To mark the end of the TRANSITION project, 2016 will kick off with a social innovation incubation conference –Supporting Social Innovations to Grow: TRANSITION’s Journey.
Drawing on some of the key lessons and tools developed as part of the TRANSITION project, the conference will bring different players from European social innovation incubation ecosystem(s): social innovators, incubators, investors, foundations, researchers, policy makers together to discuss the approaches, challenges and next steps needed to support social innovations to grow in Europe.
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During the event you’ll also have the chance to meet 20 social innovators that took part in TRANSITION Social Innovation Journey (incubation programme) and the Transnational Start-up Lab (acceleration programme). The 20 Social Innovators will participate in an international training and financing event which will take place in Brussels on February 4th.
The conference is made of three main blocks:
- The journey “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” Lao Tzu
We’ll take you on a journey, providing attendees an insight into the SIJ methods and tools developed as part of our 30 month project.
We’ll also hear from inspiring practitioners, who will help us understand the importance of undertaking such a journey, as they share their accounts of working to scale and generate greater impact.
- The challenges
Drawing on some of the challenges and obstacles encountered, we will discuss how our framework methodology, the Social Innovation Journey, was developed iteratively, forcing us to look for alternative routes, new instruments and alliances to achieve project goals.
As part of the group working sessions, TRANSITION practitioners will share some of the key challenges faced at different stages of the Social Innovation Journey (outlined below). Groups will then have the opportunity to respond to the challenges, considering the role key stakeholders (policymakers, investors, incubators, etc.) could play in effectively addressing them:
The WHY stage > Scaling Impact
The WHO stage > Define and Identify Social Innovations
The WHAT stage > Multi-stakeholders Engagement
The HOW stage > Sustainable Paths for Social Innovations
- The destination “The end of one journey is simply the start of another” José Saramago
We’ll take some time to reflect on the results achieved, we’ll celebrate some of TRANSITION success stories and we’ll prepare for the next Journey, the European Social Innovation Incubation Network.
We look forward to meeting you in Brussels!