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Innovations in Education and Sustainable Development: The Uganda Rural Development and Training Program

Published January 22, 2013

by iris_author

Location: SSB W256, Schulich School of Business
Day: Tuesday, January 29
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Dr. Bryan Smith, President, Broad Reach Innovations Inc. and advisor, Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme.

Dr. Smith is an internationally recognized author, speaker and consultant to business, education and government on leadership, innovation and change within the context of global sustainability. He has worked in depth with leaders on six continents. Prior to founding Broad Reach Innovations,Bryan was a Senior Partner for eighteen years at Innovation Associates, the firm that pioneered the field of Organizational Learning.

Dr. Smith has served as a collaborator with the Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme for several years.

With Peter Senge, he is a co-author of four groundbreaking bestsellers: The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization (1994); The Dance of Change: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook on the Challenges of Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations (1999);  Schools that Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents and Everyone Who Cares About Education (2000, 2012) and The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World (2010). All four books are full of practical tools and experience from his in-depth work helping organizations create profound, sustainable change.

Bryan has been a central contributor to the development of the field of Organizational Learning, and the creation of innovative tools and strategies for building inspired learning organizations. He has successfully facilitated many challenging strategic dialogue sessions, including four meetings of Ambassadors/Chief Negotiators on Climate Change from 15 developing countries and 7 OECD countries inGlion,Switzerland. He played a key role in bringing together member companies for the global Sustainable Cement Industry initiative to create alignment, focus and common vision for their work together. He also carried out similar work in the early stages of the Sustainable Mobility Project (global automotive and energy companies).

He has worked with executives from companies such as IBM, AT&T, Cameco, Procter and Gamble, Dow, DuPont, GE, Intel, Shell, BP, Xerox, the Bank of Montreal, Suncor, Coca-Cola, BASF, CEMEX, MeadWestvaco, Lanxess, Pitney Bowes, Dofasco and many other small and medium sized firms. His work with larger firms has almost always been at the lively, entrepreneurial edges of the enterprise, focused on creating and implementing innovative growth strategies, while promoting learning and carefully managing downside risks.

Bryan has worked with the UN Foundation and the UN Office of the Secretary-General. He was a founding member of the core faculty for the Sustainable Enterprise Academy at the Schulich School of Business. He is committed to supporting the growth of leadership and broad community learning capabilities in developing countries.

Bryan received his MBA and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Toronto and lives in Toronto,Canada.

Sustainable Value Creation Speaker Series

This talk is part of an ongoing joint Speaker Series is brought to you by IRIS and Schulich Course Director Dr. Kevin McKague and his MGMT 6500 Sustainable Value Creation course (Business Model Innovation for Poverty Alleviation), which is cross-listed by both the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business and the Nonprofit Management Leadership specializations at the Schulich School of Business. To see the other planned events, visit the Sustainable Value Creation Speaker Series page.

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