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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Beyond GDP

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Session Description

Location: Founders Room
For social and environmental challenges to gain the policy attention they deserve, countries need to feel competitive pressure not just to increase economic growth, but also to deliver sustainable improvement in the lives of their citizens. Come learn about a new global benchmarking initiative that will provide a tool for setting priorities, measuring progress, and increasing the sense of urgency needed to sustain action. This initiative will be implemented through a network of global, regional, and local institutions committed to researching and promoting innovative approaches to improving well-being.

When | Where

11:30 - 13:00 Thursday, March 29

Session leaders

  • Amy Wares Speaker
    Research Director, Social Progress Imperative
    Amy Wares is Research Director at the Social Progress Imperative. A specialist in international development and competitiveness, she has worked for more than a decade with governments, non-profit organizations and consulting firms to design activities that improve the competitiveness of emerging economies.
  • Martin Burt Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Fundacion Paraguaya
    Dr. Martin Burt is founder (1985) and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, a 33-year old NGO devoted to the promotion of entrepreneurship and economic self-reliance to eliminate poverty around the world. He is a pioneer in applying new poverty metrics, microfinance, micro-franchise, youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy and technical vocational methodologies to address chronic poverty around the world. He has developed one of the world’s first financially self-sufficient agricultural and tourism high schools for the rural poor. He is co-founder of Teach a Man to Fish, a global network based in London (3000 members-150 countries) that promotes “education that pays for itself” and which is partnering with more than 50 organizations from 27 countries to establish self-sufficient schools, mostly in rural areas. He has also developed the Poverty Stoplight, a new poverty measurement tool and coaching methodology that assists families to self-diagnose their level of multidimensional poverty and develop customized plans to eliminate poverty. This new metric is now being implemented in more than 30 countries by more than 100 organizations, including the US and the UK. Dr. Burt is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum and of the Global Foodbanking Network. In public service he has served as Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay, was elected Mayor of Asunción, and was appointed Vice Minister of Commerce. Dr. Burt has books published on economics, development, municipal government, poetry, and education and has received numerous awards. He holds a PhD from Tulane University Law School and is a Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Martin Burt was born in Asunción, Paraguay in 1957 where he resides.
  • Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D. is the co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and CEO of Global Footprint Network. This international think-tank focuses on bringing about a sustainable human economy in which all can thrive within the means of one planet. Mathis’ awards include the 2015 IAIA Global Environment Award, the 2012 Blue Planet Prize, the 2012 Binding-Prize for Nature Conservation, the 2012 Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award, the 2011 Zayed International Prize for the Environment, an honorary doctorate from the University of Berne, and a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Michael Green Speaker
    CEO, Social Progress Imperative
    Michael Green is Chief Executive Officer of the Social Progress Imperative. An economist by training, he is co-author (with Matthew Bishop of ‘The Economist’) of Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World and The Road from Ruin: A New Capitalism for a Big Society. Previously Michael served as a senior official in the U.K. Government’s Department for International Development, where he managed British aid programs to Russia and Ukraine and headed the communications department. He taught Economics at Warsaw University in Poland in the early 1990s. His TED Talks have been viewed more than two million times, and his 2014 Talk was chosen by the TED organization as one of the ‘most powerful ideas’ of 2014 and by The Telegraph as one of the 10 best ever. In 2016, he was named one of “The 100 Most Connected Men in Britain” by GQ Magazine and one of the NonProfit Times‘s “Power & Influence Top 50.”
  • Roberto Artavia Speaker
    Chairperson, Viva Trust
    Roberto Artavia is Chairman of VIVA Trust and of Fundación Latinoamérica Posible. He´s also President of the Board of INCAE Business School; Vice Chairman of the Social Progress Imperative and co-author of the 2013 report of the Social Progress Index. He was the founding Director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development and of Viva Trust’s Center for Knowledge Exchange, a knowledge management organization for social and environmental entrepreneurs. President of Marviva Foundation in Panama and Victoria Foundation in Nicaragua. He also serves as Director of CINDE, the investment promotion agency of Costa Rica. Professor Artavia has a doctorate from Harvard´s Business School of Business, an MBA from INCAE Business School, and a degree in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point.