The Bridgespan Group and The Rockefeller Foundation Join Forces to Launch Interactive Webinar, Blog, Video Series on Using Innovation Labs To Tackle Systems Change

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Series explores how to promote innovative thinking to solve current and future social problems

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Innovation labs offer a unique process that involves diverse stakeholders, creating an environment conducive to innovation and experimentation to solve the most pressing challenges faced by poor and vulnerable people.

As part of a joint project, The Bridgespan Group and The Rockefeller Foundation are launching an interactive blog, video and webinar series on November 10 aimed at educating practitioners and others in the social sector on using innovation labs to develop groundbreaking solutions to social problems. “Innovation labs offer a unique process that involves diverse stakeholders, creating an environment conducive to innovation and experimentation to solve the most pressing challenges faced by poor and vulnerable people,” said Amira Bliss, Senior Program Associate at The Rockefeller Foundation. According to Bridgespan Manager Nidhi Sahni, “This series, punctuated with the webinar, will describe what social innovation labs are, what problems they can help address, and the results they produce.”

What: A New Approach to Tackle Systems Change: Innovation Labs, a free interactive webinar

When: November 10, 2014 1 PM EDT

RSVP: Register for the free webinar here

Moderated by: Saadia Madsbjerg, Managing Director at The Rockefeller Foundation and Nidhi Sahni, Manager at The Bridgespan Group

Featuring: Jocelyn Wyatt, Co-lead and Executive Director of IDEO.org; Marlon Parker, Founder of Reconstructive Living Labs in South Africa; Amira Bliss, Senior Program Associate, The Rockefeller Foundation; Nidhi Sahni, Manager at Bridgespan

Webinar speakers will share what motivated them to use labs to solve problems, the value that they have seen as a result and will identify future opportunities for using labs in their work. Nidhi Sahni, from Bridgespan will present results from research conducted on the sector of social innovation labs.

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About The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group (http://www.bridgespan.org) is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. We collaborate with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning. We work on issues related to society’s most important challenges in three primary areas: pathways to opportunity for disadvantaged populations, environmental sustainability, and civic engagement. Our services include strategy consulting, executive search, and leadership development, philanthropy advising, and developing and sharing practical insights.

About The Rockefeller Foundation

For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, The Rockefeller Foundation pursues this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. To achieve these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation works at the intersection of four focus areas – advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities – to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot – or will not. To learn more, please visit http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org.

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