SI Drive Newsletter

Issue #16 / December 21st, 2017


Welcome to the SI-Drive Newsletter

Sixteenth edition

Welcome to the sixteenth eNewsletter of SI-DRIVE, a large-scale research project funded in the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme (FP 7). In our last edition, we mainly focus on the findings of the Final Conference and the project results.




250 participants discussed the future of Social Innovation...

...At the SI-DRIVE final conference


On 24th and 25th October 2017, the Final Conference of SI-DRIVE was held successfully in Brussels, Belgium: “Social Innovation – Research and Policy of the Future: towards a comprehensive innovation policy” brought together over 250 practitioners, researchers and policy makers from 44 countries in the field of social innovation and policy.

Speakers underlined that the different and increasingly sound concepts of social innovation enable researchers to better understand the field in all its complexity. With SI-DRIVE’s global and comprehensive mapping of socially innovative cases as a starting point, presenters and panelists challenged the community to take the next steps to deepen its knowledge on social innovation along the dimensions of policy fields, societal sectors and world regions. [Read more]




SI-DRIVE policy Declaration completed...

...And presented to the EU-Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation


One of the central outputs of the SI-DRIVE project, the SI-DRIVE Policy Declaration sets a framework for unfolding the potential of social innovations within a new innovation paradigm and a new innovation policy. It’s about fostering democracy and participation, economy, digital and ecological transformation. And it’s about the capacity of social innovation to enable social change – through new governance approaches and a better understanding and design of the eco-systems in which social innovations develop.
Fortunately, the Policy Declaration could be presented to the EU-Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, during the EU-Conference “Opening up to an Era of Social Innovation” between the 27th and 28th November 2017 in Lisbon. SI-DRIVE was one of the projects which were showcased at an accompanying exhibition. [Read more]




Global mapping of 1.005 cases...

...available in form of an interactive map and an online atlas


In 2015, the 25 SI-DRIVE project partners, social innovators (practitioners) and invited institutions funding or supporting social innovation, mapped 1.005 cases in seven policy fields on all five continents. The information was collected in a database and used for further investigations, like the Comparative Analysis and in-depth case studies. Besides, most central aspects of the 1.005 cases, such as short descriptions, information on which countries the project operates in, involved actors, etc. are provided in an interactive map, which is available here.
Moreover, the global mapping results will be presented in an "Atlas of Social Innovation - New Practices for a Better Future". From January 2018, the atlas will be available as printed publication as well as by using this link:




Good bye SI-DRIVE - Hello SIC, ESSI and EPSIR!

Project closes, Social Innovation is growing and broadening


After four successful years, the SI-DRIVE project will be closed at the end of the year 2017. A review on the most important highlights of the four year lasting project with 16 European and 9 non-European partners is available here. A lot of outcomes, which have been achieved, will be utilised and further developed in other projects and initiatives, focusing on social innovation. One central "social innovation lynch pin" is Social Innovation Community (SIC), a Horizon 2020 funded project, which develops an enabling environment for social innovation by linking actions across the whole field and supporting the full exploitation of their potential in terms of addressing societal challenges in Europe and beyond. In addition, the European School of Social Innovation (ESSI) and the European Public & Social Innovation Review (EPSIR) – institutionalised social innovation networks and communities in themselves – will enlarge the SI-DRIVE results.





SEason's Greatings and Farewell


The SI-DRIVE consortium wishes you all the best for the Holiday Season, says thank you and good bye!

Technische Universität Dortmund (Coordinator; TUDO/sfs, Germany) * Applied Research and Communications Fund (ARC Fund, Bulgaria) * Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT, Austria) * University of Bradford (UoB, United Kingdom) * Center for Research on Social Innovation, University of Quebec in Montreal (CRISES, Canada) * Heliopolis University Cairo (HU, Egypt) * Institut Arbeit und Technik, Westfälische Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen (IAT, Germany) * Institute of Socio-Economic Development of Territories of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISEDT RAS, Russia) * International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development (IKED, Sweden) * Istanbul Teknik Universitesi (ITU, Turkey * Kazimiero Simonavičiaus Universitetas (KSU, Lithuania) * Lama Development and Cooperation Agency (LAMA, Italy) * Ryerson University (Ryerson, Canada) * social innovation lab (SIL, Croatia) * Somos más (Somosmas, Colombia) * Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS, India) * Australian Centre for Innovation, University of Sydney (ACIIC, Australia) * TNO (The Netherlands) * United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC, Chile) * University of Deusto (UDEUSTO, Spain) * University Danubius Galati (UDG, Romania) * University of Cape Town, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (UCT, South Africa) * The Young Foundation (YF, United Kingdom) * Zhejiang University (ZJU, China) * Zentrum für Soziale Innovation (ZSI, Austria)
Season's Greetings and farewell!



Visit the SI-DRIVE website...

...and take a look on new contributions


You might be interested in the presentations and materials of the Final Conference, the interactive map showing the 1.005 cases and upcoming information on the "Atlas of Social Innovation".

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