Wicked Problems Require Complex Solutions

April 28th, 2016

Does diversity drive prosperity? Wendy Cukier, VP Research and Innovation at Ryerson University, believes so: “The business case for diversity is absolutely essential.”

“Demographic diversity brings with it a diversity of ideas that is critical to driving innovation.”  What’s more, says Cukier, “innovation processes and models can help drive diversity and inclusion.”  Understanding the interaction between the two [i.e., diversity and innovation] is critical because “social innovation allows us to attack complex problems without being paralyzed by analysis.”

Our opening keynote speaker spoke on the theme, “Social Innovation in the New Economy,” at COM2016 in Toronto, presenting a rich analysis of the processes that drive social innovation and unlock opportunity. Cukier makes a compelling case for why we have to bring more than the usual suspects to the table. If we don’t engage new people, she argues: “We run the risk … of talking to ourselves – and that wouldn’t be very helpful.”

Wendy Cukier, VP Research and Innovation, Ryerson University: “Social Innovation in the New Economy,” at COM2016, March 2, Toronto

 

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More on COM2016 programme and speakers.

Source: 3rd International Cities of Migration Conference, Toronto, March 2, 2016: “Diversity Drives Prosperity.” Presented by the Global Diversity Exchange at Ryerson University, COM2016 convened local government and community leaders, practitioners, experts, activists and policy-makers for a one-day forum and in-depth analysis of the issues and opportunities created by today’s global flows of migration.

COM2016 was a preconference of the 18th National Metropolis, Toronto, March 3-5, 2016, co-hosted by the Association for Canadian Studies.

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