A simple, yet powerful formula. 

Innovative Social Entrepreneurs + Committed Social Investors = Synergy on Social Dilemmas

See what people are blogging and tweeting about EPCON 2011:

EPCON 2011: How to Solve the World’s Biggest Problems

My View: Solving Minnesota’s Problems Means Getting Everybody at the Table
@writerpollock Tristan Pollock

David Haskell is one of the most articulate, inspiring speakers I’ve ever heard.
@JLoMN Jennie Olson

“If you haven’t found something worth dying for then you haven’t found something worth living for.” @dreamsindeed David Haskell
@larsleafblad Lars Leafblad

Love this -> David Haskell’s keys to building network approach: “Shared Dream. Aligned Values. Participatory Weave. Servant Leaders.”
@works_progress Works Progress

Love David Haskell’s idea of a “participatory weave!”
@JLoMN Jennie Olson

“I’ve got a dream…” @dreamsindeed David Haskell – What’s your dream?
MentorPlanet Beth Parkhill

Real change requires deep trust across varied organizations. Difficult but worthy. David Haskell
@lhavens Lucas

Love David Haskell’s metaphor of resonance at #epcon. If you find resonance with a person/org, follow it for as long as he has–30 yrs?
@writerpollock Tristan Pollock

“Draw your circle large enough to include even the smallest voice.” – David Haskell of @DreamsInDeed
@JLoMN Jennie Olson

Keynote speaker Dream Indeed’s David Haskell talks about Minnesota’s philanthropic success
@works_progress Works Progress

“It’s better together… it’s also harder together.” Real talk from David Haskell.
To learn more about the EPCON conference, read on.

EPCON 2011: Better Together; Haskell to Deliver Keynote

A simple, yet powerful formula. Innovative Social Entrepreneurs + Committed Social Investors = Synergy on Social Dilemmas

Applying that formula, Social Venture Partners Minnesota is hosting the Engaged Philanthropy Conference (EPCON) on 16 June at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency.  No other gathering in Minnesota brings together such a diverse group of trailblazers.  Nonprofit leaders.  Foundation directors.  Individual philanthropists.  Business entrepreneurs.  Corporate executives.  Government policy makers.

The aim?  Listen to each other and take action together on entrenched social problems.  These leaders know that community needs are far bigger than any one foundation, institution, or government agency can take on alone.

EPCON 2011 has tapped David Haskell to give the keynote address.  Through two decades of international development practice in the Middle East, East Africa, and Southeast Asia, Haskell has grappled with complex social problems firsthand.  Those experiences have taught him a simple, yet profound, truth required for leveraged impact: collaboration.  Illustrated by an inspiring case from Egypt, Haskell will unpack the verity that we are “Better Together.”
Haskell’s aspiration for EPCON 2011?

“Generous and engaged civic networks have sustained values and leveraged change in Minnesota for decades, but I hope their greatest impact is still ahead.”

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We’ve got some great news to share from the Haskells!  

 However, before we jump into that, allow us to introduce ourselves as the chairs of the US and Swiss boards of directors for Dreams InDeed. 

I am
Rick Williamson, US board chair.  As a clinical psychologist, I specialize in trauma recovery and strengthening individuals and communities against stress impact. I prepare humanitarians and responders worldwide to serve effectively in harm’s way.  Over my fifteen years in this field, I’ve recognized the essential role of those special persons in every community who embrace and build up their most affected neighbors. 

I serve with Dreams InDeed not only because we engage in the world’s hard places, but we also aim to strengthen the “insider” for the truly transformative impact that the world so desperately needs. I am honored to serve along with each of you in support of the Dreams InDeed mission.

And, I am
Joe Campbell, Swiss board chair.  As a mediator in civil and political disputes, I contributed to peaceful resolution of the troubles in my home country of Northern Ireland, leading to the Good Friday Agreement.  I also mediated in Nepal alongside politicians, community activists, and church leaders in the search for a just and lasting peace. In both, I supported Dreamers and have often been a Dreamer myself. 


I know what it means to be affirmed and encouraged by outsiders who make it their business to be informed enablers.  That sensitive participation fosters hope amidst despair.  It is my honour to join in the crucial work of Dreams InDeed.  Together with you, I will do all I can to nurture sparks of hope into lights of joy.

Now, here is the news we just received from David and Janice in the Middle East:


Dear Rick and Joe, 


Thank you for your faithful and effective servant leadership as our US and Swiss board chairs.  We were challenged by the wisdom and faith of both boards setting such ambitious goals this year.  As our fiscal year gets underway now in July, we’re excited that strategic doors of opportunity are swinging open on every aim we agreed together!  


Goal: equip exemplary dreamer cases in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and East Africa.  Progress: despite escalating violence, dreamers are persevering with six initiatives among the hardest countries of the worldwide Fragile States Index.  This year, we’ll sustain both Dreams InDeed’s unprecedented regional registration and our continuing Jordan residency to strengthen these dreamers, guided by Janice.


Goal: research parable communications to engage closed minds via both word and deed.  Progress: The University of Oxford has approved David for doctoral field research on The Pedagogy of Parable.  To develop this Dreams InDeed training curriculum, David will shuttle between research in Oxford and case work on the ground in the Middle East.


Goal: research publishable Middle East cases on the transformation of pluralist conflict.  Progress: an exemplary Lebanese visionary has volunteered his civil society, public service, and business networks for rigorous field research.  Plus two Oxford professors, experts in values education and intercultural dialogue, will supervise the fieldwork.  


Goal: engage next-generation prospects to serve dreamers in hard places worldwide.  Progress: Kellogg College, with Oxford’s greatest number and diversity of international graduate students, has granted David membership.  Adjacent to Kellogg, Dreams InDeed has secured an operating base in Oxford for us to host and befriend global candidates.


Goal: expand our thought leader networks for aligned advisors and European board members.  Progress: upon review of David’s Pedagogy of Parable research proposal, six professors immediately volunteered their expertise in international development, political science, public policy, economics, leadership science, and character cultivation.



On behalf of the boards of directors of Dreams InDeed, we thank you again for journeying with us on our mission to strengthen dreamers in hard places so the poor thrive as God intended. We look forward to your continuing participation as we accelerate toward our shared vision: “a light in every hard place in our generation.”