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Social Innovation: Live Discussion (webinar)

28 april 2020 kl 12:0013:00

Around the world societies, today face a series of complex and seemingly intractable social challenges. Many of our public institutions appear to be in various stages of stalling, inept at responding to the complexity of the social issues presented – issues that cut across the boundaries of departments and national borders.
Existing solutions to long-standing issues such as poverty, homelessness, addiction, unemployment, discrimination appear to deliver incremental progress when we know paradigm-shifting exponential change is possible. Tackling such systemic social issues as escalating inequality, outdated educational systems or the challenges of chronic diseases to our health systems requires new approaches.
Over the last two decades, social innovation has gained significant popularity as a strategy to tackle new social challenges and change how we do things. Social innovation is characterized by the capacity to address needs that traditional policy seems increasingly unable to tackle; a key part of this is getting out of the silos and using a more networked approach to empower groups and individuals. It is about questioning and helping societies to rethink old systems and strengthen civil society in a way that is relevant for the new context.
This 1-hour live streaming discussion will explore the intersection of systems thinking and social innovation. We pose the question: can systems and complexity theory provide social innovation with the right paradigm, thinking and models to approach long-standing wicked challenges in a new way that is relevant given their complexity.
Guest speakers:
Sharon Zivkovic is the Cofounder and Chief Innovation Officer at Wicked Lab, an organisation that aims to build the capacity of organisations, governments and communities to better tackle wicked problems by creating systemic change. She is also the Founder and CEO of Community Capacity Builders, and was previously a Lecturer on Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Adelaide.
Liz Skelton is known for her work and expertise as a leader, consultant, author and facilitator of leadership for social and adaptive system change. She is the Co-Founder and Director of “Collaboration for Impact” whose mission is to help communities tackle the root causes of their toughest problems and achieve large-scale social change. She is also the Founder and Director of the Adaptive Practice, and is the co-author of the book “The Australian Leadership Paradox”.
Per Olsson is a PhD researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and leads the centre’s work on transformations for sustainability, working with agency and system entrepreneurship. In 2019 he was recognized by the Web of Science as one of the world’s most influential researchers of the past decade, and has recently developed the concept of T-labs (Transformation labs), a new methodology for generating innovative approaches for re-wiring social-ecological systems.
The guests are joined by the host Bowen Feng, Community Manager at Systems Innovation.
What are your thoughts? We’d love to hear your feedback on this live discussion, as well as any suggestions for future ones:


28 april 2020