incentive2innovate – Global Development & Partnerships


The final panel on the second day at the incentive2innovate conference at the United Nations was on global development and partnerships. The panel was moderated by Michael Green (Co-Author “Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World”):

Andreas Widmer, Co-Founder, S.E.VEN (Social Equity Venture) Fund
Amir Dossal, Executive Director, United Nations Office for Partnerships
Charlie Brown, Executive Director, Ashoka Changemakers
Carol Armistead Grigsby, Deputy Director, Office of Development Partners (ODP), US Agency for International Development (USAID)


Rather than trying to recount the discussion, I thought I would present the Top Insights from the panel:

  1. “Innovation requires the use of appropriate technology for your target markets (whether corporate or non-profit).” – Andreas Widmer
  2. “When a non-profit is looking to run a contest, it shouldn’t be focused solely on the ideas or the solutions, but on the total impact.” – Charlie Brown
  3. Ashoka’s Changemakers seeks to act as an accelerator for external foundations who provide sponsorship for its challenges.
  4. “There are lots of social efforts going on and sometimes it can feel overwhelming but you have to get involved.” – Charlie Brown
  5. USAID plans to launch “innovation springs” similar to the “innovation jams” at IBM.

What do you think?

Braden Kelley (@innovate on Twitter)

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Braden Kelley is a Design Thinking, Innovation and Transformation Consultant, a popular innovation speaker and workshop leader, and helps companies use Human-Centered Change™ to beat the 70% change failure rate. He is the author of Charting Change from Palgrave Macmillan and Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons. Braden has been advising companies since 1996, while living and working in England, Germany, and the United States. Braden earned his MBA from top-rated London Business School. Follow him on Twitter and Linkedin.

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