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In this talk, Christian looks into how communities can generate, nurture, and accelerate ideas and positive change. Based on his experiences at community-driven accelerator Sandbox, as well as his research at the LSE's Innovation and Co-Creation Lab, he will explore what makes some communities more successful than others in supporting individuals and collectives. He argues that a new articulation of needs, from 'Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs' to a 'Lateral Cycle of Needs', as well as new technology supporting governance mechanisms such as lateral accountability, will help define how we think about communities and how to reach their respective goals. He argues that facilitating an enlightened self-interest of members, as well as a focus on meaningful relationships (rather than transactions) will not only help us build more impactful communities, but also result in an "enlightened self-interest model of capitalism".
Christian Busch is the Associate Director at the London School of Economics' Innovation and Co-Creation Lab. He is also the cofounder of Sandbox, a leading incubator supporting outstanding young innovators around the world.
Christian's academic interests lie in the areas of entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, social networks, and business model innovation at the Base of the Pyramid, and he teaches several related courses at the LSE. He serves on several committees and boards, has been named as one of JCI London's "Ten Outstanding Young Persons", and is a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum (WEF), a TEDster, and a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He frequently speaks at both academic and practitioner conferences, and his most recent TEDx-talk on "Building and scaling Impact Organizations" can be found here.
Christian holds a BBA in International Management from Furtwangen University, a BSc in Politics and Organization from Hagen University, and an MSc in Management, Organizations, and Governance from the London School of Economics (LSE).
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