Let's Take On the World!

The Social Innovations Journal is hosting weekly webinar panel discussions for a wider range of expertise.  Each webinar panel will have the perspectives of multiple social innovations authors, entrepreneurs and sector leaders from multiple cities across the country and world. 
We believe innovation never happens in one place, so we’re bringing multiple places to you.
Our webinars will run for 1-hr at 2:00PM EDT on Wednesdays followed by 30 minutes of Q&A, and will be interactive allowing for audience direct connections to industry experts. 
Attendees can expect an insider’s perspective on a range of topics, best practices and what the most innovative and cutting edge solutions are currently being implemented in cities and communities across the world.

Climate/Environment - Sustainable Models

Climate/Environment - Sustainable Models


Environmental sustainability has come to the center of American consciousness, as the increasingly destructive effects of global warming have slammed communities across the country. From fires in the west to floods in the east, communities throughout the United States are facing unprecedented infrastructure challenges including compromised energy, water, and transportation systems. Unless addressed, decades of neglect and lack of investment will result in loss of business sales, reduced jobs and wages, and negative impacts to the country’s GDP. Federal, state, and local governments face a $1.4 trillion public funding gap to address infrastructure challenges -- and by 2040, this funding gap will be more than $5 trillion.

This webinar brings together experts from across the country to discuss what latest innovations are being done to combat the effects of global warming. Attendees can expect to receive an inside look into the coming trends, opportunities and what communities, businesses and non-profits can do today, to build effective and sustainable models.

Moderated by:

Nicholas Torres, CEO, Social Innovations Journal, Institute, and Lab


Rose Jordan, Marketing Director Greenprint Partners

Kelly Roache, Director of Inclusion Soltice

Becky Bronstein, Program Coordinator of Washington Green Schools

Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture

Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture


This webinar will review Equity in the Center's Race Equity Cycle framework, share critical learnings from its “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture” publication and provide insight on tactics to support organizations in moving through the Race Equity Cycle.

The Race Equity Cycle identifies the three stages and common entry points of building a Race Equity Culture; helps organizations find themselves in this work; and names the levers that create momentum in building a Race Equity Culture. Participants will be provided key learnings on how to operationalize equity and measurably shift organizational culture toward race equity.

1) Participants will be introduced to research and resources Equity in the Center provides to support leaders and organizations in advancing race equity.

2) Participants will understand key research findings from the “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture” publication, and how to apply the Race Equity Cycle framework in their own work.

3) Participants will learn about management and operational levers that can shift organizational culture toward race equity.


Andrew Plumley comes to ProInspire with experience in sustainability, strategy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting in both the social and private sectors. He has also worked in education, where he’s advised on diversity and inclusion strategy at higher ed. institutions, as well as provided access and success programming for Pell eligible, students of color. Andrew is a “We All Belong” program board member for the Community Economic Development Office, as well as served as a city council appointed Police Commissioner in the state of Vermont.

Andrew has a BA from Middlebury College, and received an MBA with a focus in social and environmental sustainability from the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business. In his role as Senior Program Manager, Andrew manages the launch of Equity in the Center, which is a field wide initiative to influence leaders to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to create a more diverse and equitable social sector.
Learn more about Andrew in our occasional blog series, The Backstory.

The Poverty Stoplight: A New, Poverty Metric & Coaching Methodology

The Poverty Stoplight: A New, Poverty Metric & Coaching Methodology


In the War on Poverty era, poverty was typically understood to be a thing that happens to other people. In the 1964 Economic Report of the President, which laid out the budget for the War on Poverty, the Administration suggested that poor people lived in “a world apart. . . isolated from the mainstream of American life and alienated from its values.” People living in poverty were them, not us, and poverty itself was an anomaly, an aberration, a deviation from the norm. As a result, part of the mission of the Great Society was to incorporate them into “mainstream” institutions and culture, through education, job training, housing, medical care and so on. But we now know that poverty in the U.S. is not an anomaly or something experienced by a small minority of people. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, 34.5% of all Americans were poor at least once for two months or more between 2009 and 2012.

That’s Lesson One.  Attendees can expect and inside look into best practices for combating poverty, coming trends and what individuals and organizations can do today, to support this movement.

Presented by:
ML Wernecke, Director of Policy & Communications, Benefits Data Trust