Moscow just hosted its very first social innovation conference. Held between Stalin’s gothic skyscrapers and the city’s brand new financial district, where they’re throwing up twisted glass towers three at-a-time, the organisers did well for symbolism.
You want to change the world through business. You live in Moscow. You have an unusual money-making idea that will also benefit society. Where do you go? Not long after launching their own entrepreneurial projects, three young Russian women and an Englishman found themselves asking the same question.
A strange mix of developing and developed country, social entrepreneurship in Russia will be like nowhere else, and the efforts to create it are only just beginning. We are recruiting two reporters to report at the helm of this phenomenon by covering the first international conference on social innovation in Russia, called “Social Innovations Russia”.