The Future of Work: How Purpose Will Drive the Economy in the 21st Century

A seismic shift is happening that will forever transform our economy and the future of work. In the past, we were in agrarian economy, then an industrial economy, and now we are living and working in an information economy.

What’s next? It is called the Purpose Economy and it is emerging as a key economic driver that is creating a new context in which people and organizations are delivering value. Join Be Social Change and our diverse group of panelists as we explore the integration of purpose into the future of work and how it will impact the way we pursue careers that also help improve the lives of people and the health of our planet.


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6:30-7:00 PM - Doors open, Arrive

7:00-8:30 PM - Panel Discussion + Q&A

8:30-9:00 PM - Networking



Arthur Woods, Co-founder Imperative

Arthur is the co-founder of Imperative, a new career development system deepening the way we fundamentally approach work. Before Imperative Arthur led operations at YouTube EDU where he spearheaded YouTube for Schools and created the YouTube's first quality review process for educational content. Arthur previously co-founded the Compass Fellowship, a social enterprise training program in 18 universities worldwide.  Arthur graduated from Georgetown University and sits on the boards of the Sierra Institute, Georgetown Technology Alliance, Compass Partners and Out in Tech.

Sophie Faris, B Lab 

Sophie runs east coast community development for B Lab, the non-profit behind B Corporation Certification, Benefit Corporation Legislation, and the Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS). In this role, Sophie is building a community of values-driven businesses and working to benchmark their great work. Sophie joined B Lab after five years at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), where she led its Commitments Department. In that capacity, she worked with companies, philanthropists, and leading non-profits to define specific high-impact projects that address global challenges, called CGI Commitments to Action.  Sophie is a New York City resident, with frequent escapes to the farms and fields of Connecticut. She is a former high school teacher who still finds daily inspiration in the trials and triumphs of her students in Oakland, California.

Dev Auja, Catalog 

Dev heads Catalog, an agency which provides recruiting services for companies that make money and do good. For the last ten years, Dev has been at the center of a progressive new generation that is rebuilding, redesigning and rethinking the ways that we do good and make money. He is the founder of DreamNow, a charitable organization which has helped young people organize and start community projects. Over the last ten years, DreamNow has reached over fifty thousand people and raised over three million dollars. Dev currently lives and works in New York and Toronto. He is the co-author of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World (Rodale/Penguin 2012).

Nate Heasley, Goodnik

Nate is an entrepreneur and inveterate do-gooder. Prior to 2005 he spent most of his career in the nonprofit sector, transitioning after that to work in the technology sector. He has been a cofounder at two other startups, NearSay and Teem'd, and he currently runs the nonprofit organization Goodnik, which promotes and supports social enterprise.

Harsh Mehta, Co-Founder & COO OfficeLinks

Harsh Mehta co-founded OfficeLinks in 2003 and fast established the company as a leading provider of 21st Century Workspace.  The firm, which started with a single floor in New York City, now has five premier locations in Manhattan and one in Chicago at the Willis (Sears) Tower.An early thought-leader and agent of change within the workspace as a service category, Harsh is OfficeLinks’ visionary. He draws upon a powerful combination of people, facilities and technology to provide a workspace solution where Business Thrives.  As such, thousands of small to mid-sized and large firms use OfficeLinks’s solution to as a core tool to optimize performance and gain a competitive advantage.  


Marcos Salazar, Co-Founder + Executive Director, Be Social Change

Marcos is a social entrepreneur, educator, and community builder. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Be Social Change, a New York City based non-profit on a mission to educate and connect the next generation of change makers.Previously, Marcos was the Vice President of Programs at The White House Project as well as former Technology Strategist and Leadership Researcher for Girl Scouts of the USA. He is the author of The Turbulent Twenties Survival Guide, an expert speaker on the psychology of life after college, Gen Y, and Millennial topics, a former elected official in New York City as well as owns two hyperlocal clothing companies, BoroThreads and DistrictTees, in New York City and Washington, DC.


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  • Bill G.

    I am impressed by the efforts of the panelists and interest of the attendees in making a positive difference. My concern is that most efforts are small and local while the mega macro trends are so strongly negative. Companies hire staff to do some high profile social good like helping a few hundred families/students somewhere and lay off thousands (and sometimes replace them with contract workers for far less and no benefits). There may be thousands of small companies working to do good, but the real direction in terms of polarization of wealth and the decline of median income & increase of % of children below the poverty level are indications that good intentions end at the pocketbook for most of the bigger corporations. There is an Oxford University forecast that up to 50% of those currently with jobs may be unemployed in 10-20 years. What then? Does anyone really expect top .1% to really share or will they conclude they would be better off if world had far less population?

    March 20, 2014

  • Tom C.

    Outstanding event with great speakers!

    There where a few outstanding questions that I think are certainly important to this debate. First, what is going to be the tipping point to make companies become more socially responsible? Some suggested pressure from customers and pressure from employees. But this has been the case for decades and little change has come about. I think the better (albeit less popular) solution is through government intervention. We've seen government intervention in the Hybrid car market (through tax credits) and in the green energy space (through things like loan guarantees). Unfortunately some of these government programs have been poorly managed (see: Solyndra), but the government (both Federal and state) is much more suited to drive this social good. Second, what transparency efforts are being made? This is a good first step to creating a social enterprise, in my opinion. Thanks!

    March 19, 2014

  • Bill G.

    I hope the panel will address what to do about employing the lower qualified workers that make up the majority of the population. This is where most jobs have and are disappearing or are no longer paying a living wage. What are job prospects for third or more of population unable or unwilling to compete in future (non-strivers)? Polarization of income & wealth combined with loss of low qualified, living wage jobs are a real danger for our society. What if have-nots become majority and eventually elect a government pledged to confiscate the majority of wealth of top few % - those that currently control most existing power structures including the military-industrial complex? Will the haves simply accept the election or will there be a coup or similar? I already hear people talking about the need to limit the right to vote based on taxes paid or the like. Will democracy survive? Please address realistically the 21st century employment future of the bottom third of our population.

    March 13, 2014

    • Kristina

      I see a lot of "lower qualified" people doing better than I am with a graduate degree, opening small stores like a shoe repair shop, vegetable stands, selling tacos out of trucks...if you are willing to work hard, be enterprising, and follow through on a good idea, you'll do okay. On the other hand, if you complain that your misfortune and lot in life is due to society not giving you enough, money, support, whatever, you won't get far. I believe in making your own opportunities .

      March 19, 2014

    • Bill G.

      Do you really see most of the bottom third of the population as entrepreneurs (in many states, close to a third of the population does not even finish high school and many can barely read and write). I think having people with graduate degrees opening small shops is more realistic. If we don't find a way for the bottom third to support themselves via jobs we will either pay in the form of high social welfare costs or crime-related costs (prevention, punishment or as victims). It is not just about having jobs, but having jobs that pay a living wage. Germany has almost no unemployment but a very high % of full time workers do not earn enough to live on let alone save anything for retirement (or even pay into social security). We don't want to follow that example.

      March 19, 2014

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