Gerhart Center Webinar Series

The New Social Impact Ecosystem webinar series aims to discuss concepts that are currently not mainstream and may (or perhaps should) become mainstream in the aftermath of the COVID 19.

Katherine Valvoda Smith

21st Century Corporate Citizenship

Katherine Valvoda Smith

Executive Director of the Center for Corporate Citizenship - Carroll School of Management at Boston College

What is corporate citizenship? You may have heard it called a variety of names–corporate social responsibility or CSR, corporate sustainability, corporate responsibility–but all of the terms boil down to the same thing: building a more ethical, resilient and sustainable way of doing business.  In the 1970s and 80s, Corporate Citizenship, CSR, CR, etc. were a kind of shorthand for talking about corporate philanthropy.  As the practice has evolved in the 21st Century, so has the purview of the practice.  Today when we talk about corporate citizenship, we are talking about how companies exercise their rights, responsibilities, obligations, and privileges to express values and create value.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Cairo Time 7:00 pm

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Louise Haagh

The Case for Universal Basic Income

Louise Haagh

Professor, Department of Politics, University of York

Chair - Basic Income Earth Network

Prof Louise Haagh explores why Universal Basic Income has become so topical in recent years and what - if anything - Covid -19 means for this proposal reform. Universal Basic Income proposes to insure all individuals in a territory on a permanent basis through a small regular income grant, sufficient for subsistence. Prof. Haagh argues it can be seen as an essential part of both a modern infrastructure of liberty and development, a motivation for strategic behavior and entrepreneurialism in a wide sense, as well as an insurance of the essential function of care in society, and a basis of political equality. Before we look at whether and through what steps UBI might become a reality, it is important to assess the idea itself in relation to the structures and institutions we have today, and their function. Could a UBI improve on the existing approaches to poverty and inclusion? Are concerns about dependence and passivity justified? Prof. Haagh argues that it is important to understand the basis of need in society for security as a constant that currently anti-poverty and economic policies fail to address. Ineffectiveness for health and motivation of existing approaches is often an outcome of the fragmented and unstable nature of funding and mechanisms.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Cairo Time 7:00 pm

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Frank Aswani

The landscape of African Venture Philanthropy

Frank Aswani

CEO, African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA)

We are entering the last decade of the SDGs and Africa faces a real challenge of meeting the set targets by 2030 - Africa needs between $500b-$1.2 trillion dollars annually in order to meet its SDG financing gaps. Many African countries are already struggling and things have been made worse by the Covid crisis. The webinar aims to unpack this challenge, understand the root causes and look at high level potential solutions and the role that AVPA is trying to play in closing the Social Investment Financing challenge on the continent.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Cairo Time 7:00 pm

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Bruno Roche

The Economics of Mutuality

Bruno Roche

Founder and Leader of the Economics of Mutuality

The Economics of Mutuality is a groundbreaking management innovation based on fifteen years of in-depth academic research and business practice. It empowers companies to adopt a responsible and more complete form of capitalism that is fairer and performs better than the purely financial version operating today.

Three key ideas lie behind the Economics of Mutuality:

  1. The primacy of purpose in driving strategy
  2. The power of orchestrating ecosystems at business unit level around purpose to mobilize and enhance hitherto untapped resources and value
  3. The importance of enhancing management accounting across multiple forms of capital — social, human, natural and shared financial — to drive holistic value creation

Monday, November 9, 2020

Cairo Time 7:00 pm

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Erin Keown Ganju

Scaling Global Change: A Social Entrepreneur's Guide to Surviving the Start-up Phase and Driving Impact

Erin Keown Ganju

Managing Director at Echidna Giving Fund

Erin Ganju, shares practical business lessons for scaling a social enterprise. Room to Read has impacted the education of over 15 million children globally and Erin will highlight key lessons from the story of its growth and her book "Scaling Global Change" which is a “how to” guide for social entrepreneurs who have a vision to change the world and are looking for advice on how to build a strong organizational foundation to do it. Erin shares insights on what it took for this internationally renowned education nonprofit to cross the chasm between enthusiastic start-up to mature, worldwide brand recognition, influence, and global impact. She highlights areas around program effectiveness, how to strengthen your operational excellence, and grow your organization’s strategic influence. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Cairo Time 7:00 pm

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John Elkington

The prospects for "Green Swans," solutions and market trajectories to sustainability

John Elkington

Founder & Chief Pollinator Volans Ventures

At a time when "Black Swan" events seem to crowd the horizons, from coronavirus to the climate emergency, taking us exponentially where we don't want to go, John Elkington considers the prospects for "Green Swans". These are solutions and market trajectories that can take us exponentially where we do want to go. The co-founder of four social businesses, author of 20 books and advisor to dozens of the world's best known businesses, John coined such terms as "Triple Bottom Line" and has been called a "godfather of sustainability".

John Elkington, Co-Founder & Chief Pollinator at Volans, is one of the founders of the global sustainability movement, an experienced advisor to business, and a highly regarded keynote speaker and contributor, from conferences to advisory boards. John has addressed over 1,000 conferences around the world. He was a faculty member of the World Economic Forum from 2002-2008. He has served on over 70 boards and advisory boards. John has won numerous awards and is the author or co-author of 19 books. The 20th book was published in April: Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism (Fast Company Press).

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Cairo Time 7:00 pm

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Jason Beckett

Distributing Crumbs or Demanding Bread? Sketching the Global Legal Order

Jason Beckett

Associate Professor, Department of Law, AUC

Join our coming webinar if you are interested to learn more about how the current global governance order precludes development, and traps under-developed states in their colonial roles: deposits of raw natural resources and cheap labour, to be plundered by their old colonial masters and their corporations. In this webinar, Jason Backett will lead a discussion around the way colonialism has been repackaged for the contemporary era through Public International Law (PIL) and the complementary systems through which it operates, especially what he terms as the "Global Legal Order (GLO)'' system. Dr. Backett will further discuss how the interlocking policies and decisions by international organizations like IMF, World Bank, WTO, and the structures of international investment arbitration ensure a steady process of (re)colonization through debt, facilitating national governance by remote control.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Cairo Time 7:00 pm

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Andrew Cassels-Brown and Yeneneh Deneke

Eyecare, Sustainability and the Future of Ending Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment

Andrew Cassels-Brown

Medical Director, The Fred Hollows Foundation (URL)

Yeneneh Deneke

Medical Adviser – Africa, Middle East & UK, The Fred Hollows Foundation

The pandemic is shaping the future of healthcare sector: The speakers will highlight the lessons learned and how to ensure a sustainability response & enabled actions to eliminate avoidable blindness and visual impairment.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Cairo Time 07:00pm

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Amit Kapoor

Economic Development and Democratic Outcomes

Amit Kapoor

Honorary Chairman at Institute for Competitiveness, India; President of India Council on Competitiveness

In the backdrop of the rising shift towards authoritarian and populist leaders across global democracies, the speaker will discuss the underlying causes behind this trend – from economic discontentment of the voters to rising anti-immigrant sentiments. The talk will discuss on these developments across leading democracies and its impact on capitalism.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Cairo Time 7:00 pm

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Alnoor Ebrahim

Measuring Social Impact

Alnoor Ebrahim

Professor of Management, Tufts University

A core strategic challenge facing leaders in the social sector is performance measurement. How can they track and improve performance towards worthy goals such as reducing poverty, improving public health, or advancing human rights? What results can they reasonably measure and legitimately take credit for?  Professor Ebrahim will discuss four different types of strategies of social change from his new bookniche, integrated, emergent, and ecosystem—and the types of performance measurement and accountability systems best suited to each.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Cairo Time 7:00 pm

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Michel Gelobter

Lean startups for Social Change

Michel Gelobter

Managing Director of Reflective Earth and the President of Cooler, inc.

This webinar introduces the core ideas and methodology of the Lean Startup as it applies to the social sector.  A truly new thing in the world is the speed with which we can now measure the impact of changes we make.  The Lean Startup uses this new reality to accelerate the development of new products and services and has powered the unprecedented growth in the tech industry. The speaker discusses the unique opportunities and challenges involved in using the Lean Startup for social sector innovation.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Cairo Time 7:00 pm

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Andrew Crane

Corporate activism: when companies take a public stand on political issues

Andrew Crane

Professor of Business and Society Director, Centre for Business, Organizations and Society School of Management, University of Bath

 

In the last few years, thousands of companies or their CEOs have taken a public stand on a political issue such as immigration, same sex marriage, or gun control, even where it was unrelated to their core business. Such stands offer possible risks and rewards for companies, depending on how their stakeholders respond. They also raise new questions about the nature of democracy and the political role of companies and their executives. Should companies come out publicly on one side of a political issue, and if so, what should guide their behavior?

 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Cairo Time 7:00 pm

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Paul Gorski

Why Individualistic Anti-poverty Approaches Are not Anti-Poverty at All

Paul Gorski

Founder, Equity Literacy Institute

 

The webinar discusses three common approaches for making sense of why people experience poverty: (1) individualistic/deficit approaches, (2) grit approaches, and (3) structural approaches. After discussing why individualistic approaches can’t work, and how the fact that they can’t work is what makes them so popular, the speaker demonstrates how structural approaches can work, using the example of education systems in the United States and elsewhere.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Cairo Time 7:00 pm

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Andrew Fischer

Poverty as Ideology: Rescuing Social Justice from Global Development Agendas

Andrew Fischer

Associate Professor of Social Policy and Development Studies at the ISS and the Scientific Director of CERES, The Dutch Research School for International Development.

 

The webinar gives a synopsis of the central arguments of the author’s latest book, Poverty as Ideology, focusing on three themes. The first is that the very conception of poverty is inherently political, involving choices about norms and standards that cannot be determined empirically, even though they must be empirically informed. The second is that the emphasis of absolute measures, whether money-metric or multidimensional, as currently endorsed in the SDGs, carries a policy bias towards targeting and segregationist social provisioning, versus more universalistic or cross-class solidaristic forms of provisioning. Third, these absolute measures also impart a tendency to underestimate the reproduction of poverty over time, given their abstraction of the relativity associated with modern poverty, particularly in relation to modern processes of structural transformation.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Cairo Time 8:00 pm

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Henry Mintzberg

Rebalancing society, healthcare systems, and the Role of business schools in the aftermath of COVID 19

Professor Henry Mintzberg
Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies, Desatels Faculty of Management at McGill University

In this webinar, the speaker highlights the role of schools of business and the healthcare systems during the COVID 19 and beyond.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Cairo Time 8:00 pm

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Michael Lenox

The Path to Decarbonization: Transforming the Global Economy by 2050

Professor Michael Lenox

Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business

Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

Using the lens of the economics of industry evolution, Professor Lenox will examine the potential for the rise of disruptive sustainable technologies to replace current dominant technologies in the transportation, energy, industrials, and agricultural sectors.  Consistent with his 2018 book, “Can Business Save the Earth? Innovating our Way to Sustainability”, he will assume a broad system perspective and discuss potential levers, both public and private, that may accelerate the transition to sustainable technologies.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

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Paul Maassen

Promoting Accountable, Responsive and Inclusive Governance

Paul Maassen

Chief, Country Support (CCS) Open Government Partnership

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Cairo Time 2:00 pm

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Susana Puerto and Jonas Bausch

The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

Susana Puerto

Youth employment specialist, ILO

and Jonas Bausch

Youth Employment Officer, ILO

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Cairo Time 3:00 pm

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Phil Buchanan

Philanthropy in a Crisis: Truths Revealed

Phil Buchanan

President of Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

Monday, July 13, 2020

Cairo Time 3:00 pm

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Robert Kee

The Virus of Poverty is Fraud

Robert Kee

Chairman and founder of Operations Hope Foundation (OHF)

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Cairo Time 1:00 pm

Singapore Time 7:00 pm 

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Clare Woodcraft

Actionable Knowledge to Catalyze Greater Philanthropic Impact from the World’s Fastest Growing Regions, and the Role of Research Centers

Clare Woodcraft

Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at Judge School of Business, Cambridge University

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Cairo Time 1:00 pm

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Nico Koopman

Transformative Social Impact in the Context of Covid-19

Nico Koopman

Vice-Rector, Social Impact, Transformation, and Personal, Stellenbosch  University

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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Jan Schwier and Maddie Holland

The landscape of large-Scale African Giving and the COVID-19 Era

Jan Schwier and Maddie Holland

The Bridgespan Group

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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Daria Ofman

Responsible Business: Shifts and Trends in the Wake of COVID-19

Daria Ofman

Global Consultant with Better Future

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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Geoffrey Mazullo

ESG - Global Supply Chains, Long-Termism and the Future of Finance

Geoffrey Mazullo

Principal, Emerging Markets ESG

The webinar discussed environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing – a fast-growing segment of the financial sector around the world.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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Colin Mayer

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Business

Colin Mayer

Professor of Management Studies, Oxford University

The session touched on the impact of COVID-19 on business and how businesses will, and should, respond to the crisis in the short, medium, and long term.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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Jeffrey Sachs

The SDGs in the Aftermath of the COVID-19

Jeffrey Sachs

Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The session highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the SDGs.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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Ayman El Tarabishy

The End of the Status Quo

Ayman El Tarabishy

Deputy Chair and Teaching Professor, George Washington University

The session highlights the forward momentum and post COVID-19. Sustainability is trending. The Gulf region welcomes the world, the middle-class in Africa is on the rise, and countries are re-examining their social contracts with their citizens. But is it enough? MSMEs do have power and can, to some extent, take control of the destiny of their businesses. They have actions and options available that they can take to minimize the disruption to their businesses.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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Elie Abouaoun

Fragility Eroded Social Contracts, Trust Deficits and Polarity in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Elie Abouaoun

Director – MENA Program, United States Institute of Peace

The session dived deep into the unfolding and anticipated trends in fragility in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is shaping and reshaping conflict in the MENA region.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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Victor Van Vuuren

The Increased importance of the Social and Solidarity Economy in the aftermath of the COVID-19

Victor Van Vuuren

Director, Enterprises, ILO Geneva

The webinar highlighted the increased importance of the social and solidarity economy in the aftermath of COVID-19.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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Hilary Pennigton

A New Age of Philanthropy beyond Charity

Hilary Pennigton

Executive Vice President of the Ford foundation

A webinar on new trends in private giving for the public good and the need to transition from charity to justice. The COVID-19 pandemic underscored long-standing systemic failures that deepened inequality around the world. Responses to the pandemic make clear that solutions to global problems will require partnerships between governments, civil societies, and private wealth. Increasingly, philanthropy institutions around the world are transforming their granting practices to address systemic problems and support systemic solutions to combat inequality. The event will feature Hilary Pennigton, Executive Vice President of the Ford Foundation.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Stuart L. Hart

A New Age of Sustainable Capitalism?

Stuart L. Hart

Founder of the BoP Network

The webinar, titled: 'A New Age of Sustainable Capitalism?' will be delivered by Stuart L. Hart, Grossman Distinguished Fellow, University of Vermont, and founder of the BoP Network. Hart will discuss the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the role of business in the world and whether this marks the end of market fundamentalism. In addition, he will address questions such as whether the gap between rich and poor continue to widen, and what the implications for the base of the pyramid and sustainable development are.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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Prof. Anil K. Gupta

Leveraging the Entrepreneurial Potential of Economically Poor but Knowledge-Rich Grassroots Innovators

Prof. Anil K. Gupta

Founder of Honey Bee Network

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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Jenny Hodgson

Community Philanthropy’s Role in Building from the Bottom Up

Jenny Hodgson

Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations

In light of COVID-19, alternative models based on collective action are both possible and necessary, particularly in the face of global challenges such as climate change and inequality. Delivered by Jenny Hodgson, executive director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations, the webinar discussed how we can accelerate efforts to shift, share, and build collective power – both locally and as a global movement. 

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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Dorothée Baumann-Pauly

Managing Business Sustainability with Human Rights

Dorothée Baumann-Pauly

Director, Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights, University of Geneva

The session is delivered by Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, director of Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights at Geneva School of Economics, and management and research director at NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, and discusses the implications of COVID-19 on CSR departments in many companies, along with how businesses can align their business models to integrate respect for human rights in the time of the pandemic, and more.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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Abla Abdel Latif

The Informal Sector in Egypt

Abla Abdel Latif

Executive Director, The Egyptian Center for Economic Studies

Led by Abla Abdel Latif, executive director, the Egyptian Center of Economic Studies, the webinar discusses the reality of the informal sector, tackling questions such as whether it's a burden on the economy or a jewel in the rough, what COVID-19 has revealed about it, and losses and opportunities emerging out of the crisis in relation to informality.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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Alan Fowler

Why the Future is More Horizontal?

Alan Fowler

Honorary Chair of African Philanthropy, Wits Business School

Led by Alan Fowler, Honorary Professor Chair in African Philanthropy at Wits Business School, the session discusses why spending more time looking around than looking up is vital, and why community bonds and fairness matter for the creation of resilient societies.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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Hashem Dandarawy

Dandara Cultural Center as an Exemplary Community-led Initiative

Hashem Dandarawy

President, Dandara Cultural Center

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

 

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