Day 2: First Look | What Works 2017

Photo Credit: Anton Brink

Please visit our photo album on Facebook of the second day of presentations and events at What Works 2017: The International Summit to Advance Social Progress in Reykjavik, Iceland.

View all photos of the conference on our Facebook page.



Explore thirteen videos from presentations given at What Works 2017.

Michael Green on Why Measuring Social Progress Matters

Michael Green, CEO of the Social Progress Imperative, opens the What Works 2017 summit with remarks on why measuring social progress matters.

PM of Iceland Bjarni Benediktsson on Why Measuring Social Progress Matters

Bjarni Benediktsson, Prime Minister of Icleand, speaking at What Works 2017 about why measuring social progress matters.

Addressing Social Progress in a Changing World

Scott Stern, Professor of Management at MIT and member of the Social Progress Imperative advisory board, speaking on how we address social progress in a changing world at What Works 2017.

 Barriers to Social Inclusion

Stephan Chambers, Director of the Marshall Institute at the London School of Economics, and Xavier de Souza Briggs, VP Economic Opportunity & Markets at the Ford Foundation, examine the barriers to change, from policy to culture, to understand the key challenges and how to overcome them.

Spurring Social Progress in Cities

Ladan Manteghi of the Social Progress Imperative sits down to discuss different ways of spurring social progress in cities with Mayor Joseph Curtatone of Somerville, USA, Mayor Ármann Kristinn Ólafsson of Kópavogur, Iceland, Valeria Moy, Director of México Como Vamos, and Jens Molbak, founder of WinWin.

Companies Using the Social Progress Index to Drive Sustainable Business Practices

Social Progress Imperative technical lead Marcelo Mosaner and Jens Molbak, founder of WinWin, discuss using the Social Progress Index to drive sustainable business practices in places as diverse as the New York and the Brazilian Amazon.

Minister José R. Molinas Vega of the Government of Paraguay on use of the Social Progress Index

Minister José R. Molinas Vega, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of Technical Planning of Economic and Social Development, Government of Paraguay interviewed by Michael Green, CEO of the Social Progress Imperative about how Paraguay is applying the Social Progress Index to guide national development.

What Works in Environmental Quality

Iceland Magazine founder Jón Kaldal sits down with Stephan Chambers of the London School of Economics, Professor Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir of the University of Iceland, and Rodney Ferguson, President and CEO of Winrock International, to discuss how we can collaborate globally to reduce the pace of climate change and spur action and investment.

What Works in Advancing Education

Nathan Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, HP, on how a business took the lead in advancing education. He explains what worked, the possibilities for scale and the importance of collaboration for success.

Bridging the Digital Divide

Carolina Rossini from Facebook’s Global Connectivity Policy Team discusses how government and the private sector can make access to information and communications more affordable.

The Role of the Media and the Problem of Fake News

As fake news is eroding trust in media reporting, even high quality outlets have found their editorial integrity called into question.

CAPROCK Group Managing Director Matthew Weatherley-White sits down with Matthew Bishop, Senior Editor at the Economist Group, and Emily Kasriel, Head of Editorial Partnerships and Special Projects at the BBC, to discuss the problem of fake news and the implications for social progress.

Social Entrepreneurs Making Change Happen from the Ground Up

At this special session from What Works 2017, Alison Bukhari, Director of Educate Girls, and Zachary Slobig of Skoll Foundation lead an examination of the intricacies of the most proven powerful models developed by social entrepreneurs and discuss how to replicate and put them to work to transform communities for the better.

The Rise of Populism and the Threat to Social Progress

Professor Henrietta Moore, Director, Global Institute for Prosperity, University College London, on the rise of populism and the threat to social progress.


Explore the What Works 2017 agenda.