Agenda

 
Registration

7:00 AM -

 8:00 PM


 
Special Session

8:00 AM -

 8:45 AM


Approaches to Innovation

At a time when the world finds itself on an unsustainable course, facing an increasing number of complex challenges for which traditional approaches are no longer sufficient, innovation stands as a key to addressing many of the issues confronting us today. During this session, experts in the field discussed the importance of innovation as a vehicle for building a sustainable future. Where does innovation begin? What should be the role of government in promoting and facilitating innovation? Which countries are leading the charge, and how do you best position yourself and your organization to take advantage? This panel provided a broad introduction to innovation, various approaches to cultivate it, and implications for those who pursue it and those who don’t.


 
Breakfast

8:00 AM -

 9:00 AM


 

9:00 AM -

 10:30 AM


Action Network Workshops

Session Features:  Green Vehicles  •   Strengthening Health Systems


Action Networks are small targeted sessions intended for members who want a deeper discussion on a specific topic and who want to identify like-minded partners within that topic area.


 
Plenary Session

9:00 AM -

 10:30 AM


Investing in Girls and Women

Every problem in the world is exacerbated by gender inequality. Even though women make up 50 percent of the world's population, girls and women continuously lack the same access as men to education, health care, jobs, and the political arena. Yet each year of schooling increases a woman's income by 10 to 20 percent, and closing the gender gap adds 0.5 percent to a country's per capita GNP. Smart businesses appreciate that increased support for girls and women is integral to fostering successful markets for the future. Innovative programs are already producing remarkable results, and far-seeing countries and organizations are finding that reaching out to girls and women deepens confidence, creates opportunity, and raises profits. This panel examined a few notable success stories.


 
Commitment Networking Session

11:00 AM -

 12:30 PM


Economic Empowerment and Cross-cutting Approaches

Today's global economy is creating faster, deeper, and broader economic growth than at any other time in history. But that growth has been accompanied by widening disparities between rich and poor, and in every part of the world poverty robs individuals of dignity and opportunity. The combination of strategic philanthropy, sound policy, and private sector innovation offers new opportunities to empower those at the base of the pyramid through education, employment, and access to the financial tools needed to build an economic base and contribute to long-term economic development.


 

Education and Global Health Care

Quality education and viable health care are two of the most important factors necessary for vulnerable populations around the world to build a better future. Over 70 million children will never see the inside of a primary school classroom, and another 226 million will never continue onto secondary school. Global health issues are far-reaching and varied, ranging from infectious and chronic diseases, to environmental factors, virus mutation and drug resistance, and an inadequate workforce. Despite these challenges, new, exciting models are emerging to improve access to education and health care.


 

Energy and Climate Change

At a time when the world finds itself on an unsustainable course, facing an increasing number of complex challenges for which traditional approaches are no longer sufficient, innovation stands as a key to addressing many of the issues confronting us today. During this session, experts in the field discussed the importance of innovation as a vehicle for building a sustainable future. Where does innovation begin? What should be the role of government in promoting and facilitating innovation? Which countries are leading the charge, and how do you best position yourself and your organization to take advantage? This panel provided a broad introduction to innovation, various approaches to cultivate it, and implications for those who pursue it and those who don’t.


 

11:00 AM -

 1:00 PM


Action Network Workshops

Session Features:  Access to Clean Water and Effective Sanitation  •   Empowering Women


Action Networks are small targeted sessions intended for members who want a deeper discussion on a specific topic and who want to identify like-minded partners within that topic area.


 
Plenary Session

1:00 PM -

 2:15 PM


Harnessing Innovation for Development

The year 2008 will come to be recognized as the turning point when a series of crises gripped the planet: the spike in oil prices, the world food shortage, and the global financial meltdown. Add these to the list of ongoing mega-problems and it becomes clear that innovation on a massive scale is required to move us toward a more sustainable world. This Plenary Session explored the innovation strategies needed to effectively address the planetary crises we now face. From incremental improvements within existing modes of operation to leapfrog innovations in clean technology and bottom-up business creation models to serve the poor, panelists discussed which strategies they consider critical to effectively harness innovation for sustainable development.


 

2:45 PM -

 4:30 PM


Action Network Workshops

Session Features:  Innovative Approaches to Nutrition and Food Systems  •   Investing in Girls


Action Networks are small targeted sessions intended for members who want a deeper discussion on a specific topic and who want to identify like-minded partners within that topic area.


 
Breakout Sessions

2:45 PM -

 4:30 PM


Becoming Embedded: Co-Creating Business with the Community

Smart companies are trying to rethink global strategies and get beyond one-size-fits-all solutions. Increasingly, companies viewed as outsiders – alien to both the cultures and the ecosystems within which they do business – are finding it difficult to realize their full economic and social potential. A key innovation challenge is for companies to become more indigenous in the communities they seek to serve. Doing so requires that they broaden their bandwidth by involving voices that have previously gone unheard to co-create businesses with local partners. A more inclusive form of capitalism thus requires innovation not only in technology, but also in business procesess and mindsets.


 

Driving Disruptive Innovation from the Base of the Pyramid

Townhall

In the wake of the global economic crisis, inequity continues to rise almost everywhere in the world. More than 4 billion people at the base of the income pyramid (BoP) still earn less than three dollars per day. To create more inclusive forms of enterprise, the private sector has implemented an array of disruptively innovative new technologies and commercialization strategies.


 

Enterprise Based Strategies for Health and Innovation

With the IT revolution and the explosion of mobile phone and Internet connectivity around the world, new options for health care and education are becoming possible. Enterprise-based models in e-health and e-education are rapidly emerging with profound implications for how these services are delivered. Disruptive innovations like online learning and point-of-care health technologies will revolutionize their industries in the coming decade. As the United States and other developed countries struggle to control the cost of health care, to provide universal coverage, and to educate the population for the 21st century, commercial solutions that generate local livelihoods in underserved communities may provide the innovative new models needed to achieve real reform.


 
Special Session

5:00 PM -

 6:00 PM


From CEO to NGO

During this session, former executives came together to discuss the importance of philanthropy and how their background in the private sector has allowed them to effectively take part in non-profit organizations and foundations. When their main focus is on improving the global community and not their bottom line, what advice do they have for the private sector? And, what do they know from their current work that they wish they had known when they were only running multi-million for-profit dollar enterprises?


 

Northern Ireland - Building the Future

Forged in 1998, the historic Good Friday peace accord has provided a backdrop for ongoing progress in Northern Ireland. A key factor in sustaining the momentum of recent years is economic growth, yet this region has been affected disproportionately by the global economic downturn. This session discussed the factors necessary for Northern Ireland’s recovery by increasing its appeal to foreign investors, improving local business’s reach to markets in the U.S., and utilizing the talents of young people in the region through entrepreneurship.


 

5:00 PM -

 6:30 PM


Action Network Workshops

Contributing to Haiti's Future

Action Networks are small targeted sessions intended for members who want a deeper discussion on a specific topic and who want to identify like-minded partners within that topic area.


 
Networking Event

5:00 PM -

 8:00 PM


CGI Exchange

This public exhibition allows members to feature their ongoing commitments and new partnership opportunities.


 
Special Event

8:00 PM -

 10:00 PM


An Evening at MoMA

CGI members come together to network and celebrate the convening of the Fifth Annual Meeting.