Social Innovation Summit
The Social Innovation Summit is a global gathering of dreamers and doers, coming together to imagine, build, and celebrate. Join us to be inspired by the changemakers in our community.
Theme: Radical Imagination
A TRULY ENGAGING VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE!
Discussions on the most pressing topics related to Palestine today. Engage with speakers on topics related to the social impact sector.
Get to know and connect with impactful NGOs and social enterprises working in Palestine in addition to book readings
Workshops & Tours
Learn from thought leaders and take tangible tools back to your community. Leave empowered to take action in your community.
Meet speakers and attendees from all over the world who are working for building a better future for Palestine
Schedule of Panel Discussions
Times listed are in Palestine Time (GMT +3)
Topics and scheduling are subject to change. For convenience, on-demand replays will be made available for all registered participants.
All panels are available in both languages, English and Arabic. Workshops are available in one language only.
Day 1 – Friday October 2, 2020
15:00 – 15:45 (GMT+3)
What is Radical Imagination?
Globally, traditional structures of control and power have drastically changed landscapes and built infrastructures of seemingly indefinite permanence. The current pandemic is shining a spotlight on these power structures, and on the continued oppression of many communities around the world.
It also presents an opportunity: for us to come together, reach beyond the limits of our imagination, and collectively work towards a radically different future. Building on the decades-long efforts of activists at home and across the globe, and in the context of internationalist solidarities, this panel seeks to use this very opportunity to explore that process of radical imagination in Palestine and beyond.
16:00 – 16:45 (GMT+3)
Palestine on the global stage
17:00 – 17:45 (GMT+3)
Building an ecosystem for social innovation: inspiration from global models
What is meant by social innovation? Where are the strongest ecosystems to support social innovators? And how have communities supported changemakers to translate dreams into impactful action?
This panel will feature global models of social innovation and discuss them in the context of Palestine. The goal is to identify opportunities to ignite the ecosystem in Palestine, while also embracing what makes the case of Palestine unique.
18:00 – 18:45 (GMT+3)
Reclaiming our imagination for paths to social change: a conversation with other movements
This panel is a conversation amongst organizers who have helped to build social and political movements within their own constituencies, with the goal of understanding the experiences of other movements and identifying potential lessons for the Palestinian context.
The panel will consider the following questions: What is the radical imagination in each of their contexts? How did/are they organiz(ing) towards that vision? How do we mobilize large groups of people/various sectors in society towards the same goal? What lessons are they learning/can they share?
19:00 – 19:45 (GMT+3)
Overcoming donor-dependency: How can philanthropy tackle the root-cause?
Palestine has long been deemed a ‘donor-dependent economy’ with international aid arguably doing more harm than good in the post-Oslo era. Despite this, there continues to be an important role for aid and philanthropy in supporting and empowering impact-driven initiatives.
How can we redirect philanthropic giving so that it tackles the root cause? What is the vision of impact we have for our community, and what is the role of the Diaspora in achieving this?
20:00 – 20:45 (GMT+3)
Impact investing in Palestine and the MENA region
The goal of this panel to understand impact investing and speak with seasoned professionals about how to better attract investment and raise funds. How competitive is Palestine today in the global impact investment scene? How can we overcome the bottlenecks? Can COVID-19 promote regional economic integration and collaboration regardless of the political differences?
Day 2 – Saturday October 3, 2020
13:00 - 13:45 (GMT+3)
Re-imagining our relation to land & nature: agriculture and the environment
In Palestine, decades of dispossession over our natural resources – especially land and water – have been accompanied by Palestinian official neoliberal policies that have encouraged exploitation, capital-driven agriculture, and use of natural resources. The Mediterranean is one of the most vulnerable regions for climate change, a vulnerability that is exacerbated by the climate apartheid we are living in.
We need to operate a radical shift in the way Palestinian approach our relationship with our ecosystems and resources and actively resist dispossession.
14:00 - 14:45 (GMT+3)
Creating equity and overcoming capitalism: cooperatives and the social economy
The cooperative movement has existed in Palestine since the early 20th century. The movements have suffered the consequences of successive layers of administrative controls and changes: the British mandate, the Egyptian/Jordanian Rule, Israeli occupation, and the Palestinian Authority, progressively weakening cooperative societies. This decline was worsened by a donor-driven model that led to an aid-dependent economy.
In our global context where social and economic injustices are ever-growing, some regions and countries succeeded to place dignity and social value at the heart of work and wealth, through a different model of economic organizing: cooperatives.
Are cooperatives a good model for a steadfast Palestinian economy? What are Palestinians today thinking when we talk about “cooperatives”? Why are women cooperatives the most successful in Palestine? What are the challenges faced today to develop perennial and successful structures?
15:00 - 15:45 (GMT+3)
Advocating on the playing field: sports as a tool for social change
This session will bring together Palestinian sports initiatives from across a range of Palestinian communities to discuss the power of sports as a tool for organizing on social and political issues, and as a tool for public diplomacy. The aim of the session will be to identify key points of alignment, share practical learnings, and start the process of building a unified and radical vision for the future of the sports sector.
16:00 - 17:00 (GMT+3)
Changing hearts and minds: the transformational power of literature
The written word has the power to change both hearts and minds. How does the transformative power of literature work? How has it been used to support Palestinian identity and rights and how might literature been used to try to negate it? What is the role of publishers, agents and publicists in this process and how have Palestinian writers been marginalized? How have Palestinian writers been able to break through despite these and other obstacles?
This panel features four Palestinian writers who will not only share personal stories that influenced their writing, but also reflect on the future of Palestinian literature.
17:00 - 17:45 (GMT+3)
Job creation and workforce development
The international community has lauded startup development as a tool for job creation and economic growth – when and how does investment in the startup ecosystem lead to job creation and economic growth? Likewise, international and local investment in job preparedness via relevant and timely education is considered key to ensuring upward mobility and employment access.
What has succeeded? What is still lacking? In this panel, we will explore the science behind the strategies, learn about grassroots & international initiatives that have moved forward over the past 5 years, and what gaps still exist and methods we should employ to ensure growth and resiliency – particularly in this COVID19 moment.
18:00 - 18:45 (GMT+3)
Art as a form of resistance: the power of music and visual art
This panel will feature artists and musicians, who will share their personal stories as well as the relationship between their art and resistance. How is art used to facilitate difficult conversations? How is it used to both preserve and transcend cultures? What is the role of art in the Palestinian struggle today?
19:00 - 19:45 (GMT+3)
Mental health and COVID-19: challenges and opportunities
Alongside Covid-19, there is also a mental health pandemic. What evidence do we have and what conversations do we need to have to promote social mobilization and innovation in the realm of mental health? Who has started to push the frontier? What are their challenges? And what opportunities do the panelists see on the ground?
20:00 - 20:45 (GMT+3)
Beyond the imagination: reflection & action
Registration for workshops is limited to 20 participants and each participant can expect to participate in 1-2 workshops (depending on availability). Register now to make sure you secure your seat!
Day 1 – Friday October 2, 2020
17:00 - 18:00 (GMT+3)
The Creative Confidence
Facilitator: Mohammed Issa
This workshop will identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential. Join this interactive workshop to learn new ways to introduce innovation when solving problems in your personal and professional life.
18:00 - 19:00 (GMT+3)
Leveraging the power of co-creation and design thinking to spark innovation
Facilitator: Eve Aronson
This workshop will trigger you to imagine new possibilities for innovation in Palestine. Join this workshop to learn how to co-create interactive games that will bring different minds and perspectives together around a central goal, using design thinking.
19:00 - 20:00 (GMT+3)
The Power of Storytelling
Facilitator: Saed Karazoun
This workshop will share proven techniques to tell powerful stories that will captivate and engage your adience. Join us to learn the key elements of an engaging story and The Golden Cycle: What, How, Why.
20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+3)
Innovation Strategies for Green Businesses (cewas)
Facilitator: Aline Bussman
This workshop tackles (radical) strategies to enhance environmental business models for market success and sustainable impact. Many environmental businesses are struggling to come up with a viable business model. They are either making too little revenues because their customers are not able/ willing to pay cost-covering prices or their costs are too high because services or products typically incur extensive expenses. However, there are various tested and successfully proven business model innovation strategies for tackling these two challenges and help to increase revenues or decrease costs.
Join this workshop to learn about the toolbox cewas has developed of proven innovation strategies in the environmental sector. A total of 20 innovation strategies are analysed and described in detail, which cewas and 35 green enterprises have developed and tested over the past years in the Middle East. All innovation strategies are based on real examples and have great potential in being replicated and applied in Palestine.
Day 2 – Saturday October 3, 2020
15:00 - 16:00 (GMT+3)
Disconnect to Reconnect (Meditation and Yoga session!)
Facilitator: Eilda Zaghmout
We all went through a challenging time being in lockdown for so long as a global family. We experienced a lot of pressure, fear, stress and uncertainty in the past months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In our workshop we will learn some tools to release stress and tension from the body using breathing techniques, mindful movement and guided imagery to reconnect to ourselves and find our inner calmness.
16:00 - 17:00 (GMT+3)
Untold Palestine- How to tell our untold stories?
Facilitator: Eyad Barghuthy
How can we tell our untold stories to the world using the social media platform? Untold Palestine is a new initiative in 7amleh center, that is using digital storytelling tools: Short videos, Photos, and interesting captions. In the workshop, we will talk about these tools and the best practices in them.
17:00 - 18:00 (GMT+3)
What is the buzz about IMM (Impact Measurement and Management)?
Facilitator: Salam Al Khatib
This workshop will introduce the concept of IMM (Impact Measurement and Management) and explain the value it will add to your organization or company. What is the relation between SDGs and IMM? Join this workshop to learn how you can introduce IMM in your organization and its many benefits.
18:00 - 19:00 (GMT+3)
Have you felt powerless when it comes to helping Palestine? We’ve all been there – it can feel like an impossible challenge to have an actual impact on Palestine and Palestinians while living your day to day life. What if we told you that no matter where you live or what you do, you can take lots of small and large actions to have an impact. This workshop will use the design thinking method to help you identify how you can identify strategies to use your unique talents and strengths to drive impact.
19:00 - 20:00 (GMT+3)
Virtual Tour of Palestine!
Facilitator: Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy (PIPD)
Join this virtual visit where you can hear from Palestinian community members and activists showing you some of the realities of Palestinian daily life under occupation.
(presented in random order)
Lead Organizer @ Right to Movement
Senior Palestine Policy Fellow @ Al-Shabaka
Organizing Manager @ Election Protection at Arizona Advocacy Network and Foundation
Co-founder @ Palestine Music Expo (PMX)
Eng. Aref Hussein
Chairman @ Jerusalem Innovation Park - AlNayzak Organization
Susan Muaddi Darraj
Fiction Writer and Creator of #TweetYourThobe
Cheif Visionary Officer @ Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
Lana Abu Hijleh
Country Director @ Global Communities
Visual Artist & Human rights defender
Writer, Poet, Playwright
Strategy & Partnerships @ Rawa: Creative Palestinian Communities Fund;
Founder & Coach @ Healthy Feminist
Global Development Director @ Impact Hub Network
Board Member at BuildPalestine
Writer, Researcher, and Political Commentator
Executive Director @ Sharakat- Palestine Investment Fund
Director @ Lodestone Advisory Group
Author & Attorney
Lawyer & Boxing Coach and Founder of ElBarrio Gym
Co-founder and Parkour Lead @ WallRunners
Dr. Mohammad Herzallah
Founding Director @ Palestine Neuroscience Initiative
Director General @ Taawon (Welfare Association)
New Business & Project Management @ Butterfly Works
CEO @ Ibtikar Palestine
Regional Director @ cewas Middle East
CEO @ Taghyier
Yoga & Meditation Teacher @ TAWAZON APP
Lecturer and Consultant @ Social Value Arabia
Product Manager @ Hala Systems
Innovation Strategist @ World Food Program
Co-founder @ Cusp Impact
Dr. Sara Leila Husseini
Chair @ BuildPalestine
Rajiah Abu Sway
Mental Health Officer @ World Health Organization
Trainer @ 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media
Advisor @ BuildPalestine
COO @ BuildPalestine
Dr. Zeina Siam
Associate Program Officer @ Gates Foundation
Inès Abdel Razek
Advocacy Director @ The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy
Researcher @ Andariya
Executive Chairperson @ 17 Ventures
Nora Lester Murad
Writer, Activist and Educator
Nonprofit Executive & BuildPalestine Board Member
Freelance Agronomist Agro-Ecologist
Director of UCASC
Dr at An-Najah National University
Journalist and Program Manager @ Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Writer, Novelist and Human Rights Activist
Founder @ Rozana and a member of Women’s Association
Organizer @ Ceni Kurdish Women's Office for Peace
Co-founder of the Palestinian Agro-ecological forum
Founder @ Thinking Consulting Firm and Integral Advisory Associates
PhD in Geography and Environment
Ahmad Nabil AbuZnaid
Executive Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
Fundraising unit officer @ Union of Agricultural Work Committees
This is your chance to plug into the social innovation scene in Palestine and directly connect with changemakers.