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FUTURES – Social Innovation Forum

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British Council in Sri Lanka has been around in Sri Lanka since 1949 offering a wide range of services in promoting English in the island. An institute well known for its large library membership (25,000+) and language examinations and courses, we came across a  few programmes that interested us greatly and was intrigued to explore more. With an invitation from Eranga Ginige, Head Partnerships & Business Development at British Council Sri Lanka, he was able to enlighten us of the latest programme which was being actioned.

WHAT IS FUTURES?

FUTURES is a platform for social innovation which brings together selected group of people representing the private sector, public sector, not-for-profit organisations, community groups and consumers to develop innovative ideas for products, services, business models and policies that address emerging social issues and needs in Sri Lanka. The social sectors in focus for 2014 are: Water, Education & Health.

WHAT IS SOCIAL INNOVATION?

Social innovation is all about creating new ideas for products, services and business models that simultaneously meet social needs and create new social relationships.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

We like the idea of inspiring creativity and innovation. Bringing in the right stakeholders, a strong vibrant 150+ passionate group of people with 2 days of understanding the issue at hand and then working on a dialogue to create solutions. With knowledge sharing presentations by Deepal Sooriyaarachchi, Dr Vinya Ariyaratne, Harsha Purasinghe, Chandra Embuldeniya, Isura Silva it is bound to be a forum worth engaging in.
The Forum is scheduled for 21st and 22nd March 9am onwards at Hilton Colombo.

10 GOLDEN TICKETS

With proceedings all ready, Eranda was kind enough to offer 10 spots for interested youths to get involved in this invite-only Forum. Hence a google doc has been opened for anyone that is interested to take part. One’s who are lucky enough to be selected will be notified. The process will happen via twitter in coolaboration with @digitlk & @TweepUpSL. Register your interest here. You can follow the discussion on twitter via hashtag #Beyond2020

Agenda details here & more info via British Council site here

 

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W.G.T. Fernando is an author of over 15 ICT books and Founder/CEO at GTS. Gihan is a former lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He began his education at Thurstan College before going to Wycherley International School. He graduated with Honors in Computer Science at University of Liverpool in the UK and MSc in Advanced Software Engineering at Kings College, University of London.

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