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RWJF at PopTech: 2012 Social Innovation Fellows

RWJF supported PopTech's Social Innovation Fellows at this year's conference in Camden ME and four Foundation staff members — from the Pioneer and Vulnerable Populations portfolios — were in attendance.


  1. Both the Pioneer and Vulnerable Populations portfolios are constantly looking to uncover innovative solutions that will better enable the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to achieve its mission of improving the health and health care of all Americans. Attending events like PopTech is part of both teams' strategies to find those ideas and to meet the people who are generating them — people like PopTech's Social Innovation Fellows and Science Fellows.
  2. The theme of Poptech 2012 was resilience: "How do we create economic, social, educational, technological, political and ecological systems that ‘bounce back’ from disruption, that retain their integrity and purpose under the widest variety of conditions? How do we build better shock absorbers for our communities, our planet and ourselves? What are the policies, platforms and priorities that will lead us toward a more resilient future? How do we create a more resilient America?"
  3. #resilience at #poptech by @zaellen
    #resilience at #poptech by @zaellen
  4. Toward Resilience: PopTech 2012 Camden
  5. The 2012 Poptech Social Innovation Fellows
  6. "The PopTech Social Innovation Fellows program is to equip world-changing innovators with the tools, insights, visibility and social network that can help them scale their impacts to new heights."

  7. Social Innovation Fellows 2012
  8. "I wasn’t surprised by what an incredible group it was (I expected as much from PopTech), but was still amazed by their visions for fundamentally improving the lives of people in the U.S. and around the globe, including the most vulnerable, and who face daunting barriers to their health and economic stability." - Susan Promislo, Senior Communications Officer, Vulnerable Populations, RWJF


  9. Jamila Abass, MFarm

  10. Rachel Brown, Sisi ni Amani
  11. Bryan Doerries, Theater of War

  12. "Bryan Doerries is using theater and classic literature to transform the dialogue around war and imprisonment and the associated traumas that result. Bryan’s work really reminded me of our thinking on the Vulnerable Populations team about community-based approaches to changing what people experience early in their lives, and how they deal with those issues later on. If these two conversations on my first night in town are any indication, this is going to be a very energizing event!" - Kristin Schubert, Senior Program Officer, Vulnerable Populations, RWJF
  13. Touré McCluskey, OkCopay