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Innovators Help Business Change From Within - MarketWatch

Innovators Help Business Change From Within - MarketWatch | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

"Sustainable business innovation & leadership capacity:  The Aspen Institute's 4th cohort of fellows who promote business growth with a sustainable society launches."  


This program looks like it can make a significant leadership impact within institutions who desire to innovate in a healthy, sustainable way.  Aspen fellows are selected based on peer nomination.


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"There is a clear public call for business to create long-term value for shareholders, communities, employees and the planet. We need innovative leaders who can tackle this challenge."


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The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program today announces the fourth class of First Mover Fellows, individuals who are working within companies to unite business growth with a sustainable society in the products and services they are developing.


The 21 Fellows chosen this year come from a wide variety of industries including finance (Citigroup and BlackRock); energy (GE Energy); retail (Walmart); technology (Microsoft, HP and AOL); clothing (Levi Strauss and Nike); executive search (Egon Zehnder International); and advertising (Arnold Worldwide).


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The 12-month Fellowship...is built around the core themes of innovation, leadership, reflection and community.

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"The work of these remarkable business innovators demonstrates the array of opportunities companies have to achieve financial success and positive social and environmental impacts," says Nancy McGaw, director of the First Movers Fellowship Program.


The 12-month Fellowship, which includes three seminars, is built around the core themes of innovation, leadership, reflection and community.


The program offers individuals a chance to become part of a growing community of innovators who share a passion about their work and belief in new possibilities for business. It also serves as an innovation lab where Fellows develop the skills to make their innovations real and successful in their organizations.


The program offers both a leadership development opportunity for the Fellows and an organizational development strategy for their companies.


"Today there is a clear public call for business to create long-term value for shareholders, communities, employees and the planet. We need innovative leaders who can tackle this challenge," explains McGaw. "This Fellowship program focuses on how to build this kind of leadership capacity within business."


Candidates for the fellowship must be nominated by their peers.

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Social Entrepreneurs, World Examples of Social Innovation & Change | World Economic Forum

Social Entrepreneurs, World Examples of Social Innovation & Change | World Economic Forum | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

As different as their fields of engagement may be, they all share their commitment for social change and social innovation.



  • Victoria is from Tanzania. She founded SELFINA, realizing a micro-leasing arrangements to increase incomes of self-employed women.
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  • Norbert from Germany, runs IQ consult: an agency for social innovation that offers training, coaching, micro-financing and mentoring for disadvantaged groups to increase employment.
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  • 1001 fontaines, started by Chay, offers a simple, durable, and low-cost solution to supply drinking water in small communities in developing countries.

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Victoria Kisyombe, Norbert Kunz and Lo Chay (from left to right) are three persons from three continents with three different stories.


They, along with around 30 other participants from 20 countries, gathered at the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Program in Singapore from the 28th of November till the 2nd of December 2012.

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