Boosting the Impact of Social Innovation in Europe through Economic Underpinnings

SIMPACT with its twelve partners from ten European countries is a research collaboration that aims at understanding the economic foundation of social innovation (SI) targeting marginalised and vulnerable groups in society. However, several key issues need to be addressed before SI can be fully mainstreamed into the European economic sphere and its policy environment. Against this backdrop, SIMPACT systematically investigates the economic foundation of SI in order to provide a dynamic framework for action at the level of individuals, organisations and networks. Economic foundation in the here used sense refers to economic principles, objectives and components that make SI successful in terms of economic and social/societal value.   learn more about SIMPACT

ISIRC 2016

  Sept 5-7, 2016
  Glasgow, UK

ISIRC is the world's leading interdisciplinary social innovation research conference. The conference brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss social innovation from a variety of perspectives. This year the focus is on «SOCIAL INNOVATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY: BEYOND WELFARE CAPITALISM?». SIMPACT and CrESSI partners organise a one-day session on the «Economic Underpinning of Social Innovation».

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Urban SIndex

  Oct 6-7, 2016
  San Sebastian, Spain

Sinnergiak Social Innovation (UPV/EHU), The National Institute of Public Administration and the Rey Juan Carlos I University in close collaboration with three European Projects which are: SIC, SIMPACT and SI Drive are organazing the European Meeting on Urban Social Innovation. The aim of this event is to present diferent perspectives and to propose a Social Innovation agenda at urban level ineluding the dynamics of SI in cities.

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SIMPACT Final Conference

  Nov 22-23, 2016
  Brussels, Belgium

SIMPACT's final conference will be held mid November 2016 jointly with the »1st European SI Policy Forum«. The conference will gather social innovators, investors, intermediaries, policymakers, academia and other interested stakeholders engaged in social innovation. Join us there! We are looking forward to discuss the future prospects of social innovation and its economic underpinnings with you. Further details will be made available shortly.

 
1st European Social Innovation Policy Forum

  Nov 22, 2016
  Brussels, Belgium

On 22nd November, SIMPACT's 1st European Social Innovation Policy Forum will explore the conditions under which the state either enables or constrains effective social innovation, and how it can transcend the boundaries between different actors. We will examine how social innovation is closely linked to public sector innovation, particularly in relation to new modes of policy production and implementation. We will identify the new forms of organisation within the state that enable such innovation by challenging functional demarcations and role definitions.

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August 10, 2016

SIMPACT's final conference will be held mid November 2016 jointly with the «1st European SI Policy Forum». The conference will gather social innovators, investors, intermediaries, policymakers, academia and other interested stakeholders engaged in social innovation. Join us there! We are looking forward to discuss the future prospects of social innovation and its economic underpinnings with you. Further details will be made available shortly.

SIMPACT Statistic Brief

August 29, 2016

Take a look at the outcomes of SIMPACT's 3rd Stakeholder Experiment. The report summarises the discussion with social innovation intermediaries on SIMPACT core findings concerning the role of involvement in existing structures, bricolage attitude, resource scarcity, complexity of legal structures, as well as the SI ecosystem.

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July 29, 2016

New SIMPACT Statistic Brief on Linking Social Innovation to National Accounts published. The brief looks at Social Innovation through a macro-economic lens. The authors explore the possibilities for integrating the economics of social innovation into National Accounts and discuss pros and cons of requirements to do so. At the same time, they acknowledge that key to measuring the full impact of SI is to refer to wider non-financial impacts, including the well-being of individuals and communities, social capital and the environment. Therefore, they emphasise the (macro-)economic dimensions of Social Innovation both in a National Accounts and a 'beyond GDP' perspective.

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July 15, 2016

New SIMPACT Statistic Brief on Improved Measurement of the Economics of Social Innovation published. Social innovation is explained as new combinations of social, economic and political capital (resources and capabilities). The value or impact of social innovation derives from the interaction between the supply and demand for social innovations. As producers and users of social innovations the stakeholders of the business, public and civic or third sector engage in interactive learning and co-creation of use value, or »value-in-context«. Based on the derived indicator requirements, indicator sets are proposed.

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