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The importance of "place" and social innovation labs

  • CCA IxD MDES Studio 1111 8th Street San Francisco, CA, 94107 United States (map)

A talk by Charlotte Hochman, Fulbright scholar; hosted by California College of the Arts.

About Charlotte

French and British, Charlotte has spent the last 10 years building capacity for social innovation in civil society, the private and the public sectors. Her expertise is in developing tools and projects to catalyze people's capacity to innovate and create start-ups in response to global challenges. What she enjoys most is creating contexts in which people and organizations learn to identify social and environmental problems, create solutions to solve them, and bring their solutions to the market through entrepreneurship. 

In 2007, Charlotte created the Beehive, a social business incubator in central Paris which has served over a thousand people since its creation, and which she directed until 2012. The model has been widely visited, researched (Columbia University, ESSEC, INSEAD, ESCP-Europe, Ecole Polytechnique) and presented, to be replicated elsewhere. 

Charlotte has collaborated across several sectors to bring skills for innovation and entrepreneurship, namely with the public sector (US State Department, City of Paris, Région Ile-de-France), corporate companies (Danone, GDF-Suez, Arthur Andersen, BCG), foundations or non-profits (Fondation Ariane de Rothschild, Fondation PPR, Forum for the Future) and universities (INSEAD, Ecole Normale Supérieure, ESCPI, Ecole des Mines, UMK, ESSEC, Sciences-Po, HEC, ESCP-Europe).

Charlotte graduated with a First from Oxford University (Philosophy), where she wrote a thesis on Spinoza, and gained a Masters with Distinction from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (Law and Development), where she wrote a thesis on the role of empowerment in legal and development processes. 

She is a member of several juries, including the City of Paris Innovation Awards, Ashoka on Social Entrepreneurship, and the U.S. Embassy in France Awards on Diversity. 

She presented the model of the Beehive at Barack Obama’s Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in 2010 in Washington, and is Social-Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD since 2011.

Earlier Event: March 27
NASA Ames Talks at IxD CCA
Later Event: April 15
Wise Innovation Symposium