The dust might have begun to settle after the G20 meeting in Brisbane, but we’re still buzzing about the possibilities of social innovation to help shape the kind of Australia, and world, we want to see.
At its heart, the G20 meeting was about coordinating international policy to achieve greater economic growth and stability. The G20 Innovation Hub, hosted in the lead-up to the G20 Leaders Summit in November 2014, was designed to support this important goal, through looking at how innovative multi-sector collaborations between the private, government and social sectors, might help address some of our most pressing social and environmental issues.
Our earlier post highlighted a selection of the organisations attending the G20 Hub. With enormous thanks to Digital Storytellers, you can now get a feel for some of the inspiring activity and work occurring at the Innovation Hub through the below video:
The G20 Innovation Hub was co-hosted by Social Outcomes and the Wise Foundation. Dozens of social entrepreneurs and innovators were represented at the Hub, including: Academy for Young Entrepreneurs, Digital Storytellers, entekom, ItaliaCamp, Life Without Barriers, StartSomeGood, Substation33, The Difference Incubator, and more. Hundreds of people passed through the Innovation Hub throughout the week, interested in building networks and partnerships for social change.
Keynote speeches over the Innovation Hub dinners from Hugo Verkuil of Unilever, Susan Biggs of Adara Group, and Rosanne Gray of Virgin Unite, drove home a common message: private and public sectors can no longer work independently. Both have unique skills and resources to offer social impact models. As Hugo Verkuil reminded us, given the complexity of issues we face, the cost of doing nothing is much higher than doing something.
The G20 Innovation Hub was made possible by the following generous sponsors: Wise Foundation, Social Outcomes, University of Queensland, Queensland Government, BankWest, Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and St George Bank. Celebrity chef Matt Golinski and Alastair McLeod catered sustainably sourced lunches and dinners.