Our communities will never reach their full potential, unless everyone is allowed to participate. Our current economic systems leave many people on the outside. As we collectively build this new field, we have a chance to reimagine our economies in a more inclusive way. To achieve this vision, to effectively remove barriers for all entrepreneurs of all kinds, we need diverse voices at the table and leading our field. Our leadership must include ecosystem builders from all walks of life, all parts of communities, and all kinds of regions – both nationally and globally. The more diverse perspectives we have at the table, the stronger and more sustainable our collective work will be.
Because of this, we spent significant time at the 2018 Summit exploring these challenges, hearing stories from a wide range of perspectives and focusing on how to create solutions that address diversity, equity, and inclusion in the work of entrepreneurial ecosystem building. Melinda Briana Epler and Wayne Sutton of Change Catalyst, a San-Francisco-based organization, and Dr. JaNay Queen Nazaire of Living Cities, designed and led Summit attendees through a morning of lively presentations and small group discussion on these important topics. See some of the highlights below.
Watch: "ESHIP Summit 2018 Firestarter: Change Catalyst Part I, feat. Melinda Briana Epler and Wayne Sutton" | 9:32
Watch: "ESHIP Summit 2018 Firestarter: Change Catalyst Part II, feat. Melinda Briana Epler and Wayne Sutton" | 12:44
Watch: "ESHIP Summit 2018 Firestarter: Dr. JaNay Queen Nazaire" | 12:57