In Australia, millions of people suffer everyday from hardships including family breakdown, child abuse, disease and social inequality. Dana Shen, director of The Australian Centre of Social Innovation's Family by Family social lab, discusses how her organization helps Australian families, and how to scale and replicate services without compromising the integrity of the original model.
Sir Ronald Cohen (Sector Representative and Chairman, Social Impact Investment Taskforce and Chairman, The Portland Trust) talks about his innovative work in the world of social ventures and impact investing. A central figure in the global growth of social impact investing, Sir Ronald charts his journey working with groups like the UK government to prove that investing in innovation can solve social problems.
What is a Social Lab and how can it help us solve the world's hardest problems? Zaid Hassan, co-founder of Reos Partners, explains how his vision of the Social Lab addresses the growing complexity of today's societies by testing, retesting and refining real-world solutions to systemic social challenges.
Joeri van den Steenhoven, Director, MaRS Solutions Lab, shares a new approach to drive systematic change and co-develop solutions for Canada's complex social challenges in the 21st century. Joeri highlights the four areas of focus for the MaRS Solutions Lab:
-Future of government
-Future of work & learning
-Future of health
-Future of food
Learn more: solutions-lab.marsdd.com
Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary, shares simple but powerful ideas about transforming cities into global innovation engines. In this discussion, he highlights the importance of envisioning a better future, addresses Canada’s use of natural resources, speaks to the need for civic engagement and a new fiscal deal, and discusses the role of cities in creating a sustainable future.
MaRS Global Leadership
The MaRS Global Leadership Series brings in thought and business leaders, including celebrated entrepreneurs, to discuss the latest leadership strategies and global trends of interest including thought leadership on innovation, the new economy and technology.