Business for Social Responsibility held its conference in San Francisco last week. Titled "Reset Economy. Reset World.", the conference implored attendees to "Deliver Business Value by Thinking Big and Embracing Long-Term Sustainability Trends".
My favorite new trend in conferences is that everyone is tweeting, blogging, and streaming their sessions, so those who can't attend in person can still participate. BSR is a great example of this, having put Session Summaries (featuring an overview of the conversation, including "memorable quotes") up on this website, along with video clips of key speeches. I highly recommend checking out the summaries and videos - I'm particularly excited to learn more about sessions like "The Changing Function of the CSR Team in a Reset World", "Sustainable Consumption", and "A Conversation with Pamela Passman". (Regarding the latter, I'm intrigued by Microsoft's CSR efforts and especially by Passman's comments in the summary about collaborating with competitors on sustainability.)
You can also find a few blog posts about the conference on BSR's blog, The Business of a Better World, as well as fairly extensive coverage by GreenBiz.com, at this website.
If anyone else attended the conference and wants to share thoughts and impressions in a guest post, I'd love to hear from you! You can email me at reimaginingcsr (at) gmail (dot) com. Of course, also feel free to leave your ideas in a comment.