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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Innovation And Change In Government Culture

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Session Description

Across the world there is ongoing debate about how to reform the public sector to deliver better services for all. The panel will consider how social entrepreneurs can interact with government to change the culture of the public sector and innovate to bring about improvements in the provision of public goods. Speakers will explore new relationships between different sectors and the potential for radical new hybrid organisations.

When | Where

10:00 - 12:00 Thursday, March 27

Session leaders

  • Dan Berelowitz Speaker
    CEO and Founder, Spring Impact
    Dan founded Spring Impact based on his experiences working across a range of social sector organisations, and his frustration on seeing great ideas not scaling up. With Spring Impact, Dan has developed scale strategies and implementation plans with over 100 organisations ranging from Oxfam, Hewlett Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, PSI and Nike Foundation to a number of excellent non-profits and social enterprises and many Skoll awardees. Dan is always looking for the next proven social innovation that deserves to scale up. Dan is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, a Clore Social Leadership Fellow, holds a BSc in Management from Nottingham University, and is a Rothschild Fellow at the Cambridge Judge Business School. He recently relocated from London to San Francisco with his wife and two happy and enthusiastic little boys to keep building Spring Impact.
  • David Gergen Speaker
    Professor of Public Service and Director, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
    David Gergen is Professor of Public Service and Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also editor-at-large at US News & World Report and is a Senior Political Analyst for CNN. He also regularly serves as an analyst on radio shows and is a frequent lecturer at venues around the world. In the fall of 2000 he published a best-selling book titled, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton. In the past, David has served in the White House as an adviser to four presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. Most recently, he served for 18 months in the Clinton administration, first as Counselor to the President and then as Special Adviser to the President and the Secretary of State. He returned to private life in January 1995.
  • Professor of Public Policy, University of Washington
    Steven Rathgeb Smith is the Nancy Bell Evans Professor at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. He joined the faculty at the Evans School in 1996. Smith previously served on the faculty at Duke University and Washington University in St Louis. He is the co-author of Nonprofits for Hire: The Welfare State in the Age of Contracting and Adjusting the Balance: Federal Policy and Victim Services, and co-editor of Public Policy for Democracy. His current research focuses on hybrid organisations, partnerships, the government-nonprofit relationship in the US and abroad, and privatization. His courses include nonprofit management, public-private partnerships, and social enterprise. He is also the former editor of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the journal of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). In 2006 he began a two-year term as President of ARNOVA.
  • Vera Cordeiro Speaker
    Founder and Board President, Saúde Criança
    Founder and Chairwoman of the Board of Associação Saúde Criança was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She received her MD as a general practioner in 1975 from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. From 1978 to 1998, she worked at the Hospital da Lagoa founding in 1979 the Psychosomatic Department. In 1991, she founded the Associação Saúde Criança, a social organization that uses a pioneering methodology to promote the well-being of socially vulnerable families, with long-term results, proven by researchers at Georgetown University (link: It has also an impact on public policy in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, helping thousands of people through city government. ASC was elected by NGO Advisor in 2017 the best social organization of Latin American and the 19ª best of the world. Dr. Vera is an Ashoka fellow, a Skoll Foundation awardee, Schwab Foundation social entrepreneur, an Avina leader, a member of the World Council of Ashoka, and from 2005-2011 a Board member of PATH: A Catalyst for Global Health.
  • Yves Cabannes Speaker
    Chair of the Development Planning Unit, University College London
    Professor Yves Cabannes is Chair of the Development Planning Unit at University College London. He has coordinated numerous research and research and development programmes in Asia, Latin America with African and Arab partner institutions on urban and municipal governance-related issues. From 1997 to 2003, Yves was Regional Coordinator of the UN Habitat/UNDP Urban Management Program for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the UMP, worked for ten years in Northeast Brazil, for various NGOs, grassroots and Local Governments on low-income housing, income-generating activities and slum improvement in very poor communities. He is an advocate on development issues and convener for the UN Advisory Group on Forced Evictions. He is a senior advisor and member of various development initiatives, particularly in Central and South America.