Systems Change: Facing Canada's toughest challenges - MaRS Global Leadership
Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)
Around the world, societies are faced with complex challenges that require systems change. How do we develop solutions to address these challenges? Increasingly, labs – or dedicated experimental spaces – are helping to organize social innovation by bringing together multiple stakeholders to develop, test and scale new solutions. For 10 years, Joeri van den Steenhoven was CEO of Knowledgeland, one of the leading change labs in the Netherlands and Europe, where he helped to build capacity for this type of solutions seeking.
In April 2013, Joeri was named the first Director of the MaRS Solutions Lab. This new lab will tackle some of Canada’s toughest problems, including chronic disease, youth unemployment and unsustainable food systems. During this Global Leadership event, Joeri will share his perspective on systems change and why it is necessary, and discuss the strategy for the MaRS Solutions Lab and how it will work to bring about the change required.
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MaRS (www.marsdd.com) is a large scale, mission driven innovation centre located in Toronto and networked across Ontario, focused on building Canada’s next generation of technology companies.
MaRS works closely with entrepreneurs to grow and scale their ventures into global market leaders in life sciences and health care, information, communications and entertainment technologies, cleantech, advanced materials and engineering, as well as innovative social purpose businesses.
Social Innovation Generation (SiG) (www.sigeneration.ca) is a collaborative partnership founded by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the University of Waterloo, the MaRS Discovery District, and the PLAN Institute. Our ultimate goal is to support whole system change through changing the broader economic, cultural and policy context in Canada to allow social innovations to flourish.
Ashoka (canada.ashoka.org) is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – individuals with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Ashoka is redefining the global citizen sector by creating a system of collaborative entrepreneurship. Connecting the work of individual social entrepreneurs to business, academic and public sector partners, they create a network effect driving the sector forward and developing new solutions to global problems.
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