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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Systems of Innovation

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Session Description

How are social innovations in your field created and nurtured? What sort of innovation ecology do you inhabit? This session will explore the answers to these questions so that you can see how they form an important part of designing social change strategies that enable your innovations to grow and succeed.

When | Where

09:00 - 11:00 Thursday, March 29

Session leaders

  • David Muhia Speaker
    Scholar, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
    David Muhia has a PhD in the field of Tropical Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he was a Welcome Trust Prize Student. David’s early career was in medical research at the Welcome Trust Kenya where his focus was in Malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB. He has also worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford. His research has resulted in numerous publications in peer reviewed international journals
  • Nina Smith Speaker
    CEO, GoodWeave International
    Nina Smith is the founding Chief Executive Officer of GoodWeave International. Since 1999, Ms. Smith has developed and led GoodWeave operations, which stops child labor, forced labor and trafficking in supply chains. Ms. Smith is an advocate for children’s rights and an expert on addressing labor rights violations in manufacturing supply chains. She is a winner of the The Schwab Foundation’s 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and the 2005 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, acknowledging her work to employ market strategies to tackle the worst forms of child labor and slavery. She is also a recipient of The Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership. A fair trade advocate and expert for two decades, Ms. Smith was formerly the executive director of The Crafts Center and a crafts export consultant to the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in Dharamsala, India, where she oversaw the development of new market-driven product lines and artisan training. Ms. Smith was also president and board member of the Fair Trade Federation and has served on the board of The Tibet Collection. Currently she sits on the board of the Fair Labor Association and is a practitioner affiliate of the Social Enterprise Graduate Degree program at American University. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Tufts University.
  • Piera Morlacchi Speaker
    Lecturer, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
    Dr. Morlacchi is an organizational scholar who studies the relationship between technologies and organization with a focus on healthcare and medicine. Initially she studied engineering science at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) where she completed her Bachelor and Master degrees in management and industrial engineering, with a specialization in complex systems modelling and artificial intelligence (dissertation title "Design of neural networks for modelling and managing of production systems"). After working as a research assistant during my master studies at graduation she was hired in Milano as a research fellow and lecturer, where she stayed for three years. In 1998 she moved to the UK to do her PhD in the School of Management, University of Bath (UK) completing a thesis on innovation in the medical device field (title "How new technologies become legitimated: the co-evolution of technologies and networks in the cardiac implantable device field") and graduating in 2003. She joined the University of Sussex in May 2003. Here, she is affiliated to SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) and B&M (Business & Management) department within the BMEc School and she has been involved in research, administration and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the area of entrepreneurship, management and organization, research methodology and policy.
  • Uffe Elbaek Speaker
    Chairman and Founder, The KaosPilots International Board
    Uffe Elbæk, founder and former principal of The KaosPilots – International School of New Business Design & Social Innovation, was born in 1954 and has, as he says, already managed to live several lives since. Personally as well as professionally. From 1991 to 2006 he was the principal of The KaosPilots in Denmark, and is today Special Advisor for the new leadership-team at the school. In November 2001 and again in 2005 Uffe Elbæk was elected to the City Council of Århus (Denmark’s second largest city) for the Danish Social-Liberal Party. He stepped down as city counselor in Århus, when he was hired by the City of Copenhagen to be the CEO of the World Outgames 2009, a position he held from 2007 to 2009. In the spring of 2010 Uffe Elbæk accepted to run for the Danish Social-Liberal Party in the coming national election for the Danish Parliament. Uffe Elbæk is also on the board of several Danish and international organizations, and has over the years received numerous honors and awards, ranging from his appointment as ambassador for the local premiere league football club AGF to Knight of the Dannebrog. Today he lives with his partner Jens in a big old apartment in the heart of Copenhagen. In July 2010, Uffe Elbæk founded the consulting company Change the game with the focus on leadership training, political campaigning and social innovation concepts. Besides being the CEO of Change the game, Uffe Elbæk has given himself the title: Senior Troublemaker and Solution Finder. Because that is his job these days.