SI Drive Newsletter

Issue #6 / June 30th 2015


Welcome to the SI-Drive Newsletter

Sixth edition

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




state of the art REPORTS on the seven SI-DRIVE policy fields

Compilation report completed

SI-DRIVE published the “Compilation of the state of the art reports on the seven policy fields” by end of June. The report provides insights into the analysis of the key dimensions, elaborated in each of the seven policy fields, the practice fields identified in the different world regions (a “practice field” is a general type or “summary” of projects and expresses general characteristics common to different projects such as micro-credit systems and car sharing) and first observations concerning the relation between social innovation and social change. In addition, it offers cases/examples implemented in the different practice fields that relate to societal challenges.
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Conference: Social innovation 2015 - "Pathways to Social Change"

Research, policies and practices in European and global perspectives on 18th and 19th November in Vienna


"Pathways to Social Change" is going to be the key event on social innovation in the year 2015. It is planned and designed by mutually complementary research projects on social innovation that reach out to world-wide experiences and concepts of social innovation. The conference will connect researchers with policy makers and practitioners of social innovation. [Read more]

The conference is hosted by two projects under the EU 7th Framework Programme, Social Innovation – Driving Force of Social Change – SI-DRIVE, Transformative Social Innovation Theory – TRANSIT and NET4SOCIETY, a network of National Contact Points in Horizon 2020. They are joined by two collaborative partners: Creating Economic Space for Social Innovation – CRESSI and Boosting the Impact of Social Innovation in Europe through Economic Underpinnings – SIMPACT.

For the programme please click here.

For registration please click here.

For information on hotels please click here.

For further information please contact as communication node of the local organisers: Berenike Ecker, (SI-DRIVE)





Relation of Social Innovation to Social Change...

...and how can social innovation transform society


SI-DRIVE and TRANSIT, two current major research projects on social innovation funded by the EU, joined forces with the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) and met for the two-day event, bringing together three world-leading research initiatives that are actively engaged with developing new theory on social innovation and social change. With Jürgen Howaldt, Christoph Kaletka, Dmitri Domanski (TU Dortmund University – sfs), Josef Hochgerner (ZSI Vienna) and Dieter Rehfeld (IAT) representing SI-DRIVE, the objectives of the workshop were to develop a better theoretical understanding of the concept of social innovation and its relationship to (transformative) social change, to forge productive new working relations between the three ‘parallel research processes’; and to identify specific (and strategic) opportunities for future networking activities and research collaborations. These questions were discussed with, among others, Frances Westley (WISIR), Per Olsson (Stockholm Resilience Centre), Alex Haxeltine (University of East Anglia), Flor Avelino, Julia Wittmayer (DRIFT – Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Rene Kemp (Maastricht University). [Read more]


Workshop on social innovation theory



Policy Paper: Making good our Future

Exploring the Boundaries of Open and Social Innovation in Manufacturing


As part of the Social Innovation Europe initiative, the European Commission has published a policy paper, Making Good Our Future. The paper discusses the intersection between social innovation, open source ICT, the maker movement and corporate citizenship. It explores the potential for social innovation and open source principles to increase productivity in manufacturing, creating more rewarding jobs, generating private and public value and embedding new democratic practice at the core of industrial production. You can download the paper here.




Realising ambition programmes insights: Issue 1

The secret life of Innovation

The Realising Ambition partnership in the UK has recently published the first of its Programme Insights, a series of 12 short briefings sharing key learning from the programme. Realising Ambition is a £25 million Big Lottery Fund programme supporting a number of organisations to replicate services aimed at preventing youth offending. The programme is managed by a consortium led by Catch22 in partnership with Dartington Social Research Unit, Substance and SI-DRIVE partner, The Young Foundation.

This first issue, entitled The Secret Life of Innovation: Replication, explores the topic of replication, defined as delivering a service into new geographical areas or to new or different audiences. It examines the links between replication and innovation, the reasons for replicating in children’s services and the stages involved. You can download the first issue here.


New SI publication



Bilbao Urban Neighbourhood Observatory

Social IInnovation Instrument

The Bilbao Urban Neighbourhood Observatory is an instrument that enables detecting local needs which are centrally relevant for the sustainable development of the city of Bilbao. It also allows monitoring the evolution of the life quality of the city and its neighbourhoods.
The SI-DRIVE researchers Garbiñe Henry (Head of Deusto Social Innovation Unit) and Jon Leonardo (Professor at University of Deusto) led the five-year development process of the instrument. On organisational level, the Municipality of Bilbao in collaboration with the Deusto Foundation was mainly responsible for the development process.
It clearly contributes towards a more socially innovative city, by combining the subjective data from the perceptions and needs of its citizens and more objective data, extracted from official statistics, in order to elaborate innovative policies and programmes that better address those social needs. [Read more]



Creative Catalyst

Symposium on Art & Social Innovation

On June 11th-12th Ryerson University (which is in an advisory capacity for SI-DRIVE) presented "Creative Catalyst", a Symposium On Art And Social Innovation, that brought together creative, academics and community leaders to examine art’s transformative potential to spark positive social change.
The symposium was funded through a joint programme between the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) to support knowledge mobilisation of research in partnership with start-up social enterprises. It was designed by social start-up Madeleine Co., grew out of the research of principal investigator Dr. Wendy Cukier, which explores the relationship between art and social innovation. [Read more]



New ideas for outstanding problems...

...turn our Eyes to the middle East


Many societies face a challenge in how to shift attention from exploitation of existing tangible assets in land and buildings to embrace more investment in people, new ideas and a mind-set that responds creatively to outstanding problems by trying to work out and test new viable solutions. This is particularly visible in economies with great wealth of natural resources, such as the oil- and gas rich Arab Gulf. Apart from mapping the role of social innovation in this context, SI-DRIVE partner IKED has brought the concept to the table on various relevant occasions. These include February 22 Roundtable meeting “Addressing Employability – Bridging University – Industry Gaps”, hosted by the Middle East College (MEC) in Muscat and also involving Linking-Med-Gulf under the coordination of the University of Barcelona, concluded on the need of broadened engagement by all stakeholders to work out new interfaces between institutions of higher education and the work place in order to raise both the employability and productivity of graduates in the work place. [Read more]





Technique to assess social innovation projects...

...turn our Eyes to Russia


Between January and April 2015 the researchers of SI-DRIVE partner ISTED RAS conducted a study which has led to the development of a methodological approach to assess social innovation projects. The main research results have been reflected in an information and analytical report which was published in May 2015.
The report proposes a technique for comparative analysis of social innovation projects that uses quantitative and qualitative indicators, which allows creating an approach to assess social innovations with a greater share of objectivity. ISTED RAS’ researchers have developed an index which allows to compare concrete social innovation projects and programmes, as well as to monitor development of adjustments to active social innovation projects. [Read more]




Collaboration activities with Trans-Atlantic Platform

Series of events on Social Innovation


Formed in October 2013, the Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP) is a collaboration between key humanities and social science funders in South America, North America and Europe. The Platform aims to enhance the ability of humanities and social science funders, research organizations and researchers to engage in transnational collaboration. 
On 1st June 2015 Jürgen Howaldt presented first results of the SI-DRIVE project at a T-AP-Platform workshop being held in Ottawa, Canada at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2015 (
This year T-AP will be holding three workshops. Their aim is to better understand how funding through Horizon 2020 – The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation should be focused to foster research in these areas, so as to maximize the contribution of this research towards addressing international challenges. [Read more]




Symposium 'Social Innovation; Practices in Knowledge Co-Production'

Call for Papers


A call for abstracts for the Symposium: Social Innovation - Practices in Knowledge Co-Production is launched. This symposium is a part of the European Social Innovation Week 2015, which will be held from 14th to 18th September in the city of Tilburg. Applicants are invited to collaborate in a public event prior or after the symposium. More details can be found in the attachment.
The submission of abstracts to is possible until 17th August 2015.




EUWIN event during the Festival of Connections

Save the date

On 9th September, during the Festival of Connections, the European Learning Network on Workplace Innovation (EUWIN) is holding its third large scale event in Leuven (Belgium). At least 400 participants can participate in a wholly interactive environment.
Public sessions, panel sessions and smaller and larger discussions will be on the agenda. Moreover bus trips to some remarkable companies in Leuven are planned. The event is sponsored by EUWIN and Flanders Synergy. And, by the way, the EUWIN-event is completely free!
Further information can be found here: Festival of Connections




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