leaders have been hand-selected from a wide range of disciplines, including educators (K-12 and Higher Ed), scientists, entertainers, technology founders and CEOs, corporate CEOs, innovators & CSR experts, foundation leaders, and social entrepreneurs.
The Intersection event has also been generously sponsored by innovative organizations, including WorldVision, Pixar, and Google. This year, we anticipate several additional corporate sponsors for this event.
To Apply for a Spot at the next Intersection, click here.