SI Drive Newsletter

Issue #2 / September 30th 2014


Welcome to the SI-Drive Newsletter

Second edition

Welcome to the second eNewsletter of SI-DRIVE, a large-scale research project funded in the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme. In our second edition we will focus amongst others on the theoretical framework and the social innovation (SI) typology with which we work in the project.




Critical Literature Review

SI-DRIVE Critical Literature review outlines five key dimensions for analysing SI cases


A multidisciplinary literature review of existing theoretical and conceptual strands on social innovation and its relationship to social change is the first thematic deliverable of the SI-DRIVE project. It connects social innovation research findings with the state of the art in other innovation-related strands of research, including studies on technical and business innovations. The Critical Literature Review helps to clarify the scientific concept and to develop a framework for the upcoming empirical work.

Its building blocks are:

  1. Theories of social change focusing on practice theory, institutionalisation and development theories;
  2. Theoretical approaches in the different fields of social innovation research (social entrepreneurship, social economy, local and regional development, design thinking, development studies);
  3. Innovation studies including science and technology studies (STS), management and business innovations.

One of its core results is the elaboration of five key dimensions of social innovation to guide and structure the consecutive steps of the empirical mapping. These key dimensions,

  • the conceptual understanding of social innovation as new social practices;
  • addressed societal needs and challenges, reflecting the ambivalence of social innovation;
  • actors' and networks' roles and functions within the innovation process and its governance;
  • the process dynamics of social innovation and the process dynamics of the relationship to social change;
  • and related resources, capabilities and constraints

will be used to systematically describe, analyse and compare 1.000 "Social Innovation cases" to be collected in the upcoming world-wide mapping.

The Critical Literature Review will soon be available as a working paper on the SI-DRIVE website (see



The State Of Social Innovation In Europe

Regional Social Innovation and SI-DRIVE discussed at “ESIW 2014”


How can European cities engage in social innovation, and why is it time for fresh learning networks on regional and local SI? Christoph Kaletka and Josef Hochgerner discussed these topics against the background of the SI-DRIVE project at the "European Social Innovation Week 2014" in Tilburg / the Netherlands on September 15th. 

Following the opening keynote by Josef Hochgerner (Zentrum für Soziale Innovation, Vienna) on "The State of Social Innovation in Europe", Christoph Kaletka (TU Dortmund, Sozialforschungsstelle) presented the SI-DRIVE concept and its methodological approach, stressing the importance of cities for emerging SI networks. Together they introduced the five-day event organised by the city of Tilburg, local social innovation stakeholders, and other players from the Midpoint Brabant region. A World Café on SI methods and skills was part of ESIW 2014 as well as many presentations of innovative solutions to local problems – such as the Tilburg based “Into D’Mentia” project, offering a simulation training which takes care providers into the world of people with dementia. The "Tilburg Turnaround", a declaration signed by the Mayor of Tilburg, ESIW participants and others, addresses the need to make more systematic use of regional and local social innovation capacities in the European SI agenda.




Master of Arts in Social Innovation

New Launch of the Study Programme MA in Social Innovation


The two and a half year study programme "Master of Arts in Social Innovation" re-opens again on 6th of October 2014.
The aim of this study programme is to provide professionals with substantial knowledge of how to stimulate, accompany, control and evaluate social innovations, allowing them to contribute to the social dimension of economic and technological change.
Graduates will be able to use their knowledge effectively in the development, planning and implementation of social transformation processes. Students will be trained in counselling and the supervision of social innovations in organisations including private enterprises, public, social, political or cultural institutions, educational institutions and civil society organisations.
There is only one block of seminars taking place from October 6-10th in 2014. The next ones are scheduled for January and February 2015. Admission to the class of 2014 will be feasible in negotiation with the Danube University. If you are interested please contact the Course Director, Denisa Vesely.
Admission acceptable until end of 2014.




IMISCOE Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain

Focus on Social Innovation and Immigration

At the "11th IMISCOE Annual Conference" which covered the topic "Immigration, Social Cohesion and Social Innovation" Jürgen Howaldt presented in his keynote "International Trends and Concepts of Social Innovation" and the SI-DRIVE Project. The conference was organised by the IMISCOE partner IEUM in Madrid, 27-29th August 2014. This year's conference attracted a record number of 375 participants.




Platform for exchange of experience in the best social innovation practices


The first international scientific and practical forum “Social Innovation Theory. Municipal Experience” was held in Vologda by the City Administration with the support of the International Assembly of Capitals and Cities and the Union of Russian Cities.
Leading Russian and foreign social design experts met in Vologda, 14-15th August 2014. The forum became a platform for exchange of experience in the best social innovation practices. Among its participants there were 40 municipalities and more than 600 people in total. Twenty platforms were divided into five sections: city environment formation; social design; public-private partnership; public self-administration system; social adaptation. The expert group was headed by Professor Henry Sanoff (USA), a famous scientist on participatory design.




SI Live 2014 Conference in Lisbon

project-overlapping cooperation

SI-DRIVE cooperates with other FP 7 projects (as TEPSIE, BENISI, and TRANSITION), dealing with social innovation. In fact, the four projects together with SIX ( organise the "SI LIVE Conference 2014" on understanding and incubating social innovation in Europe, announced in November 2014 in Lisbon. The conference will give an impression of the recent state of social innovation in Europe and the world from both sides: research and practice. The key findings of the TEPSIE project will be presented and taken over by SI-DRIVE, lessons learned from the incubator practices will be drawn. The next newsletter will include a detailed event report.
      TRANSITION Project   

Conference, dealing with social innovation, in November in Lisbon



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First SI-Drive Newsletter


The first newsletter tried to answer the very basic questions of WHAT the SI-DRIVE project is about, HOW we will implement the project during the next four years, and WHO is involved. You can find the newsletter in the newsletter archive.


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