Category Archives: Sustainable Innovation

Advancing Sustainable Global Enterprise – You can still make it!

Net ImpactAre you a changemaker, an innovator, and/or a problemsolver working to build on the capacity and competencies of business to create sustainable solutions to the challenges in the world? Then check out the NET IMPACT CONFERENCE on ADVANCING SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL ENTERPRISE.

WHAT:

2009 Net Impact Conference: “Advancing Sustainable Global Enterprise: Changemakers, Innovators and Problem Solvers”

·         Will bring together the players behind the sustainable global enterprise movement, including sustainability and corporate responsibility practitioners, social entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders.

http://www.netimpact.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=2029

KEYNOTES INCLUDE:
·         Jeffrey Immelt, CEO, GE
·         Seth Goldman, President & TeaEO, Honest Tea
·         Lisa Lorimer, former President and majority owner, Vermont Bread Co.
·         Jeff Furman, Legal Counsel, Ben & Jerry’s

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When BOP meets Clean Tech – Insight and Outcome of the Cornell Global Forum on Sustainable Enterprise

The Great Convergence

What happens when you bring together 100 change agents, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, intrapreneurs, academics, development sector representatives, and financiers for 3 days in a hotel in New York?

What you get is a lot of connections, a lot of conversation and a lot of conspiration in the most positive sense of the work on how to develop the way forward for bringing clean tech solutions to people in the developing countries.

Personally, what I take away from the Cornell Global Forum on the Great Convergence between Clean Tech and Base of the Pyramid is a lot of inspiration and good conversations ! Very few times in my life have I had the privilege of being in the company of so many visionary people from around the world with their hearts and minds in the right places. Every evening when retiring to my hotel room my head was buzzing with new inspirations, insights and ideas on how to incorporate the strengths of the private sector in delivering solutions to the social and environmental challenges in the world.
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Social Innovation Tour to South Africa, May 2009

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Are you interested in exploring social innovation and entrepreneurship in South Africa? Or do you know other people who might be?

Then check out this Learning Journey that will give you insigth and inspiration from the new South Africa that is emerging from social entrepreneurship and cross-sector partnerships. Download the program here: Africa CREATE Invitation

Base of the Pyramid and Climate Change

Joint Actions on Climate Change

Reserve the dates of 8-10 of June 2009 to participate in the Joint Actions on Climate Change Conference in the city of Aalborg in Denmark.

The conference is a joint endeavour bringing together five conferences in the field: European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production, The Greening of Industry Network; SCORE!; Nordic Life Cycle Association, and Euro Sustainability. After 15 years of separate growth, it is now time to join forces to bring action and consensus on solutions.

Together with PhD student Jacob Ravn from Aalborg University, I am organizing a research workshop as well as a seminar for practitioners from different sectors to explore:

The potential and pitfalls of the Base of the Pyramid Strategy to bring innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions to developing countries. Continue reading

CSR-driven Innovation and Base of the Pyramid

CSR-Driven Innovation

What happens when you link CSR in a company to the innovation process and core strategy of a company? Hopefully, new sustainable innovations and more growth to the company.

The Danish Centre for CSR (CenSa) at the Danish Commerce and Companies Agency (DCCA) is running the project on CSR-Driven Innovation in cooperation with the Nordic Innovation Centre and Nordic partners from different universities. The project aims at supporting the business potential among Nordic small and medium-sized enterprises by combining the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), design, innovation and growth.

The outcome of the project so far has been a report with case-studies on a range of Nordic companies using CSR as a core strategy. The report outlines a framework for different typologies of CSR-driven companies, with different ways of combinging social impact and profit as either means or goal. This is how it looks:

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This framework is also useful when considering different strategies and visions for engaging in business with BoP. The report includes BoP as one of the ways to do CSR-driven innovation.

You can download the full report, plus a thorough literature review on CSR-driven innovation at the project site HERE

Research perspectives on Base of the Pyramid

Research Workshop at SPIRE

What is the role of privat sector in international development? What has it been over time, and how is it changing with BoP activities?

What are the implications of using terms as customers, consumers, users, bop’s, people, citizens, and more, when talking about people in developing countries, now the target of attention from the concept of Base of the Pyramid?

What would a Scandinavian model of BoP look like?

Can and should we develop some kind of quality standards or ethical guidelines for companies engaging in BoP activities?

Theese were some of the questions on the table at a research workshop at the SPIRE research centre of Participatory Innovation at University of Southern Denmark, which I organized recently. The call of the workshop was:

People Centred Innovation in Developing Countries
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Worldchanging in Copenhagen

In the end of October, Alex Steffen from Worldchanging.com was visiting Copenhagen to cruise around and meet interesting people with ideas and solutions for improving the state of the world. I and Karen Hoeg announced ourselves to be his liaison officers for two days. The program included visiting Republikken, Index Award and finally La Oficina, where 50 people came to hear Alex speak and to engage in dialogue and networking. Continue reading