Welcome to the Social Innovation Working Group of the of UniteIT!
Although "social innovation" is a relatively new term gaining popularity, the concept has been around for centuries, with examples ranging from kindergartens and hospices, to cooperatives and microfinance.
"A social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than present solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals." -- http://csi.gsb.stanford.edu/social-innovation
One of the most important aspects is that these solutions are both social in their ends and in their means. As such, they are often based on the cross-sector fertilization between the public, private and public sectors, powering the key mechanisms driving the contemporary social innovation: exchanges of ideas and values; shifts in roles and relationships; and the integration of private capital with public and philanthropic support.
Looked at it from this perspective, we are all taking part in one form of social innovation or another, and many of the projects that we as individuals, or our organizations, are involved in, are based on elements of social innovation.
For any questions, please contact the group moderator Ognjen Andric.
Latest activity: Apr 18
1) Research in the field of social innovation policy and practice across the EU.
2) Networking of individuals and organizations with the aim of best practice exchange and peer learning.
3) Sharing of information regarding available financial support from public sector organisations, foundations or private investors.
4) Forming of new project consortia with the aim of setting-up new collaborative, social innovation development projects.
5) Creation of local, national, regional and European policy recommendations in the field of social innovation
Dear Working Group members,The European Commission has invited Telecentre-Europe to contribute to the improvement of regulatory framework concerning innovation. This might be a good opportunity for the working group or its members to express their opinion.It is a high priority for the Commission to ensure that the conditions are right for innovation in Europe. The Commission is seeking to improve the regulatory framework and adapt to the pace of change of new technologies and new forms of…Continue
Dear all, It was great to see so many of you again in Belgrade during Telecentre Europe Annual Conference 2015. It was especially good to meet within our new Social Innovation working group composed of Telecentre Europe members, coordinators from the 1st International eFacilitator summer-school in Rovinj, members of the Digital Agenda for Creative Croatia, and the alumni of the Erste NGO Academy Social Innovation and Management program. What a great crowd! (See the 'mugshots' of those who…Continue
Dear partners, dear friends,As I am sure all of you already know our Working Group will have a workshop at the Telecentre Europe Annual Conference (TEAC) taking place next week in Belgrade.Please find enclosed below brief information on the workshop:WORKSHOP TITLE: Developing EU Social Innovation ProjectsDATE/PLACE: September 24th 2015, 11am, Hotel Hyatt Belgrade, room Budva (for more info please visit http://…Continue
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