Session set 3

Parallel sessions on social innovation topics: Third session set on 19.11., 11.00 – 12.30

Session title Speakers, discussants and moderators Central questions and session topics
Systemic play to change the game Tim STRASSER, TRANSIT project, Maastricht University, Maastricht This is an interactive, fun and meaningful session where participants will get a deeper understanding of the contextual relevance and underlying dynamics of transformative social innovation and systemic change. Topics addressed include: What is the relation between social innovation and transformative change? How are actors dis/empowered?
Facilitation skills in social innovation Saskia RUIJSINK and Linda ZUIJDERWIJK, TRANSIT project, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam The key questions in this session are: Important questions: a) What skills do you need in processes of knowledge sharing and creation for social innovation?; b) What relevant skills do you already possess? And c) What is needed to make (latent) skills and talents flourish?
This session is a workshop about facilitation skills for processes of co-production and knowledge development in social innovation. We will work with exercises in small groups in which we work on (soft) skills that we all have, but that we can learn to use more effectively such as association; sharing, connecting and listening.
Responsible research and innovation – quality criteria and evaluation standards Margit HOFER, Elisabeth UNTERFRAUNER, Ilse MARSCHALEK and Maria SCHRAMMEL, RRI TOOLS project, Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation)is a cross-cutting issue that brings together different aspects of the relationship between science and innovation with society. It anticipates the consequences and directions of research and innovation, and involves society in discussing how science and technology can help create the kind of world we would like to live in. However, commonly agreed standards and quality criteria are still missing and several institutes and projects are working on them. The EC funded project RRI tools ( is presenting a first catalogue of quality criteria as a basis for a reflection tool on RRI.
In the workshop, we will apply the draft version of the tool assessing research and innovation activities according to the developed set of quality criteria and indicators. Results will feedback to participants as a guidance for their current work and to the further development of the tool.
Beyond tendering: public policy as an active enabler of social innovation Helen CHAMBERS, Inspiring scotland (tbc)
Peter CRESSEY, SIMPACT project, University of Bath, Bath
Rosemary EXTON, SIMPACT project, University of Bath, Bath
Peter TOTTERDILL, SIMPACT project, University of Bath, Bath
NN, CRESSI project (tbc)
The relationship between public policy and social innovation is often limited to competitive tendering or bidding for grants followed by a focus on contract compliance. A growing body of evidence suggests that this fails to produce systemic change, not least because funding is often short term, over-emphasises quantifiable outcomes and fails to invest in sustainable organisational capacity. Policy approaches focused on a more strategic approach to stimulating, resourcing and sustaining social innovation are emerging in many parts of Europe but are less well defined and understood. This session will engage researchers, policymakers and social innovators in exploring the emergence of new forms of policy production and implementation, and assessing their prospects for the future.
Social innovation methodologies for community intervention Dmitri DOMANSKI, SI-DRIVE project, TU Dortmund University, Dortmund
Nicolás MONGE, SI-DRIVE project, LaFIS, Santiago de Chile
This workshop aims to create social projects prototypes using social innovation methodologies. Therefore, teams of participants will diagnosis some problems in different areas (e.g. education, health, labor market, environment, etc.) and then, each group will define the most important problem to overcome through session. Finally they will construct a solution which will be represented in a prototype. This exercise allows for insights into some of proved social innovation methodologies in a very short period of time.
Central questions: How can we define a social problem correctly? How can we develop an effective solution in a very short period of time?
Rethinking business models for social innovation Alessandro DESERTI, SIMPACT project, Politecnico di Milano, Milan
Tamami KOMATSU, Politecnico di Milano, Milan
Maria KLEVERBECK, SIMPACT project, Westphalian University Gelsenkirchen, Gelesenkirchen
Francesca RIZZO, SIMPACT project, University of Bologna, Bologna
Judith TERSTRIEP, SIMPACT project, Westphalian University Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen
Even if quite a few adaptations to social enterprises of schemes and tools meant to design business models for commercial enterprises have been tried, there is a lack of investigation and understanding of the specificity of business models for social innovation. Apart from the seminal work of Smith, Binns and Tushman (2010) and that of Jonker and Dentchev (2013), very little has been said on this topic. The session will present and discuss with participants the results of the extensive empirical research on the economic foundation of social innovation conducted in the SIMPACT project project, showing how social innovation is characterised by intrinsic contradictions/dilemmas and other contextual conditions that naturally lead to the creation of complex business models, partially or substantially different from those adopted by commercial enterprises. Set of questions on the specificity of social innovation business models.
Trojan horses in social innovation: Dealing with disempowerment, unintended consequences and dilemmas Tom BAULER, TRANSIT project, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels
Flor AVELINO, TRANSIT project, Dutch Research Institute For Transitions, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam
In a context of high hopes of positive impacts, empowerment and frictionless change, what seem to be the (unintended) negative impacts of social innovation? How can they be dealt with, and what are the implications for social innovations theory and practice?
Central and Eastern European Features of Social Innovation Reka MATOLAY, TRANSIT project, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest
Bonno PEL, TRANSIT project, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels
Saeed M. SAMAN, Anna KADEROBKA, University of Economics and Management, Prague
Johann HEEP, Erste Group Bank, Social Banking Development
Károly BALATON, University of Miskolc
Zoltán BAJMÓCZY, University of Szeged; CRS Association
The mid-term Conference in Wien provides a great opportunity to invite practitioners of social innovation (SI) from Central Eastern Europe (CEE) in order to reflect on the local nature of SI. Post-socialist countries have gone through major transformations and transitions recently therefore it would be interesting to see how SI makes sense in this region. Considering that SI starts from/responds to relations between markets/states/civil society as they have developed over a long time, there are reasons to believe that SI will have different challenges, aims and potentials in CEE countries. Thus, question to be addressed: What does make social innovation different and specific in CEE regarding the fact that major transition is going on for more than two decades? What are the CEE-specific contextual – historic/cultural/political/economic – elements that shape SI in CEE?


Excursion on 19.11., 11.00 – 13.30 (lunch break and lunch included)

Excursion title Organisers Key topics
Excursion to the Goethe-Hof (near conference site) – From social innovation to social transformation: the example of social housing during the “Red Vienna” period  Susanne GIESECKE, CRESSI project, Austrian Institute of Technology, ViennaTiming: since this site is very near to the venue of the conference (short walking distance) the visit will take the same time as the parallel sessions – from 11:00 – 12:30 Vienna’s social democratic local government after WWI created a local welfare state, whose aim was to promote better housing and living conditions as well as better health and education for working-class people. Among the various programs developed in the Red Vienna period, the construction of municipal housing was the most ambitious and most prestigious undertaking. The Vienna municipality played a key role as both developer and owner. Social housing was built throughout the city and thus had a long-term anti-segregation effect. The Goethe-Hof in Vienna’s Kaisermühlenquarter was built between 1928 and 1930 and is a landmark of Vienna social housing architecture. It hosted one of the first Montessori kindergarten. During the austro-fascist takeover in 1934 it was the last social-democratic stronghold.
Excursion to VinziRast-mittendrin Pamela BARTAR, SI-DRIVE project, Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna
Cecily CORTI, Chairwomen of VinziRast, Vienna
“Vinzirast mittendrin” is a unique social housing project located in the centre of Vienna: Homeless and students live, work and learn together under one roof.
An increasing economic and social instability and an associated development of exclusion in Europe becomes a threat to socially disadvanteged segments of society. “VinziRast mittendrin” is driven by the conviction that a life in a respectful community can back up people and cure psychological wounds. The quality of the relationship is the basis for an encounter culture: Respectfully and without prejudice all inhabitants – former homeless and students – of “Vinzirast mittendrin” learn how to develop together new positive forms of life and work. The architecture of “Vinzirast mittendrin” won two architecture awards and received some media attention. The project is an extraordinary example of social innovation and can be understood as a concept by means of architecture, design and social arts bringing new social practices of learning, living and working to life. After the guided tour participants will have lunch at “Vinzirast Mittendrin” and the possibility to discuss experiences of this project.


Workshop, 19.11., 13:30 – 15:00, Multimedia Stage City (ground floor)

Workshop: Future Mobility Made by Social Innovation

From the big idea to real impact


Volker ALBERTS and Patricia HANIGER, AustriaTech, Vienna The world is changing fast – mega trends are impacting the future of mobility and the challenge is to find out what Social Innovation can deliver to the mobility market.The question is how to empower the increasingly urbanised global population with door-to-door, multi-modal trans-port solutions that will be affordable for all citizens.Come and join an interactive workshop in which you will be part of a social innovation journey spotting on Future Mobility. Bring in your ideas to tackle the challenges for social innovation in the mobility market.Get new insights on how co-creation takes part in social innovation processes in Urban Mobility Living Labs.