Conveners.org recognizes the transformative power that convening, when done right, has to positively change the world. We have built a community of mission-driven conveners, accelerators, and mappers who learn from each other, build the larger capacity of the field, and construct pathways to more efficiently realize change.

At Conveners.org

We build transformative platforms for impact-focused organizations to meaningfully connect with each other.



With 1000+ impact-focused conferences occurring each year and the rapid launch of a new accelerator on a seemingly daily basis, the impact ecosystem is getting crowded. Opportunity costs are high, as organizations operate in silos. Information is fragmented and resources are spread thin.

Conveners.org was created to foster coordination, collaboration, and learning among impact-focused conveners, accelerators, and mappers. We are a nonprofit organization that develops programs, tools, and resources to support these communities in advancing systems-level change.


We Connect Networks

Building communities of practice for impact-focused conveners and accelerators | Facilitating strategic introductions | Creating tools and hosting opportunities for peers to connect and collaborate

We Share Knowledge

Identifying knowledge gaps | Building online resources to help practitioners navigate a growing field | Conducting original research | Curating and distributing industry content & thought leadership

We Build Capacity

Offering in-person and virtual opportunities for practitioners to develop and hone relevant skills | Coaching & training in 'purpose-first' experience design | Advisory services offerings to design & facilitate impactful convenings


Conveners.org emerged from conversations among impact convening organizers who wanted to embrace a more coordinated and collaborative approach to their work. Topher Wilkins, SaraJoy Pond, and Avary Kent launched “Convening the Conveners” in October 2013 with the idea that a common platform would allow organizations to more easily connect with each other. In 2015, Conveners.org launched a membership program for this community with the support of Sujatha Sebastian. It also formalized “Accelerating the Accelerators,” a peer learning network open to impact accelerators around the world. In 2017, we formally launched “Mapping the Mappers,” a network of impact mappers that raises awareness of global impact mapping efforts.

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