SOCAP is a multi-platform organization dedicated to the flow of capital towards social good. SOCAP connects leading global innovators – investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs – to build this market at the intersection of money and meaning.

This year, DFA’s Sami Nerenberg got to lead a panel within the Design for Social Innovation track focused on “Reframing: Bridging Research and Action.” The workshop was co-lead by extraordinary non-profit leaders including Saul Garlick of ThinkImpact and Elizabeth Johanson from Design that Matters.


 This session was a great opportunity to prototype reframing methods during short periods of time within a workshop format. Typically, in order to have a group successfully reframe, they also need to be a part of the user-research so they understand the data they are working with. Seeing that we only had 90 minutes, to overcome this, we had ThinkImpact student Jianlin tell us 3 stories by creating personas based on his experiences in the field. The audience took post-it notes while Jianlin shared his stories and the audience members were able to use these post-it notes to help direct them to narrow in the scope of the day’s challenge. It was great to try out this new technique, work with some fantastic non-profit leaders and share DFA’s story with so many people during the conference.