iSchool Research Symposium: Jens Molbak
“Building a 'tri-sector' open data tech platform to drive societal progress at scale”
To drive impact in the world, we need to change how our organizations work. Companies, nonprofits, and governments each play a role in advancing society but are collectively not optimizing capabilities. WinWin believes in solving problems and harnessing opportunities by utilizing the best resources and ideas from the private, social and public sectors.
To change organizations, WinWin reaches and supports innovators to drive that change. It inspires those innovators with a new, tri-sector mindset and gives them a pragmatic workbench with online tools to change how their organization delivers impact in the world. These tools also create a “civic engagement” open data tech platform as a public good that enables people to share insights and resources and contribute to innovation for good.
WinWin is working regionally in the U.S. and has demand from the U.N. and World Bank to scale globally. You are invited to help the company think about how can we best create a platform that invites mass collaboration, targeted co-creation, and pragmatic innovation.
Jens Molbak has a passion for entrepreneurship, innovation investing and a world where social and economic progress are available to all. He is the founder of WinWin, a non-profit that seeks to utilize a data-driven “tri-sector” approach to align the resources available in the private, social, and public sectors to generate superior societal returns than would be possible if organizations were restricted to the resources within their sector alone.
Molbak first learned of potential for tri-sector solutions when he founded Coinstar in 1990, with the goal of creating a company that could simultaneously benefit the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Coinstar pioneered self-service coin counting kiosks to provide consumers a convenient means to convert loose coins into cash. In addition to counting change, Coinstar kiosks accept donations for charitable organizations. Coinstar also worked collaboratively with the Fed, U.S. Mint, and Royal U.K. Mint.
Molbak holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Yale University.