11.00h - 12.30h | The Inclusion Game | Light For The World | 'Disability inclusion should not be a heavy topic and a burden, but energizing and a great thing to do!' With that thought, Light for the World started to develop a game that helps to facilitate disability inclusion in a playful way. The Inclusion Game is a multiplayer, facilitated game and a fun way to experience disability inclusion. In the game, you are part of a recruitment team that works at the SolarLight Company. This company wants to be inclusive for anyone, so they also provide employment opportunities for people with a disability. You will have to step into the shoes of four people who apply for different jobs at your company. They bump into barriers that exist at your company. However, they have great talents! Therefore it is up to you to tackle these challenges and help them get a meaningful job.

Matthijs Nederveen from Light for the world will play the game with you during the Innovation festival 2018! After you have played the game you will also be able to make a Do It Yourself (DIY) action plan by applying this concept to your own organization.

NGOs and Inclusive Business partnerships | Meeting Room 2nd Floor |  13.30h - 15.00h Want to learn more about the secrets of success of transformational collaboration, where NGOs and companies pool their strengths and competencies to develop inclusive business models? Inclusive business partnerships between NGOs and companies start from a concrete opportunity to improve the lives of low-income and marginalised people, and then address this opportunity with a financially viable business model that helps ensure sustainable impact. Many NGOs and companies are interested in engaging in such partnerships but often struggle with the “how”.  Endeva and Partos developed a guide for and with NGOs on this crucial question. Nelleke van der Vleuten (expert on NGOs and Inclusive Business and Endeva associate) together with some NGOs from the LNOB platform of The Spindle, will share key inspirations and lessons learned from the Guide.

13.30h - 15.45h | Design thinking and co-creation: A roadmap towards A Future We Want | Butterfly Works | In this workshop, Aline Alonso from Butterlfly Works will, together with you, co-create, share and design a roadmap towards “A future we want” with the Partos publication, “Adapt, Counteract and Transform” as the starting point. From here, you will conceptualize what our ideal futures look like. You will shape the roadmap through the perspective of the Dutch development sector as well as through the eyes and experiences of the people who will be directly impacted by your work – the end users. Through prototyping and testing, this workshop will use a design thinking approach to tease out different possibilities and probabilities from the roadmap and will challenge you to think creatively and out-of-the-box. Through each step of the process, you will ensure that your partners and end users from all over the world are involved in co-creating our ideal future together. By the end of the workshop, you will have created concrete action plans for future economies to inspire the development cooperation sector to move towards a future we want. These ideas will be live-tested and prototyped in an experimental Exploration Session by Butterfly Works later this year. Besides being inspired and fueled with new ideas, you will leave this workshop with practical tools on design thinking and co-creation.

13.30h - 15.30h | Storytelling for social impact | What can innovative storytelling, images, and community-building do, and what do we want them to do, in presenting human living conditions and social issues? With a focus on purpose and impact, this discussion will consider how visual storytelling, journalism and community art gets the audience to engage with the important situations they witness and show to the world. What are the working methods and experiences from these storytellers in the field? What can we learn from their inspiring, artistic actions and engaging interventions? How can we present the impact of civil society organisations and NGOs in a compelling way to a broader public? 

A visual storyteller, journalist and an artist with an impressive record of documenting human lives and social matters from conflict areas and complex cities around the world, will each highlight a special project about how their stories prompt action and change. Speakers are Stephanie Bakker from Laika about the project of Future Cities, Ludo Hekman from Lighthouse Report on his recent research on Dutch Arms and Melle Smets on his work in Nigeria with prisoners. Hear more about their experiences and join the challenge of innovative storytelling for social impact and change. After their pitches, we will brainstorm ideas to create accessible narratives. Together we conclude this session by sharing tips on how we can all improve storytelling techniques for social impact.  


13.30h - 15.45h | The future of Migration | Migration is undeniably one of the big themes of discussion in society, also for development cooperation. It doesn’t seem likely that this will change anytime soon, as migration continues. The current discussion is going around in circles, in the political arena as well as in the media. Partly because it is being dominated by frames of fear. This perspective should no longer serve as a basis for the international discussion on migration if we want to focus on creating long-term solutions rather than creating new or shifting existing problems elsewhere. Instead, we aim to set up a constructive dialogue and explore new views on migration that emphasizes a human dimension, chances and possibilities. A dialogue like this can only arise when multiple perspectives on migration are represented since the discussion should not be dominated by a Western view. Therefore, we invite you to come up with new insights and ideas to shine a new light on migration. Let’s inspire each other, share thoughts and join forces to get started with possible action-scenarios. Also in relation with NGOs, which constructive role can they play in this discussion?

During this session experts Wim Naudé, professor in entrepreneurship at the University of Maastricht, Agnes Dinkelman, founder of Stillare and Kiza Magendane will give a short keynote speech. Moderator Jan van Betten, founder of Nudge, will then lead a Panel Discussion where Jeroen Doomernik and Seada Nourhussen will share their insights on this topic and in turn invite you to share yours. 

11.00h - 12.30h | Data and Digitalisation | This session, moderated by Anne-Marijke Podt, will start with a talk by Linda Raftree (MERL Tech), and will be followed by a Panel Discussion


From tragic to magic: how to identify wishful thinking in innovation and transform it into good practice.
Innovation can be great, and digital innovations can help our organizations get past old, inefficient, less precise ways of doing things and move into the modern era. But innovation is not always all it’s cracked up to be. Jumping into digital solutions without assessing the potential negative effects can result in a number of unintended consequences, including greater exclusion and bias; wasted money and time, misdirected attention and effort; and even direct harm to the people that development agencies aim to serve. Let’s not forget good development practice in our rush to innovate, and let’s also make sure that we are documenting and sharing our successes and failures so that we are continually learning from efforts to innovate in our sector.


Panel Discussion
with Linda Raftree, MERL Tech; Maaike Blom, Data4Development; Tin Geber, Hivos

What do we mean by innovation? And what trends have we seen in innovation in the international development sector over the past ten years? What should we be thinking about when incorporating digital technology into development programming and impact measurement? Technology can work to include but also work to exclude those that we intend to empower if we do not carefully consider the introduction of the technology.

What kind of competences does your organization need to really be an innovative actor that can profit from the digital & technological opportunities? Join us as we raise critical questions about the meaning of “innovation”; what is good practice in innovation; and key areas that need consideration in order to innovate in ways that reduce the risk of harm to our organizations and those we serve.

11.00h - 12.30h | TAAP Toolkit | Come and join a community that believes social change is possible through inclusion and discover how we can work together to ‘leave no one behind’. Michele Turner invites you to find out how World Learning and its community of practice are working together with a new open source toolkit. The Transforming Agency Access and Power Toolkit and Guide for Inclusive Development supports us all to integrate inclusion throughout our projects - whatever the context, wherever in the world.  You will have an opportunity to experience some of the toolkit exercises, discover how you can use these in your own work and share your experiences!

13.30h - 15.45h | Workshop Influencer Marketing voor NGOs | Hoe start ik een influencers campagne voor goede doelen? Dat is de vraag die centraal staat in deze workshop, georganiseerd door Makmende, een full-service bureau gericht op het helpen van organisaties door hun positieve invloed op de wereld te communiceren door middel van visual storytelling. In deze sessie, die specifiek gericht is op NGOs, zal workshopleider Ivan Mikulić dieper ingaan op de rol van de influencer marketing: welke plaats de influencer marketing inneemt in je communicatiestrategie; hoe je de juiste influencers vindt die bij je organisatie passen; en voor welke doeleinden andere non-profit organisaties hun influencer marketing inzetten. Een workshop die je gevolgd moet hebben als je aan de slag wilt met influencers en campagnevoeren!

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13.30h - 15.45h | Strategising for Digitalisation and Connectivity | During this session, Robin Miller and Carlijn Nouwen of Dalberg (Johannesburg) will provide an overview of the technology landscape and key trends. Together with you, they will explore the implications for development organisations. In their analysis, they not only take into account the opportunities that technology can provide, such as opportunities for inclusive growth, but also the ‘dark sides’ and potential risks. Additionally, they address issues of business model transformation and strategy. Share your own experiences in this workshop and join the discussion!

11.00h - 12.30h | The roles of evidence in the influencing journey | A strong evidence base is crucial for influencing and robust research is essential for a strong evidence base. Research for influencing may involve evidence about (a) what needs to change – whether government policies, company practices or public attitudes and behaviors – as well as innovative solutions, (b) who has power to make the change, and who and what influences them and (c) how to achieve change including which influencing strategies and tactics work in which contexts. Irene de Goede (Oxfam Novib) and Irene Guijt (Oxfam Great Britain) will talk about their experiences in generating and leveraging research findings to inform advocacy and campaigning and improve policies and practices. They elaborate on different roles of evidence in the influencing journey with a specific focus on communications, lobbying and campaigning. What are the types of research and evidence that are available to us and which roles can they play in influencing trajectories? What are the main challenges we face? And what should be the role of evidence in a time when emotions, often more than evidence, seem to influence the public discourse and people’s actions? The speakers will show examples and share key ideas addressing these questions. With several colleagues from the sector and from different function groups (lobbyist, campaigner, communications specialist, researcher etc.) they deep dive into the topic.

11.00h - 12.30h | Joining Forces, Shifting Power | 

For inclusive and sustainable change we need partnerships based on equality, shared ownership and non-discrimination. In this workshop we will go beyond the rhetoric and learn how to shift power and actually build these kind of partnerships. Provoked by the key note of Tulika Srivastava of Women’s Fund Asia, and inspired by examples in the latest publication of The Spindle “Joining Forces, Sharing Power” we will split up in working groups to map power, learn about the practice of shifting power, study inspiring examples and discuss issues of mandate and accountability for power. This workshop is organized by Partos and The Spindle in cooperation with Women's Asia Fund, Mama Cash, Hivos and The Broker.

13.30h – 15.45h | NOW-Us! Inclusion unconferencing | We’ve all been there – a conference with a boring keynote speech and PowerPoint presentations that are more confusing than a Rubik’s Cube. Let’s do it differently in this ultra-engaging and liberating UNconference session by VOICE. The ten African and Asian NOW-Us! Award teams invite you to join them in exploring some key elements of their life and work. Expect a collaborative and unique session where everyone has a chance to share their knowledge, experience, and ideas!

11.00h - 12.30h | The Awards | The grande finale of The Awards in which nominees for Best Idea, Best Innovation (Public and Jury Award), Best Humanitarian Innovation (with DCHI) and NOW-Us! (with VOICE) will pitch their projects. We clear the stage and shed a light on all the remarkable stories of the practitioners, some of which having flown in from all over the world. Atta de Tolk will perform a tribute rap to the nominees. A must-attend for all innovators in and around international development!