Gordon Brown said “In the year ahead we will see bold new international collaborations to promote social action [such as the] first chain reaction forum on social leadership, taking place in London in November”
Looking ahead to the Chain Reaction event later this year, Phil Hope, Minister for the Third Sector, (who co-presented the UK Catalyst Awards) said: “This promises to be unique event bringing together essential voices from around the world to inspire and catalyse ideas for positive social action. It’s now up to all of us – central and local government, big business, and the third sector – to support and enable a creative and thriving environment in which organisations and communities continue to come together in new and groundbreaking ways.”
Chain Reaction is an international event that will combine the serious intent of World Economic Forum in Davos with the eclectic, magical and innovative sharing of ideas of the Hay Festival of Literature, whilst also focusing on the practicalities of the need for social change. The inaugural event will be held on November 17-18 2008 on London’s Southbank.
‘Chain Reaction’ will include a large number of international delegates drawn from the world of business, politics, celebrity and community. Uniquely Chain Reaction will also champion the voice of those under 25 years of age – our future global leaders? Chain Reaction will bring people together in unexpected groups; those with power will meet those whose only power is their own actions; world leaders will work with children; business leaders with micro enterprises.
Every delegate will learn how social leaders can use their individual and collective actions. Participants will connect with others working to make a difference; collaborate across sectors and territories; and commit to taking forward practical action to build a better world.
Every single one of us has the power of our own actions. If our actions are reflected in the actions of organisations, and supported by governments, then together, we have the power to change the world – literally creating a chain reaction.