MIT Press Releases Special Edition of Innovations Journal Prepared for 2009 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum

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Today at Davos-Klosters MIT Press and the Schwab Foundation for Social En¬trepreneurship will release a special edition of Innovations journal prepared for the 2009 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

This year at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, we are bringing together those who can reshape our global economy to serve society more broadly

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Cambridge, MA -- Today at Davos-Klosters MIT Press and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship will release a special edition of Innovations journal prepared for the 2009 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. The special edition, titled Social Innovation in a Post-Crisis World, features cases and essays authored by leading social innovators from around the world.

"This year at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, we are bringing together those who can reshape our global economy to serve society more broadly," says Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum and Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. "The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has been promoting revolutionary social innovators who have been reshaping this relationship between economy and society for the last decade. Innovations has dedicated itself to studying and promoting these Social Entrepreneurs in their search for novel approaches in technology, strategy, policy and governance. We are proud to be collaborating with the editors of Innovations to produce this special edition to provide these unique insights to the world leaders gathering in Davos."

From the introduction to the special edition by Philip Auerswald, founding co-editor of Innovations, and Mirjam Schöning, Executive Director of the Schwab Foundation:

"We are, right now, in the midst of a global shift of epic proportions. Not only is change occurring--as it always has--it is occurring with greater volatility, and greater reach, than ever before. As a consequence of the wrenching turn taken by the global economic system in the past six months, millions of the world's citizens may descend, or return, into poverty--an alarming reversal in the progress made over the past quarter century in advancing the human condition.

"This collection of readings has been produced with one goal: to introduce into the conversation components of a new language to describe the challenges ahead, and to offer for your use the rough cut of a new lens through which you may perceive elements of a solution. The language centers on the words 'social innovation'; the lens is designed to help us all perceive the mechanisms of resilience in times of disruptive change."

In addition to cases authored by leading innovators--Rory Stear, Kristine Pearson, Bunker Roy, Cosmas Okoli, Ibrahim Abouleish, Helmy Abouleish, and Karen Tse--the special edition includes the following essays:
Social Innovation in a Post-Crisis World by Klaus Schwab and Hilde Schwab
Social Ventures as Learning Laboratories by J. Gregory Dees
A Bank as Courageous Investor by Ellen Seidman and Ron Grzywinski
Macro Impact on Microfinance by Roshaneh Zafar
The Upside of the Downturn: How Sustainable Banking Can Deliver a Better Future by Peter Blom
The Resilience Imperative: Philip Auerswald and Debra van Opstal
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For more information about Innovations, including subscription and single-copy purchases, please visit
http://mitpressjournals.org/itgg
To obtain a copy of the special edition, please email editors at innovationsjournal dot net.
This edition is the third in a series produced by Innovations for the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Full texts of the first two editions are available here:
http://www.schwabfound.org/sf/Publications/Publications/index.htm

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