Day 3: Delegates visit top social enterprises and learn about their innovative work
The pre-Youth Assembly seminar of social ventures for sustainable development at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) is not complete without learning about real experiences led by successful companies and groups who implemented sustainability projects and have taken social innovation to a completely new level.
During the day, delegates visited Novartis, the pharmaceutical company that applies its expertise in science and innovation to overcome society’s biggest health challenges. Novartis believes that “responsibility is a core part of business strategy.” Delegates toured the company and attended three different presentations. The visit to Novartis was necessary specifically for its worldwide reputation as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies by both market cap and sales. It is the world’s fourth-largest independent biotech company.
For the second stop, delegates couldn’t go to City Green Farm in Clifton, N.J., as planned due to rain, but representatives from the farm came all the way to FDU’s Florham campus to present their work to the delegates.
City Green’s innovative mission inspired delegates who were looking to learn from their experience in implementing social initiatives and envisioning livable, green and sustainable urban communities. As a non-profit organization, City Green is dedicated to facilitating the establishment of urban farms and gardens in northern New Jersey to create increased access to healthy, local food.
After learning about two real social innovation examples, delegates listened to their peer mentors who shared their social venturing stories in a panel discussion broadcasted live on Global Young Voices’ Facebook page.
Delegates ended their day finalizing their project presentations for tomorrow when they are set to impress the jury with their innovative solutions to our world’s most pressing issues.