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BLOCPARTYII_GAStartingBloc and Intertek Sustainability Solutions invite you to join us on Saturday, October 24, 2009 for our second annual Fellow-run fundraiser, the BLOC PARTY II.  Attendees will connect with 250 emerging leaders who are working to advance the fields of corporate social innovation, social entrepreneurship and sustainability.  Together, we will enjoy delicious food, libations, and inspiring people and ideas.  The event will feature silent and live auctions with prizes from the Metropolitan Opera, Urban Escapes, In Good Company, the Council on Foreign Relations and Milk & Honey, among others.

This year’s theme is Celebrating Social Innovators and we are living up to the name by presenting the inaugural StartingBloc Social Innovator of the Year Award to Majora Carter, an environmental justice and green jobs pioneer from the South Bronx. Also joining us at the BLOC PARTY II will be a number of other tremendous individuals in the world of social entrepreneurship and innovation from organizations and companies including Acumen Fund, All Day Buffet, Ashoka, CSRwire, Echoing Green, Endeavor, Fast Company, JustMeans, Net Impact, and NYWSE.

Buy your tickets today!


Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009

Time: 7-8 pm VIP Cocktail Hour, 8-11pm Bloc Party II (open bar, light hors d’oeuvres and dessert)

Location: Studio 54

Dress Code: Festive

Tickets: $40 in advance, $50 at the door, $75 VIP tickets

Regular and advance tickets entitle attendees to hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and unlimited networking.  VIP tickets include a swag bag and an additional hour of mingling with top names in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Tickets are available now at


October 15, 2009 at 11:28 AM Leave a comment

Columbia Business School: Carbon Finance Strategies Executive Education Program

columbia_gsb_logoColumbia Business School Executive Education is excited to introduce a groundbreaking new program: Carbon Finance Strategies.

In collaboration with Point Carbon, a leading provider of consulting services for power, gas and carbon markets, Carbon Finance Strategies is designed for executives who want an in-depth understanding of the opportunities presented by the cap-and-trade system. The program will take place December 1–3, 2009, on the Columbia University campus.

Directed by Columbia Business School Professor Geoffrey Heal, economics and environment specialist, the program includes sessions led by faculty from the Earth Institute at Columbia University and experts from Point Carbon.

In three days, you will:

  • Understand the foundation and operations of carbon markets
  • Learn principles for identifying, managing and mitigating carbon risks and opportunities
  • Develop the optimal carbon strategy for your organization

>> Learn More & Register

October 8, 2009 at 3:49 PM Leave a comment

New Impact NYC Fall Harvest Dinner Series

To celebrate the fall harvest season, Net Impact has organized a series of intimate dinner events at sustainable restaurants throughout the city. Space is limited, so make sure to RSVP as soon as you can. If you have any questions, please contact

Can business restore the Rainforest? The Guayaki Market-Driven-Restoration business model

When: Monday, October 12, 7:30-9:30pm
Where: GustOrganics519 Avenue of the Americas @ 14th street, 212.242.5800

Guayaki’s strategic adviser Pierre Ferrari, will share the amazing story of the company’s Market-Driven-Restoration business model which directly links customer purchases to partner farming communities in the South American Atlantic Rainforests. Guayaki’s partners sustainably harvest organic yerba mate from Rainforest grown cultivations and reforestation projects, generating a renewable income stream which enables these communities to improve their lives and restore their lands.

>> RSVP for this dinner

The CSR career path: Current Opportunities & Future Realties

When: Thursday, October 15, 7:00-9:00pm
WhereCookshop156 10th Ave @ 20th Street, 212.924.4440

Are you currently interested in CSR communications consulting work? How do you position yourself for CSR work if you are switching career paths? Join an in-depth discussion with Judy Sandford, a Net Impact member and CSR Strategist at Addison, a brand strategy and communications design firm. She’ll share insights, growing challenges and trends as a professional in this field.

>> RSVP for this dinner

Added Value: A Socially Responsible Urban Farming Enterprise

When: Thursday, October 29, 7:30-10:00pm
Where: iCi Restaurant246 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, 718.789.2778
Cost: $45 Pre-Fix dinner. Proceeds from this dinner will go to support Added Value

Ian Marvy, the Executive Director of Added Value will be speaking about urban farming and its importance in promoting sustainable development and youth leadership in underserved communities. Added Value’s work in Red Hook has created opportunities for the youth of South Brooklyn to expand their knowledge base, develop new skills and positively engage with their community through the operation of a socially responsible urban farming enterprise. This dinner discussion will be held at iCi Restaurant. Since opening in 2004 the owner, Catherine Saillard, has consciously chosen to purchase their food from locally farms, including Added Value, and has successfully woven the restaurant into the social and economic fabric of Brooklyn.

7:30-8:00pm – Arrival & cocktails
8:00-8:30pm – Introductions
8:30-10:00pm – Dinner and Added Value discussion/Q&A

>> RSVP for this dinner

JustMeans – “What good work are you doing now?”

When: Monday, November 2, 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Rouge Tomate10 E 60th St @ Madison Ave, 646.237.8977

Various social media sites exist today that provide a platform for companies to promote the good work they do, as well as provide valuable resources for individuals looking to find good work to get into! Deb Berman, Managing Director of JustMeans will lead a discussion on how businesses and individuals looking for socially responsible work can make the most of JustMeans’ social media platform which focuses on engaging and informing their online community about socially responsible business. She will also highlight trends in social media for sustainability.

>> RSVP for this dinner

October 8, 2009 at 2:58 PM Leave a comment

ASEF Discount Tickets for Net Impact Members

ASEF Discount Tickets for Net Impact Members

FREE $50. The First 20 Net Impact members who register for the Africa Social Enterprise Forum 9/26, NYC will get a Single Day ASEF Pass–regularly priced at $110–for $60. Please use Net Impact discount code: Africa40.  More info on ASEF:

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What Africa Social Enterprise Forum
When Saturday September 26, 2009; 7:30AM-3:30PM
Where Desmond Tutu Center, NYC
How Further information and registration directions:
Why A great roster of impressive speakers.  An unusual approach to African discourse–  challenging the notion that the best social innovation is Anglo-Saxon.  A high-concentration of high-impact social capital, US$4 billion to be exact.

Please address your questions to

Also, bring a friend to the conference FREE–when you purchase your full conference pass for the AngelAfrica Enterprise Conference. 9/25 & 9/26, NYC

September 18, 2009 at 3:50 PM Leave a comment

WAVES for Development and the NY Surf Film Festival Present: A Rising Tide… Charity Party!

WAVES for Development and the NY Surf Film Festival Present:

A Rising Tide… Charity Party!

When: Wednesday, September 23, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Location: Bar 13, 35 E 13th Street, NYC

Tickets: $15 pre-sale, $20 at the Door (tax deductible)


Raffle Prizes * Spectacular Adventures Film * 2×1 Drink Specials * Giveaways * Surf-Related Non-Profits * “Meet the Filmmakers” Lounge * Trailers of festival films*

WAES Sept 23rd party

Please join us at Bar 13 as we celebrate the diverse work of surf-related nonprofits and kick-off the 2nd annual NY Surf Film Festival and Unsound Pro surf competition!

Surfing has inspired many individuals to take action in the areas of film, conservation, sustainability, education, health, and humanitarian aid. This event will bring together representatives from organizations such as:

WAVES for Development

Best Day Foundation

Waves of Health

Stoked Mentoring

Surfider Foundation

SurfAid International . . . And More to Come!

You’ll have an opportunity to learn about these organizations and how you can get involved with their great work. Throughout the evening there will be raffle prizes, 2×1 drink specials, giveaways, trailers of festival films, and a “Meet the Filmmakers” lounge where guests will be able to mingle with some of the festival’s filmmakers!

Each guest will recieve 1 free raffle ticket!

All proceeds will go to these amazing organizations!

As an added bonus, it will be the NYC premiere of the Spectacular Adventures film.

Don’t miss this exciting event, where a rising tide lifts all boats

~WAVES for Development & NY Surf Film Festival

September 18, 2009 at 3:42 PM Leave a comment

Net Impact NYC Upcoming Events: Making a Meaningful Career Choice in 2009: More than Money Presentation

Happy New Year!

We hope all of you are looking forward to an exciting 2009! To start the year off, we want to provide those of you looking for work in this challenging environment a framework and the confidence to go for the jobs you really want. This may sound obvious, but most of the time other factors (money, fear, social exclusion) get in the way of just “going for it.” Sometimes the safest career decision is to listen to our hearts and take that leap of faith; hopefully this is something we can all strive for in 2009.

Presenters: Mark Albion, Author True to Yourself and Making a Life, Making a Living and Suparna Bhasin

Date: Thursday, February 5, 2009
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Herman Miller NYC National Design Center, 1177 Avenue of the Americas, (6th Ave between 45th & 46th streets)
Fee: $11

As working professionals, the bottom line is what we focus on day in and day out – crunching numbers, developing strategies, analyzing data. Often times our career choices revolve around our personal bottom lines (how much do I make to live a secure life, to make my mortgage, etc…). Unsure of what to do, we’ve made the safest career choice, confident that you can get back to what you love later. However, if you measure success by “more than money”, what you think is your safest career choice may in fact be your riskiest. In this discussion, we will go through a framework of four central questions and twelve lifelines to guide you on your path to money and meaning. Illustrated with stories and humor, Mark and Suparna will help you create your personal, authentic “destiny plan” for your life and career.

Check out the book at

Please RSVP:

**Light snacks and beverages will be served**

Please enjoy this WONDERFUL Video by Mark Albion:

January 21, 2009 at 4:54 AM Leave a comment

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