It’s official. Detroit is the host city for the 2016 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service.
It will be held at Cobo Center June 27-29,
“Detroit reminds us it is the strength of people uniting in service that can change communities,” the organization says. “It is out of challenging times that we demonstrate the determination and unfailing spirit of Detroit – a remarkable city and extraordinary example of community resiliency and citizen leadership.”
Thousands of people representing non-profits, government, business, and civic leaders gather each year for the Points of Light Conference. Once together, they draw on each other to learn, share, get inspired and strengthen volunteering both at home and across the globe.
The goal of Points of Light is to spark a global volunteer movement. Each year about a billion people volunteer around the world and today global volunteer rates are at a five-year high.
You can get involved. The group is looking for thought-provoking, innovative workshop proposals for the annual conference.
“We are thrilled to bring the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service to Detroit, a city where social innovation, cross-sector collaboration and citizen engagement are driving an unprecedented urban renaissance,” said Tracy Hoover, CEO of Points of Light. “Detroit is an ideal convening point and a rich civic learning lab with impactful models and ideas that will benefit 4,000 nonprofit, corporate and government change makers from around the world.”
During the three-day event, attendees will hear from the most-recognized innovators, influencers and change makers. Speakers at past conferences include Tyler Perry, Kevin Bacon, Chelsea Clinton, John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi and many others.
Detroit’s turn to play host will focus on how to build and strengthen communities with citizen engagement and social innovation.
If you have an idea for a workshop at the conference, they want to hear it.
Proposals can support conference tracks, including capacity building, education, disaster services, government, global, next-generation leaders, national service, social entrepreneurship and innovation, sustainable community development or volunteer engagement. Proposals are due by Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. EST and can be submitted online.
Your idea must offer attendees proven and realistic solutions with interactive content and should focus on innovative and replicable strategies for engaging volunteers. Any workshops submitted must be at least 90 minutes long.
Point of Light takes its vision from the 1,000 points of light idea shared by its founder in his 1989 inaugural address. Points of Light transcends politics and borders to inspire millions of volunteers worldwide.