NELIS (Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability) are hosting their second global summit later this week and I was invited to join, courtesy of Jovin Hurry @hkjovin, edgeryder since the early days (uhm thanks Jovin!). It is a profile event with 300-400 participants in total, almost entirely corporate funded – NEC, Toshiba, PwC, Nissan and a few others.
The model, as I understand it, is to deliver social entrepreneurs’ expertise from all over the world to a very large audience of corporates on a learning curve, while strengthening the core network in private retreats.
I am co-facilitating a workshop with Shravan Shankar, a startup and ecosystem builder across India. The two of us will do a walkthrough of tech purposed for problem solving and towards social good: through use of open data and increased network connectivity. The edgeryders touch is the tech stack we have been developing for ethno and network mapping and analysis, so I’m going with the demos of Edgesense and GraphRyder as a way to show what is possible to the cca 30-40 participants, mostly young corporates.
More than a business opportunity development, I am making this into a personal and early stage scoping mission. I’m also going to try to understand how NELIS works as a distributed network (they are early days), if there is a role for me/ us to play in it.
Also present at the event will be:
Singularity University - educational platform for tech leaders
Borderless Japan – platform for social business creators offering loans and infrastructure. Formerly non-profit, now a corporation.
Springboard Nigeria - platform for resourcing sustainable farms and social empowerment.