Meeting Archive:
Webinar: Engaging Your Network for Systemic Impact

Meeting Description:

What can your organization do to sustain a practice of innovation?

The world’s most pressing problems are ever changing and complex. Solving major social challenges will require both perseverance and innovation. Social sector organizations that create an enabling environment for innovation through practices and culture are better able to respond to change and sustain their impact in the long-term. 

We invite you to hear firsthand from NGO leaders about how their organizations leverage networks to build and maintain their capacity to innovate.


Date: Tue, Oct 2, 2012
Time: 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): The Rockefeller Foundation, Context Partners, and NextBillion
 Presenter Information
Kippy Joseph, The Rockefeller Foundation, Associate Director, Innovation
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As Associate Director, Innovation, Kippy designs, implements and manages an integrated approach of grant-making and internal capability-building. The current strategy focuses on creating enabling environments for innovation in development contexts, including support for methods and infrastructure for social innovation. 

Erik Hersman, Ushahidi, Co-founder
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Raised in Kenya and Sudan, Erik Hersman is a technologist and blogger who lives in Nairobi. He is a co-founder of Ushahidi, a free and open source platform for crowdsourcing information and visualizing data. He is the founder of AfriGadget, a multi-author site that showcases stories of African inventions and ingenuity, and an African technology blogger at  He currently manages Ushahidi's operations and strategy, and is in the founder of the iHub, Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the technology community, bringing together entrepreneurs, hackers, designers and the investment community. 

Mary Renwick, Winrock International, Innovation Program Officer
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Mary Renwick is a water resources specialist with over 19 years of experience developing, managing, and implementing water resource projects, programs, and initiatives. Since 2005, Mary has led Winrock International’s Water Innovation Program, growing the program from its inception to a $20 million portfolio. Dr. Renwick is an internationally recognized expert on multiple-use water services in both the domestic and irrigation water sectors, and led the global study on costs, benefits and poverty impacts of MUS for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mark Frohardt, Internews Center for Innovation & Learning, Executive Director
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Mark Frohardt is Executive Director for the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning. The Center supports, captures and shares innovative approaches to communication through a global research and experimentation agenda. After joining Internews in 1999, Frohardt has provided important leadership as Vice-President for Africa, and Health and Humanitarian Media promoting and implementing life-saving information systems in areas that are affected by natural disasters, armed conflict and social upheaval.