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Social Innovators at the World Economic Forum Davos Agenda 2021 Schwab Foundation Highlights Report

Schwab Foundation at The Davos Agenda 2021

Davos Agenda Week was a pioneering mobilization of global leaders and stakeholders to come together, rebuild trust, and make crucial decisions to shape the principles, policies and partnerships needed in this challenging new context. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that no institution or individual alone can address the economic, environmental, social and technological challenges of our complex, interdependent world.

Among the distinguished participants, the Schwab Foundation was proud to have a delegation of eighteen Schwab Foundation social innovators who engaged and joined #DavosAgenda. Our community represented and brought the much needed voices of the most marginalized to the forefront of the agenda. Complementing the Davos Agenda Week’s goals, the social innovator community seized all opportunities to showcase social entrepreneurship and innovation as an expression of stakeholder capitalism in action.

In addition the Schwab Foundation launched four new initiatives: Bold Action for Women in Social Entrepreneurship, Unusual Pioneers, New Allies report and COVID Response Alliance Roadmap 2021.

Social Innovators at the #DavosAgenda

Unlocking Social Entrepreneurship for the Recovery

The week started off strong, showcasing the power of social innovation. This all-star female cast addressed how policies and investments unlock the power of social entrepreneurship for an inclusive and sustainable recovery. This session was a collaboration between the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs, Accelerating Social Justice and SDG Inclusion, and the UpLink COVID Social Justice Challenge.

Speakers: Meagan Fallone, Shereen Bhan, Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Corinne Bazina, Cheryl L. Dorsey, Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Hilde Schwab, François Bonnici, Meenakshi Gupta, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Sue Riddlestone and Saskia Bruysten.

Never before has it been more clear how vital civil society is to building a more resilient global system

- Cheryl L. Dorsey, Echoing Green

Fostering Social Entrepreneurship for Social Entrepreneurship

The role of social entrepreneurs in the response to and the recovery from COVID19 is vital in Brazil. As part of the Davos Agenda Week, the Schwab Foundation and Folha de S. Paulo also organised a high-level panel to showcase the sustainable, scalable and inclusive solutions to address the needs of all Brazilians. This powerful session also launched the Catalyst 2030 movement in Brazil.

Speakers: Adriana Barbosa, Eduardo Lyra, Luiza Helena Trajano, Patricia Ellen da Silva, Eliane Trindade, Rodrigo Baggio, Rodrigo Pipponzi and Gisela Solymos

#SocentImpact at The Davos Agenda

Mobilizing Climate Action for COP26

To get on track to a net-zero economy by 2050, a number of breakthroughs are required by 2030, which depend on accelerating public and private sector cooperation.

Speakers: Schwab Awardee Gonzalo Muñoz, Dominic Kailash Nath Waughray, Maria Carolina Schmidt Zaldívar, Alok Sharma, Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Gloria Fluxa Thienemann, Christian Mumenthaler, Al Gore and Nigel Topping.

The social entrepreneurship needs an ecosystem of public institutions, intermediaries, finance institutions and the organisations themselves. The government should be empowering the whole ecosystem.

- Alicia Barcena, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC)

Harnessing Emerging Technologies in India

The International Monetary Fund estimates that India experienced a 10.3% contraction in growth in 2020 but will rebound to 8.8% in 2021, regaining ground as the fastest-growing emerging economy.

Speakers: Schwab Awardee Meagan Fallone, Diksha Madhok, Jai Shroff, K T Rama Rao and Rajan Anandan.

We need to focus on uplifting women through social entrepreneurship ensuring we can move them out of the informal economy, protect them from sexual harassment in workplaces and at home.

- Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Motsepe Foundation

Shaping a New Ocean Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of ocean economies, most acutely felt in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Yet these states encompass valuable ocean assets about 2,000 times the size of their land masses. Watch here.

Speakers: Schwab Awardee Rupert Howes, Lin Xueling, Thomas Thune Andersen, Danny Faure, Shinichi Kitaoka, Kjerstin Braathen, Cherie Nursalim, Pierre Habbard, John Tanzer

To shape a sustainable and inclusive recovery from COVID-19, we need to include the voices of female social entrepreneurs.

- Jeroo Billimoria, One Family Foundation

Harnessing Circular Innovation for the Economic Reset

A circular economy transformation could create 700,000 net additional jobs by 2040 and generate savings of up to $200 billion a year. Yet, while a shift from the "take-make-waste" model is gaining momentum, an opportunity exists for a more ambitious system reset as society emerges from the pandemic. Watch here.

Speakers: Schwab Awardee Henrique Guilherme ​Brammer Junior​, Stephen Carroll, Chew Shou Zi, Stientje van Veldhoven, Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, Bertrand Camus, Antonia Gawel and Kristin Hughes.

Whether we come from the private sector or philanthropy, government or advocacy, we need to think about the ways in which our systems are set up to stratify and exclude. If we do not at least take seriously an abolitionist mindset, our solutions will be nothing more than Band-Aids on democracy’s sucking chest wound.

- Phillip Atiba Goff, Center for Policing Equity

Unlocking Innovation to Transform Food Systems

From food-sensing technologies and blockchain-enabled traceability, to societal, science and business model innovation, all collectively present an unprecedented opportunity to transform food systems by 2030. Watch here.

Speakers: Schwab Awardee Ndidi O. Nwuneli, Sean de Cleene, Tjada McKenna, Svein Tore Holsether, Achim Steiner, Tereza Cristina Corrêa da Costa Dias, Narendra Singh Tomar, Johan Swinnen, Ishmael Sunga, Hanneke Faber, and J. Erik Fyrwald.

New Initiatives, New Allies

Bold Action for Women in Social Entrepreneurship

Bold Action for Women in Social Entrepreneurship (BAWSE) is a collective effort to address the different dimensions of inequity experienced uniquely by female social entrepreneurs. This initiative takes an intersectional approach to better address gender-based issues which prevail in our societies.

The initiative brings together the leading voices in the social innovation ecosystem and eventually businesses, government, international organisations, cultural leaders, and all those who rally behind female-led social entrepreneurship.

This initiative is launched by Schwab Foundation, Catalyst 2030 and Ashoka Women's Initiative for Social Entrepreneurship.

Unusual Pioneers

Unusual Pioneers is a joint programme by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Yunus Social Business, Porticus, INSEAD and HEC to foster a culture of social intrapreneurship.

The programme was launched ahead of The Davos Agenda 2021 to showcase how social entrepreneurship can help to rebuild the economy for an authentic purpose after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The programme is focused on bringing projects to implementation and scale. Through our partners, social entrepreneurs and on-the-ground expertise, we help intrapreneurs to cut corners and benefit from years of social business experience.

Report Launch: New Allies

As keen collaborators with strong networks and community support, systems social entrepreneurs are powerful guides and allies for governments in their fight against the urgent systemic issues of our time – in particular for social inequalities that have been amplified by the COVID 19 pandemic..

This important report unpacks ways that governments can accelerate change and achieve the SDGs by collaborating with systems social entrepreneurs on institutionalizing successful social innovations.

This report was produced by in partnership with Ashoka, Catalyst 2030, Echoing Green, McKinsey & Company, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Skoll Foundation.

Breakthrough Collaboration

In September 2020, members of the COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs called on their peers to stand by social entrepreneurs during the pandemic. It published an Action Agenda outlining five concrete steps that intermediaries, corporations, investors, government institutions, and funders could take.

At The Davos Agenda in January 2021, the Alliance is taking this agenda forward to action, announcing its 2021 Roadmap. Comprising over 20 ambitious, collaborative action projects, each of which is led by and delivered by members of the Alliance, the Roadmap seeks to ramp up support for social entrepreneurs by adding fuel and efficiency to on-the-ground operations of its members.

Social Innovators on the #DavosAgenda

This is how Schwab Awardees Lisa McLaughlin and Robin McIntosh, Founders and Co-CEOs of Workit Health are helping thousands of people to beat addiction discretely and dynamically.

This is how Schwab Awardees Anshu Gupta and Meenakshi Gupta are pioneering circular economy in India

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