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The Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship Program in Social Innovation aims to deepen understanding, sculpt new ideas, and enhance relationships in order to better address social and environmental problems affecting poor and vulnerable populations
The programme brings together a diverse group of 18 leaders committed to integrating social innovation into their work, and interested in addressing the root causes of problems affecting poor or vulnerable populations by transforming the systems we live in – political, economic, legal, educational, environmental, and social
The programme was designed by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Tools for change
The fellows will have the opportunity to build strategic relationships with a likeminded community of change-makers from across sectors, issue areas and countries.
"The outstanding individuals selected for this inaugural programme all share a passion for change, a desire for action, and an interest in finding targeted, innovative ways to tackle complex social problems at their roots," says Dr. Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation
Connecting humans and the environment
The programme was launched in May 2013 to help mark the Rockefeller Foundation's centennial year. The selected fellows will participate in four intensive workshops, each held in a different international location over the next year.
Through a series of presentations, small group exercises, site visits, and guidance from mentors, fellows will gain new perspectives and skills to apply in real-time to the challenges facing their own organizations and networks.
They will increase their skills in managing and sparking systems transformation in complex problem domains, while gaining a deeper appreciation for the global scale by broadening and strengthening their networks across issue areas, sectors and regions.
Per Olsson, researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre, has helped design the programme.
"We want to contribute with insights from our research and particularly the importance of linking humans and the environment when dealing with innovation. We need innovations that take social as well as environmental aspects into account, and that are able to scale up without negative impacts" says Olsson.