CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL INNOVATION
“Social innovation is new solutions to society’s challenges”
In short, social innovation means new ideas, products, initiatives, services, organizations or business models that focus on solving social or environmental challenges in society. These solutions must be better than existing ones. The primary purpose of social innovation is to obtain a social and environmental impact – purpose before profit. The economic cohesion is, however, a prerequisite to ensure that innovation does not remain an idea. Thus, the solution can take root and have an impact.
Satisfying social needs
In DANSIC we seek a broad debate and understanding of social innovation. There are various examples and definitions of social innovation – all of which attempt to rethinking solutions on the basis of societal challenge. Therefore, at DANSIC we perceive social innovation as activities that create social value and improvements in the living conditions of the population. These improvements take place by satisfying social needs that are not addressed by other means.
Social entrepreneurs and social enterprises implement social innovation. Working across different types of organizations and sectors, they create social and/or environmental value. Therefore, they are driven by purpose rather than profit.[/read]
The Theme of DANSIC18
Every year, DANSIC focuses on a specific societal issue and how innovation can create new and better solutions within the focus area. This year’s theme focuses on how Danish citizens with special needs and disabilities can integrate better in the labor market and thus in society. We want to emphasize and improve this integration through social innovation and entrepreneurship – across both the private, public and voluntary sectors. We believe that greater inclusion of socially vulnerable citizens enhances cohesion and solidarity in society. Therefore, in the Case Competition we hold in March 2018, the participants must provide concrete solutions to how people with disabilities can better integrate into the work force.
The importance of getting people with disabilities into the labor market
Approximately one fifth of all Danes have a disability. 80% of Danes without disabilities are currently active in the work force, and this applies only to 50% of those with disabilities. There are large gains associated with the integration of people with disabilities into work. For the individual, it contributes to increased self-esteem as a result of being part of the community – but this also contributes to a larger whole in a societal context. In addition, there is an employment potential of approx. 59,000-82,000 people who can be withdrawn from passive benefits such as early retirement or sickness benefits, which 6 out of 10 people with disabilities currently receive. Depending on the job type, there may be an economic potential of between 65,000 and 135,000 kr. Annually per person for municipalities as well as for society as a whole.
We are a group of interdisciplinary and ambitious students, all of us interested in how we can change society and solve some of the shared challenges we are faced with.
LASSE ZOBELAssociate, McKinsey & Company
“Today, we are faced with enormous challenges, both socially and environmentally, and if these problems are to be solves, it is necessary that everyone contributes – especially through collaborations between public and private sectors.”Read more
Lasse Zobel is co-founder and former president of DANSIC. He currently works as Associate for McKinsey & Company and has previously worked as a lawyer for Bruun & Hjejle. Lasse holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of Copenhagen, during which he studied abroad at New York University’s School of Law.
STEFFEN THYBO DROSTGAARDBusiness Development Manager, Nordic Development Corporation
“DANSIC was created to support the global movement of social entrepreneurs and ambitious students, who dare to be visionary, work in interdisciplinary ways and roll up their sleeves in order to make a difference.“Read more
As DANSIC’s founding president, Steffen Thybo Drostgaard is one of the key driving forces behind the movement of social innovation in Denmark. Today, Steffen works for the Nordic Development Corporation, for which the main goal is to strengthen social and economic sustainability in Nordic countries. During his studies, he received a scholarship from the Crown Prince Frederik Fund to study at Harvard Kennedy School. Additionally, he holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen.
SIMONA MASCHICEO and Co-Founder, CIID
Simona Maschi is co-founder and director of the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, CIID, where she leads a team working with world class consultancy, education programs and a research lab.Read more
HENRIK SKOVBYExecutive Chairman, Dalberg
“The DANSIC conference is an excellent initiative that not only provides participants with an insight into companies that are best suited to deliver socially innovative solutions, but also provides insight into developments, within this field, that are taking place abroad.“Read more
Henrik Skovby is Executive Chairman and co-founder of Dalberg. His main task is to develop strategies and reforms for Dalberg. He has previously been employeed at McKinsey & Company. Furthermore, he has lead several institutional reviews in the development sector and has been involved in the launch of several global commissions and management initiatives.
JESPER MØLLERFormer Chairman, Danish Industry
“I hope that DANSIC can inspire students to develop an interest in social innovation, so they can contribute to the initiatives by progressive companies within the field. ill be able to b a part of progressive companies’ work in the field.“Read more
Jesper Møller is the former CEO of Toms Group A/S and former president of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri), the Danish association for business. He has gained experience from ISS, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Q8, BP and Rambøll. Since 2013, Jesper has also been a board member of the Industry Fond (Industriens Fond) and Hold Danmark Rent (Keep Denmark Clean). He holds a master’s degree from Copenhagen Business School.
ANNE KJÆR SKOVGAARDHead of Development, The Social Capital Fund - Denmark
“There is no doubt that the need for new solutions to social problems is huge. Many of these solutions will be found in the overlap between the public, private and third sector.“Read more
Anne Kjaer Skovgaard is Head of Development at The Social Capital Fund – Denmark, where she develops and manage projects on social innovation. She holds a MSc. in Political Science, with a specialization in social entrepreneurship, from the University of Copenhagen. During her studies, she has also studied abroad at the University of Surrey and at London School of Economics. Additionally, Anne has been employed in the consultancy company DAMVAD.
JØRGEN ROSTEDFormer Permanent Secretary, Danish Ministry of Business
“In 20 years, all innovation will be social innovation. This is extremely important for students to understand, if they are going to be the workforce of tomorrow.”Read more
Jørgen Rosted is the former development director of FORA – a research and analysis unit under the Danish Business and Construction Authority. For several years, Jørgen has been engaged in the debate about future corporate policies, growth and innovation. He has previously lead the Ministry of Economic Coordination and worked as the Permanent Secretary of Finance in the Ministry of Finance.
ANNE KROIJERManaging Director, OnFrontiers
“DANSIC will be able to challenge the status quo and create a forum where companies, NGOs, investors, public sector representatives and students can discuss ideas for new market models and new ways of cooperating.“Read more
Anne Krøijer is director and founder of OnFrontiers, a company that connects organizations with professionals in developing countries through research and through a database of screened experts. Anne has worked for the World Bank, the investment bank JPMorgan and social enterprises such as Building Markets, MYC4 and Root Capital. She has a BSc in International Business from Copenhagen Business School and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.
FREDERIK NELLEMANNChief Product Officer, GoMore
“My hope is that DANSIC will create an open dialogue that will inspire young students to see the potential of social innovation. We need entrepreneurs with a burning desire to solve major issues, but also have the ability to see the financial possibilities of those solutions, so they will be sustainable.“Read more
Frederik Nelleman is Chief Product Officer at GoMore. He has previously worked at Novozymes, McKinsey & Company, as well as Harvard Business School, as a researcher in environment and sustainable strategies. He holds a BSc in Economics from London School of Economics, MSc. in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
HELENE MAY VIBHOLTHead of Division, Modernisation of Public Admin
” There is an obvious need for courage, passion and creativity in the search for new models – within and across traditional sectoral boundaries – that will ensure future prosperity. DANSIC can help initiate this development.”Read more
As Head of Devision at the Agency for Modernization of Public Administration, under the Ministry of Finance, Helene May Vibholt works to enhance efficiency in the public sector. Previously, she has been project manager at McKinsey & Company and Strategic Advisor at DONG Energy. Helene holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Aarhus.