What Works 2019 kicks-off today!

The Social Progress Imperative is thrilled to be back in Iceland for a third year to host the What Works summit, the premier global event focused on advancing social progress, with our Icelandic partner Cognitio and in partnership with The World Bank. Policymakers and social innovators from more than 30 countries are meeting this week in Reykjavik to discuss real solutions to today’s most pressing societal challenges and data-driven strategies to advance the Sustainable Development Goals.


Through focused case studies, debate and interactive workshops, participants will leave with new tools and innovative solutions, along with a strengthened network and prospective partners to help drive social change. The participants will explore how to create positive policy change at every level of government, and how all stakeholders can work together to advance social progress. We are honored to share an opening ceremony message from the President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa.


Participants will hear from leading speakers from the public and private sectors as well as civil society organizations, including:

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland

Helen Clark, former New Zealand Prime Minister and UNDP Administrator

Julie Hanna, Executive Chari of the Board, Kiva

Jon Jones, Director of Impact Computing, Amazon Web Services

Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President and Founder, Women Political Leaders

Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi (USA)

Minh-Thu Pham, Executive Director of Policy, UN Foundation

Halla Tomasdóttir, CEO, The B Team

Wade Warren, Chief Strategy Officer for International Development, Deloitte

And many more 

Visit http://www.WhatWorksinSPI.com for more additional information, and follow us on our social media channels to stay updated on the summit!



What Works 2019 is made possible through the support of our partners and sponsors:



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