In partnership with Mission Australia, Macquarie Bank and the Australian Government Department of Family and the Community, the LEED Programme is organising an international conference on "Social Innovation in the 21st century. A Dialogue", to take place in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia on 28-30 April 2006. Download the conference brochure here.
Social innovation is a key driver for sustainable, smart growth and for social inclusion. Social innovation is about conceptual process or product changes aimed at improving the quality of life of disadvantaged people and communities. It remains a largely unexplored territory and yet it is of concern to everyone: governments, non profits, private business, individuals and communities have to work together to make it happen.
This conference will bring together academics, experts, policy makers and practitioners around some selected topics which are considered to be important aspects of social innovation policies and practices, such as social enterprises and corporate social responsibility. It aims to foster a dialogue on how social innovation can play an important role in contemporary economies and on how governments can foster it. A report will be published after the conference.
Please note that the conference is by invitation only. The conference programme is available here.