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Thursday, November 20 • 8:45am - 10:00am
Some Assembly Required: Innovation for Complex Challenges #CKX

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Our communities are facing complex challenges. Whether in areas such as housing, food security, youth employment or other areas, there are no silver bullets and no easy answers. Our capacity to solve these challenges is present, and is even stronger than ever. Only no single individual, group, organization or government  can claim to have all the pieces required to solve these complex social challenges, but they can all contribute something. What is needed is to connect, assemble and test the pieces that together can help bring the solution.

This is exactly what social innovation labs do. In this opening plenary, Joeri van den Steenhoven, Director of the MaRS Solutions Lab, will share his perspectives on the challenges communities face today and tomorrow, and why we need to think about systems change. He will show how labs work and how community knowledge - in its many forms - can and must be assembled, adapted and reconfigured to bring about the change we want in our communities.

Important Participant Information: 
  • This session is in a cinema. Please plan on arriving by 8:45 am to help us ensure a prompt start. 

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Joeri van den Steenhoven

MaRS Solutions Lab
Joeri is a longtime social innovator fascinated by our society’s transition towards the knowledge society. Being a systems thinker, he likes to work on wicked problems and find innovative solutions with others. Joeri co-founded Kennisland, one of the leading change labs in the... Read More →

Thursday November 20, 2014 8:45am - 10:00am EST
TIFF - Cinema 1 TIFF Bell Lightbox

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