Feb 13 2013 06:00 PM - Feb 13 2013 08:00 PM
Humanity is facing many severe social problems. Governments and international organizations are not the only ones trying to come up with solutions. This plenary session features social entrepreneurs, individuals with innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, trying to tackle major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.
Social entrepreneurship is about believing that change can occur also at the lowest levels, and that there are great possibilities to make a change if we, the people, work together. This is not only about big ideas and utopian visions, but about the practical implementations necessary to reach those goals, which are not only aimed towards immediate and small-scale effects, but sweeping, long-term change.
James Fierro (CA), founder and CEO of Recipco, the Capacity Exchange, an alternative market and transaction mechanism that reduces organizations dependency on cash and credit.
John Hope Bryant (US), an American financial and poverty eradication activist. He is the founder of operation HOPE and co-founder of Global Dignity.
Celine d'Cruz (IN), coordinator of Slum Dwellers International, a network of community-based organizations of the urban poor that has developed successful mobilisation, advocacy and problem-solving strategies.