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GSIF 2012 Is Happening In Singapore This October

The Global Innovators Forum and Festival 2012 is set to take place in Singapore this coming October. The event will showcase social innovation strategies, concepts, ideas and organisations around the world to create opportunities for a more sustainable world.

This year’s GSIF is themed “Inclusive Innovation: Walk The Talk,” and it will once again bring together world leaders across different sectors to collaborate for new paradigms and solutions on social innovation. It will feature global practices of enterprises, technologies, communities, art and environmental initiatives that embrace the tenets of inclusiveness.

The affair is organised by the Social Innovation Park (SIP), a non-profit organisation founded by Member of Parliament, Ms Penny Low. SIP intends to develop social entrepreneurs and bring about positive changes in the society.

The GSIF 2012 will begin with a two-day closed-door forum at the Grand Park City Hall from October 18 to 19.

The key highlights of the forum include plenaries which will be moderated by leaders on areas of innovation leadership. A “Big Ideas Lab” will be part of the forum too. This will enable the sharing of ideas on bottom-up changes. There will also be master classes on topics such as ground up innovation, art as an inclusive tool, and the power of social media for social movements. Add to these, a “Social Innovators Accelerator Track” will be featured for innovators and social entrepreneurs to gain support from international and local groups. There will also be a venue for aspiring social entrepreneurs to pitch ideas to potential investors.

Over 200 delegates and 50 speakers are expected to be present during the forum. Among the key presenters will include Michelle Guthrie, director of strategic business development at Google; NTUC Fairprice Chief Executive Seah Kian Peng: People’s Association Chief Executive Yam Ah Mee and MsPenny Low.

Meanwhile, the forum will also accompany a two-day festival (GSIFest 2012), which will be held on October 20 to 21. It will feature organisations and individuals who demonstrated social innovations. The festival will be held at various venues in the city.

The GSIFest is targeting a million eyeballs, 10,000 participants, 10 festival stations all around Singapore and ignite social innovation and cross-sector collaborations.

The GSIF is now on its fifth year. It was first launched in 2006 as Asia’s first forum on social enterprise and innovation.