SI Drive Newsletter

Issue #15 / September 29th, 2017


Welcome to the SI-Drive Newsletter

Fifteenth edition

Welcome to the fifteenth eNewsletter of SI-DRIVE, a large-scale research project funded in the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme (FP 7). In our fifteenth edition, we focus amongst others on the SI-DRIVE policy recommendations.




SI-DRIVE Policy Recommendations

 what do policy makers need to consider?


Next to the overall objective of understanding social innovations, the SI-DRIVE project is also looking at the role policy and government can have to support social innovations. This support is seen as necessary as social innovations are an important means to achieve and shape social change. Citizens should play an important role in the transition of our current society to new more sustainable solutions. To develop recommendations for policy makers, researches from the SI-DRIVE partners "The Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research" (TNO) and the "Austrian Institute of Technology" (AIT) have focused on the relationship between policy and social innovations. In their research activities, they have used a mix of methods. They have conducted (elite and expert) discussions at the level of each of the policy fields, looked at the outcomes of the literature searches, analysed the 1005 case studies in the global mapping and the 82 in-depth case studies. To formulate final recommendations for policy, they have organised two sets of international round tables to discuss their results and views. [Read more]


SI-DRIVE activities and outputs



Final conference of SI-DRIVE

Welcome World, Welcome Social Innovation


The conference, titled "Social Innovation – Research and Policy of the Future: towards a comprehensive innovation policy" on 24th and 25th October 2017 in Brussels, is going to be one of the key events on social innovation in the year 2017. With nearly 250 registrations, the conference is almost completely booked out. This is due to an exciting programme, with presentations by more than 30 leading experts in the field of social innovation, policy debates and policy sessions. The contributions will build on empirical results of the project. These insights - gathered from SI-DRIVE - will be complemented by contributions of the "Social Innovation Community" (SIC) project and international experts’ inputs. Further information is available here.


From 24th to 25th October 2017 in Brussels



SIC Learning Repository

A one stop shop for innovation tools and resources


Developed by the "Social Innovation Community" (SIC) project, the SIC Learning repository was designed as bottom-up created tool which can be used for the growth and development of social innovation, starting from specific social challenges. Among other contributions it contains a handbook of social innovation, a collection of tools, a collection of SIC case studies on social innovation. [Read more]




News and Opportunities from the open manufacturing world

Call for prototypes


"OpenMaker – Harnessing Digital Social Innovation to transform manufacturing" is a European funded community building initiative that aims to make the most of horizontal collaboration, openness and trust across sectors and professions. The initiative aims to boost meaningful transformations within the European manufacturing sector, and to drive it towards more democratic, distributed and decentralised models. Through events, trainings, co-creation workshops, and targeted innovation funding, "OpenMaker" facilitates the creation of a community of innovators and change-makers in manufacturing across Europe.

On 22nd September 2017, the four international "OpenMaker" accelerators, including those run by SI-DRIVE partners the "LAMA Development and Cooperation Agency" and "The Young Foundation", launched a call for innovative prototypes which supports with € 20.000 up to 20 new ideas developed in partnership between makers and manufacturers. Further information is available here.





Social Innovation response to the Syrian humanitarian crisis

Syrian Newcomers Celebrate Resettlement at Toronto’s Ryerson University


On 24th August 2017, more than 150 people gathered at "Ryerson University" (which is also SI-DRIVE partner) to celebrate the successes of the "Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge" (RULSC), Canada’s first university-driven social innovation response to the Syrian humanitarian crisis.

Launched in summer 2015, the RULSC brought together supporters from higher education, the private and non-profit sectors to create a social innovation model that reinvigorated Canada’s private refugee sponsorship system. As of August 2017, the RULSC has welcomed 326 Syrian newcomers to Canada, with another 110 persons scheduled to arrive. [Read more]




Labour market adjustment in the face of digitalisation

Union engagement in Sweden


In Sweden, the largest union, "Unionen", actively engages in learning from digitalisation initiatives, including job and crowdworking platforms. It commissioned the "International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development" (IKED), an SI-DRIVE partner, to review links between labour market change and digitalisation. Building on the insights generated through SI-DRIVE, the project resulted in recommendations for actions by unions in cooperation with other stakeholders to open up for productive bottom-up initiatives at local level, in support of competence-development coupled with enhanced mobility and new value-enhancing initiatives. This includes new kinds of digital platforms for matchmaking in skill-formation and job allocation on terms that allow workers to enjoy a greater say and new sources of security. [Read more]




New Publications on Social Innovation... researchers from SI-DRIVE partners

  • The recently published book "Workplace Innovation: Theory, Research and Practice" (edited by: Peter R.A. Oeij, Diana Rus and Frank D. Pot) focuses on workplace innovation, which is a key element in ensuring that organisations and the people within them can adapt to and engage in healthy, sustainable change. It features a collection of multi-level, multi-disciplinary contributions that combine theory, research and practical perspectives. The book includes contributions from SI-DRIVE partners "TU Dortmund University" (TUDO), "The Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research" (TNO) and an SI-DRIVE Advisory Board member (Frank D. Pot). [Read more]
  • In a forthcoming book on ICT-enabled social innovation for the European social model (estimated publication end of 2017 by IOS Press, Amsterdam), Jeremy Millard, representative of the SI-DRIVE partner "University of Bradford", has prepared a chapter on "networks, communities and value chains in digital social innovation for social services". This provides strong empirical evidence, both quantitative and qualitative, about the role of ICT in social service value chains, such as in education, health, employment and local development. [Read more]

New releases




Events focusing on Social Innovation and SI-DRIVE...

...organised or contributed by SI-DRIVE partners


On 25th September 2017, the conference "Social Innovations and Regional Development" took place at the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, in Vilnius. The conference was organised by the "Kazimieras Simonavičius University" (which is also SI-DRIVE partner), and focused on the decline of Lithuanian regions and how the notion and practice of social innovation can be useful for their development. The relevance of the recently completed SI-DRIVE policy recommendations for Lithuania's regional development was elaborated by Steven Dhondt (researcher at TNO) in his presentation. The input is also available here (from 01:03:37).

Researchers from the SI-DRIVE lead partner "TU Dortmund University" have been invited to speak at the events, listed below. Their contributions dealt with the theoretical and empirical progress in social innovation research and social innovation policy, which are core issues of SI-DRIVE:




Visit the SI-DRIVE website...

...and take a look on new contributions


You might be interested in the last monthly spotlights which present interviews the founder of "1UP Collective" and with the Head of Venture Development at "The Young Foundation".



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...Sixteenth SI-DRIVE Newsletter

The sixteenth SI-DRIVE newsletter will be issued in December 2017. Please register at our si-drive website if you are willing to receive regular information.

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