we're screwed

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Presentation given at the Social Innovation @ Ivey Forum, March 24th, 2010

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  • were screwed. now what are you gonna do about it? Social Innovation @ Ivey Forum March 24, 2010
  • First, a bit about...
  • me
  • unschooler
  • runner
  • entrepreneur
  • career path founding 1991 2010 working
  • Life is messy and unpredictable.
  • I dont know what Im doing.
  • Everything I do...
  • teaches me about what im good at...
  • connects me with people I can do more stuff with...
  • challenges me to look deeper and ask...
  • Whats the point?
  • 13,700,000,000 years ago
  • 4,450,000,000 years ago
  • 130,000 years ago
  • 7,300 years ago - Agriculture
  • 150 years ago - Industrial Revolution
  • We are powerful.
  • 1945 - Hiroshima
  • We are dangerous.
  • 1983 - Exxon Valdez Spill
  • 1994 - Rwanda
  • 2000 - Aral Sea dies
  • We thought we were in control.
  • 2001 - 911
  • 2006 - Climate Change
  • 2008 - Global markets collapse
  • We were wrong.
  • A aw in the model... ...that denes how the world works.
  • WE
  • ...are making our planet inhospitable.
  • We are killing each other.
  • We are killing ourselves.
  • Were screwed.
  • But, theres hope.
  • If we created this mess...
  • ... then we can create something better.
  • social entrepreneurship = creating a better world
  • it happens... at many levels
  • social benet social impact systems change
  • it happens... through many forms
  • government Social Social Non-prot Purpose For-prot Enterprise Business social movements
  • it happens... using many tools
  • technology Social Innovation policy nance
  • but it all starts... with people
  • Prof. Muhammad Yunus
  • Tzeporah Berman
  • Tom Szaky
  • it all starts with...
  • you
  • what are you going to do? Michael Lewkowitz, Igniter michael@igniter.com http://igniter.com twitter etc. Igniter