Finding the REAL Problem leads to the BEST Solution.

The world's problems are OUR problems. 



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Soul of The Next Economy 

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Lion's Den



This is not a pitch competition, rather an opportunity to share the social issues that people are passionate about.  To take a deep dive into the process of real systems change.  

There are many different ways that people can get involved, it's not always about starting a business. The soul of The next economy is truly about collaboration, even with your "competitors".

These passionate individuals will share with you what they discovered about the Social Issue they are passionate about, please reach out, share, connect and you can even donate (charity receipt included) to their learning.  

This is inspired by the research & learning of Daniela Papi-Thornton of Tackling Heropreneurship.  Participants had to answer specific questions and fill out the Impact Gap Canvas Map.





The Lion's Den Social Innovator Fund is also supporting:


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


What did the participants of Lion's Den have to do?

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!

What Social Issues Are You Passionate About?

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