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22nd March 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Innovation harnessed for both beneficial impact on human lives and sustainable business: examples of social enterprise from Cambridge and beyond. The local innovation ecosystem of Cambridge is particularly rich in startups with a social benefit ethos as well as being home to some of the leading academics in the field, with representatives of both camps being present on 22 March to give you an overview of developments in Social Enterprise ventures.
Dr John Barker, Fellow Lauterpacht Centre for International Law
John recently retired as Chairman of the Foreign Compensation Commission, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. With a background in the physical sciences as well as social sciences, he has a particular interest in the use of emerging technologies to map direct human experience and redirect international inquiry and investment of development resources. He is establishing Cambridge Governance Labs, a new multi-disciplinary initiative to promote a more complete understanding of decision-making that impacts the lives of citizens, especially in developing countries.
Victoria Gronwald, Levin Sources
Levin Sources is a consultancy and social venture that aims to move more minerals such as gold and gemstones through systems that manage human rights, integrity, and environmental risks in production areas better than is currently the norm. The focus on protecting biodiversity and strengthening the position of small-scale artisan miners. www.levincsources.com
James Griffiths, Solaware
Solaware develops portable solar lighting technology with the aim of providing a source of light to the three billion people that don’t have reliable access to electricity, replacing dangerous and toxic kerosene lamps and candles, allowing people to continue to work, study, and socialise at night. The deaths attributable to open flame lights are estimated to be around 4.3 million deaths each year, so deployment of small portable solar light sources could have a huge impact on human lives. www.solaware.org