Our story

Green Break­fast Club is a monthly break­fast speaker series and resource exchange for the social and eco­log­i­cal inno­va­tion com­mu­nity. Monthly events fea­ture a short keynote speech given by a com­mu­nity leader that fea­tures a prob­lem and its solu­tion, fol­lowed by a peer to peer resource exchange and organic break­fast! The peer to peer resource exchange meets for monthly net­work­ing events to grow local green innovation communities through resource shar­ing and sto­ry­telling. The event for­mat includes a keynote speaker’s prob­lem and solu­tion story, a one hour resource exchange where each attendee presents short ‘gives’ and ‘asks’ to share resources, and an oppor­tu­nity for open net­work­ing there­after. Each event pro­duces a ‘Green Talks’ video of the keynote that is pub­lished online, and a chan­nel for atten­dees to share their resources. This event meshes inno­va­tors in social and green enter­prise, tech­nol­ogy, non­profit, startup, the finan­cial sec­tor and Cor­po­rate Social Respon­si­bil­ity — ally­ing them to work together to grow their local and global com­mu­ni­ties through shar­ing resources and sto­ries to sup­port inno­va­tion for social and eco­log­i­cal change.

Green Break­fast Club began its first chap­ter in New York City in June 2011, expanded into Green Cock­tail Club, Green Film Club, a work­shop series on star­tups, a white label event at the Com­mit Forum, and pro­to­type events in Lon­don and Nairobi. This growth was all achieved through boot­strap­ping, where atten­dees paid ticket sales and spon­sors pro­vided cash and in-​kind sup­port, to evolve the ven­ture. This all served as an incred­i­ble pro­to­type to assess what the core value propo­si­tion is for this ven­ture, and how to pivot it for its next growth stage: focus on a few key west­ern cities with mature startup ecosys­tems and expan­sion through­out Inno­va­tion Hubs world­wide; develop the Green Talks video into a robust online video archive that show­cases the next gen­er­a­tion of eco inno­vat­ing lead­ers; estab­lish the con­tent of the keynote speeches into prob­lems and solu­tions to the world’s press­ing social and envi­ron­men­tal issues.

Our Mis­sion is to share resources to transition to the green economy. We seek to grow into a capac­ity builder for local entre­pre­neur­ial ecosys­tems, and to connect these local communities with a global network.