Mon, Apr 01 | Harpa

What Works Summit in SPI

More than 400 leaders and change-makers from business, government, philanthropy, academics and civil society will participate in this year's What Works Summit hosted in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Registration is Closed

Time & Location

Apr 01, 2019, 9:00 AM – Apr 03, 2019, 1:00 PM
Harpa, Kalkofnsvegur, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

About The Event

The Opportunity

  • Now is the right time: To navigate today’s formidable challenges and strengthen efforts to drive prosperous economies and inclusive societies, we must look beyond GDP and quarterly earnings for solutions. We must redefine how the world measures the success of a society, putting social progress alongside economic prosperity at the center of debate, decision-making and action.
  • The Social Progress Index is the right idea: There is enormous power in the Social Progress Index (SPI) as complement to, not a replacement for, GDP and other economic measures. By focusing on the measurement of social progress independent of economic variables, SPI provides a fresh perspective on social performance to guide investments, set policies and implement actions to improve the quality of life in a society.
  • What Works is the right platform: Government, business and civil society—specifically those that control and influence the world’s greatest resources—must be at the center of change, with the ability to focus massive resources and actions required to accelerate social progress. What Works is an exclusive gathering that brings together these top leaders, thinkers and innovators to inspire and challenge approaches to accelerate social progress.

The What Works Summit

More than 400 leaders and change-makers from business, government, philanthropy, academics and civil society

participated in the first two What Works summits 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 of community can work together to advance social progress.
  • Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (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 an invite-only exclusive gathering to serve as the premier global platform for decision-makers and social innovators to gather, debate and advance social progress approaches and scale solutions.

Why What Works

Exclusive – Having the right participants is more important than having large crowds. What Works summit will be

an exclusive gathering of thought leaders, resource owners and key partners, who together have the capacity and

access to drive and scale massive social change.

What Works summits are intimate, invitation-only events, limited to 200-250 of the world’s most influential leaders from government and business, social investors and key disrupters in social change, and strategic partners in the social progress movement, who together can guide and mobilize global resources and policies required to drive and scale social progress.

An initial group of participants will be encouraged to extend their invitation to 2-3 peers to “sit with them” at the What Works summit, expanding the sphere of leaders and change makers attending the exclusive summit while also introducing new perspectives required to challenge and advance thinking and action.

Relevant – It is critical to build on and advance global debates, and not simply provide another forum to replicate

these discussions. What Works will pull from the headlines and facilitate learning, sharing and innovating on

issues that are of the up most importance to the participants and to people and communities around the world.

The global summit to advance social progress

April 1-3, 2019

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