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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    April 13

    How Can Businesses Encourage and Support Social Innovation in Their Organisations, and What Are the Benefits of Doing So?

    Join us for this live written discussion with a panel of experts to explore how businesses encourage and support social innovation in their organisations, and the benefits of doing so.

    LIVE Panel

    Thursday 13 April, 10am to 11am EDT / 3pm to 4 pm BST


    For some businesses wishing to increase the social value they deliver requires innovation. It could be about innovating new products or services, opening up new markets or changing an existing practice or process. Managing change can be challenging. Maximising social and commercial outcomes simultaneously adds complexity. Social enterprises, as a distinct commercial model have been around since the 70s, whilst the idea of social innovators within businesses pivoting their organisations to deliver social and commercial value has been around for more than a decade. So what have we learnt since then? How are businesses accelerating social innovation within and outside of their organisations? and why isn’t social innovation mainstream yet?’

    Join us for our discussion with a panel of experts to explore these issues and the implications for business action.


    • Abir Chowdhury, URC
    • Alam Bains, Head Of Partnerships, MovingWorlds
    • Amber Kiani, Head Of Partnerships, MovingWorlds
    • Chioma Izuwah, Business Fights Poverty Community Member
    • Dejan Markovic, Head of Innovation, Youth Business International
    • Flora von Michel, Business Fights Poverty Community Member
    • João Maria Botelho, Business Fights Poverty Community Member
    • Julie Ann Howlett, Business Fights Poverty Community Member
    • Likam Kyanzaire, Head of Voice, 1
    • Oyin Olufayo Global Youth Ambassador, Theirworld
    • Sherif Muçalla, Researcher
    • Shodigul Mamadyorbekova, Rural Development Advisor
    • Teresiah Kaberia, Innovation and Special Programs, The Youth Cafe
    • Tolu Seun, Business Fights Poverty Community Member
    • Yaquta Fatehi, William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan
    • Clara Medeiros, Member KidsforSDGs and Climate Science, Brazil & Learning Planet
    • Lindsey Huahuamull, Ensena Peru, Generation Global & Learning Planet
    • Vedant Kumar, Founder, Less Boring-Ify Trees & Learning Planet

    Moderator: Business Fights Poverty


    1. How can businesses encourage and support social innovation and what are the benefits?
    2. What are some good examples of businesses that have implemented social innovation in their operations?
    3. How can we work better together to encourage and support social innovation in businesses?


    This is a text-based discussion which remains open, so please do continue to share your insights.

    How to add your comments

    To post a comment, you will need to sign in / sign up to the Business Fights Poverty Discussion Forum:

    If you are already a member of the Business Fights Poverty online community, click “Log In” at the top right of the page and then enter your details. If you have not logged into our new community platform, you will have to reset your password here 2

    If you are not already a member of the Business Fights Poverty online community, you will need to sign up here 9. Once you have joined the community, you can return to this discussion page, click “Log In” at the top right of the page and then enter your details.

    Time: 10am to 11am EDT / 3pm to 4 pm BST

  • Virtual - 1 Day
    April 13

    2023 Global Inclusive Growth Summit

    The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and the Aspen Institute present the 2023 Global Inclusive Growth Summit. Alongside the World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings, the Summit will assemble a dynamic group of U.S. and global leaders for action-oriented discussions on national and international issues. In a turbulent economic, environmental, and human context, the Summit will enable private sector, social impact, and government leaders to partner in new ways on meaningful solutions and approaches.

    Time: 3:30 – 4:30 EDT
    Speaker, Webinar
  • Virtual - 1 Day
    April 13

    What’s Needed To Keep 1.5 C Alive?

    Three leading experts will discuss what’s next for the Paris Agreement goal.

    Upcoming event: April 13, 2023

    As continuing emissions raise doubts about the Paris Agreement goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, it’s essential to remember that wrongheaded policy, not immutable physics, is what stands in the way. Exceeding 1.5 degrees C would condemn countless people, especially in the Global South, to misery while increasing the chances of irreversible catastrophes, such as the melting of Antarctica’s “Doomsday Glacier.” Strong decarbonization policies can make an enormous difference.

    Join Covering Climate Now and three leading experts for a one-hour discussion about how to keep 1.5 degrees C alive.


    • Mustafa Santiago Ali, Executive Vice President of the National Wildlife Federation
    • Souparna Lahiri, Senior Climate and Biodiversity Policy Advisor of the Global Forest Coalition
    • Kelly Levin, Chief of Science, Data, and Systems Change for the Bezos Earth Fund

    Mark Hertsgaard, CCNow’s Executive Director and The Nation magazine’s Environment Correspondent, will moderate.


    Thursday, April 13, at 12pm US Eastern Time.

    RSVPTo attend the webinar please confirm your spot here.

    Time: 12:00 PM ET

  • Virtual - 1 Day
    April 13

    Business Models for Biodiversity

    *Note the starting time for this webinar (one hour earlier than usual)*

    In December 2015, representatives from 188 governments came together at COP15 to adopt a landmark international agreement for biodiversity: The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). Many commentators have touted the GBF, which pledges to protect 30% of global habitats by 2030 through a variety of multi-stakeholder approaches, as the “Paris Agreement of biodiversity”.

    Even though both the COP for the Convention on Biological Diversity and that for Climate were first established in 1992, progress on biodiversity commitments and efforts have lagged far behind. Scientists estimate that current rates of extinction are 100 to even 1,000 higher than natural rates. Clearly, the need for action for biodiversity conservation and restoration has never been starker.

    With increasing pressures and an international limelight cast on biodiversity, the question on many people’s minds is – how?

    In this live Building an Impact Economy Series webinar, we highlight three innovators and entrepreneurs who are tackling different aspects of the biodiversity crisis: habitat and wildlife crimes, biodiversity business risks, and the private funding gap for biodiversity. Through our discussion, we will cover a variety of topics including:

    Biodiversity in context: The scale and urgency of the issue

    Climate and Biodiversity: How is addressing the biodiversity crisis different from addressing the climate crisis? What additional challenges need to be addressed to achieve biodiversity-positive outcomes, besides driving for carbon net-zero?

    A Market for Biodiversity? Corporate incentives for participating in biodiversity protection and restoration, and moving from innate to instrumental values on nature

    Scaling Solutions: What have been the biggest challenges for scaling solutions for biodiversity, and what coming next that will allow us to address these challenges?

    Biodiversity credit space: What trends and developments do we see for the space across both regulatory and voluntary markets?

    Featured Guests

    Dr. Eric Dinerstein is President and CEO of WildTech/Nightjar. For much of the past 25 years, he was Chief Scientist at the World Wildlife Fund. Beginning in 1975, he led pioneering studies and conservation programs for endangered species such as tigers, greater-one horned rhinoceros, and Asiatic elephants. Most recently, he led the publication of conservation frameworks—the Global Deal for Nature and the Global Safety Net—to address the extinction and climate crises. At WildTech/Nightjar, Eric leads the creation of TrailGuard AI, an innovative camera-based real-time alert system to prevent wildlife poaching and human-wildlife conflict, and enhance security in remote areas of importance.

    Ash Knop

    Before co-founding and running Wilderlands, Ash Knop headed up the innovation portfolio of conservation organisation Cassinia Environmental. Prior to this, Ash established his career in sales, senior management and strategy within the not-for-profit sector, whilst founding a number of start-ups in the health and tourism sectors.

    Rachel Lim is an impact investment analyst at Silverstrand Capital, a Singapore-based family office investing in biodiversity and the regenerative economy. She holds a dual degree from Claremont McKenna College in Biology and Environmental Policy. Rachel is passionate about environmental protection, and in the innovative, intersectional solutions which can enable wide-scale systems change. At Silverstrand, her work includes project due diligence, portfolio management, and communications. Her latest responsibility is in managing the Biodiversity Accelerator+, a three-month program helping entrepreneurs addressing the biodiversity crisis to scale. Prior to her time at Silverstrand she has worked with spiders, turtles, corals, and more.

    Dr. Debbie Saunders is an accomplished entrepreneur and leader with 25+ years of industry experience. She is the CEO and Founder of a deep tech company transforming biodiversity conservation through innovative technological solutions. This includes Nature Data Insights, an online platform enabling corporations to manage biodiversity risks for a nature-positive future, and Wildlife Drones, the world’s most advanced drone radio-telemetry technology used by species managers worldwide. Dr. Saunders holds a PhD in Conservation Ecology from the Australian National University and has secured multiple business innovation awards and over $4.5 million in grants and investments.

    Host: Laurie Lane-Zucker is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, LLC, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network — a large, global network of “systems-minded” entrepreneurs, investors and scholars of social and environmental innovation — and publishes Impact Entrepreneur Magazine. For over 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise, and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion Society, which publishes the celebrated Orion Magazine, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, the Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange. Laurie is the bestselling and multiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact, and the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing.
    Time: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
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