Interactive Workshop

How are we going to make it possible? That world we want needs hard risk management skills

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Colombia signed a peace deal less than three years ago. This historical fact should have made it easier for policies to help 7+ million displaced people to go back to their homes or establish somewhere else. However, since then, the political party that opposed the peace deal won the presidential elections and Colombia received over 1,2 million Venezuelan refugees. These, of course, are just two of many unpredictable events that have happened and that challenge the peace chances.

One of the biggest challenges for project management occurs in the social field. It is a rich and dynamic multi-actor scenario where people have a lot of opinions but just a few have enough leadership and capacity. Those who should lead, governments and companies, tend to easily compromise with all the good causes. But will there be anyone in 2030 accountable for how close -or far- we get to the SDG since 2015? Will anyone recall which risks and obstacles did we face? If we successfully managed them or not? What could we learn from them? Risk management lets us learn. As long as we don’t handle uncertainty, identifying and managing it, we won’t be able to know what went right or wrong and why. It will be very hard to make it possible.

Achieving any type of sustainable world we can imagine, just as any company, needs hard project management skills. Mapping possible scenarios, identifying constraints or constructing assumptions of a dynamic, multi-stakeholder and influenceable environment is complex and challenging. Likewise, designing indicators, identifying data sources, planning how to highlight achievements and difficulties (in a traceable way), requires a rigorous process of designing the method with which we will assure that whatever we are doing, gets real.

In this workshop, we will focus on one of the most important project management skills: risk management.

For some reason, most of us social hopers ignore the fact that our projects, too, face a lot of risks. They are believed to be almost and exclusive corporate issue. The problem is that they are not and the biggest risk we end up facing is not taking care of them. We will encounter risks in all the cycles of social investment, from formulation to impact measurement, from capacities to interests, ethics, and corruption. During this workshop, we will learn how to clearly identify, organize, value, monitor and use this information, instead of surviving to it.

Confirmed Panelists

Edna Liliana Rodriguez, PMP® and MSc in CSR
Co-founder, Partner and CSO of Intelligent Social Investment Consultancy Firm.

Wide experience in structuring, implementing and managing complex projects in different sectors and multidisciplinary social development projects.

Expertise in CSR, sustainability and impact measurement, with emphasis on the structuring of local development strategies, community relations and stakeholder management. I help my clients in designing portfolios of programs and projects that allow them to exercise governance over their social investments, meet goals, accomplish strategic objectives and generate impact.

Profound knowledge in risk management models in the value chain of organizations and their projects, with a particular focus on the development of strategies that help communicate results and impacts.

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  1. This topic is vital for not only Colombia, but for the world. Although Colombia is now going through a critical moment, as the peace process is at risk and we can soon go back to a civil war, it also becomes a relevant topic as countries around the world (even first world nations), struggle to measure impact through hard risk management skills. Most of the research, activities, social projects and developments are built on assumptions, but very few actually provide context based metrics supported by a complete risk assessment. This should definitely be chosen for the conference!

  2. Risk management will increase its importance gradually because of social and environmental requirements, each day more complex. Big projects will demand much expertise in this matter.

  3. Fundamental to have governance to be able to achieve goals in such vital, multi factor and long term investments.

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