Archived Webinar

Grassroots Innovation for Social Change

This webinar will describe how RLabs leveraged the community and innovative approaches to drive social change in local communities in a number of African countries.

This webinar was created in partnership with the Innovation Policy Platform.

Presenter Resources

About the Presenters

Marlon Parker

Marlon Parker is a social entrepreneur and advocate for using Technology for Social Good. His passion for community development has influenced his work and led to being the founder of the Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs) a global movement that has initiated projects in 22 countries that have served more than 5.5 million people. He was listed as one of the 100 World Class South Africans, an alumni of President Obama’s Young African Leaders initiative and honorary faculty member of the International School of Digital Transformation. During 2014 he was also selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Ashoka Fellow and one of the Top Africans in Technology. He was the co-founder of JamiiX that was the backbone to one of the largest mobile chat counseling networks in the world with more than 4 million people being reached since its inception. In 2015, Marlon and RLabs was selected as the LEAD SA National Hero of the Year for their work in equipping and empowering youth.

Target Audience

Innovation policy practitioners and influencers.

Questions Submitted


- Jun 4, 2018

Jes�s Manuel

- Mar 26, 2018
great info!


- Aug 23, 2017


- Jul 31, 2017


- Dec 9, 2016
I agree with you, Marlon Parker! there are diamonds in the rough no doubt, your seminar has confirmed a suspicion I have about empowering the "Bottom of the Pyramid" the local linkage is the most important and vulnerable part of the process! in a situation whereby some or a percentage of the community feels left out or marginalized because the tech and/or innovation doesn't evolve to them, they need to evolve to it and this causes distress in the process. i have a question for you. im a nigerian and i understand the poverty al too well, what are your thoughts on "evolving trade by barter based on a value system" i keep thinking this could present some exciting possibilities for rural and semi-urban communities across africa, you have a large network and the experience neded to assimilate this possibilities! thank you for answering!
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