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Join us for exciting workshops on advancing social progress!


As a special arrangement, we are making a limited number of seats available for What Works 2019 pre- and post-summit workshops. This is an unique opportunity to participate in these engaging and interactive sessions alongside some of the world's leaders in social progress and the Sustainable Development Goals. Register today to secure your spot!


Please note that complimentary access to pre- and post-summit workshops are available to What Works 2019 participants with no additional registration required.


Pre-Summit Workshops: Monday, April 1st


9:00 am - 1:00 pm   Advancing Social Progress in the Nordic Region

Location: The Nordic House

Nordic countries are consistently at the top of the annual Social Progress Index rankings, but they still have the opportunity to improve wellbeing in their communities. This interactive workshop will explore what Nordic countries are doing right and how they can deliver even better social outcomes. 


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm        Understanding the Social Progress Index and Framework 

Location: Harpa Conference Centre

Interactive workshop to provide those with limited experience with the Social Progress Index an overview of this powerful tool, its methodology and application in a variety of settings. This is a great introduction to the Social Progress Index and a refresher for those eager to better understand its application. 


Post-Summit Workshops: Wednesday, April 3rd

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm   The business imperative to create social impact 
Location: Harpa Conference Center 

Today’s companies largely understand that aligning business practices with public good ultimately produces better returns and adds real value to society. It is no longer considered to be enough to be philanthropic or have corporate social responsibility objectives. The businesses who are truly doing well by doing good, are the ones whose highest priorities are serving their customers and employees and who have a positive impact within their communities and on the environment. Studies show that purpose-led firms attract and retain better future leaders and ultimately serve their shareholders with greater value, beyond strong quarterly returns. This workshop will examine what works in driving corporate growth through social impact.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     Sustainable Tourism and the SDGs

Location: Harpa Conference Center
Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world, representing 10% of global GDP, 30% of exports, and creates one of every ten jobs in the world. It has the potential to contribute both directly and indirectly to all Sustainable  Development Goals and impact the wellbeing of all people in the community. In this workshop, we will examine the correlation between tourism social progress and share practical examples that can be applied in communities in Iceland and around the world through the lenses of five core areas:

   1) Tourism and sustainable economic growth in the age of exponential tech

   2) Tourism and social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
   3) Tourism and resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate
   4) Tourism and cultural values, diversity and heritage; and

   5) Tourism and mutual understanding, peace and security

Special supporters of this post-summit event are: University of Iceland, Iceland Tourism Cluster Initiative and INCAE Business School 


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm       The State of Youth in Today's Society

Location: Harpa Conference Center    

Are young people able to exercise their socioeconomic and political rights? Do they live in a community where they feel included and are not discriminated against? Do they have sufficient food to eat? Do they have access to housing? The Youth Progress Index is one of the first instruments developed to give the full story of what life is like for a young person today, independent of economic indicators. This interactive workshop providesan overview of the Youth Progress Index, its methodology and application in a variety of settings.  



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