Ideas are a dime-a-dozen. What really brings positive change to an individual, organization, or
business is the actual implementation of these ideas. But in order to get there, ideas need
intentional strategy, development of skill-sets, sustainable infrastructure, and a viable network.
The !deation Conference is a unique conference experience that gathers some of the most innovative thinkers and practitioners from a given field in order to help fellow practitioners develop thoughts and tangible next steps for greater impact in their respective work.
Here are some of the highlights:
Nisa Islam Muhammad decided to promote the benefits of marriage in her community by creating the Wedded Bliss Foundation and Black Marriage Day. During slavery marriage was illegal. After slavery strong marriages were the norm due to strong cultural cues. Now the cultural cues are missing. Through courses, conferences, and relationships, Nisa and her team are bringing cultural change.
Keith Kall serves as executive director for Corporate Engagement at World Vision, a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice working in nearly 100 countries around the globe. Capitalism and the private sector can build democracies, provide clean drinking water, bring about the end of famine, etc.. The goal is not to make people less poor but more rich. Capitalism has problems, but when allowed to function properly the private sector finds needs and seeks to meet them. Capitalism at its best is not about greed but self-interest. You can be profitable without damaging your own credibility or the working relationship. Too often “a hand up” is really “a hand out” which does not help in the long term. For example, Food Aid destroys the local markets. NGOs can learn a lot from the corporate world. A great example would be Toms Shoes. We shouldn’t treat corporations as ATMs or adversaries but partners in bringing good to the planet.