Conference Agenda

Full programming begins on May 22

Transform will begin with an optional evening event on May 21st at Impact HUB San Francisco. Full programming begins on May 22 and wraps up with a half day on the 24th.

This is a working document that will be continually updated as sessions are finalized.

May 22/ Keynote

Nora Bateson

Nora Bateson / Location TBA

Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute, based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”. An international lecturer, researcher and writer, Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson.

May 22 / Keynote

How to use Gamification and Behavioral Design to motivate large scale change

Yu-Kai Chou / Location TBA

Yu-kai Chou is an Author and International Keynote Speaker on Gamification and Behavioral Design. He is the Original Creator of the Octalysis Framework, and the author of Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards.

May 22 / Keynote

How we will fail to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Dr. Astrid J. Scholz / Location TBA

Astrid will reflect on what she’s learned over the past 3 years of talking with more than 1,300 funders, executives, and entrepreneurs about their efforts to scale solutions, as well as on the good, the bad, and the ugly in collaborating with partners, allies, and others on making that impact at scale happen.

May 22/ Keynote

The Role of Philanthropy in Systemic Transformation or The New Philanthropy

Laurie Lane-Zucker / Impact HUB

Philanthropy in the United States was not designed to transform systems, but rather to fill the potholes in the current system. Responding to the urgent call for a more transformative, proactive and entrepreneurial philanthropic sector, private foundations and individual philanthropists are reimagining the purpose, structure and practices of philanthropy so as to more effectively contribute to the building of an impact economy. This talk will draw on the findings and recommendations of a recent Impact Entrepreneur/Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors report and call to action for the philanthropy sector.

May 22 / Presentation

Creative Tensions: Investing in Regenerative Agriculture

Luan Nio and Shalu Umapathy / Location TBA

Guided by moderators from, this session will explore the many vantage points of investing in regenerative agriculture and identify areas of tensions in the space. The experience demonstrates three fundamental concepts of human-centered design – empathy, curiosity, and optimism. We’ll have participation by representatives from innovative startups, farmer organizations, funders and investors to catalyze the conversation.

May 22/ Lab Discussion

What does it look like for $110 billion to get serious about impact? Toward a social contract between donor advised funds and society!

Tim Freundlich / Location TBA

There are almost 500,000 individual accounts across the US… capital sitting in $110 billion in donor advised funds (DAFs) meant for the common good, criticized as not doing enough, as a tax advantaged, philanthropic mattress for the rich. Yet the characteristics of DAFs could create the ability to democratize impact at scale – giving and investing, if harnessed and audaciously designed and approached. Hear leaders in the field pull apart the issues and the opportunity for what could be a massive flow of capital to change the world

May 22/ Presentation

Regenerative Agriculture Investment: The Risk Barrier

Ethan Soloviev / Location TBA

Deep regenerative agriculture & agroforestry takes a long time to yield returns, conflicting with current capital expectations. Some firms are de-risking with a “blended stack” approach of public, private, and philanthropic capital. Others are using sub-regenerative agricultural practices or underlying asset strategies (e.g. REITs) to achieve scale and rapid investor return. Which of these is more effective? What’s the path forward to rapidly grow the Regen Ag investment community? Ethan Soloviev interviews a small panel of investment managers TBA.

May 22/ Workshop

WORKSHOP: Introduction to Wisdom Card Economy Deck and using the MetaImpact 10 capital assessment

Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, PhD & Claudia Meglin, MBA / Location TBA

In this workshop we will have fun with the 60+ cards in the Wisdom Economy Card Deck – that you received upon registration. We will show you how to use the cards individually and in groups to help design and assess your projects using multiple types of capitals to have multiple types of impact! After this workshop you will never be able to settle for measuring impact using just 1-3 types! Your integral self will be hooked on a bigger picture of what is possible.

May 23/ Evening Event

Scaled ownership for change: Meet the teams of

Greg Brodsky and / Location TBA

What if more businesses shared profits with their workers? What if health platforms were owned by their patients? What if tech platforms were owned by the gig drivers? is a brand new accelerator focused on creating shared ownership businesses at scale. The teams have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes and Entrepreneur. Meet the entrepreneurs in person, and hear their stories of cooperative and shared ownership.

May 23/ Conversation

The next generation in CSR Evolution

Nancy Mancilla / Location TBA

The alignment to strong sustainability management systems is vital and therefore, the notion of having a renewable product isn’t enough. Tackling sustainability at all facets of the organization depends on integrated thinking. We will discuss where we’re at, where we’re headed and the realizations we’ve made in the process.

May 23/ Lab Discussion

Hacking a DAF New Deal to Bring $110 Billion to Impact

Tim Freundlich / Location TBA

The $110 billion in donor advised funds (DAFs) across nearly half a million individual accounts is ripe for a serious design intervention by its stakeholder system. Transparency, impact investing, philanthropic distributions, engagement of donors and end beneficiaries… what should the contract with society be on best practice and what could leadership look like among vanguard practitioners? A representative cross section of the system will come together to design a vision for a brave new deal between society and donor advised funds.

May 23/ Workshop

Designing Wisdom Economies: How to Measure Impact Across 10 Types of Capital Using Integral Data.

Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, PhD / Location TBA

This presentation explores the recent emergence of multicapital models and the challenges and opportunities they present for measuring and increasing social impact. Then it discusses the importance of expanding our expressive capacity to discuss four distinct types of positive impact using integral data across 10 types of capital. Lastly, a use case is presented that illustrates the value of using a 10 capital approach with a multistakeholder community project.

May 23/ Conversation

A Conversation at the Intersection of MetaImpact, REA Accounting, & Holochain

Ferananda Ibarra & Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, PhD / Location TBA

Join us for an exploratory dialogue with a regenerative entrepreneur (Sean Esbjörn-Hargens) and a social innovator (Ferananda Ibarra) who are joining forces to pioneer a new type of value accounting software, built on Holochain, that uses REA accounting principles to make visible, track, and amplify multiple types of value/capital. Key themes that will be engaged in this conversation will include: the importance of agent centric approaches to data for measuring impact, how to achieve interoperability within an ecosystem of impact apps, and the dramatic changes that are coming to integrated reporting.

May 23/ Workshop

Regenerative Agriculture Investing: Build the Ecosystem

Invite Only / Location TBA

Semi-private gathering for regenerative agriculture investors to talk shop, share strategies, and explore collaborative platforms for deal sourcing, due diligence, and international investments. The event will be a combination of focused networking and facilitated design work on building the ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, and markets to advance the growth of regenerative agriculture.

May 23/ Workshop

Workshop: Trauma and Social Impact

Daisy Ozim / Location TBA

What is trauma and how does it impact social entrepreneurs, investors and our ability to create social impact? This session provides insight into what Trauma is, how we can address trauma effectively in our respective roles within the social impact ecosystem and establish transformation on a large scale.

May 23 / Presentation

Panel: Blockchain for Social Entrepreneurship

Daisy Ozim / Location TBA

Known as the 4th industrial revolution, Blockchain technology is set to revolutionize every industry we could possibly think of. The social enterprise space has taken hold of this technology in order to accelerate change. Learn about the challenges and opportunities blockchain technology holds and how to get involved.