This week is Social Venture Institute Vancouver, run by the Hollyhock Leadership Institute. I’m pretty thrilled to say I’m attending!
SVI is a conference that brings together business leaders and social entrepreneurs who are (or want to be) running socially conscious organizations. From our humble start in a converted guest bedroom nearly 20 years ago, Hop Studios has grown steadily in expertise and knowledge, but we’ve also got big hearts and aspirations—and a lot of questions about bringing our social values to bear in our work.
Last year Hop Studios made a commitment to pursue and support organizations and individuals whose primary aim is to create a sustainable, inclusive and progressive world. Why? Well, honestly, as a group of concerned folks working together, we’ve agreed that this is our way to help make the world a better place. We’re not ourselves community organizers or policy experts, and when we volunteer our time outside of work, our best skills are sometimes too specialized to be of much use. We decided that working with clients who are change makers and leaders is how we can best make a difference.
(Of course, there is no judgement in this effort to focus on clients and projects that fit these ideals—we’re an equal opportunity website design and development company, and we do and like all kinds of projects!)
Since our re-focus on socially conscious projects last year we’ve tried some experiments, changed how we approach new business proposals, and worked to develop a coherent in-house set of values and goals, but all this is definitely still a work in progress. I’m looking forward to bringing our curiosity and questions to SVI Vancouver!