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Kick-start the final day of the 2012 Annual Meeting and network with other CGI members that share similar topical interests.
CGI Track Managers and Account Executives will be in attendance to provide information on year-round engagement opportunities for CGI members and member organizations.
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The Future of Food
The current food system is not sustainable. Agriculture accounts for 70 percent of the world’s use of increasingly scarce water supplies, and deforestation for food production generates more greenhouse gases than all forms of transportation combined. Despite these associated environmental and social costs, one-third of the food generated for human consumption continues to be lost or wasted. With global demand expected to double in the next 25 to 50 years, current modes of production and patterns of consumption must change to ensure global food security.
• How can the global food system be redesigned to yield more, healthier food, while reducing our ecological footprint?
• How can greater access to markets, new approaches to distribution, and local sourcing bolster food quality and workers’ livelihoods, while reducing waste and improving resilience to extreme conditions?
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Communication by Design: Inspirational Change Agents
Public figures, such as celebrities and dignitaries, have taken action on issues that impact the world over, helping to raise awareness of intractable global challenges and communicate their complexity to a variety of audiences. Yet, by lending their voices and leveraging their resources, these talented advocates can serve an even more powerful function: showcasing solutions that can solve these problems. In this session, public figures will discuss opportunity and obligation, and will explain the many unique and innovative ways that they are using their recognition to mobilize communities to actively participate in addressing our shared challenges.
The Case for Optimism in the 21st Century
There is a prosperous future that awaits us, yet a shift in mindset is required for it to be realized. While the recent financial crisis has prompted reassessments of our economic models, it should not overshadow the fact that enormous progress has been achieved in the past few decades. There is a strong case to be made for optimism, given the eradication of diseases and the drastic improvements made in life expectancy, infant mortality, and economic development. These achievements should be celebrated and should serve as a reminder that individuals and nations can mobilize resources to rise above complex and systemic challenges. This session will make an informed case for why CGI members should be optimistic about exciting societal and technological advancements, and will explore how these advancements will lead to an expanding world of possibilities for generations to come.
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Working Capital: Creating Value for Business and Society
Even as corporations and financial institutions serve as economic drivers, they are too often perceived to be prospering at the expense of the societies and environments in which they work. Global polls indicate that banks and financial services are currently experiencing historically low public trust, while simultaneously less than half of citizens believe their governments will do what is right. As countries and companies seek economic recovery, there is an opportunity to redefine the role of capitalist models as providers of social and environmental good.
• How can our capital systems create new markets to serve the under-served?
• How can governments find a balance between protecting consumers and encouraging competitiveness and market growth?
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How can we protect the poorest from debilitating shocks, such as unforeseen illness or crop failure?
Living on less than two dollars a day, 2.7 billion people are barely able to make ends meet on a daily basis. When the crop fails that year, when a family member falls sick and needs hospitalization or medicine, or when a hurricane destroys the family home, there rarely is any safety net provided by the government to address these unforeseen challenges. When extended family cannot provide assistance, the result can be a level of indebtedness that drives the family into extreme poverty. Putting in place preventative measures to mitigate the impact of shocks is essential to providing hope and lifting individuals and communities out of the poverty cycle.
Integrating Women into Global Supply Chains
Well designed supply chains are powerful tools for creating economic and social value. By focusing on girls and women, organizations can build a high quality pool of skilled workers and managers who can play leading roles in their communities and help expand local markets. CGI members will share their experiences with designing inclusive supply chains that improve livelihoods and create new business opportunities through the strategic engagement of girls and women.
Leading by Design: Governing Our Global Community
To end global diseases, lift billions from poverty, heal religious and ethnic fractures, and protect the earth’s limited natural resources will require persistent global leadership and bold collective action. The global financial crisis has only underscored the critical role of dialogue and cooperation in addressing major international issues. In this session, world leaders will discuss current affairs, highlighting solutions with the greatest promise and examining the responsibility of nations in solving twenty-first century global problems. Additionally, they will explore how leaders are effectively coordinating national-level decisions while engaging both businesses and nonprofits in the process.
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Barriers to Broadband Access
Access to broadband internet creates channels of information and participation between communities and the global marketplace of ideas, information, systems, goods, and services. Those who are currently not reached by this vast resource are denied access to educational resources, economic opportunity, and channels of influence, as well as basic communications infrastructure. In addition, the business case for access to broadband is clear—it creates connections to new customers, enables efficient and productive business operations, creates new business and entrepreneurship opportunities, and, in the long-term, creates communities of potential employees and consumers in developing and emerging markets. This cross cutting endeavor requires broad participation from the CGI community, and has the potential to benefit all equally. Please join key corporations, NGOs, social enterprises, and government officials for a purposeful discussion of current efforts underway, opportunities for collaboration, and the business case for expanding access.
Employee Engagement: Internal Champions for Shared Value
An engaged workforce can increase a company’s ability to improve its overall financial performance and employee retention, as well as inspire and motivate employees to help drive business evolution towards increased positive social impact. However, a 2011 Gallup poll shows that approximately 70 percent of American workers are not fully engaged in their workplace, leading to productivity loss and increased turnover. This small group discussion will look at what CGI members are doing in the space of employee engagement, and participants will share their feedback on what CGI’s role in this conversation should look like in 2013 and beyond.
Building resiliency to climate change in urban settings is a key challenge that municipalities all over the globe are currently facing. Rising sea levels, droughts, and increased frequency of storms are only a few of the effects of climate change that cities must now address when constructing and maintaining their built structures. This challenge calls for insurance and reinsurance companies, investors, the construction industry, and global leaders to work together to tackle this reality. Participants in this session will learn about ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change on urban built environments, and will work collaboratively to identify future solutions to this challenge. This session will look at how various actors can participate in the development of communications, transportation, power, water, and food systems that mitigate risk and foster resilient communities, while also discussing how we can protect vulnerable populations from the devastating effects of man-made and natural disasters.
Uncovering the Multiplier Effect of Investing in Women
CGI acknowledges the extensive impact that investing in women has on the building of thriving and resilient communities. Similarly, foundations and philanthropists are seeking to streamline programmatic approaches, strengthen grant-making strategies, and uncover the larger community impact of investments in women. This session will examine how robust monitoring and evaluation activities are increasingly recognized as key drivers in reaching these objectives, and participants will explore ways in which the CGI platform can support efforts in this area.
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