Eden Strategy Institute at Social Innovation XperienceSeptember 15, 2012
Eden Strategy Institute at Social Innovation Xperience
Social Innovation Xperience (SIX) is Singapore’s first Design Challenge for Social Good. Organised by the Singapore Management University, it gathered tertiary students, corporate professionals, and social enterprises to collaborate and create solutions for local social problems using Design Thinking.
A highlight of the event was hearing from Ms. Jane Chen, co-founder and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise that aims to help the millions of vulnerable babies born every year in developing countries through a low-cost infant warmer. Ms. Chen brought the audience through her inspiring journey of entrepreneurial journey, and shared her experiences using Design Thinking to create a disruptive innovation that has the potential to save millions of infant lives.
Eden Strategy Institute joined an esteemed panel of speakers to define and discuss Social Innovation. The panelists shared their experiences promoting Social Innovation, the resistance they faced, and how more youths are redefining traditional notions of material success to instead dedicate their careers to social causes that they felt strongly for.
“At its core, Social Innovation simply involves creating better, cheaper, faster, and more just solutions to various challenges. We are all solving problems every day, and Social Innovation as a framework leads us to superior solutions with a wider set of considerations, explained Eden Partner Mr. Calvin Chu Yee Ming.
“You don’t need to quit your job and start up a social enterprise to be a social innovator. We all have the ability – and in fact the obligation – to create more sustainable solutions to global challenges regardless of whether we work in a corporation, a government agency, or non-profit organization,” he said.