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 this year (2014) are:
round of applause as Keith Davies, Country Director British Council Sri Lanka mentions a number of individuals who helped make this forum happen.
‘Go big or go home’, ‘begin with the end in mind’, 2 quotes from the concluding speech by Charitha from Dialog
We are almost done, about to wrap up things from the 2 day programme
Its a 2 days programme, but this is not a sprint, its a marathon, long term goals for impact and change – - Eranda Ginige
The BIG IDEA – is now being written down by each table & showcased.Bees are busy at work writing them down. Each line is gold!
We have action planning task underway, ideas into action. We have few changing tables to help with ideas of different table.
We are back from break and have a short presentation by Harsha Liyanage MD of Sarvodaya Fusion
ok, here you go, pics from each tables
Nutritional Convenience Food, an idea seriously discussed @ Table 8. Almost 22% of #lka children r afftected by malnutrition. – Kishor Hameed
Ideas criteria, how to deal with it
- Delivers breakthrough
- Meets clearly defined need
- Demonstrates social value
- Financially viable
- Gut instinct tells us it has potential
ok, we are about to have another small task for the audience.
This is how it will go:
Introduction -> Ideas generation -> prioritization > prototyping -> social value proposition -? whats the big idea -> market place -> match making -> action plan
Kate shows to the audience a tweet from one person yday and how change and challenges can be met by audience today
ok we are back. Designing sustainable solutions (presentation) by Kate Dempster – British Council now on
A short break and we will be back. stay tuned
Breakthrough: In 2020 #lka children will be taller (owing to better nutrition)
Photo credit – Eranda Ginige
Health – If we focus on health, our kids could be healthier, have better IQ, have energy result in having having better society
Mutant diseases by 2040 if we do not focus on Health, audience is scary at times!
What we are hearing from all corners of this oval table is that Education system in Sri Lanka needs to change!
Harsha Purasinghe also adds few discussion from his table:
EducationLK breakthrough 2020
- ubiquitous tech driven content delivery
- Replace a large number of poorly paid teachers with small number of well paid facilitators
- Credentialing is holistic: better citizens, not just A grades; competency, not just knowledge
- Flexible life long learning – don’t assume 7:30–1:30;peers of same age, or same content for all
The audience is going from breakdown -> change as usual -> breakthrough, lots of discussion
We also did an analysis at Volans. – Amanda
What is the theory of change? We need e systemic rather than incremental change – Amanda
You can see the impact and likelihood of many scenarios by interacting with this page -> http://reports.weforum.org/global-risks-2012/#ol=data-explorer
We need to look at systematic change, not piece by piece or project by project but on a larger scale. – Amanda
Innovation Chasm – People jumping from early enthusiasts to people actually using products & adopting practices. – Amanda
We start off with ‘Introduction to Breakthrough Capitalism by Amanda Feldman, Director – Volans
Good morning folks, we are live from day 2 of the forum. Stay tuned for live updates. We are about to begin shortly.
With that, we are about to close Day 1 of FUTURES forum. Good evening, see you again tomorrow morning from 9am. Adios!
We have lots of education material for free online, what if we can connect those to each classroom?- From audience
How do we leverage technology? We need to connect with the knowledge base and mentoring, execution is key – Harsha Purasinghe
I am not a slave to technology, but can kids be encouraged to connect with nature? – audience person speaks out
We are almost coming to close of day 1 now. last set of questions before we wrap up
Next success story Isura points out is of Santhusha from Udubaddawa
A case study of a success story from Kantale being presented by Isura. Ishara Madushanka is a social entrepreneur who nearly went abroad, he stuck by in Sri Lanka and did his own thing using tech.
Now up we have Isura, Manager at Sarvodaya Fusion
Water is another component where Google is focusing. Giving clear water. We are looking for local partner to take this forward. – Rohan
And with that, he concludes
Can Google solve DEATH? – We are seriously working on this, I kid you not, we are! – Rohan
Health is something we are focusing.
We have been able to successfully track the flue trend. – Rohan
The waves of innovation online
Past – Need assessment, business model, technology or product idea
Current – Technology, behavior, business model
There is common misunderstanding about the internet.
For me, there are 2 sides.
Internet of the West
Internet of the East
Internet of the west – Premium, individual, information, PC + mobile, Global
Internet of the east – Cheap, collective, entertainment, mobile, local
Now we have Rohan talking quickly in 5 mins about his side for Social Innovation
DEWN is actually being actively used by Disaster management department in Sri Lanka – Harsha
Harsha shares a case study with us.
He shows us an image of Tsunami from 2004
ok, now we have ErandaGinige calling Isura, Rohan and Harsha to address the gathering.
Technology: the social innovation enabler (presentation) by
-Harsha Purasinghe, CEO – Microimage and WSO2 Mobile
-Rohan Jayaweera, Country Consultant – Google
-Isura Silva, Manager – Sarvodaya Fusion
Its a journey, its start of debate, lets continue innovation and create a better future – Eranda
The real social impact you create in the end is empowering the people you help – Anoka
One from audience answers Harsha saying that Echanelling was a social enterprise
Do we have successfully social enterprises in Sri Lanka? – Harsha Purasinghe
Uva Wellassa University can be called Sri Lanka’s first entrepreneurial universtiy. – Eranda
We were more than happy to help the villages, building toilets, and at the time during Dr Ariyaratne’s initial stages, we didnt know what to exactly call what we were doing – Dr Chandra Embuldeniya
What is a social enterprise – Its a business.
social entrepreneur – Core dedication towards a social cause while running a successful business
- Amanda Feldman, Director – Volans
Private sector plays a big role – Michael De Soyza
Funding, what sort? – Eranda
mostly seed funding – Anoka
Deepal concludes and we are ready for the panel discussion
-Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, General Secretary – Sarvodaya (Social Enterprise sector)
-Michael De Soyza, Head of Group Corporate Office – Dialog Axiata PLC
-Deepal Sooriyaarachchi, Chairman – Sri Lanka Inventors Commission
-Dr. Chandra Embuldeniya, Founder and Former Vice Chancellor, Uva Wellassa
- Anoka Abeyrathne – Environmentalist/Social entrepreneur. Changemaker @BCGlobalChange.
-Dr. Palitha Mahipala, Director General of Health Services – Ministry of Health
-Dr. Herath Manthrithilake, Head, Sri Lanka Development Initiative – IWMI
-Nissanka Weerasekare- Abraaj Group (Social impact investment)
-Dan Gregory,Head of Policy – Social Enterprise UK
-Amanda Feldman, Director – Volans
Challenge inventors -> incubate -> market
What corporates can do is challenge inventors to get them to do challenges which you like to take on.
Take water, is there way to trap used water at home level
If inventor can solve this, we will help commercialize
We have blind people who can hear.
We can have people who have time to get involved to facilitate by providing time to help out by converting books to audio.
Social need, corporate, beliefs – components we need to connect together
We now have Deepal Sooriyaarachchi,
Chairman – Sri Lanka Inventors Commission – From CSR to Social Innovation: case study
social investment -> social value
Would people find value, e.g. Liverpool city council, bus stop created using local material
The Big Issue is a good example from UK about social enterprise
Social investment -> social enterprise
pricipally reinvesting profits
embedded social purpose
transparent and accountable
- Dan Gregory
Social investment -> social innovation
When talking of social innovation, few case studies being showcased including raspberry pi technology and edible packaging.
- Dan Gregory
Social Innovation: the big picture by Dan Gregory,
Head of Policy – Social Enterprise UK
We are back after the lunch break, and now we have a panel discussion
we now break for lunch. back at 1.30pm. stay tuned
We are not saying that finance is the only cure for education to work out, all components need to come into place
when it comes to duplication
lots of companies are doing CSR but its all scattered.
GDP in Sri Lanka is low.
what are the main areas in the financing of education?
Access to finance
duplication to finance
inequity of receiving of funds
gaps in the process
we have table 3 presentation up now
Need to have precise methodology to test outcomes after each stage in education from pre school to graduating from uni
kids should be encouraged to innovate at an early age.
lack of innovation – we need to give freedom to students, to encourage innovation. curriculum changes to give room for innovation
cultural prospective – girls are encouraged to be teachers, so that you can be back home by 2.
have all teachers understood the teaching methods?
innovtion, quality, internationalism of education.
lack of guidelines and monitoring system, quality is not maintained properly.
lack of resources, uneven distribution of financial support.
ok, we now have table 2 presenting their cause
no vision, no target.
no target, what can the students look forward to?
lack of technology, lack of creative areas to focus on.
failures are looked down upon. which leads to students sticking to norms.
education industry and other industry – what is the connection?
from the schools to the universities, there is anti social problems issues too.
government also needs to connect with private sector for growth.
principles have to look at different angles out of the academia itself. e.g look into the finances.
we have 3rd group giving their presentation now to the audience. table 5.
lack of sex education, girls having to drop out due to unwanted pregnancies.
We have issue with students dropping out cause of their disability. University and institutes don’t cater to taking care of and ensuring that disability issues are met.
We need to do a paradigm shift, change the attitude, the culture view point.
team lead from table 4 pointing out the concerns.
mother leaving the country.
young marriages in rural areas
ok, now we have 2nd group presenting
Legal – move away from free education system to a fairer distribution
Political issues, transferring of teachers are based on who you know in the government.
We have ethnicity issues too, maybe remove ethnic branding from schools?
All education is now looked upon as a venture (group 1 presenting their concerns)
We are now ready for presentations from each group. 5 mins allocated for each.
lack of career guidance – should happen after OL, not AL – Harsha Purasinghe
Talking of dropouts in university level, students actually struggle and get into uni and dropout cause its not their interest.
The vision I got was that u have to get into Uni Moratuwa or Peradeniya or ur doomed. Culture shit needed, are others failures? – Harsha Purasinghe
3 year degree programme in public universities is actually completed in about 6 years due to strikes and other issues.
Most of public level students are too old? graduate at 26? private students graduate at 22ish.
Attitude is a major problem in employability, adds participant from table 4.
All the 150 participants are very busy, hectic but organised activities happening right now.
Anuradhapura & Monaragala – from 20,000 kids sample, there is trend that girls are married at 14 on avg more from Muslim com..
We are back from the break and we got ‘Understanding the problem’ session happening now.
- Introduction and open discussion by moderators for each group (5 min)
• Selected social issues
• Key statistics
• Cause and effect (fish-bone) analysis
Group discussion (10 members in each group) led by group leader (60 min) – Questionnaire driven
cause and effect analysis (different aspects in each table, aimed at understanding the causes for
each issue) – each group rotates (world café style) after 10 min
Presentation by each group (30 min – 5 min each)
Open discussion led by moderators – plenary (30 min)
Identify key points
We have Kishor Hameed at Table no 8 talking on Health & Nutrition.
We got Ananda Galappatti On table 9, assigned to work on road traffic deaths in #LKA.
ok, so we are at table number 4. We are focusing on Education, no surprise there
Make a pledge, I am interested in the X idea, go and pursue it – Eranda
Pls try to refrain from using the notepads given by the hotel, use technology pls to make notes – ErandaGinige
We have Bees, they make the word go around, the social entrepreneurs – ErandaGinige
We have 3 clusters here, Education, Water and Health – 5 tables for each. – ErandaGinige
We want to bring different sects of ppl through a process and make a change in everyday living – - ErandaGinige
Now onto the stage we have Eranda Ginige
It is key to tap into the rural areas and empower them with Education. We at British Council try our ways – Stephan Roman
Stephan Roman mentioning few projects from around the world on the projects to work on the Education gap
This event would not be happening without the partnerships from all here, we at British Council try to work on the Education gap – Stephan Roman
The need for us to create sustainable environments is now! – Stephan Roman
Michael de Soyza concludes and now we have Stephan Roman, Regional Director – British Council South Asia onto the stage
You deliver innovation through social enterprise – Michael de Soyza,
Head of Group Corporate Office – Dialog Axiata PLC
We have a triangle stage in the middle with 15 tables (10 each) facing, novel way, not bad. We got person from Dialog addressing the gathering.
Welcome, things are now underway at FUTURES forum. Keith from British Council welcomes the crowd
Good morning folks, we will be live from the event scheduled to start from 9am. Stay tuned to this page for live updates as it happens