In 2017, Social Innovation Exchange (++Social Innovation ExchangeHere you can read more about SIX and their work.) hosted the first Wayfinder in London at a time when social innovation globally was at a crossroads. One year on, some progress has been made, but many of these challenges remain — we need to continue focusing on getting truly multi-sector, prioritising people and planet, and supporting leadership rich social innovation ecosystems globally. With the support of local, regional and international partners, the Wayfinder is heading to Istanbul to dive deeper into these calls of action from the inaugural Wayfinder.
In some ways, social innovation has achieved a huge amount over the last decade. However, compared to the scale of the social challenges facing the world, this success is marginal. The London Wayfinder explored how we can create large-scale, deep and systemic change over the next ten years.
SIX invited a select group of 150 innovators, experts, and entrepreneurs from around the world and across Turkey, who have played, and will continue to play, a critical role in building the social innovation field. Together we will explore: how do we get to transformational change, such as achieving the SDGs? What more can be done to tackle systemic barriers to systemic change over the next ten years? Istanbul Wayfinder will build on two calls to action from London:
- Getting truly multi-sector in social innovation — with an emphasis on integrating corporate, government and philanthropic social innovation;
- Creating enabling platforms to enrich social innovation ecosystems — learning from around the world about the key conditions and overcoming barriers.
Istanbul Wayfinder is convened by SIX, hosted by Zorlu Holding, powered by imece, in knowledge partnership with ATÖLYE and S360, and supported by UNDP Regional Hub Istanbul and Brookings Doha Centre.