Social Impact Summit 2018 San Francisco

Yesterday, as part of Points of Light Civic Accelerator’s Veteran Solutions Labs cohort, we went to the Social Impact Summit in San Francisco. By my estimate, there were probably 500 to 1000 people who were all there to create a change in the current way we do things to improve people’s lives all over the world.

Whether it is new ways of detecting cervical cancer for patients in India, creating cryptocurrency for the poor or creating partisan agnostic momentum for political change, the vein was similar in that nobody there was satisfied with how things are done currently.

As I sat there, looking at what potentially could have been 500 to 1000 different ideas for different demographics, an idea settled on my mind. For those of you who know me, this even happened when I wasn’t stuck in traffic on 183 N in Austin, TX. It is the same issue that the 40,000+ Veteran organizations face – all fighting for the same money, and a lot of them not coming together to solve what their core purpose is: to improve the lives of those they serve.

I wonder what it would be like for different verticals to come together. The vast majority of companies that I met there were in the technology space. What about the finance industry, or the cosmetology industry coming together in conjunction with the technology industry to create a greater social impact movement?

The only way for things to move forward is if we come together.