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Convergence XV: Shaping Market Systems

Criterion Institute

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM - Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Convergence XV: Shaping Market Systems

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Bird Special Ended $500.00 $7.95
Convergence Registration Ended $695.00 $7.95
Just-in-Time Registration Ended $795.00 $7.95
Add a Donation to Support this Work Ended $250.00 $5.99

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Convergence is the place for the folks who know it is not enough to talk about using markets to create social and environmental good. We need to actually change the systems that manage how markets work. Those specific systems of supply chain or finance, as they are currently structured, do not work to create the outcomes that we want. We made them up. We can change them.


Over the past 18 months, we hosted a set of three dialogues which built a community, surfaced key practices of shaping market systems, and began defining this emerging field. We captured many of the themes that emerged in these dialogues in a set of webinars in August that you can view here: We will build on these ideas in the conference to create tangible knowledge products and continue to both expand and deepen this community of leaders.


The conference will limited to 75 participants and will use Criterion’s proven process technology, known as Convergence. At a Convergence, there are no speakers, no panels. We interview everyone who registers to attend and based on the results of those conversations, we design the agenda. You spend your time in well facilitated conversation designed around what interests you, leading toward outcomes that are useful to your work. This is not a place to passively learn, this is where leaders move forward their work.


We have a few audiences we expect in the room at Convergence. We’re focused on the experienced, high profile leaders, like many of you – practitioners who are shifting market systems in their daily work. Convergence is a place to talk about your work, collaborate, and share practices with peers. And learn with the other participants as well – leaders intrigued by the new strategies for change and looking to engage, and academics and thought leaders studying this as an emerging field.


The location of the event is quite remarkable. It is a space that we have to ourselves, with great trails nearby, very, very good food, and amazing staff who we have worked with for years. The Simsbury Inn is about 15 min from Hartford-Springfield airport and if you can get there, the hotel will pick you up and take care of you. But, and here is the rub, public transportation is not as direct as we would like, so we’re going to have complementary vans leaving from and returning to both Boston and New York at the beginning and the end of the conference. This will be a great pre-networking time with other participants.


We are building an amazing group of sponsors for the conference. As a result, we are going to have a handful of focused scholarships supported by sponsors. As the specific focus of these scholarships emerges, we’ll let you know and we’d love your help in finding the right leaders to fill these spots.


And we will have a few heavily discounted registrations for individuals who are willing to volunteer specifically on the work around the conference, whether that is helping manage registrations and interviews of participants, facilitating at the event or curating the rich materials that come out of conversations after the event. Let us know if you are interested or direct us to others who might be interested.

Lodging, Criterion guest rate and local transportation questions should be directed to Kathy Strauch at the Simsbury Inn - (860) 392-0312 or 

Learn more at our website: 

Please contact Sarah Munford at or (757)536-1455 with any other inquiries.

Have questions about Convergence XV: Shaping Market Systems? Contact Criterion Institute
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Simsbury Inn
397 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06089

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM - Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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