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Minneapolis Hub of the Global Shapers and The Value Web partnered last week to create impact in their local community. The World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community of social innovators and The Value Web, which designs and facilitates with premier organizations worldwide to solve today’s most complex and systemic issues, combined as perfect partners to support the 2014 Net Impact conference.


Net Impact unites a community of more than 60,000 student and professional leaders creating positive social and environmental change. With 2,700 participants gathering in Minneapolis for Net Impact’s 2014 flagship conference this past weekend, The Value Web and the Minneapolis Global Shapers teamed up to channel conference participants’ energy and insights to benefit five local social enterprises:

  • Tech Dump, which recycles electronics and provides job training to disadvantaged adults, identified channels for collecting unwanted materials to fuel organizational growth.
  • Hiawatha Academies, a network of high-performing charter schools in South Minneapolis, explored strategies to create more educational equity for all kids in Minneapolis.
  • Buffalo by Bike, delivering 100% grass-fed, sustainably grown buffalo meat, crafted new ideas to spark stronger consumer demand for buffalo products.
  • Clare Housing, which provides affordable housing and supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS, worked with participants to consider new supplemental revenue streams to support its sustainability and growth.
  • Brave New Workshop, improvisational comedy theater and performance educators, mapped how to make their services relevant, accessible and effective for Minnesota’s immigrant youth.

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In addition to design facilitation by The Value Web and the Minneapolis Global Shapers, the social enterprises leveraged the open source People Science platform to maximize impact. Based on The Value Web’s research, we know the resulting micro-communities of participants that engaged around creating solutions, rather than just discussing challenges, are statistically more likely to remain an asset to these organizations going forward.

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Both The Value Web and Minneapolis Global Shapers are proud to have supported Net Impact in moving beyond discussion and into action, and we look forward to seeing the outcomes of these 5 sessions in the weeks ahead. Special thanks to the Shapers and Facilitators that led the sessions:


Abdul Omari
Allan Coleman
Amelia Harris
Andrea Grange
Avneet Singh
Ben Aase
Brandon Klein
Brian Jacob Bell
Chuck Peterson
Elena Imaretska
Eric Sannerud
Erica Kramer
Glasha Marcon
Janet Namulondo
Jenny Cook
Joy McBrien
Kelsey Vatsaas
Matthew Kinney
Michelle Hartke
Sam Smith
Sean Elder
Tanya Schmitt
Taylor Larson
Terence Steinberg
Tim Raducha-Grace

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