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Heading to Net Impact

Posted by admin | October 25th, 2006 | Filed under Environmental Change, Positive Change, Sustainability

Picture 1.pngIf business has the potential to make a positive net social, environmental and economic impact, then cultivating a network of leaders to realize that goal is an exceptionally important task. That’s the work of Net Impact. With 125 chapters on 4 continents in 75 cities and 80 graduate schools, the organization enables its members to use business for social good in their educations, careers and communities.

Net Impact’s 14th annual conference, which is expected to draw 1400 participants, will take place from October 27th through the 29th at the Kellogg School of Management, located at Chicago’s Northwestern University. This year’s theme is “Navigating Global Change.” If you’re in the neighborhood, check it out. Some of the Thought Kitchen regulars will be there, presenting ideas and engaging in dialogue with the participants.

4 Responses to “Heading to Net Impact”

  • October 29, 2006 at 5:26 pm | Uri Kogan says

    Your visit to the conference was inspiring, enlightening, and very exciting. I enjoyed the session very much, and eagerly anticipate become a customer. A lot of us are pulling for your success.

  • October 29, 2006 at 6:03 pm | Ian says


    Thanks a ton for the words of support. I found the dialogue invigorating. Most of all I’m thrilled by the potential that existed in the room. With that many bright, committed and thoughful people, I think the future is full of possibility.
    Its also inspiring to know that we’re part of a broader community. Our ability to think and act together is far more powerful then what any of us as individuals can accomplish. In that regard, I look forward to what the future will bring and hope we can continue the dialogue so that we enhance our collective learning.

  • October 29, 2006 at 10:12 pm | Gary Bernstein says


    I would like to echo Uri’s compliments. Your session was a great way to end a fantastic conference.

    I was the person who answered that I thought the additional language giving the CEO the authority to make decisions based on environmental and social reasons would decrease the investor risk. While I can see why some would say it would increase the risk and certainly can see why legally a lawyer would have to take that position, it seems clear to me that the authority would, in practice, lead to less risk in most instances. Your point about the system being designed wrong shows that.

    Either way, it’s a great thing that you and the strong individuals that you work with have been able to be so forward-thinking in the “birth moment” of Nau.

    I wish you the best of luck for a very successful launch in January.

  • October 30, 2006 at 8:16 am | Ian says


    I can understand your reasoning on the risk question in a system that is designed with broader intent in mind. I think that’s exactly what was behind Hinkley’s thinking. The issue is that the current system is designed with more narrow parameters in mind and therefore the interpretaion is that broader responsibility equates to broader risk. In the end the challenge is to change the system.
    Your participation in the session was great. Let’s keep the dialogue going.

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