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.

Upcoming Webinars

Sampriti Ganguli

To B or Not to B: Can You Truly Run a Mission Driven Business at the Intersection of Profit and Purpose

Sampriti Ganguli

Chief Executive Officer, Arabella Advisors

Today, over 3,800 companies are certified B Corporations, that meet the highest standard of purpose.  These companies are required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment and develop policies accordingly.  But, it’s not always easy to manage profit and purpose and as with most organizations, navigating trade-offs are challenging.  Learn more about the B Corps movement, where it’s heading, and what it takes to manage a purpose-driven business with Sampriti Ganguli, the Chief Executive Officer of Arabella Advisors, philanthropy managed services firm.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Cairo Time: 7 pm

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Kate Raworth

Can Humanity Live within the Doughnut?

Kate Raworth

Author of the Internationally Best-selling Book Doughnut Economics
Co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab

The Doughnut is a compass for 21st-century development that meets the needs of all people within the means of the living planet. What would that mean in practice for the diverse situation of the world’s nations? Kate Raworth, author of the internationally best-selling book Doughnut Economics, and co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab will present examples from cities and places worldwide that are putting the Doughnut at the heart of their future vision and turning it into action.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Cairo Time 7:00 pm

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Past Webinars

Christopher Marquies

Better Business: How the B Corp Movement is Remaking Capitalism

Christopher Marquis

SC Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University

A compelling look at the B Corp movement and why socially and environmentally responsible companies are vital for everyone’s future.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

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Raj Kumar

The Business of Changing the World

Raj Kumar

President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

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Peter Knorringa

Frugal Innovation in Africa: an Academic and Policy Agenda

Peter Knorringa

Professor of Private Sector & Development, The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam

The webinar explains frugal innovations as simple, affordable, robust innovations developed for/under conditions of scarcity, in many cases also with more careful resource use or making use of renewables. While conventional innovations are often over-engineered and thus initially too sophisticated and expensive for middle-class and poorer consumers, frugal innovations are developed specifically for less affluent users. The next step is to discuss three main types of frugal innovators (firms, NGOs, citizens), provide some examples, and then go into how such frugal innovations have become a focus in academic studies trying to make sense of the importance of innovation, outside of the R&D departments of large companies, in the ongoing digital revolution. The final part of the presentation puts forward some ideas on how frugal innovation thinking can dynamize policy agenda’s on for example (agro-)industrialization and local economic development in Africa.

Monday, March 22, 2021

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Simon Gray

The Imperative of Civic Engagement in Higher Education

Samuel Jude Acquaah, Manager for Outreach and Experiential Learning Programs, Ashesi University, Ghana

Karla Diaz, PhD, Service-Learning Coordinator and Faculty at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Sonwabo Ngcelwane, Research Coordinator for Engaged Scholarship, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Moderator:

Simon Gray, Program Officer for the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, Great Lakes Colleges Association, United States

Civic engagement has become a priority in higher education as colleges and universities acknowledge their responsibility to prepare students to be actively engaged in the civic life of their communities and to respond to challenges with local impact and global reach – gender, racial, and economic inequality; unequal access to education and health care; sustainability and climate change.

Civic engagement encompasses research as well as course-based and co-curricular experiences in which students work beside and learn from members of local communities. This work results in an equitable exchange of interests, knowledge, and practices that benefits the community and builds a foundation for ongoing engagement in civic processes and social change. 

The panelists discuss the place of civic engagement in the missions of their institutions and how that is realized through their work with the local community.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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Professor Sir Michael G. Marmot

Social Justice and Health Equity

Professor Sir Michael G. Marmot

Director of the Institute of Health Equity (UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health)

Taking action to reduce health inequalities is a matter of social justice. In developing strategies for tackling health inequalities we need to confront the social gradient in health, not just the difference between the worst off and everybody else.  There is clear evidence when we look across countries that national policies make a difference and that much can be done in cities, towns, and local areas. But policies and interventions must not be confined to the health care system; they need to address the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.  The evidence shows that economic circumstances are important but are not the only drivers of health inequalities. Tackling the health gap will take action, based on sound evidence, across the whole of society.

Monday, March 15, 2021

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Sarita GuptaDirector

Decent Jobs and the Future of Work after COVID-19

Sarita GuptaDirector

Future of Work(ers) Program, Ford Foundation

The speaker highlights the following:

  • Introduction of the Future of Workers Program of the Ford Foundation

    • Challenges workers face in the global economy

    • Drivers of the transformation of work and inequality 

    • Impacts of COVID-19

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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Jonathan Rothwell

A Republic of Equals: A Manifesto for a Just Society

Jonathan Rothwell

Principle Economist, Gallup

By some definitions, the United States is the world’s oldest democracy, and yet it exhibits levels of income inequality that is more often found in dictatorships. In his recent book, A Republic of Equals: A Manifesto for a Just Society, the American scholar Jonathan Rothwell argues that the fundamental cause is the absence of political equality. His talk will begin with an overview of how the U.S. income distribution compares to other countries and explain why the leading explanations behind this are mistaken. He will then discuss the foundations for a fair distribution of income and then show how the United States is failing to live up to those standards in two crucial ways: its unequal provision of public services and unequal access to markets. He will conclude with some policy suggestions that are globally applicable and argue that open markets are compatible with egalitarian societies.

Monday, March 8, 2021

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Anne Firth Murray

Women’s Human Rights

Anne Firth Murray

Consulting Professor at Standford University, and Founding President, The Global Fund for Women

  • Why focus on women?
  • What is the general situation of international women's health and human rights? (Differences between women in resource-poor countries and women in wealthier countries/regions.)
  • Four critical issues:  the demeaning and disempowerment of girls and women; the persistence of poverty; unequal access to education, food, health care, and money; and pervasive violence.
  • What is being done?  (A little overview of the increasing concern about women over the years.)
  • Hopeful developments/changes

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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James K. Galbraith

Global Inequality

James K. Galbraith

Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations, The LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

A presentation of the work of The University of Texas Inequality Project (http://utip.lbj.utexas.edu), with original measures of the movement of pay and income inequality across more than 150 countries over 50 years, and with a demonstration of the role of global finance and associated neoliberal policies in the evolution of economic inequalities.

Monday, March 1, 2021

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Isablel Rimancozy, Ed.D

What is the Sustainability Mindset?

Isablel Rimancozy, Ed.D

The convener of the PRME Working Group on the Sustainability Mindset 

On December 2, 2020, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the Global Leadership Forum at Columbia University, NY, with the following words: We are fighting Nature, and this is suicide. Human actions are the cause – but are also the solution. This is our time’s moral test.

What is the Sustainability Mindset? Is it about our morality? Our values? Our paradigm? Is it about compassion, or perhaps spirituality? Is it about thinking of ourselves as part of an ecosystem perhaps? Or about action, skills, and technology?

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Coralie Martin

International standards and tools to promote responsible investment

Coralie Martin

Policy Advisor and Country Lead (Asia) - Responsible Business Conduct chez OECD-OCDE

The experience of Covid-19 has shown that observing Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) standards is not only the right thing to do, it can also help build resilience and enhance commercial value. In the post Covid-19 world, knowing and understanding international expectations when it comes to RBC is likely to become increasingly imperative for businesses, beyond the direct commercial benefits that may derive from following international good practice. This webinar will discuss recent trends that have affected the way businesses and financial institutions integrate Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) considerations in their investment decisions, and present practical tools available to support businesses in the implementation of international RBC standards, including the main OECD instruments on RBC and due diligence.

Monday, February 22, 2021

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Madhu Viswanathan

A Bottom-Up Approach to Subsistence Marketplaces and Marketplace Literacy in a Post-Covid World

Madhu Viswanathan

Professor, Department of Marketing, College of Bus. Admin., Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles 

Much of humanity lives at or near subsistence across resource and literacy barriers.  The stream of work on subsistence marketplaces begins at the micro-level of customers, entrepreneurs, and marketplaces, studying these contexts in their own right, and inside-out.   It takes a unique bottom-up approach to the intersection of poverty and marketplaces, creating synergies between research, teaching, and social initiatives (i.e., marketplace literacy education) through symbiotic academic-social enterprise. The Covid world accentuates the importance of this stream, given its focus on those who are unequal but essential. Moreover, this work focuses on contexts with inherent uncertainty, another facet brought out by Covid-19. Using lesson learned, the talk will highlight the importance of a bottom-up approach in a post-Covid world, using the social enterprise of marketplace literacy as an exemplar.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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Saroj Kumar Mohanta

Ethnography for BoP Studies

Saroj Kumar Mohanta

Director at ECOCIATE Consultants

Monday, February 15, 2021

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Vanina Farber

Mobilizing Private Capital to Speed and Scale Social Innovation

Vanina Farber

elea Professor of Social Innovation and Director of elea Center for Social Innovation

We are at an important inflection point in the evolution of the private sector’s role to stimulate social innovation. While the field of social innovation has shown tremendous growth over the past decade, many actors within the spectrum of capital are still sitting on the sidelines – interested in impact, but not yet allocating enough resources or investments. Social innovation creates new solutions (products, services, markets, models, processes) to the benefit of a global society by addressing social and environmental needs more efficiently and effectively than current policies and businesses. It is a process through which methods and tools are improved, developed, and applied based on collaboration between people, organizations, and technology to optimize impact. One of the most interesting aspects of social innovation is the range of options available to actors in the private sector. Innovative financial tools are emerging across the entire capital spectrum. Between traditional investing and traditional philanthropy, there is a myriad of alternative options to mobilize private capital for impact. In this webinar, we discuss different innovative cases of bringing private capital to speed and scale social innovation.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

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MICHAEL O’LEARY and WARREN VALDMANIS

The Rise of Citizen Capitalism

Micheal O’Leary

Managing Director at Engine No. 1

Warren Valdmanis

Partner, Two Sigma Impact at Two Sigma

The speakers focus on impact investing, its promise (and pitfalls), the broader movements towards sustainable and socially responsible business, and the need for investors to lead the charge.

Monday, February 8, 2021

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Ted London

Business Models for the BoP Markets

Ted London

Ross School of Business, University of Michingan

Enterprise-based approaches to poverty alleviation offer an exciting avenue for addressing one of society’s most intractable problems. The promise is alluring; creating new business models that reduce the impoverishment faced by the base of the pyramid (BoP) while also generating profits. Yet these new business models have often failed to achieve sustainability at scale. The objective of this session is to present and discuss a new framework for assessing and enhancing business models in BoP markets. This framework results from in-depth research and analysis of a carefully selected set of enterprises with mixed success in attaining scale.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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Mauro F. Guillen

Global Trends Affecting Business in the 21st Century

Mauro F. Guillen

Zandman Professor of International Management, The Wharton School

Mauro F. Guillén is the Zandman professor of international management at the Wharton School, with secondary appointments as Professor of Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. His research deals with globalization, the future of consumer and financial markets, and the diffusion of innovations in the global economy. His research and teaching have earned him awards from the American Sociological Association, the Social Science History Association, the Academy of Management, the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, and the Aspen Institute.

Monday, February 1, 2021

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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

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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

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Frank Aswani

The challenge of 2030 SDG Financing in Africa – Why we need a different approach

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 will aim 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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