Collaborating for Sustainable Change: New Approaches to Accelerate Innovation
While public opinion surrounding the virtues (or lack thereof according to the Wall Street Journal) of corporate social responsibility are wide and varied, the power of business in society is indisputable. Its a power that has at times carried a bad reputation - especially lately, when we've seen it used shamelessly to rake bags of cash into the arms of a few executives.
Some companies and their executives stand apart. They are ready to wield their power for good - and they're looking for the best ways to do just that.
On October 21, 2010, many of these companies will join together for a day of collaboration and inspiration. CBSR (Canadian Business for Social Responsibility) hosts their 8th annual Summit: Collaborating for Social Change - New Approaches to Accelerate Innovation. I am honored to join an afternoon panel entitled, "Sustainability Game Changers: How Social Innovators Are Breaking Boundaries, Shaking Up Traditional Business Models and Achieving Results." Also on the panel will be:
Toby Heaps, Editor and Co-Founder, Corporate Knights (Toby will be moderating)
Dr. Rafi Hofstein, President & CEO, MaRS Innovation
David Labistour, CEO, Mountain Equipment Co-op
Nickolas Parker, Executive Chairman, Cleantech Group LLC
CBSR is a non-profit, member-led organization that mobilizes Canadian companies to make powerful business decisions that improve performance and contribute to a better world. Every year, the CBSR summit contributes positively to the changing landscape of business - they strongly believe that corporate responsibility and business success go hand-in-hand.
At this year's summit, you will:
Discover best practices in collaboration with employees, suppliers, customers, NGOs and industry leaders.
Work hands-on with peers to learn how to apply collaboration frameworks and tools in your business.
Network with leading executives, thought leaders and practitioners.
Learn from Canadian and international visionaries.
The lineup of speakers is pretty amazing - check it out here.
Besides being on the panel, I'll be interviewing a number of the speakers and panelists throughout the day on behalf of 3BL Media (follow 3BLMedia on Twitter). These interviews will be available for viewing on the day of the Summit, so if you can't make it, be sure to tune in online. If you like, you can check out some of our previous interviews from earlier conferences this year.
I'd love to see you there - send me an email at the address below if you're able to make it!
Chris Jarvis & Angela Parker
c: 317-371-4435 | email@example.com