Each year, The Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Forum gathers creative and inventive minds from the worlds of business, government, non-profit, and journalism to bring innovation to bear on the urgent challenges facing poor and vulnerable people around the world. Through a series of interactions, panel discussions and breakout sessions, participants assist the Foundation in identifying pressing global problems that must be solved for the benefit of future generations. Upon conclusion of each Innovation Forum, the Foundation leverages its deep expertise, expansive network, and grant-making process to further explore and address the problems over the coming year.
On July 27, 2011, the inaugural Innovation Forum focused on identifying the key problems relating to some of our most important challenge areas: food security, water security and urban economic security. Subsequent to the Forum, an evening awards ceremony honored individuals and organizations whose innovative work exemplifies the mission and vision of The Rockefeller Foundation.
This year’s award recipients included:
President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for innovation in philanthropy.
Dr. Judith Rodin and President Bill Clinton discuss innovationSee All videos
Sania Nishtar, founder and president of the NGO think tank Heartfile and renowned leader in health policy in Pakistan, received an Innovation Award for her work in the region.
Jane Weru, executive director of The Akiba Mashinani Trust, a non-profit organization working on developing innovative community-led solutions to housing and land tenure problems for the urban poor in Kenya, received an Innovation Award for her work in the region.
Kiva in the Classroom, represented by students from Wickman Elementary School in Chino Hills, California, received a Young Innovators Award for using micro-lending as an educational tool and for the program's sustained effort to fight global poverty.