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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Creating Social Silicon Valleys

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Session Description

Society’s large and complex challenges require many relevant people and organisations from all sectors to act together to create change. This session explores how these networks and partnerships can work and what they can achieve, from local level interactions to global responses which address specific issues. One example will be a Chinese eco-city.

When | Where

14:00 - 16:00 Wednesday, March 28

Session leaders

  • Meng Zhao Speaker
    Assistant Professor, Skolkovo Institute of Emerging Market Studies
    Meng Zhao is now an Assistant Professor in Strategy and Organization Skolkovo and Research Fellow, Skolkovo Institute of Emerging Market Studies. Research: Emergence and Evolution of Organizational Fields, Social Entrepreneurship & Corporate Social Responsibility in Emerging Markets and others He also researches Diffusion theory. Diffusion theory's main focus is on the flow of information within a social system, such as via mass media and word-of-mouth communications
  • Peter Head Speaker
    Director, Arup
    Peter is a champion for developing global practice that demonstrates that the way we invest public and private money in the built environment could be made very much more effective if both sectors adopted sustainable development principles. A civil and structural engineer, he has become a recognized world leader in major bridges, advanced composite technology and now in sustainable development in cities. He joined Arup in 2004 to create/lead their planning & integrated urbanism team. He was appointed as an independent Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission in 2002. In 2008 Peter was appointed as Innovation Champion for Thames Gateway. Peter is a 2008 Principal Voice on CNN and in the October issue of Time magazine, he was nominated as one of 30 global ecoheroes.
  • Russell Hancock Speaker
    President and CEO, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network
    Russell Hancock is President & CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a position he has held since 2003. In this role Dr. Hancock is best described variously: as a civic leader, community gatherer, institution builder, social entrepreneur, and outspoken advocate for regionalism. Since taking the helm of Joint Venture he has quadrupled the size of the organization; assembled a potent board filled with mayors, CEOs and university presidents; built strategic partnerships; recruited a highly talented staff; and launched initiatives that are delivering measurable results to the region.