ConvergeUS

Sponsor:
ConvergeUS
Topics:
Stakeholder Summit
Location:
San Francisco, CA
Date:
October 2011
Participants:
Approximately 120

Leveraging Technology to Create Positive Social Change

ConvergeUS, the non-profit arm of TechNet (http://www.technet.org), a bipartisan, political network of technology sector CEO’s and senior executives, was founded in 2011 to mobilize corporations, academic institutions, and other nonprofits to leverage technology to create positive change on critical issues facing American society.  Co-chaired by TechNet’s CEO, Rey Ramsey, and Twitter’s Co-Founder, Biz Stone, Converge US undertakes year-long initiatives to produce game-changing results on critical social issues that have the potential for enhanced outcomes through the use of technology.

To achieve its mission ConvergeUS applies three strategies:

  • Create in an annual summit meeting of partners a one yearlong “technology innovation blueprint” to achieve results in each of the three focus areas.
  • Recruit professionals and students as innovation fellows and scholars;
  • Generate and share relevant research.

AmericaSpeaks was privileged to facilitate ConvergeUS’ first annual fall gathering in San Francisco on October 5 and 6.  The gathering brought together leading subject matter experts and social innovators to chart a year-long process for a successful collaboration. Participants will then have one-year to determine the best manner to achieve breakthrough results.

Each year ConvergeUS will identify no more than three problem areas to concentrate its resources.  For 2011, ConvergeUS selected STEM EducationEarly Childhood Education, and Child Nutrition.  Additionally, improving children’s learning and literacy and providing assistance to the families of those serving in our military will be areas of ongoing focus.

Gathering participants were divided into three working groups; one group for each problem area.  Each group developed a vision that described improvements to the problem through the year 2016, discussed and refined the most compelling opportunities for action around the problem, and proposed bold outcomes for the coming year.