Together, Elevating Impact
The full 2016 Elevating Impact Summit playlist is available here.
In February 2016, Impact Entrepreneurs’ annual Elevating Impact Summit made a new home on Portland State University’s campus in the historic Lincoln Performance Hall. 450 attendees signed up to spend a full day together. They ranged from members of Roosevelt High School’s Rough Writers program to the Mayor of Portland, to academics, business executives, nonprofit and social enterprise professionals, designers, architects, and more.The event was a meeting place for changemakers working across professions. The presentations, performances, and discussions demonstrated creative ways individuals and teams are creatively solving pressing social and environmental challenges, and introduced the promise of social entrepreneurship and innovation to a broad and diverse audience.
- “You have an army behind you – you just need to remember to turn around.” – Amelia Pape, Founder of My Street Grocery
- “We are meant to tell stories. We are designed for it. It is our native language.” – Noah Schultz, Founder of Verbal Escape
- “Be ready to be changed” – On Your Feet
- “Equity is believing that we all have a shared fate and our success is interdependent.” – Nichole Maher, Founder and CEO, of the Northwest Health Foundation
We encourage you to keep the momentum going: follow up with your connections from the event, take the next (or first) step toward unleashing your vision no matter what stage of your career you’re in, and collaborate with fellow changemakers to truly elevate your impact. If you are interested in Impact Entrepreneurs’ certificate in the Business of Social Innovation and other programs, you can find information at pdx.edu/impactentrepreneurs or email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, we’d like to leave you with Noah Schultz’s poem “Changemaker Militia:”
As my eyes scan this ocean of people they
are filled with the beautiful sight of changemakers.
Wrapped in skin and bone ready to explode
onto the scenes of a broken city.
An educated militia, marching to compassion,
Ready to implement action on massive
scales with the tactics of loving hearts.
Armed with the knowledge they learn from
text books, amplified by unique gifts
and personal experience.
The ones who see through the confusion,
and meet the status quo with innovation;
Who set up shop in deserted locations
because their hearts said so.
Because they know if they don’t take the
first steps they will never pass go.
So never stop moving;
Feet that move forward bring you
closer to improvement.
Stop saying start doing, because
you are changemaker.
A soldier not a student,
A lion not a lamb,
Link minds with those like yours and create
unbreakable bonds of hearts.
There is no turning back;
Because memories live in the past
and you are the future.
Life is a moving train, so there
is no being neutral.
Pledge allegiance to love and
acknowledge your greatness;
Because you, my friend,
are a changemaker.
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