The 30th of January more than 80 people joined TRANSITION partners in London for the 1st project Spark Session.
The Young Foundation organized a 1 day event aimed at presenting TRANSITION goals and the scaling up support the London scaling centre wil offer to 50 companies in the project framework.
The introduction to the “networking & working” day was put in the hands of Iphigenia Pottaki (EC TRANSITION Project Officer), Filippo Addarii (Director of International Strategy and Head of EuropeLab at The Yung Foundation), and Anna Smee (Director of Ventures at the Young Foundation).
The three keynote speakers animated a fruitful and interesting debate about the present of Social Innovation in Europe and invited the audience to explore the solutions of the future: what the EC can offer to Social Innovation in Europe? And what can Social Innovators do to support the EC in making societal changes happen?
The audience has been provoked: No point to be here if you don’t want to make a change, said Anna Smee.
Participants took this invitation seriously: divided in thematic groups (education, health, environment, aging society) animated by Social Innovators from across Europe, aspiring social entrepreneurs and innovators from different backgrounds discussed the role of SI today and the path to be followed to make ideas becoming reality, or to let a local project go national or even international.
The 4 innovator-led discussion sessions had a strong internatonal dimension, as TRANSITION partners brought in London successful stories from Milan, Galway, and Paris showing their Social Innovation experiences and presenting the different paths they followed to scale up their projects to the next steps.
Milan: Matteo Valoriani, The Fifth Element, http://www.fifthelementproject.com/
Galway: Liam Heffron, CEO of Alarm and Medical Services Ltd, specializing in Learned and Intelligent Activity Monitoring Systems for Assisted Living, http://www.alarmandmedical.ie/
Paris: Nicolas Métro, www.kinome.fr and Forest&Life programme : http://www.forestandlife.com/parrainez-la-plantation-dun-arbre/parrainage.html
A second innovator-led discussion sessions followed, this time with groups spontaneously created around new topics such as measuring social innovation impacts.
During the day, the Young Foundation also launched the UK call for proposals: 25 social innovations will be selected to be part of the first cohort of social innovations TRANSITION London scaling centre will scale up in the next months.
All info on how to apply will be available soon in the call for proposals section of TRANSITION website.