Conversations About Social Innovation with Sarah Schulman

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 16:30 to 17:00
Suite 7410, 205 Richmond St. W.
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When it comes to social innovation, who defines what’s a good outcome? For whom? What makes a good solution to a tough social problem? Is effective the same as good? How can we be explicit about the values underpinning solutions? What makes a good innovation team?

Are ‘us’ consultants, designers, innovators gaining more than end users? Are we creating a new professional class that perpetuates some of what we critique? How do we know? Sarah Schulman will guide a conversation to explore answers to some of these questions, all with a generous helping of stories and collected insights.

About the Presenter:

Sarah Schulman is a serial social entrepreneur the co-founder of InWithFor that was based out of TACSI for the last 3 or so years. There she led highly successfully lab initiatives: Family by Family (at-risk Families) and Weavers (Aging). Sarah is now temporarily based out of Kennisland in Amsterdam as a visiting scholar and recently organized and designed Lab2, a gathering of the top lab practitioners and thought leaders from around the world (this included folks from HDL, Nesta, etc....) that took place last week. She was recently in Singapore helping to set up a working lab there. She is now in deep reflection mode and has been blogging on her personal blog, NESTA and Kennisland. Sarah is working towards publishing her next book – tentatively called The Good, the Bad, and the Feedback. She is a graduate of Stanford University (BA Human Biology, MA Education) and Oxford University (DPhil Social Policy) and was a Rhodes Scholar.

Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group (SSBMG) At Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab), one group has chosen to explore sustainability from the perspective of business models. SSBMG focuses primarily on the middle and bottom of the pyramid of organizations including start-up, SMB and SME categories. The group includes industry practitioners, faculty and graduate students from OCAD University’s Strategic Foresight & Innovation program, as well as from York University.

Conversations about Social Innovation with Sarah Schulman