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Wednesday, May 18 • 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Connecting Diversities: Migrants, Social Innovation and Collaborative Inclusion

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We must change the way we think about migrants. With their diversity and mobility they can help us to make a much-needed cultural shift: to move from the traditional idea of living in solid and homogenous societies, toward the recognition that we already are experiencing open and dynamic — and therefore fluid and changeable — social forms and structures. A condition in which, in many ways, we are all mutually strangers.

The question then becomes: how can people who consider each other strangers live well together? How do we achieve connection within diversity? The answer is collaboration: the exchange of time, experiences, and expertise in order to achieve a mutually recognized result.

Even in contemporary society, with all its contradictions and complexity, collaboration is possible. Already we see collaborative social innovation in action between migrants and citizens — whether it’s organizing soccer games, playing music together, or starting up enterprises. Diverse people are able to meet and collaborate. And, doing so, to produce values for themselves and for the whole community. The task of design must be to create ecosystems where these forms of collaboration can grow and thrive, generating models that go well beyond the issue of migrants to improve social cohesion as a whole. 


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Ezio Manzini

Professor, DESIS Network, University of the Arts, London, Politecnico di Milano
For more than two decades he has been working in the field of design for sustainability. Most recently, his interests have focussed on social innovation, considered as a major driver of sustainable changes. In this perspective he started DESIS: an international network of schools... Read More →

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Ahmad Sufian Bayram

Regional Manager, Techstars
Techstars MEA Regional Manager & Jusoor Managing Director Ahmad is a social entrepreneur and collaborative economy expert. He works as the Middle East and Africa regional manager at Techstars, a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed with a portfolio of over 1,100 companies... Read More →
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Stéphane de Freitas

CEO, Indigo
28 years old Artist, Founder and President of the Indigo Cooperative ARTIST Stéphane de Freitas is an artist known under the pseudonym SdF, working on the concept of mixing opposites. His work is translated in painting, live performances, short films but also in messages he diffuses... Read More →
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Anne Riechert

Founder and managing director, ReDI School of Digital Integration
Anne Kjær Riechert is a 2006 graduate from the prestigious social innovation and change management education KaosPilot in Denmark. From 2006-2009 she worked as creative lead and corporate social responsibility consultant for the Copenhagen-based brand strategy company Stoic, where... Read More →
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Ben Webster

Founder, Jamiya
Founder of Jamiya, which to aims to provide accessible higher education opportunities for Syrian refugees by reconnecting the communities of displaced students and academics through online learning. Previously worked in Jordan for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm CEST