Patience is not a virtue: Funding and scaling innovations for the Global Goals

  • Pete Cashmore, Founder of Mashable, did a fantastic job moderating a panel about the power of blockchain. Roya Mahboob of the Digital Citizen Fund shared the potential of bitcoin in frontier markets to changing the lives of unbanked populations, while Ben Siegel of ConsenSys spoke about how blockchain can offer those without an identity a channel to obtain it and participate in society as active citizens.
  • I particularly enjoyed learning about the Chef Manifesto — a worldwide initiative where chefs commit to sustainable sourcing, eco-efficient cooking and empowering communities through urban and rural farming. Chefs Arthur Potts Dawson, Anahita Dhindy, and Manal Al Alem were outstanding in illustrating how as a global collective, chefs can and should make a difference locally.
  • Finally, we were treated to amazing stories of hyper-local innovators, community organizers –from fighting polarization in the USA, to supporting breastfeeding in India to support of the community of deaf people in Brazil — who are finding better ways to pursue their cause through technology. Deepti Doshi, head of Community Partnerships of Facebook moderated a conversation on their shared experiences and ability to grow by connecting more profoundly around purpose.

In the middle of covering this amazing experience, a voice in the back of my mind kept saying : “Great, but how do we scale? Inspiring, but how do we help them grow? Fantastic, but how do they get funded?”

Let us not forget what Buckminster Fuller, a true change-maker once said, “you never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete…”

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