Silicon Valley Social Innovation Leadership Network
The 3rd Annual Silicon Valley Social Innovation Leadership Forum
Learn. Collaborate. Lead!
Friday, April 25th, 2014 (8:00am-4:30pm)
San Jose City Hall
A forum designed to network, share best practices, generate innovative ideas and build leadership skills and
capacity to advance community initiatives.
In Spring, 2013, 250 innovators and leaders from diverse backgrounds and sectors met to discuss a common goal: positive social change to address social problems in our community. The 2nd annual SILF embraced an "Un-conference” format that encourages participants propose topics to self-organize, interact and collaborate. Partnerships and projects were created on topics such as alleviating poverty in under-served neighborhoods.
SILF 2014 will build on this success, and will encourage leadership and collaboration towards innovative solutions to important local problems. Although Silicon Valley is home to some of the world’s most innovative high-tech companies, many social and economic issues coexist alongside this prosperity: social inequity, access to healthcare, unemployment, and high poverty levels. These issues become critical because of the estimated 214,000 people living in poverty in Santa Clara County. Two common threads that run across these social issues are education and housing. Education, because it is a fundamental building block of individual economic growth, and housing, because the housing cost to income ratio in Silicon Valley is considered as one of the highest in the nation.
Our objective is to bring together social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and change agents from non-profits, business, government, education, and the community – to plan and develop innovative and scalable cross-sector strategies and solutions to these issues, and to develop initial plans to pilot these solutions.
We hope you will join SILF 2014 to share your ideas, to learn from others, as we work together to address these important issues! Take this opportunity to meet fascinating people, like-minded individuals, and prepare to both inspire others and to be inspired by innovative leadership and collaborative ideas that will make a lasting contribution to Silicon Valley.