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Michael Norton: Shenzhen should become the world center for environmental innovation“欧洲社会创新之父”:深圳应该引领全球环境创新发展

2016-November-30       Source: Newsgd.com

Norton started his career on social innovation as early as in 1966 when he set up UK’s first language teaching program for non-English speaking immigrants in London. Before that he was in merchant banking, where he invented the split capital investment trust and publishing. During the past 50 years, he has established YouthBank, VICA and many other organizations, and published books such as Directory of Social Change, and 360 Ways to Change the World, which all have produced great influences on UK and even on the world. He received an OBE [最好写全称 再(OBE)]in 1998 for his hard work in this aspect.

Michael Norton was giving a public lecture in China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI).

Michael Norton was giving a public lecture in China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI). (Provided to Newsgd.com)

When a man white in hair walked alone into the lecture hall in Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Youth Innovation and Entrepreneur Hub, I can hardly believe that this hale and hearty man who was thought to be the “Father of European Social Innovation” is in his seventies.

当一位头发花白的老人独自走进前海深港青年梦工厂的演讲厅,我几乎不能把眼前这个精神矍铄的老人与“欧洲社会创新之父”联系在一起。

Yes, it seems to be widely accepted that innovation is a business of young people, and Michael Norton with over 50 years of experiences in social innovation, is thought to be the counter-example with his devotion to promoting social innovation worldwide.

是的。一提到创新,几乎所有人都觉得这是年轻人的事儿。但迈克尔·诺顿,用自己半个世纪的社会创新经历推翻这个刻板印象。

Social innovations are new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that meet the social needs of different elements which can be from working conditions and education to community development and health—they extend and strengthen civil society. Social innovation includes the social processes of innovation, such as open source methods and techniques and also the innovations which have social purpose—like online volunteering, microcredit, or distance learning. In a word, social entrepreneurs like Norton are using innovative ideas to help the less advantaged people in society.

社会创新,顾名思义,就是个人或组织创造性地运用新的策略、概念、想法和技术让社会福利惠及各个阶层,包括在线志愿活动、小额贷款、在线教育等方式。

Norton started his career on social innovation as early as in 1966 when he set up UK’s first language teaching program for non-English speaking immigrants in London. Before that he was in merchant banking, where he invented the split capital investment trust and publishing. During the past 50 years, he has established YouthBank, VICA and many other organizations, and published books such as Directory of Social Change, and 360 Ways to Change the World, which all have produced great influences on UK and even on the world. He received an OBE in 1998 for his hard work in this aspect.

早在1966年诺顿就开始了他的社会创新之旅。当时他在伦敦开办了全英第一家针对非英语母语移民的英语教育项目。在这之前他在商业银行工作,也曾涉足出版行业。在过去50多年里,诺顿先后建立了青年银行、英国志愿行动创新中心等机构,出版了包括《社会创新指南》、《改变社会的360个方法》等书,在英国乃至全社会产生了非常重要的影响。也正是因为诺顿在推动社会创新中孜孜不倦的努力,1998年英女王授予他大英帝国勋章。

As an old friend of Shenzhen, Michael Norton this time came to Shenzhen to give a public lecture in China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI). CGPI is the first of its kind in China to have been jointly started by Chinese and American philanthropists including Bill Gates, and Norton is among the Adjunct Professors.

作为深圳的老朋友,诺顿这次访华的主要行程之一是在深圳国际公益学院进行公开讲座。深圳国际公益学院由比尔•盖茨、瑞•达理欧、牛根生、何巧女、叶庆均等五位中美慈善家联合倡议成立,旨在建设培养榜样型慈善家和高级公益慈善管理人才的教育系统。诺顿是该学院的客座教授。

Also one of the main purposes for his 5-day trip in Shenzhen is to participate in the 2nd annual Asian Environmental Innovation Forum (AEIF), in which he acts as the founder and initiator. AEIF 2016 brings together worldwide experts and leading practitioners in environmental innovation, supporting innovators and encouraging public understanding and participation in addressing some of the big environmental challenges that the planet faces.

除此之外,诺顿还会参加第二届亚洲环保创新论坛。在诺顿的倡议和发起下,亚洲环保创新论坛于2015年在深圳首次召开,聚合环境创新者、投资者、政府、商业机构和民间组织及个人,为各方分享创新理念和寻找合作机会创造条件。同时诺顿也希望借此平台整合亚洲创新资源,推进环境保护方面的创新。

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