I am just so excited – I have just booked my places for the Chain Reaction event in London’s Southbank on 17th and 18th November. Do you have a mission? Are you a budding social entrepreneur? If so, perhaps you would like to join me on what promises to be a great couple of days.
Below gives you the ‘highlights’ of the event. I am sure when you read you will see why I am so excited about it. All the booking info is included. Do let me know if you book and we can maybe travel up together.
17-19 November 2008, London’s Southbank
For full details visit www.chain-reaction.org
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENT
In the current uncertain and fast changing economic climate, we have a moment of opportunity which comes perhaps once for every generation. The future belongs to those who collaborate and not just within their own sector but across functions, geographies and cultures.Forming part of the programme for the Prime Minister’s Council on Social Action, Chain Reaction is based on a very simple idea – that none of us on our own can change the world, not governments, not businesses, not charities. We succeed when we work together. As one of our keynote speakers, Dr Victoria Hale, Founder of the world’s first non-profit pharmaceutical company, OneWorld Health, says One can view the world in two ways: from the perspective of the problem, or from the perspective of the opportunity”.Chain Reaction will bring together heads of business, senior government ministers and policy makers, CSR practitioners, educationalists, new technology experts and leaders in creative arts together with young people (the leaders of tomorrow), and grass roots community groups from around the world, all under one roof to share learning, form new networks and new ways of working.
Programme Highlights: Chain Reaction takes place on the 17 & 18 November 2008. Below are the programme highlights, and full details can be found on our website
Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day, and Dr Victoria Hale PhD, Founder of the world’s first not for profit pharmaceutical company, will be delivering a key note address.
Nipun Mehta, Founder of CharityFocus, will join Jane Tewson, Co-Founder of Comic Relief and the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to look at how we involve people in social action.
Stephen Howard, Managing Director of Business in the Community, Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of Royal Mail Group, Brendon Riley, Chief Executive Officer of IBM and Professor David Grayson, Professor of Social Responsibility at Cranfield Business School, will discuss a potential new model for Corporate Social Responsiblity.
Anna Maybank, Director, Social Innovation Camp, Tom Loosemore, Head of 4iP, UnLtd World, Simon Doggett, Head of User Experience, Justgiving, and Dominic Campbell, Managing Director of FutureGov, and founder of Enabled by Design, will join pioneers of emerging technologies from the media, government and the third sector to explore how technology can accelerate the process of social action.
Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC will lead a discussion on the role of media and communications agencies in supporting social change.
Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group and Peter Jones and James Caan, stars of BBC’s Dragon’s Den will join the Prime Minister’s Global Fellows, and other inspirational entrepreneurs to launch the flagship event for Global Entrepreneurship Week in the UK Rachel Lomax, former Deputy Governor, Bank of England and former Vice President, World Bank, and Bernard Horn, Chair of Social Finance will join financial experts to look at the financial tools to support social change.
Nick Turner Co-President Global Business Network, Professor Brenda Gourley, Vice Chancellor of The Open University, and Carole Stone Managing Director of YouGovStone will lead a debate on on how we use branding, networks and the power of individual actions to deliver global policy goals – and what will be the effect of the global economic downturn?
Day Two of the Chain Reaction event will finish with the prestigious Beacon Fellowship Awards for Philanthropy, the annual awards ceremony for individuals who have made exceptional contributions to charitable causes or to organisations that benefit the public.
All Chain Reaction delegates are invited to attend, and more details can be found on our programme page.
For full details visit www.chain-reaction.org
Who should attend Chain Reaction?Those who have already booked their place include community development, CSR and sustainability representatives from Standard Chartered, Accenture, Heart of the City, Tate and Lyle, The Co-Operative Bank, Business in the Community, representatives from the National School of Government, The Directory of Social Change, LGA, as well as representatives from the Trade Union Congress (TUC), National Union of Students (NUS), The Barrow Cadbury Trust, Oxfam, World Development Movement, Timebank, Volunteering England, The Green Alliance, NAVCA, and representatives from local government, international community organisations and students from universities nationwide.So what type of individual are you and why should you attend Chain Reaction?
I want to make a difference, but I don’t know where to start. I want to be inspired.
At Chain Reaction you will meet people from all walks of life, who are saying “we can build a better world”, shaping new ways of living and working and inspiring others through their ideas and their actions. Chain Reaction is the place to learn about HOW social change happens, and to get involved in developing new and exciting projects.
I have a big idea and I want to find people and resources to help develop it. I want to network
People always say that the coffee breaks are when you do your bext networking – we’ve made this a central feature of Chain Reaction. We’ll be providing structured networking facilities and activities to help you find the people you want to connect with, along with practical workshops to help you take your ideas to the next level.
I want to find out what experts in my field and beyond are doing. I want to learn something new.
The Chain Reaction programme is available at www.chain-reaction.org and you can plan in advance the sessions you would like to attend, whether than be an inspirational key note address, a panel discussion between leading practitioners or a practical workshop.
I’m curious and creative. I want to see what comes up. Surprise me.
At the heart of Chain Reaction is the Open Space, where you can create your own agenda and organise your own meetings. Or you can suprise yourself with any number of a wide range of sessions, for instance, learning more about new financial models for social change – and then straight into a dance or poetry workshop to unleash your creativity!
I’m passionate about social change, and I want to connect with a wider network to really make things happen!
Chain Reaction will bring together social leaders, community activists, policy makers, business leaders, young people and people like you from around the globe to share learning and to generate at least 25 new ideas for social change, locally, nationally and globally, that participants have committed to taking forward together. Plenary sessions at the beginning and end of each day will support participants to connect, collaborate and commit!
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