Cities of Innovation, Cities of Service

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We live in a world of increasing urbanization, which signals both human ambition and the beginning of new and complex challenges – overcrowding, persistent unemployment, and greater exposure to natural disasters. Innovative and collaborative responses are needed to address these challenges to our urban world, while also empowering citizens and strengthening communities. In this session, Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, will discuss how public, private and philanthropic sectors can become a collective engine for social impact. Using the Cities of Service program as a prime example of a cross-sector approach to increase volunteerism and revitalize city life, Dr. Rodin will share her ideas on how government can engage citizens through social innovation.

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Judith Rodin

Rockefeller Foundation

Judith Rodin is president of the Rockefeller Foundation. She was previously president of the University of Pennsylvania, the first woman to lead an Ivy League institution, and provost of Yale University. Since joining the Foundation in 2005, Dr. Rodin recalibrated its focus for the 21st century. Today, the Foundation supports and shapes innovations to ensure that more people can access globalization’s benefits and strengthen resilience to risks, affirming its pioneering philanthropic mission since 1913 to “promote the well-being” of humanity. Dr. Rodin is the author of more than 200 academic articles and wrote or co-wrote 12 books, including her most recent, The University & Urban Renewal: Out of the Ivory Tower and Into the Streets.

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