Together, Elevating Impact

February 11, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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.

Quotes, reflections, and memories from the event are captured on Twitter, in a YouTube playlist, and in photos on our Facebook page. We’d like to share just a few of them with you below.

  • “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 impactentrepreneurs@pdx.edu.

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.

“Changemakers”

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,

A changemaker.

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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