Lecture series explores innovation, examines trends and opportunities for the next decade

View poster for February 18 event

The What's Next Lecture Series kicks off its five-part innovation program with a look at "Sustainability and Social Innovation: Doing Well by Doing Good," on February 18. Presented by NextSpace Coworking + Innovation, the City of Santa Cruz Redevelopment Agency, and UC Santa Cruz, the year-long series will explore current thinking, best practices, and trends in sustainability; discuss social innovation; and examine how brands and the media are framing this business shift.

The inaugural lecture on February 18 - from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in downtown Santa Cruz - will feature Peter Meehan, CEO of Newman's Own Organics; KoAnn Skrzyniarz, CEO of Sustainable Life Media; and Joshua Levine, vice president of the SRI Wealth Management Group at RBC. Sandy Skees, CEO of Communications4Good, will moderate the panel as it explores trends and success factors in companies that combine profitability with a social and environmental mission.

"With this series, we're excited to offer an in-depth look at the critical role innovation plays in addressing some of the most pressing challenges and amazing opportunities facing the world today," said Jeremy Neuner, CEO of NextSpace. "We believe that the Santa Cruz region can be ground-zero for worldchanging innovation by leveraging our strong local community, our world-class university and our local entrepreneurial ecosystem."

Tickets for the February 18 lecture at Kuumbwa, located at 320 Cedar Street, cost $15; students may attend for free, but must register in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets, see www.whatsnextlectures.com.

Future topics in the series include Energy (April), the New Workplace (June), Research & Development (October), and Gaming & Social Media (December).

Sponsors include Drew Miller Insurance, Communications4Good, Studio Holladay, the Santa Cruz Weekly, and KUSP radio.

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