Social Innovation Conference

Garance Choko

Garance Choko is a social entrepreneur, international system builder and innovation strategist currently residing in New York City.

What social innovation topics will Garance discuss?

Garance is on the cutting edge of the social innovation landscape and will discuss concepts and strategies she implements with people and organizations of all sizes. You will hear words like “design thinking” and “system change”. You will gain a deep understanding of social impact: what it means to have an impact, how you understand your organization’s role in the impact space at-large, and concrete steps for measuring impact which you can implement when you leave the conference.

A few of the social innovation topics she plans to discuss:

  • Understanding impact
  • Design thinking
  • System change
  • Approaching social problems from the outside

What is Garance Choko’s background?

Born and raised in Paris, France, she started her career as a concert pianist at the age of 3. Later, when she moved to the United States to continue her performance studies, she pursued her passion for political theory and design practices. She has designed organizational structures, educational programs, impact evaluations and poverty relief strategies for organizations in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. She earned a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University.

Garance’s philosophy is rooted in challenging the notion of institutionalized expertise and its deriving power structures. She has used participatory design principles in her work with the US Congress, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Global Initiative, Purpose, The Lowline, Community Solutions and Nesta. As a speaker and educator, she has taught her unique framework for multi-stakeholder problem solving at the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University.

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