Dan’l Lewin, Peter Diamandis, Richard Hall, Waggener Edstrom, and Jean-Lousi Robadey discuss driving effective social innovation.
Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation (www.xprize.org), which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight and the $10 million Progressive Automotive X PRIZE for 100 mile-per-gallon equivalent cars, the Foundation is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education.Diamandis is also an international leader in the commercial space arena, having founded and run many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures.As co-Founder & Chairman of the Singularity University (www.singularityU.org), a Silicon Valley based institution partnered with NASA, Google, Autodesk and Nokia, Diamandis counsels the world’s top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. Diamandis’ personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!”
Richard is Director-Global Strategic Alliances for Intel Corporation, the world leader in silicon innovation that develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Richard manages Intelâ€™s global executive relationships with the United Nations, NetHope and several other development organizations with programs focused on providing technology to inspire and empower the worldâ€™s people. He also leads Intelâ€™s new Social Innovation initiative to help channel Intelâ€™s energies to create technology solutions to solve global social problems. Richard joined Intel in 1991, and previously managed Intelâ€™s California state government affairs, its federal political action committee (iPAC) and coordination of several Intel government affairs programs among the companyâ€™s corporate, Washington D.C. and international offices. Previously, he worked in the news media and in public affairs roles in the utility and hi-tech industry in California, Illinois and Arizona.
Dan'l Lewin is a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, leading the company’s work in civic tech, campaign technologies and academic outreach, which promotes the work of scholars leading the dialogue on technology policy issues. Previously, he led Microsoft’s global engagement with startups and venture capitalists and business relationships with strategic industry partners. Lewin has executive and site responsibility for the company's operations in Silicon Valley, which currently employ more than 2,000 people.
Jean-Louis Robadey leads Waggener Edstromâ€™s Global Development group in the Social Innovation practice. Based in Washington, D.C., Jean-Louis is responsible for advising corporate, government and NGO clients on introducing innovative programs, products and services that support communities and drive economic growth, with a special focus on the developing world. Before joining Waggener Edstrom, Jean-Louis served as the CEO of Pact Institute, a capacity-building organization focused on incubating and bringing to market innovative social and economic development programs and models. In this capacity, he oversaw a multi-country portfolio of innovative projects focused on development issues such as community health, microfinance, good governance and womenâ€™s empowerment. Jean-Louis is passionate about the role social innovation plays in as a catalyst for social change, and how new types of connections and partnerships across sectors can accelerate these changes.
Calling on Clay Shirky's "cognitive surplus" theory, Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, argues
that the best way to solve the world's problems and encourage social
innovation is to engage the passionate mind.