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AMANDA GRIFFITH

Executive Director

Family for Every Child

LOCAL TO GLOBAL - OPPORTUNITIES & THREATS

  • International networks provide an opportunity for local CSOs to work together on an agenda based on their knowledge of what works in their contexts.

  • We can learn from new business models and apply the method of direct relationship between customer and supplier to social justice.

  •  CSOs have the opportunity to move into a much more campaign approach and organize social movements to demand change.

  • Threats such as climate change, migration are global. It’s time for local CSOs to move to the center stage to create trust, commitment, equity, social justice and access for all. This requires a paradigm shift in the way we work together. A new world order is on the horizon.

See: PowerPoint Presentation

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Vijay Mahajan

Chief Executive Officer

Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

CHALLENGES TO CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE AGE OF POPULISM

  • People have pains that fuel populism and terrorism. We should try to understand the emotions and pains of people attracted to this side.

  • Empathy is as important as rationality and we need to integrate this into education from an early age.

  • We need to hold the government and market institutions accountable

  • We need to take responsibility and take action 

Watch: Vijay Mahajan's Speech - Leadership Forum 2019

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Esther Wang

Founder

Joytingle

THE ROLE OF DESIGN THINKING IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • The real power of design is to allow people to become independent so that they are no longer at the mercy of others.

  • Design thinking is a systemic process of problem-solving and an important aspect of design thinking is the user research and user testing process.

  • In comparison to corporates, civil society has better access to the local communities because of the good relationship and trust.

  •  Therefore civil society can draw out honest feedback quickly. This can help CSOs develop better services and products that are user-centric.

See: PowerPoint Presentation