How do we make the social innovation field more than the sum of its parts? Wayfinder is a two-day global social innovation event exploring what more can be achieved over the next ten years in the field of social innovation. Convened by the Social Innovation Exchange and supported by Nesta, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, UNDP, Social Innovation Generation and others, this event will bring together thought-leaders and action-leaders from across the world. Chris Sigaloff is one of the speakers.
Seen through one lens, social innovation has achieved a huge amount over the last decade, but compared to the scale of social challenges facing the world, this success looks marginal. We don’t have enough examples of social innovation creating large scale, deep and systemic change. Only tiny fractions of commercial investment and public spending contribute to social innovation, and the scale of social innovation institutions pales in comparison to their equivalents in technology, the military or medicine.
Wayfinder hosts a select group of 150 global experts from across six continents that have played, and will continue to play, a critical role in building the social innovation field. They will explore what more can be done to bridge the current gaps to create large scale systemic change and further advance the field of social innovation for the next 10 years.
Together, participants of the Wayfinder will work to address how to make the field more than the sum of its parts. The event will draw on a mapping of the state of social innovation globally in different sectors and regions over the last 10 years. At the end of the two days, the aim is to set some priority areas for joint action in the next 10 years.
- What kind of infrastructure do we need locally, nationally, regionally and globally to make the most of social innovation in the next decade?
- What kind of funding is needed at a systems level? How can we build capacity and institutional leadership inside systems?
- And how can we bring in mainstream actors who buy the core principles of social innovation, but don’t use the language?