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Thursday, September 28 • 12:20pm - 1:10pm
Beyond Products: Ecosystem Approaches to Fostering Local Innovation

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In a complex and ever-changing world, the conditions that reinforce poverty and inequality are never linked to a single challenge, but rather a web of interconnected challenges. Traditional development approaches do not suffciently enable communities to tackle challenges such as climate change, food insecurity, and lack of economic opportunity at a local level. Tapping into local ingenuity and building a supportive culture of problem-solving is critical to building vibrant, inclusive, and resilient innovation ecosystems that can address these challenges. Good ideas live everywhere — from favelas in Brazil to farming communities across rural Uganda to the bustling streets of Delhi, India. Local innovation ecosystems can be powerful movements to harness local resources; build a shared ethos of collaboration, experimentation, and learning; and create an enabling environment to generate solutions that improve the lives of people living in poverty. But building an inclusive local innovation ecosystem isn’t easy. What the critical ingredients that all innovation ecosystems need? How do we help local innovation ecosystems grow and thrive in developing economies? How we ensure that all people have a voice in the process, and bene

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Molly Wenig Rubenstein

Innovation Ecosystems, MIT D-Lab
Molly W. Rubenstein is leading the development of new innovation ecosystems strategy and programming at MIT D-Lab. She has spent the last two years creating a co-learning and mentorship network among innovation centers affiliated with the USAID-funded International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) program, based out of MIT D-Lab and Olin College. Located in developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia, these innovation centers work to promote the development of innovative, inclusive solutions improving the lives of people living in poverty. Before joining the IDIN team in 2015, Molly spent four years co-managing the rapid growth and development of one of the largest and longest-standing grassroots community makerspaces in the US, an organization called... Read More →

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Nathaniel Heller

Executive Vice President, Integrated Strategies, Results for Development
Nathaniel Heller is a leading practitioner and social entrepreneur in the open government and government accountability fields, working for nearly two decades with civil-society and public-sector champions to leverage transparency and citizen engagement as drivers of development outcomes. | As Results for... Read More →
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Kippy Joseph

Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Kippy Joseph joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2010. As Associate Director, Innovation, she designs, implements and manages an integrated approach of grant-making and internal capability-building. The current strategy focuses on creating enabling environments for innovation in development contexts, including support for methods and infrastructure for social innovation. Prior to her current position, Ms. Joseph worked at the United... Read More →
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Kathy Qian

Data Scientist & Innovation Policy Consultant, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Trade & Competitiveness, World Bank Group
Kathy is a data scientist working with the Innovation & Entrepreneurship group at the World Bank. She leads the analytics effort for the ecosystem mapping project, which includes creating custom survey instruments, architecting open source collection processes, designing database... Read More →

Thursday September 28, 2017 12:20pm - 1:10pm
Continental Room C Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

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