Ashoka’s Igniting Impact Series: Changing Industry Norms, The Intersection of Green Building and Affordable Housing
How do you know when a system is changed? How do you measure system change? How do you scale system change to increase the impact? Ashoka has been mulling these questions for quite a while. We recently completed a global survey of Ashoka Fellows to assess their impact in changing national systems and are using this opportunity to convene a series of conversations about changing systems. We will be writing about this in a series of blogs on Forbes (see first one here).
Each conversation will include Ashoka Fellows and thought leaders discussing the topic. We invite you to listen to the discussion and you can tweet questions to @Ashokaus using hashtag #impactchat or use the Webex chat feature.
The first conversation will be July 19, 2012 at 12:00-1 pm EST: Changing industry norms: the intersection of green building and affordable housing
Momentum is growing in the green building movement yet it has often been the preserve of wealthy individuals or organizations. At the same time, by the year 2030, an additional 3 billion people, about 40 percent of the world’s population, will need access to housing. What opportunities are there for synergy between green buildings and affordable housing?
The participants include:
Jason McLennan is the founder of the Living Building Challenge, an international green building program, and co-creator of Pharos, the most advanced building material rating system in the US. Jason is an Ashoka Fellow and a nationally recognized leader in the sustainable building industry.
Stacey Epperson is CEO and President of Next Step USA. Next Step is the first and only national strategy and scalable approach to bring factory built homes to nonprofits nationwide. Epperson is also a board member at Kentucky Housing Corporation.
Vishnu Swaminathan has more than 14 years of experience as an entrepreneur and innovator. He started two IT-based companies in Singapore in the areas of financial transactions and animation technology. Vishnu is the Director for Housing for All at Ashoka. The goal of the program is to demonstrate the power of Hybrid Value Chains to address the housing needs of low-income people, and to enable a competitive housing market of product and service providers serving millions of low-income families annually around the world.
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