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Max Oliva, Director Asociado, Social Impact Management
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Dirigido por Joaquín Garralda, Director del Centro PwC & IE en Responsabilidad Corporativa y organizado por la Fundación Santander, el foro de economía y sostenibilidad tendrá lugar en el Instituto de Empresa entre los días 7 y 8 de mayo, comprendiendo conferencias y debates de varios expertos en la sostenibilidad de las empresas.
Qué facetas y retos tiene el proceso de alcanzar el reconocimiento de ser un líder responsable? Con la pretensión de aportar criterios fundamentales para este nuevo paradigma y, al tiempo, exponer ejemplos prácticos de cómo las empresas ayudan – y se benefician – en este proceso. Durante dos sesiones en días consecutivos, destacados expertos, tanto en el mundo académico como empresarial, expondrán sus opiniones y experiencias sobre los factores dinámicos del contexto en el que se desarrolla la condición de líder responsable.
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El primer día hará énfasis en aspectos conceptuales, destacándose la visión económica y de la comunicación, piezas claves del proceso. En el segundo día las intervenciones se centrarán sobre experiencias de las empresas desde distintas perspectivas, partiendo de la visión de una red supranacional de empresas preocupadas por la sostenibilidad, ejemplos de empresas grandes que aportan experiencias relevantes en la atracción y retención del talento, así como ejemplos de PYME, en las que los valores del empresario y la motivación emprendedora por proyectos sociales son la base de su comportamiento.
La gestión de los intangibles, y en especial la reputación, es una de las preocupaciones prioritarias de los gestores empresariales. Lograr las ventajas esperadas, no sólo depende de la racionalidad del motivo y de la eficacia de comunicarlo, sino que se debe tener en cuenta a las personas – en su multiplicidad de papeles – para dar coherencia y consistencia a las medidas de reputación.
Lugar: Instituto de Empresa (Aula Magna), María de Molina 11, 28006 Madrid.
Fecha: 7 y 8 de Mayo
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Workshop on Corporate Governance

Written on March 22, 2007 by Max Oliva in Corporate Governance

Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
The Research Workshop on Corporate Governance co organized by IE Business School, IESE, CEMFI and Universidad Carlos III had the participation of more than 40 academics from different Spanish universities and research centres. The finance department at IE Business School has made a strong bet on bringing high level scientific debate to the businesses corporate governance.
You can access both the papers from renowned researchers such as Professor Milton Harris (Chicago University, GSB), Professor Kose John (NYU Stern), Professor Colin Mayer (Oxford University, Saïd) and Professor Javier Suárez (CEMFI) as well as the discussions here.
The closing conversation reaffirmed how the reform of the Spanish government in regards to corporate governance, took into account advanced norms from other countries, as well as practical developments derivate from rigorous research, which were adapted to the Spanish reality as well as to the needs from national and international investment funds. If you are interested in further deepening into these discussions, contact Juan Pedro Gomez, Chair of our Finance Department.


Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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How about a real space that fosters social innovation? A space where social entrepreneurship can be breathed on every corner. This has been The Hub in London experience. Their core product is flexible membership of inspirational and highly resourced habitats in the world’s major cities for social innovators to work, meet, learn, connect and realise progressive ideas. It is now present in London, Bristol, Johannesburg, Sao Paulo and Cairo. But the conversation is ongoing and advanced in the Netherlands, Mumbai, Berlin, Belgium, Halifax, Mexico and has several synergies with the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto, which is a “convergence facility” for the social mission community, The Melting Pot in Edinburgh and others.
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The market need is expressed by social innovators whose ability to thrive requires access to highly resourced, flexible and safe spaces within which to scale up, change gear, take risks and make mistakes. Over time, social innovators need access to a range of just-in-time resources and market-facing opportunities to thrive: knowledge, capital and networks. The Hub provides channels to such resources and opportunities, without crushing the innovators initial spark and ingenuity.
We are engaging on a couple of action led conversations, one of which includes the openning of a hub like space in Madrid. If you want to be part of this conversation contact me.
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Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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You’ve got things to do. People to meet. Ideas to realise. Events to host. A business to run. So what’s the deal? You need the flexibility to scale up, wind down, change gear, move on. You need a space you can call your own. You need a safe space, professional space, dynamic space. That is, A Space for Social Innovation.
Next week I’ll be at The Hub in London and Briston, attending “The Art of Hosting Spaces for Social Innovation”. What? An international seminar and inquiry exploring the art of crafting and hosting spaces that incubate imaginative initiatives for a radically better world. Why? A new model and pattern is emerging in physical and virtual spaces that support pioneering social initiatives. These habitats create the conditions for collaboration, serendipity and emergence such that value is created far in excess of the sum of their parts.
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The objective is to build a network of inspirational habitats in major world cities for social innovators to work, meet, learn, connect and realise progressive ideas. The Hub is a place for making things happen. All the tools and trimmings needed to cultivate an idea, launch a project, host a meeting and run a business.
Over time, social innovators need access to a range of just-in-time resources and market-facing opportunities to thrive: knowledge, capital and networks. The Hub provides channels to such resources and opportunities, without crushing the innovators initial spark and ingenuity.
Well, these and many other conversations will take place next week. Hope to be able to post on a daly basis, in order to start the conversation of The Hub Madrid. Up to now The Hub in Madrid is what I have in mind as providing this social innovation stretch, a space where MBA alumni and others can start their social enterprises, meet, interact and learn from practitioners in the community and abroad. At the same time, these practitioners certainly will be enriched by the business perspective of value creation that IE MBAs can offer. Bluntly speaking, it is a great model which makes perfect sense on my mind. I’m certain that my perception will still change 180 or 360 degrees next week, hopefully bringing it closer to the right direction.
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Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
Are you aged 35 years or younger? Do you have an interest in the banking and related financial industries? Don’t miss the opportunity then to take part on The Robin Cosgrove Prize.
The Prize is intended to reach out to young people familiar with the banking, finance and investment sectors, with special attention to emerging markets, and to attract innovative ideas, proposals and projects which could be promoted to major players in the business community. The aim is to strengthen the sustainability of ethics in banking and finance and to reinforce its implementation.
Carol Cosgrove, Robin’s mother was at IE Business School this past November at the Find Your Impact Day and presented the competition to MBA students, on a moving and inspiring speech. An international jury will designate one or more prize winners and allocate the sum of USD 20,000 between them. The deadline is February 28th.
The Robin Cosgrove Prize honours the vision of Robin, who was a bright young investment banker who died at age 31. He believed passionately that a major barrier to economic development was the absence of integrity and often the lack of ethical practice in banking and financial systems. “How can a country prosper”, he would ask, “if people cannot trust their banks or financial institutions?”
If you need more information send an e-mail here.
El Premio Robin Cosgrove, que promueve la ética en el mundo de las finazas y del sector bancario, puede también ser presentado en Español. Si quieres más información baja el archivo pdf. Download file


Research Workshop on Corporate Governance

Written on January 22, 2007 by Max Oliva in Corporate Governance

Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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IE Business School is hosting a Workshop on Corporate Governance to be celebrated on Friday, Februrary 16th. As part of our firm commitment to excellence in academic research, IE Business School, jointly with Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, CEMFI and IESE, brings together reputed scholars from overseas and local researchers in the field of corporate governance. This is a unique opportunity to interact with leading experts in corporate governance as well as with other colleagues working in this area.
This conversation include experts such as Milton Harris (University of Chicago, GSB), John Kose (NYU, Stern), Colïn Mayer (Oxford University, Saïd), Juan Santaló (IE Business School), Miguel Cantillo (IESE), Javier Suárez (CEMFI), María Gutiérrez (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), among others. If you are interested in the content and conclusions of these conversations do let me know.
All relevant information about the Workshop is now available here.
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Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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Time’s Person of the Year is YOU. The tool that makes this possible is the World Wide Web. And we didn’t just watch, we also worked. Its also time to take part on conversations that matter and to engage in actions that make a difference.
The World Economic Forum, which will take place January 24-28th, will use new web applications which will extend the discussions at the Annual Meeting 2007 to a much wider audience. The debates and discussions at Davos will be open to the general public via traditional broadcast channels, but also via webcasts, podcasts and for the first time, vodcasts.
The Forum will webcast over 50 of the 220 sessions. 31 of the sessions will be webcast live and a further 20 will be available for download once the session is over. All webcasts will be available also as pod- and vodcasts for download from Google video. All webcasts and vodcasts can be accessed here.
If you can physically join the event don’t miss the chance. If you were not invited, do join the conversations, it will definitely be worth your while.
…Still’s never been a time when both private citizens and public officials had the potential to shape a world of peace and prosperity. Could we screw it up if we let AIDS eat us alive? Yes. Could we go back to an ice age if we don’t do something about global warming? Absolutely.
…we’re building something we never had to build before so, don’t be discouraged and don’t use your political disappointments as an excuse to avoid personal commitment. Bill Clinton

Need to capture the essence of the annual meeting?
Plan your schedule in accordance to the Programme.
Join the Davos Conversation.


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According to Nelson Mandela, the Clinton Global Initiative is addressing the greatest challenges the World faces. It is a call to action. What can I do as a global citizen? Your commitments can become a powerful tool in shaping a better world.
What has been intended to become an event which helps create a small piece of common ground, has actuallty been followed by +50,000 viewers from around the world. It has generated more than 218 commitments from twice that many people. The value of these commitments, not considering time and mind which are the most valuable and enriching, comes to more than 7.3 billion dollars.
You can summarize it with a word, Ubuntu, and with one of the most moving speeches given by Desmond Tutu.”We won’t win a war against terror, so-called, as long as there are conditions in the world that make people desperate”. (m. 44:40) and his remarkable closing speech (m. 1:02:00). Join the conversation.
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“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”
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The focus areas of the CGI which try to cover the most serious issues affecting the world today are:
Energy and Climate Change
Global Health
Poverty Alleviation
Mitigating Religious and Ethnic Conflict
Get an insider view of the event. Martin Varsavsky covered the event through his blog, sharing his personal view and perspective of the event.
“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela.
That’s what this CGI deal’s all about.


Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
Don’t go to the gym, surf the web or leave office early today.
If you find a better way of INVESTING one hour of your time than by joining an enlightened conversation such as this, you must let me know. Join the conversation.
Effective action, lasting results. Improving the collective efforts of NGO’s and private citizens and addressing global challenges is the theme covered by:
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Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President, Federal Republic of Brazil
Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Chairman of the Board, Microsoft
Hernando de Soto, President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy
What can you learn from this, about what you might do in the NGO world, as citizens of the world? We live in an interdependent world that is unequal, unstable and unsustainable. We should try to create an integrated world of equal opportunities, shared responsibilities and common membership.
1. Look for countries that welcome NGO’s as partners and try to partner with them, that way, your work lasts.
2. Change the system.
3. Innovate.
• Learn about pressing sources of inequity in the world which, through coordinated philanthropy can be solved.
• Find those things were we can have a measurable impact, were we can make a difference and then focus there.
• Build systems and capacity.
They’re not naïve but they’re passionate.
Join the conversation


Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
The 2006 Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting, wich is truly designed to inspire action, is taking place September 20-22. You can watch it ALL through LIVE Webcasts.
I have just seen the “Building a Sustainable Future” session, moderated by Peter C. Goldmark Jr.
Program Director, Environmental Defense with panelists such as:
John Chambers, President & Chief Executive Officer, Cisco Systems Inc.
Al Gore, Chairman, Generation Investment Management
Klaus Kleinfeld, President & Chief Executive Officer, Siemens AG
Muhammad Yunus, Founder and Managing Director, Grameen Bank
Business accountability on sustainability issues, social enterprises as an engine of change, global warming and the impact we can all make in order to face the crisis were some of the subjects covered in the session. Al Gore makes reference to the global warming issue with brilliant symbolism, evoking the chinese symbol of crisis, which holds the meanin of both Danger and Opportunity. His closing speech was remarkable, I truly recommend it. Not only has he become, as we’ve stated before on this blog, a great and moving public speaker, but I’m still impressed by his “Impact and influence on the audience” capability, making you not only believe his message, but most importantly, making you commit to solving the crisis of our generation.
Just to understand his “moving” ability, Sir Richard Branson commited $3Billion to renewable energy initiatives. This implies the investment of 100% of profits from Virgin’s transportation businesses over 10 years to combat global warming. This is an impressive announcement, not just monetarily, but actually comitting ALL your profits to this stake is something I still can not grasp.
If you have time, go into the live webcast of the remaining sessions and if not, I truly recommend leaving a couple of hours of your weekend to do so.
Some of the more than 100 commitments, amounting nearly $2.1 billion only on the first day are:
Abraham’s Vision. Gadi Kenny commits to fund summer 2006 Vision Program, where Abraham’s Vision educators took Jewish & Palestinian American students to the Balkans to engage in analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Learn more here.
Mobilize $500 Million To Benefit 50 Million People. To leverage Opportunity International’s 35-year microfinance experience to mobilize $500Mby 2010 for financial services for 50 million poor, providing a better future for themselves and their communities. Learn more here.
Laboratory Services Strengthening. Working with the Ugandan government, FIND will create a model for reliable diagnosis of poverty-related diseases by identifying deficiencies in current services and addressing them through social franchising. Learn more here.
Watch all the Web Casts here.

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