16 Jul 2018
Today, at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York, the World Bank and the Social Progress Imperative announced a new collaboration: “What Works 2019″ – the global summit on social progress, Reykjavik, Iceland 1-3 April 2019.
This invitation-only gathering of policy-makers, donors, thought leaders, and key partners from around the world will aim to inspire and challenge approaches to help drive social progress and support implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
By bringing together experts and practitioners in a conversation based around the common language provided by Social Progress Index data, “What Works 2019” will identify and share real and relevant solutions to the world’s biggest challenges to accelerating inclusive growth that delivers social progress and poverty reduction.
The “What Works” summit was founded in 2016 as a collaboration between the Social Progress Imperative and Cognitio, its local partner in Iceland. More than 400 leaders and change-makers from business, government, philanthropy, academics and civil society participated in the first two “What Works” summits (2016 and 2017) hosted in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Through focused case studies, debate and interactive workshops, participants acquired new tools and learned about innovative approaches to help drive social change. Together, they explored how to create positive policy change at every level of government, how social performance can drive opportunities for businesses to get ahead, and how the whole community can work together to advance social progress.
Achieving the SDGs will require a productivity revolution in how we use our economic resources for the benefit of humanity. This demands an urgent response. The “What Works” summit will support these efforts, as the premier global platform for decision-makers and social innovators to gather, debate, and advance social progress approaches and scale solutions.
The World Bank defines social inclusion as the process of improving ability, opportunity, and dignity of people who are disadvantaged on the basis of their identity to take part in society. As such, social inclusion is instrumental to achieving the World Bank’s Twin Goals: to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 and to boost shared prosperity, measured as the income of the bottom 40 percent in any given country.
The Social Progress Imperative and Cognitio are proud to partner with the World Bank in presenting “What Works 2019”. We are also grateful for the support from other sponsors including Iceland’s Prime Minister’s Office, Arion Bank, Deloitte Iceland and Iceland Monitor.
To learn more about “What Works 2019” and stay informed about the latest “What Works” events and updates, visit www.whatworksinspi.com.
For information regarding sponsorship of “What Works 2019”, please contact Rosbjörg Jónsdóttir (rosbjorg at cognitio.is) or Luke Greeves (lgreevesat social-progress.org).
Credit: Illustrated conversations at “What Works 2017” by RIDG