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4th International Symposium On Cross Sector Social Interactions (CSSI)

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Suffolk University , USA

Innovative Collaboration for a Complex World: Reaching Across Institutional Divides

The ‘Centre for Innovation and Change Leadership’ at Suffolk University is hosting the bi-annual symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions (CSSI) on 29-30 May. Dr. Carlos Rufin and Dr. Miguel Rivera-Santos, Co-programme Symposium Chairs have prepared a cutting edge programme focusing on: ‘Innovative Collaboration for a Complex World: Reaching Across Institutional Divides’.

Professor Carlos Rufín, commented: “We are looking forward to a very exciting Symposium at Suffolk University. Boston is an innovation hub along many dimensions, from advanced technologies to public policies, and at the core of these initiatives is the collaboration across the traditional boundaries of business, government, academia, and nonprofits. At Suffolk, we are very much part of Boston’s cross-sector innovation networks, and as such this Symposium is an integral part of our interest in learning more about and promoting cross-sector interactions. We are thus very pleased to host this event.”

One of the symposium sessions will address the multiple institutional divides between companies in the extractive industries (oil, mining, gas, dredging, quarrying) and local communities. Institutional divides often cause extreme polarisation of issues leading to complete communication break-down. Hence, discussing how to avoid fragmentation in the early stages of cross sector social interactions will allow for moving beyond constraints and possibly achieving innovative collaboration. The panel of experienced academics and practitioners will aim to unpack collaborative innovation in regions where institutional divides are pronounced, in an industry with inherent problems that cause concern to local communities, national governments and global stakeholders, and where complex problems intensify the need for innovation. Among the speakers of the 4th CSSI Symposium are: Prof. Kasturi Rangan of Harvard Business School (key-note speaker of the Symposium), Mark Camp, Deputy Executive Director, Cultural Survival; Prof. Ans Kolk of the University of Amsterdam; Steve Waddell, Ecosystems Labs; representative from Teck Resources Limited in addition to a host of other academics and practioners from around the world.

For more information about the 4th International CSSI symposium, including the full list speakers, please visit the website or download the programme here below.

To get more information contact Ms. Teri Malionek, Director of Marketing & Communications, University of Suffolk, Boston or call +1 617-573-8631.

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