Earlier this month, there was a conference in Philadelphia, PA hosted by Net Impact. The conference hosted hundreds of participants, speakers, expo participants and session hosts. The conference varied in topics and conversations, but the overarching theme focused on sustainability and social impact.
The Fellows, as part of the enriching aspect of the Fellowship, ventured to Philadelphia for the conference. We came in on a Thursday and had the amazing opportunity of a walking tour by our Fellow Eugenie. Eugenie is placed at the Food Trust (check out her blog here!) and was knowledgeable in all things Philly. We had an amazing time visiting her work space afterwards and hearing more from the people at the Food Trust about what they do, their mission and the impact they have made in Philly communities. Fitting for the conference, right?!
The Net Impact Conference, if you have never been to one, is HUGE. Trying to get 12 of us in the same space at one time, proven to be challenging. With tons of varying topics and sessions, it was more beneficial to allow people to create their own schedules and attend sessions/workshops individually. We would see each other at meals, throughout the expo, and the plenaries. Each Fellow could provide you with their thoughts and opinions on the conference, but there seemed to be an overwhelming approval of the variation in topics and with some of the plenary speakers, especially Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Whether it be attending the workshop on global food scarcity called ” Feeding 9 Billion: Food Systems Innovation on a Global Scale” or consumer awareness on the impact of clothing purchases with “Does Your Closet Match Your Values?” there was a topic for everyone and opportunity to think more deeply on social impact and our world around us.
We thank the Food Trust for having us in their space, Philly for allowing this fabulous cohort to grace your streets, NOF for the opportunity, and Net Impact for having us there and giving us extra pushes in creating and sustaining dialogue and action surrounding the many aspects of social impact.We sure had a lot to talk about on the ride back home!
-Newman’s Own Foundation Fellows