Social Venturers is launching a series of Fireside Chats to discuss what makes ecosystem builders effective. Every two weeks from September 10th until December 3rd, they are hosting peer-to-peer knowledge sharing sessions and you are invited!

#3 Enlist collaborators. Everyone is invited. (October 8th 2020, 2. p.m. EST)

In his conversation with Social Venturers, Rick Turozy said “I especially enjoy involving new mentors. Because it’s an opportunity to remind them how intelligent, creative and knowledgeable they are. What seems obvious and second nature to them is often rocket science to someone who is not in their field.”

Rick’s approach to recruiting mentors is the epitome of the third principle for effective ecosystem building: Enlist collaborators. Everyone is invited.

To support an entrepreneurial ecosystem, stakeholders don’t necessarily have to be entrepreneurs themselves or hold a degree in business. On the contrary. Diversity of thought and experience is where new ideas come about and where innovation can happen. Our job as ecosystem builders, thus, is to invite everyone who has a genuine interest in seeing (social) entrepreneurs thrive. 

Join Social Venturers on October 8th, 2020, at 2. Pm EST for a one-hour Fireside Chat about Ecosystem Building principle #3: Enlist collaborators. Everyone is invited.

Format: Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats are peer-to-peer knowledge sharing sessions with entrepreneurial ecosystem builders passionate about leveraging entrepreneurship in their communities as a force for good. We respect each other’s views, we speak from our own experience and we are comfortable saying “I don’t know!”

Rather than best practices, we are hoping to elicit:

  • Stories from the field with a focus on lessons learned
  • Proven practices: What has worked for you, what hasn’t? What will you try next?
  • Tools and resources: Which tools do you rely on to do your work well? Which resources do you confidently recommend to your peers?
  • Questions: What do YOU want to know more about? Which questions are worth diving deeper into?

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Each Fireside Chat will become a blogpost in Social Venturers LEARN section with a focus on stories from the field, proven practices, tools & resources, and remaining questions.

To learn more about leadership in entrepreneurial ecosystem building, check out Social Venturers’ latest series on Allyship.

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Anika Horn

Anika Horn is an ecosystem builder for social change, social enterprise advisor and storyteller. She is on a mission to equip ecosystem builders with the insights, resources and community to lead fulfilling lives and purpose-driven careers. Learn more about her work at and