Social Innovation Director Michael Smith joins BREAKING OUT14!

BREAKING OUT14 is a one-day institute where the country’s forward thinkers, foundation, individual and corporate funders, and activists are redefining how we address issues in our communities, build movements to create change, and use our talents and resources to inspire others.

Building on conversations from the 2013 event, we will continue to explore how the emergence of new technologies, dramatic demographic shifts, growing inequity, powerful partnerships across diverse communities and vibrant, and multicultural youth-­led efforts, new strategies for grant making, and new models for doing good are influencing the way we think and tackle the complex problems that we face today.  Watch all videos from BREAKING OUT 2013 here.


Breaking Out

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time & Life Building
1271 Avenue of the Americas, 8th Floor
New York, NY

Interesting in attending? Contact Patricia Evert at


Michael Smith

michael-smithMichael Smith, Director of the Social Innovation Fund, will serve as moderator of the opening panel.

Michael is a political appointee in the Obama Administration serving as the director of the Social Innovation Fund, a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that mobilizes federal and private investment to support and scale innovative, evidence-based, community-driven solutions focusing on economic opportunity, youth development and healthy futures.

Before joining the Obama Administration, Michael served as Senior Vice President of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation where he oversaw the Foundation’s giving and program strategy and played a key role in the creation and support of numerous highly regarded campaigns and public-private partnerships. His work to make giving and giving back a seamless part of everyday life has led to groundbreaking crowdsourcing efforts such as America’s Giving Challenge, open innovation summits on prizes and challenges with the White House and the Make It Your Own Awards, which the New York Times called “the first time a major foundation is offering the public a direct role in deciding who should receive some of its money, a process typically shrouded in mystery.”


The day will feature four key conversations:

  • A Changing Landscape: Explore the changing landscape of philanthropy, with examples from those who have made bold changes in their strategies, those who are rethinking risk and reward to create change, the potential of film to impact social issues, and those who are intentionally embracing an innovative approach as part of their organization’s culture.
  • Social Change in a Connected Age: How are philanthropy, technology and social change now intertwined?  A new generation of committed activists will explore the innovative ways they are leveraging technology to build movements and help to solve our greatest challenges.
  • The Many Ways of Doing Good: There are many ways of “doing good” in the 21st century. Tapping into a different skill set that includes digital fluency, creativity and passion, this panel of problem-solvers will explore their ideas and the models they have created to tackle the world’s problems and create change.
  • Future Change Emerging Trends: How can we cultivate change more effectively- what are the emerging trends and barriers to change, what will be necessary in the years ahead, what are these rising hybrid models, and businesses that are creating new models as a force for good?


For more information, contact Patricia Evert at