2012 Engineering and Humanity Week

Program and Agenda

April 15-20, 2012 Dallas, TX


April 15 - 20, The Living Village at SMU


April 15 - 16

Innovation Leaders Forum

Fairmont Hotel, Dallas, TX


Sunday, April 15

3:30 – 4:00 pm Registration

4:00 – 4:05 pm Welcome – Stephanie & Hunter Hunt

4:05 – 5:00 pm Opening Discussion: The 21st Century Supermarket

Moderator: Sanjay Rawal, Documentary Filmmaker

Panelists: Eva Longoria, Actress and Activist

Jack L. Sinclair, Executive Vice President, Food Division, Walmart

Gerardo Reyes-Chavez, Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Greg Asbed, Coalition of Immokalee Workers


Monday, April 16

11:00 – 11:30 am Registration

11:30 – 1:30 pm Keynote & Awards Luncheon: Reverse Innovation

Vijay Govindarajan, Recipient of the 2012 Visionary Award; Author,

“Reverse Innovation”

Discussion: Business Models Turned Upside Down

Moderator: Jeff Ball, Stanford University

Panelists: Vijay Govindarajan, Professor of Strategy, Tuck School at Dartmouth

Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute; Author, “Reinventing Fire”

1:30 – 1:45 pm Break

1:45 – 2:15 pm Paula Broadwell, Author, “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus”

2:15 – 3:15 pm David & Barry Steingard, Father & Son Co-founders, Laughing Man

Coffee & Tea. Inspired by actor Hugh Jackman, Laughing Man Worldwide gives

100% of profits to charity by incubating companies and products that serve a

greater good.

3:15 – 3:30 pm Break

3:30 – 4:30 pm Discussion: Humanitarian Innovation: The Global Stage

Moderator: Alex Betts, University of Oxford, Refugee Studies Center

Panelists: Sonal Shah, Former Director of the White House Office of Social

Innovation and Civic Participation and Google.org

Luciano Calestini, UNICEF Innovation Lab, Kosovo

Cynthia Smith, 2012 Living Village Honoree; Curator for Socially Responsible

Design, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Casius Pealer, Oystertree Consulting


4:30 – 5:00 pm Annie Griffiths, National Geographic Photographer

5:00 – 5:15 pm Closing Remarks


6:30 – 9:30 pm Nasher Sculpture Center

Sponsor Dinner honoring Cynthia Smith, Curator, Cooper-Hewitt

Presentation by Carl Hodges, The Seawater Foundation:  


Human Intelligence & Photosynthesis

Innovation Leaders Forum Agenda - April 15 and 16 (PDF)

Panel Descriptions

21st Century Supermarket

In the developed world, especially in the U.S., citizens view access to nutrition and nutrients as a basic human right. But as demographics shift in the U.S. and agribusiness is forced to deal with the harsh realities of slimmer profit margins, we've seen entire groups cut off from affordable, quality nutrition. Perhaps nowhere is this divide on larger display than in urban communities where poor neighborhoods suffer a lack of affordable, healthy food options. Moreover, recent reports from government oversight agencies and the media have disclosed stories of shortcuts taken in managing the food supply chain, resulting in poor and unsafe working conditions, marginalization of food chain employees and, in extreme cases, even slavery. In the 21st century, just how are large retailers monitoring their supply chains? Why do Americans seem to accept violations of labor practices overseas that they themselves would never tolerate at home? What can citizens do to support the cause of progressive food supply chain monitoring for the 21st century supermarket? This panel of industry experts, academics and activists—among them a Hollywood star—will explore these questions and offer some answers.


Business Models Turned Upside Down

Apple, J.C. Penney, G.E. They're examples of big brands that have turned business models upside down whether through pricing, customer service or reverse innovation. In established markets, consumers are more knowledgeable about what they want or about the prices they are willing to pay—indeed, they've never been smarter. Rather, customers want to do business with brands that offer not only the right product at the right price, but who provide intelligence, passion and principle as part of the sale. Apple's sleek retail stores showcase solutions and service (i.e. the Genius Bar), providing not only products but a philosophy. J.C. Penney is embarking on a retool of its department stores with "information specialists" and "consultants" to go with a new logo, spokeswoman and pricing strategy. Emerging markets are also seeing business models reinvented. G.E., for example, is adopting a strategy of "reverse innovation" as the company strives to change their organizational architecture to successfully shift power to where the growth is and build new products from the ground up at a lower cost. It isn't a choice. In emerging global markets, locally-based competitors have shown that they posess the technical know-how, low-cost strategies and a deep understanding of local needs that will also allow them to create market-specific technologies for use in richer countries, such as the U.S. This panel brings together some of the most creative minds in the business world with experience both in the U.S. and abroad to explore how business models must evolve or likely face steep declines in market share, or worse.

Humanitarian Innovation: A Global Stage

Humanitarian assistance relies upon a range of products and processes in order to address the shelter, health, water, sanitation, livelihoods, education, communication, and other protection needs of the most vulnerable people. As an area dominated by a relatively small number of organizations, humanitarianism has often been institutionally closed to new ideas and ways of thinking. The result has been that the scope for product and process innovation has been limited, and that humanitarian institutions have drawn upon a restricted array of possible solutions and ideas to understand and address humanitarian challenges. However, new thinking is beginning to emerge across the private sector, international organizations, and universities. This panel brings together some of the most creative minds working in this area to assess existing best practices and to set out a vision for humanitarian innovation.

Panel Descriptions (PDF)



Thursday, April 19

Cultural Sustainability Night - Living Village, SMU Campus - Open to the Public

6:00 – 6:30 PM Burundi and Bhutanese guests arrive

6:30 PM Welcome remarks

6:35 PM Burundi speaker (Method) talks about the humanitarian crisis that led to their flight,

what life was like in the refugee camp, and how some of the structural and cultural

ideas shown in the camp would have helped them

7:00 PM Bhutanese speaker (Khara Bhandari - program Director of the Organization of

Bhutanese Society, DFW). Will talk about the humanitarian crisis that led to their flight,

what life was like in the refugee camp, and how some of the structural and cultural

ideas shown in the camp would have helped them

7:15 PM Bhutanese musical performance by the Organization of Bhutanese Society

7:25 PM Closing Remarks (presentation of thank you gifts)

7:30 PM Dinner on the lawn

8:00 PM Event Conclusion


Cultural Sustainability Night Sponsors

Organization of Bhutanese Society, DFW

Pantego African Church, Fort Worth

DFW Hindu Temple, Irving

International Museum of Cultures, Dallas



Other Engineering and Humanity Week Related Events

March 24

Human Rights Initiative's 5K - March 24th Bachman Lake, Dallas


April 11

Cardboard Design Competition - Entry Drop off


April 14

Spirit of Uganda Concert - 8 PM, McFarlin Auditorium, SMU

The Spirit of Uganda Tour is an educational project of Empower African Children, globally connecting Ugandan students to American culture.


April 15:

Cardboard competition awards announcement

One Arts Plaza, 12pm - 3pm


April 15 to April 21:

Living Village at Southern Methodist University


April 21:

Earth Day at Fair Park