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Transforming Global Development with The Lean Startup

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Based on our current trajectory, we will fall far short of reaching the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals that were set for 2030 by the leaders of the world. While we should absolutely bring in more investment from all available sources, it simply isn't realistic for us to marshal the estimated $2-3 trillion a year that would be needed. Bridging this gap will require a fresh mindset. The Lean Startup revolutionized the ways businesses build and launch products. Can these same techniques work for purpose as well as profits? Despite some unique challenges, the answer is a resounding yes.

Around the world, social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and triple bottom line companies are tossing aside traditional programming and embracing fast feedback loops to revolutionize learning in the classroom, lighting up a million homes in rural Africa, and enabling millions to escape the ravages of extreme poverty. They are breaking the rules, pioneering new business models, and seeking transformative change. Social innovation may start with a good idea, but it should end with massive impact and exponential scale. That means doubling down on innovation to bend the curve with more cost-effective and scalable solutions. What models have the potential to scale to the size of the need? How can we create fast feedback loops when true impact can take years to fully realize? Is it possible to run responsible experiments with vulnerable populations? How can we navigate the restrictive nature of many sources of funding?

Join Ann Mei Chang, author of the new book 'Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good,' and Russ Siegelman, former Chairman of the Board of the Global Innovation Fund and lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business, to discuss how the ambition, scale, and pace of progress from Silicon Valley can impact global development.

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Ann Mei Chang
Executive Director, Lean Impact

Russell Siegelman
Lecturer, School of Business, Stanford University

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Jane Wales
CEO, World Affairs and Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, The Aspen Institute

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