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What Social Issues Are You Passionate About?

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Social innovation has enjoyed growing recognition all over the world. But many of us are unsure of how it happens or why we need it. Here's a quick overview of social innovation, as developed by Social Innovation Generation. For years SiG has been exploring the various qualities and elements that support successful social innovation.

Lion's Den:
Social Innovation Challenge

@ The Soul of The Next Economy Forum
September 29 & 30, 2017.

Up to $5,000 of cash & prizes to assist you on your Social Innovation journey.

FEATURING: Daniela Papi-Thornton


How do I participate in

Lion's Den?


You must be pre-registered to qualify, hurry only 30 spots available! Plus you will receive a special promo code to attend the Soul of the Next Economy Forum for only $30, special tips & tricks and access to free workshops. 


Step 1:


Pick one Social Issues you are passionate about tackling, it can be local or globally. But yes it can be only one and be specific.

For example if you want to explore poverty, what subject in poverty do you want to explore? Affordable housing, living wage or food security? Where does this happen? Who is involved?

Specific = Clarity = Winning!


Step 2:

Do your research! Visit Tackling Heropreneurship and read the report - it is amazing!

Download and fill out the THE IMPACT GAPS CANVAS and watch the helpful video.


Step 3:

Do your research, talk to people and organizations involved in the problem.

1. What’s the hardest part of the social issue?

2. Give 1-3 specific examples of the social issue & how does it occur?

3. Who or what is currently involved in the social issue?

4. Who is affected by it?

5. What strategies or solutions have people or organizations already tried? What works? What could be improved?

6. What are your recommendations (remember you are not pitching a solution, you are focused on the core social issue & making recommendations only).


Step 4:

Grab your smartphone & do up a quick 3 minutes video answering the questions in Step 3 & why you are so PASSIONATE about the social issue.

Submit your video & problem canvas to by Sunday, September 24 by midnight.


$5,000 in Cash & Prizes!

We aren't looking at this so much as winning but as learning & connecting with people who care about the issues you do.

There are 300+ people who attend Soul of The Next Economy (from individuals to nonprofits to executives) and they will be voting on which presentations they would most likely want to support either with their time, mentorship, connections and even money.

We want to support you on your social activator journey!

Event Schedule,


& Important Dates


September 24 @ Midnight

Deadline for Submissions for Lion’s Den

For your chance to win up to $5,000 in cash & prizes, only the first 30 pre-registered submissions will be reviewed - YOU MUST pre-register. Upon pre-registration, you will receive a special code so you can attend the 2-Day Soul of the Next Economy Forum for only $30! Check out


September 27: Advancement Announcement

A panel will review only the first 30 pre-registered submissions to determine who will advance to share their idea on stage at Soul of the Next Economy. Make sure to check your email and cell phone! We are looking for passion, clarity & a real understanding of the problem by answering the questions below.

September 29 @ 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Lion’s Den World Cafe

Join us to connect with a thought leader in the industry & keynote at Soul of the Next Economy, Daniela Papi-Thornton, former Deputy Director at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Featuring the submissions from Lion’s Den, we will further explore the social issues that people are passionate about, asking questions & diving deep in a world cafe type format. (Entry to this is included in your Soul of the Next Economy Forum ticket for $30).

September 29 & 30

Soul of the Next Economy

Join us at this incredible forum where thought leaders, community and businesses merge to tackle local & global issues, go to for more details & detailed schedule.  


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Frequently Asked Questions


Who can participate and do I have to do it on my own?

We are calling all changemakers; entrepreneurs, students, non-profits, businesses, community organizations, anyone who wants to have a meaningful conversation. Teams can have up to 3 people.

When do we need to submit the Social Issue Video & Canvas?

Sunday, September 24 by midnight, everything is due. You need to pre-register, so make sure you do it before the submit your video.  PLUS you get a special discount to attend the Soul of The Next Economy, which is where Lion's Den is being held. We will have meetups and give you some tips to help you make the best presentation possible.

We will contact you by Wednesday, September 26 if you have been selected to be featured at Lion’s Den at Soul of The Next Economy September 29 and 30. You are only allowed 3 slides, basically we want you to say what you said in your 3 minutes video, with passion and conviction!


Do I need attend both days of Soul of the Next Economy?

Yes full participation is required from Friday, September 29 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 (you can stay for the movie after) and Saturday, September 30 for the full day forum. If you are selected, you will be on stage presenting your problem Saturday afternoon.

Everyone is welcome

EVERYONE is encouraged to attend The Soul of The Next Economy, as it is incredible learning opportunity if you are passionate about connecting with like minded people.  If you are not selected to be on stage, that's ok, because we have lots of opportunities happening for you to explore your problem & solution.

Soul of the Next Economy conference is the best place to learn, connect and explore your ideas with other like minded people. Plus we have workshops, meetups and networking happening throughout fall and winter, including ATB BoostR Social Entrepreneurship Pitch Event in December.  And we will have some additional surprise prizing too.


I have more questions, who do I contact?

No problem, please email



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