Fenton proudly participated and sponsored two innovative events during the past two weeks in New York City. The first, Social Impact Exchange, brought together more than 400 grant-making foundations, philanthropists, foundations and innovative nonprofits with a key-goal to build a philanthropic capital marketplace that can consistently finance the growth of social endeavors. Topics included developing best practices for nonprofits to scale, connecting nonprofits to funding partners via investment platforms and the creation of an evaluation framework. To see first-hand the commentary by various participants, speakers and thought-leaders, you can view video interviews that were conducted by the Fenton SHARE team here. Additionally, a variety of the briefings that were presented are available for download on the event’s website.
The second key event was the 8th Annual Games for Change Festival. The three-day gathering was by far the largest gaming conference of its kind – focusing on the use of gaming to make positive change in our world. Themes this year, included the growing globalization of the industry (with presentations for Latin American, European and Korean developers), the greater use of gaming on Facebook and the increased visibility of “transmedia” projects throughout. Speakers ranged from former Vice President, Al Gore, to New York City’s Chief Digital Officer, Rachel Sterne, to Professor of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University and Owner of Schell Games, Jesse Schell. Another well-known speaker, author Sheryl Wudunn, provided her thoughts about the summit and clearly described several ways that gaming is helping push for social good in this post.
Thank you to both conference directors for engaging with Fenton on these projects. We were thrilled and honored to join you.