Frontiers of Social Innovation

Inclusive Markets—Inclusive Societies

Around the world, innovative leaders and organizations from the nonprofit, business, and government sectors are pioneering new approaches to help people escape poverty, build livelihoods, and achieve economic security for themselves, their families, and their communities. From cash-transfer programs and peer-based business models, to supply-chain reform and initiatives that promote gender capitalism, social innovators are developing novel solutions to the pervasive challenge of economic inequity.

On May 3-5, 2016, Stanford Social Innovation Review will host leaders from around the world at its inaugural Frontiers of Social Innovation forum to discuss the best ways to build a more inclusive society. Foundation presidents, scholars, social entrepreneurs, government officials, NGO leaders, philanthropists, and business executives will convene at Stanford University to discuss the most recent research and thinking on the causes of social inequities, and, importantly, the approaches and programs that are proving to be most effective at creating a more economically just world. It will be a lively and thought-provoking conversation. We hope you will join us.

May 3
10:00 a.m.: Registration Opens
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.:
• Walking Tours of Stanford’s Campus and Hoover Tower Tour
• Speed Networking and Making Connections
• Hands-on Expo of Technology Innovations for the Social Sector

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Small-Bites Lunch

2:00 p.m.: Welcome from SSIR
2:10-3:15 p.m.: Opening Keynote: Equality of Opportunity: Perspectives and Research on Economic Mobility and Inequality
3:15-4:30 p.m.: Plenary Conversation: Building a New Future: The Role of Foundations in Addressing Inequality

4:30-6:00 p.m.: Reception and Entertainment

7:00-10:00p.m.: Dutch Dine-Around
May 4
8:00 a.m.: Registration Opens
8:00–9:00 a.m.:
• Mindfulness and Guided Meditation with the Dalai Lama Fellows
• Breakfast in Ford Gardens

9:00 a.m.: Welcome from SSIR
9:15-10:45 a.m.: Plenary Panel: What Have We Learned About Fighting Poverty?

10:45-11:15 a.m.: Networking
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Keynote: Who Do You Think We Are: Opportunities for a Fresh Start on Race

12:15-1:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Breakout Sessions
• Using Behavioral Science to Improve Outcomes
• Global Migration, Implications, and Response
• Health and Inequality

2:30-3:00 p.m.: Networking
3:00-4:00 p.m.: Keynote: Charting a New Course for Government: The Role of Public Policy in Alleviating Poverty
4:00-5:15 p.m.: Plenary Panel: Pathway to Positive Change: Investments in Women and Girls

5:15-7:30 p.m.: Reception at Bing Concert Hall and Entertainment
May 5
8:00-8:45 a.m.: Breakfast Ford Gardens

8:45 a.m.: Welcome from SSIR
9:00-10 a.m.: Keynote: The Causes and Patterns of Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Achievement Disparities

10:00-10:30: Networking
10:30-11:30: Breakout Sessions:
• What’s the Payoff of Pay-for-Success?
• Design Thinking for Inclusivity
• Frontiers of Microfinance Innovation: Promising Paths Toward Increasing Impact

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-2:15 p.m.: Plenary Panel: Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility
2:15-3:00 p.m.: Closing Conversation: Whither Innovation?





The Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Supporting Sponsor

Elefint Designs

Elefint Designs

Elefint Designs

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