Expo 2020 Dubai

"From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will encourage meaningful, positive change
We are pleased to confirm that following the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Executive Committee’s recommendation, BIE Member States have voted remotely and have agreed to both the postponement and the proposed new dates for Expo 2020, which are now 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.
We welcome this final decision, which allows participating countries around the globe to safely navigate the impact of COVID-19. This additional time also allows us to prepare to welcome a more united and resilient world in 2021, where we will collectively celebrate culture, creativity and innovation."

Connecting Minds, Creating the Future

Our once-in-a-lifetime celebration – the largest event ever staged in the Arab world – is set to welcome 190 participating countries, and millions of visitors from across the globe. Here they will experience warm Emirati hospitality at its finest, as well as the UAE’s values of inclusion, tolerance and cooperation. Youth are at the heart of our World Expo. That’s why Expo 2020 aspires to create a meaningful legacy that will benefit generations to come, both locally and globally, spanning everything from innovations and architecture to friendships and business opportunities.


Social Venture Circle 2020


Social Venture Circle (SVC) is a membership network that equips entrepreneurs, impact investors, and capacity-builders with connections, money, and expertise in order to build businesses that drive the NEXT economy: one that is regenerative, equitable and prosperous for all. Join us and hundreds of your peers December 2-4 in Berkeley, CA for SVC’s annual convening of business leaders and impact investors.

For over 30 years, high-impact business leaders, social entrepreneurs, and impact investors have convened at SVC conferences to have authentic conversations with values-aligned peers and get deals done. SVC’s unique conference experience creates an environment where the real challenges, insights, and best practices of leading mission-driven businesses and engaging in impact investing can be discussed and put into action. SVC conferences facilitate peer-to-peer relationship building and create a community where attendees can enhance their leadership, improve their businesses, build their portfolios, and expand their impact.

At SVC 2020, expect:

  • Facilitated and open networking opportunities
  • Interactive discussions and proactive, action-oriented dialogue among peers
  • Opportunities to meet select early-stage social entrepreneurs raising capital, and begin the due diligence process onsite with other impact investors
  • Sessions that offer key takeaways and practical advice on best practices for social enterprises and impact investors
  • Inspiring and experiential presentations from innovative leaders on the future of mission-driven business
  • A deep cultural foundation that welcomes values-aligned business leaders and investors from a wide range of perspectives

Learn more about the conference, including speakers and program features, at conference.svcimpact.org.

Note: The conference will begin Wednesday, December 2 and run through Friday, December 4 with the likelihood of additional local activities held Saturday, December 5. We recommend reserving a hotel room for at least three total nights, December 2-4, departing on December 5. If you plan to attend our national pitch event or any morning workshops, we suggest rerving the night of December 1 as well. We will hold a closing circle the morning of December 5 for all of those able to attend.

Questions? Contact isaac@svcimpact.org.

Sustainability Commitment

SVC is committed to hosting an event that is as close to zero waste as possible and will be working with Inward Point in 2020 to achieve our sustainability goals. We will share more specific details as the event comes together regarding this commitment and aim to be as transparent as possible in this process to create an event that reflects the values our members and attendees hold.

UPDATED DATES - Sustainable Brands Long Beach 2020

**Updated Dates 30 November to 3 December, 2020**


the process of renewal, restoration, and growth

Are you ready to transform your brand through social and environmental innovation? What better way to embark on your journey toward a regenerative future than by embracing the sun and joining us in Long Beach in June 2020!

The Sustainable Brands community is heading to Long Beach for its flagship conference on June 1-4, 2020. Southern California is where product innovation, social progress, and sunshine awaits and its where influential brand and sustainability leaders will continue to accelerate learning, collaboration and communications towards a sustainable and flourishing future.

  • Discover the power of purpose and dive deeper into the five critical practice areas of the SB Brand Transformation Roadmap℠ and learn what it takes to build your brand through social and environmental innovation.
  • Review our community’s progress since the launch of #BrandsforGood and acknowledge the brands who are demonstrating how they are shrinking the consumer intention to action gap.
  • Meet the companies who are designing new tools and collaborating to harness the collective resources needed to build resilient societies and promote sustainable lifestyle choices.

Global Social Economy Forum 2020 (GSEF)

The Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) and Mexico City have signed on July 9th the Memorandum for Understanding (MoU) for the Forum GSEF2020 which will take place from 21 to 23 October 2020 in Mexico City.

On the 9th July, the official press conference and signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) marked the official launch of the 5th edition of the biannual Global Social Economy Forum, GSEF2020 in Mexico City, which will be held from the 21st to 23rd of October next year.

Previous editions of the Global Social Economy Forum were held in Seoul, South Korea (GSEF2013 and GSEF2014); Montreal, Canada (GSEF2016); and Bilbao, Spain (GSEF2018). This 5th edition will be celebrated for the first time on the Latin-American continent, bringing a focus on the issues of diversity, inclusion, and sustainability.

Sustainatopia Boulder, CO 2020

Founded in 2009, SUSTAINATOPIA remains one of the leading events in the world for social, financial and environmental sustainability & impact. Attendees have participated from more than 60 countries.

Consisting of both a mega-conference and a broad-ranging Festival, SUSTAINATOPIA brings together the global ecosystem of social, financial and environmental sustainability & impact like no other singular event.

VIRTUAL - Sustainatopia2 2020

**UPDATED DATES ** - July 22, 2020

Founded in 2009, SUSTAINATOPIA remains one of the leading events in the world for social, financial and environmental sustainability & impact. Attendees have participated from more than 60 countries.

Consisting of both a mega-conference and a broad-ranging Festival, SUSTAINATOPIA brings together the global ecosystem of social, financial and environmental sustainability & impact like no other singular event.

Sustainatopia New York 2020

Founded in 2009, SUSTAINATOPIA remains one of the leading events in the world for social, financial and environmental sustainability & impact. Attendees have participated from more than 60 countries.

Consisting of both a mega-conference and a broad-ranging Festival, SUSTAINATOPIA brings together the global ecosystem of social, financial and environmental sustainability & impact like no other singular event.

The Klosters Forum 2020


The Klosters Forum (TKF) takes place over 2.5 days in the Swiss Alps. At TKF monologues are replaced with dialogues, card swaps with workshops and the corporate flair with mountain air.

We bring together a diverse group of 100 hand-picked innovators and decision-makers to focus on one chosen environmental challenge. Our objective is to come up with actionable solutions in order to help accelerate change, avoid duplication of effort and make a positive contribution to our planet.

The global food industry offers a huge opportunity to combat climate change and to tackle some of the root causes behind biodiversity loss by managing landscapes where crops are grown more sustainably. We all use and even depend on commodities – that may cost the Earth its future. Rainforests are destroyed by palm oil, soy and beef, cocoa and coffee. Is it time for restaurants and retailers to close their doors to unsustainable food?

Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability 2020

The Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability will be held at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, 29-31 January 2020.

Founded in 2005, the On Sustainability Research Network is brought together by a common concern for sustainability in a holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic, and social concerns intersect.

Submit your proposal to the 2020 conference here.

2020 Special Focus - Sustainability Lessons in the "Global South": Priorities, Opportunities, and Risks

Much of the sustainability literature focuses on the Global North and on issues salient to policy makers in developed countries, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and ozone depletion. By contrast, comparatively little is written on environmental issues in the Global South, which is rich in sustainability experiences and lessons learned in natural resource conservation, and where many of the challenges are being faced on a daily basis with limited financial and human capital resources. In Latin America, Africa, and much of Asia, communities struggle on a daily basis with environmental hazards as varied as land degradation, drought, salinization, and lack of access to fresh drinking water. ‘Land grabs’ drive deforestation and biodiversity loss, while across the Global South, conflicts between communities, firms, and the state for resource rights and access present risks to livelihoods and life, which in turn are highly uneven according to localities, socio-economic groups, ethnicity, and gender.

A variety of creative thinking and imaginative responses to such challenges can be found across the Global South. Communities are organizing to defend their neighborhoods, forests, and land from incursions by property developers, poachers, and business corporations. A plurality of different visions of environmental justice and social justice have flourished based on gender rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, and rights of nature. Within Latin America, the Andean notions of buen vivir (good living) has found expression in the constitutions of Ecuador and Bolivia.

The question of how the sustainability lessons garnered in the Global South can contribute to the transformative social changes necessary to promote sustainability on a global scale, and define short-, medium-, and longer-term priorities, will be considered at the Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability in Santiago, Chile. We warmly welcome proposals for papers, workshops, interactive sessions, posters, and exhibits on this theme and on all dimensions of sustainability. The conference will appeal to scholars, social activists, business people, and policy makers.

Moving Toward a Zero-Waste Convening

It’s the unspoken elephant in the room at most social impact convenings; how can we justify the environmental impact of bringing people together to convene around creating positive social impact? During our call this month, our members gathered to share challenges, ideas, and opportunities around moving toward a zero-waste convening (without breaking the bank). 

We kicked off with a wonderful presentation by Andrea MacNeil (Fit On Tour), an independent consultant in the music industry. One of her clients, the Corona Sunset Tour, put on a zero plastic waste festival last year, and she shared some of the keys to their success:

    • Minor Changes in Materials Make a Huge Difference - You need to focus on every single detail of production when it comes to waste; .signage, plastic cups, and straws, etc can add up to a lot of plastic waste. 
    • Create Instagrammable Sustainability Moments. - get attendees actively involved in learning about the campaign you are driving and sharing it out to the rest of the world.  At the Corona Sunsets tour, they created a large glass wall filled with water and microplastic bits so people could actually see what plastic waste looks like in the ocean. 
    • Go Local Whenever Possible - Think about the materials you have to ship to your event, the caterers/vendors you use, as well as minimizing staff travel by using local staff. 
    • Be Prepared to Pay More - being plastic-waste free means paying a little more (unless you want to up the ticket price for your attendees) but the payoff is worth it, both in terms of your environmental impact and marketing. 

At the Pavillion, festival-goers can learn more about this increasing environmental threat and then make their own plastic-free commitments (Corona Sunsets Tour) 

During our smaller group discussions, we spoke to some of the challenges and opportunities around reducing waste at our convenings. The topics ranged from food waste to paper waste, to messaging to attendees. Here are some of the main takeaways:

    • Manage Your Venue - whether it’s specifically looking for a venue that meets your needs and requirements or working with a well-known corporate vendor, don’t compromise on the things that are most important to you. Even larger chains will work with you on issues like plastic bottle waste (and your influence might even spark changes throughout their line of venues.) 
    • Go Paperless - reducing the amount of paper waste at your convening is an easy step toward reducing overall waste. Perhaps you use an app instead of printing a program book or let your attendees know they should bring a notebook to the event instead of providing one for them. Using recycled materials for signage,  or creating reusable signage, also makes an impact. 
    • Calculate Your Carbon Footprint - and Offset! - Some venues can actually help to calculate the carbon footprint of your event and there are many offset tools and programs. Make sure to find one that uses the proper calculations for air travel (which is 3x the carbon created at sea level)--yikes! 
    • Rethink single-use Materials - whether this is signage for your event or decorations for a creative happy hour, try and reduce the amount of materials that can only be used once. Reusable lanyards and nametag holders are an easy fix in this department 
    • Get Everyone on Board - for more efficient change across your organization, make sure all team members are aware of the changes you wish to make and get their input! 
    • Consider a Digital Option -  thereby reducing the number of physical attendees, and eliminating their air travel carbon altogether (Skoll World Forum & SOCAP both have digital passes)

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