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This short analytical Tool - produced by Ida Meglio and Antonio Bonetti – has the primary objective of promoting knowledge-sharing about Social Innovation (and social entrepreneurship as ...

This short analytical Tool - produced by Ida Meglio and Antonio Bonetti – has the primary objective of promoting knowledge-sharing about Social Innovation (and social entrepreneurship as well).

Social Innovation (SI) has risen to the top of political agenda. Nonetheless, “the conditions under which social innovations develop, flourish and sustain and finally lead to societal change are not yet fully understood both in political and academic circles.” (European Commission, Social Innovation Research in the European Union, 2013, p. 5).

Instead, it is widely acknowledged that we should consider Social Innovation a very hands-on concept. Accordingly, we can learn about it mainly from experience and concrete projects.

This is why this Tool is simply a short list of reference websites of Institutions, non-profit organisations, think tanks, advocacy groups, and projects regarding Social innovation.
It is aimed at scholars and practitioners who deal with the challenge of finding new solutions to pressing social needs.
In a nutshell, that is the ultimate rationale for any project of Social Innovation.

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  • 1. Research Project SFERA PUBBLICA www.bonetti4reforms.com Tool N. 2 SOCIAL INNOVATION: AN ORGANISED LIST OF REFERENCE WEBSITES Research Area: Reforms Tool N. 2 IDA MEGLIO – ANTONIO BONETTI January 2014
  • 2. Tool N. 2 SI: an organised list of reference websites “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength” 2 THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH George ORWELL – “1984” …….BUT…… “We are in favour of Peace, Freedom, Education, and Human Rights for all the people” Ida MEGLIO – Antonio BONETTI Table of Contents 1. Introduction p. 3 2. Main international institutions, think tanks and advocacy groups that promote Social Innovation p. 3 3. Public institutions and initiatives that support Social Innovation p. 5 4. Innovative social businesses, social e-platforms and projects p. 6 5. Magazines, reviews and blogs that deal with Social Innovation p. 7 Ida MEGLIO is an expert in Strategic Planning, Communication, Marketing, and Social Innovation. Mailto: idameglio@libero.it Antonio BONETTI is an independent expert in Local Economic Development, Strategic Planning, and EU Funds (for Social Innovation). Mailto: a.bonetti@ymail.com N.B. Completed on 28 January 2014 Ida Meglio – Antonio Bonetti January 2014
  • 3. Tool N. 2 SI: an organised list of reference websites 1. Introduction Social Innovation (SI) has risen to the top of political agenda. Nonetheless, “the conditions under which social innovations develop, flourish and sustain and finally lead to societal change are not yet fully understood both in political and academic circles.”1 Besides, it is not easy to turn new ideas to cope with old and new social problems into reality. The purpose of this Tool is to promote knowledge-sharing and improve creative collaboration between many actors who are increasingly engaging in social innovation (and social entrepreneurship as well). This Tool is simply a short list of reference websites aimed at scholars and practitioners who deal with the challenge of finding new solutions to pressing social needs. In a nutshell, that is the ultimate rationale for any project of social innovation. “Social innovation is in the mouths of many today, at policy level and on the ground.”2 Furthermore, “can be about projects, but also about process, strategy and governance.”3 As a result, this guide is aimed at providing scholars, pioneers, practitioners and public officials with a list of public and private institutions, public initiatives and hands-on projects regarding social innovation. It concerns mainly Italian and European institutions and projects. For more information on initiatives by Governments and experimentations see The Open Book of Social Innovation available at www.nesta.org.u/publications/open-book-of-social-innovation. Institutions engaged in the topic (public bodies at every tier, non-profit organisations, think tanks and advocacy groups) and projects are identified by name, location (when possible), and website. A list of magazines, reviews and blogs focused on this topic ends the Tool. 2. Main international institutions, think tanks and advocacy groups that promote Social Innovation INSTITUTIONS STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS- CENTER FOR SI (Stanford, USA) SIX – SOCIAL INNOVATION EXCHANGE (London, UK) EUCLIDE NETWORK (London, UK) SCHWAB FOUNDATION (Geneva, Switzerland) THINK PUBLIC (UK) THE YOUNG FOUNDATION (London, UK) TORONTO CENTER FOR SI (Toronto – Canada) MARS – Canadian Social Incubator (Canada) THE IMPACT HUB (community) WEBSITE ADDRESS http://csi.gsb.stanford.edu www.socialinnovationexchange.org www.euclidenetwork.eu www.schwabfound.org www.thinkpublic.com www.youngfoundation.org http://socialinnovation.ca www.marsdd.com www.impacthub.net European Commission -DG Research and Innovation, Social Innovation Research in the European Union, 2013, p. 5 European Commission - DG Regio – DG Employment, Guide to Social Innovation, 2013, p. 5 3 European Commission - DG Regio – DG Employment, Guide to Social Innovation, 2013, p. 57. 1 2 Ida Meglio – Antonio Bonetti January 2014 3
  • 4. Tool N. 2 SI: an organised list of reference websites (follows) INSTITUTIONS ASHOKA – Innovators for the Public (Arlington – USA) CHANGEMAKERS - ASHOKA (Arlington – USA) BUSINESS FIGHTS POVERTY (community) PIONEERSPOST (London, UK) COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION (Rachel Botsman)* SOCIAL EDGE (USA) CRITICAL MASS (Utrecht – The Netherlands) SOCIETING (community) LEAN IMPACT – Lean for Social Good (San Francisco, USA) GOOD.IS (New York - San Francisco, USA) LONDON CREATIVE LABS (London, UK) SOCIAL ENTERPRISE UK (UK) IDEAVIBES (Ottawa, Canada) SOCIAL INNOVATION CAMP (community) ZSI (Vienna - Austria) DENOKINN – SI Park in the Basque country PEERBY (community) NURSEFAMILYPARTNERSHIP (USA) EUROPEAN ALLIANCE FOR INNOVATION LIVING LABAS European Network of Living Labs SITRA – Housing, care and support (London, UK) PARTICIPLE – To design the new generation of public services (London, UK) CIVA LABS (UK) +SOCIAL GOOD (community) OPEN WEAR – Collaborative clothing (community) COMMUNITY CATALYSTS (UK) AVANZI (Milan, Italy) MAKE A CUBE (Milan, Italy) MAKE A CHANGE (Milan, Italy) MANAGER NON PROFIT (Milan, Italy) ASVI Social Innovation Lab (Rome, Italy) IRIS NETWORK (network) - Italy SODALITAS SOCIAL INNOVATION – Fondazione SODALITAS (Italy) FOUNDAZIONE UNIPOLIS CULTURABILITY (Italy) ITALIA CAMP (Italy) UMAN FOUNDATION (Rome, Italy) UNICREDIT FOUNDATION (Italy) WEBSITE ADDRESS www.ashoka.org www.changemakers.com www.businessfightspoverty.com www.pioneerspost.com www.collaborativeconsumpiton.com 4 www.skollfoundation.org/tag/social-edge/ http://criticalmass.nu/english www.societing.org www.leanimpact.org www.good.is www.londoncreativelabs.uk www.socialenterprise.org.uk www.ideavibes.com www.sicamp.org www.zsi.at www.denokinn.eu https//peerby.com http://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/ http://innovator.eai.eu/#! http://www.openlivinglabs.eu/ www.sitra.org www.participle.net www.civa.org.uk www.plussocialgood.org www.openwear.org www.communitycatalysts.co.uk www.avanzi.org www.makeachange.it www.makeacube.com www.managernonprofit.org www.asvi.it/social-innovation-lab www.irisnetwork.it www.socialinnovation.sodalitas.it www.culturability.org www.italiacamp.it/ www.umanfoundation.org/ita/startup_sociali.html https://www.unicreditfoundation.org/it/programs/cohe sion.html * Rachel Botsman (www.RatchelBotsman.com) Ida Meglio – Antonio Bonetti January 2014
  • 5. Tool N. 2 SI: an organised list of reference websites 3. Public Institutions and Initiatives that support Social Innovation PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS AND INITIATIVES NESTA (British National Innovation Agency London, UK) INNOVATION IN JOBS - Living map of job innovations supported by NESTA (London, UK) IDEA (initiative supported by the UK Government) MIND LAB (Copenhagen, Denmark) HELSINKI DESIGN LAB (Helsinki – Finland) WHITE HOUSE – SICP* (United States) WEBSITE ADDRESS www.nesta.org.uk TACSI – The Australian Center for SI (Australia) SOCIAL INNOVATION EUROPE Initiative (European Commission) www.tacsi.org.au http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/innovation/ policy/social-innovation/index_en.htm www.jobinnovators.org 5 www.idea.gov.uk www.mind-lab.dk/en http://helsinkidesignlab.org www.whitehouse.gov/administration.sicp.asp www.socialinnovationeurope.eu SOCIAL BUSINESS INITIATIVE (SBI) (European Commission) SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE (Europe) REVES - European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social Economy SI in New Zealand (Dunedin, New Zealand) MIUR - Italian Ministry of Education and Research ( Rome, Italy) SOCIAL INNOVATION – REGION OF SICILY (Italy) BOLLENTI SPIRITI – REGION OF PUGLIA (Italy) TORINO SOCIAL INNOVATION (Municipality of Turin, Italy) KUBLAI Project (Italy) E-PART (Municipality of Udine, Italy) www.socialinnovator.info http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/social_business/ index_en.htm www.socialeconomy.eu.org www.revesnetwork.eu www.socialinnovation.org/nz www.ponrec.it/socialinnovation http://siagenda.miur.it www.euroinfosicilia.it/innovazione-sociale/ www.bollentispiriti.regione.puglia.it www.torinosocialinnovation.it www.progettokublai.net www.epart.it/udine * THE OFFICE OF SOCIAL INNOVATION AND CIVIC PARTICIPATION Ida Meglio – Antonio Bonetti January 2014
  • 6. Tool N. 2 SI: an organised list of reference websites 4. Innovative social businesses, social e-platform, and projects4 SOCIAL BUSINESSES AND PROJECTS FRIENDS INTERNATIONAL Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Thailand, Honduras, Mexico, Egypt, Myanmar SOCIAL EARTH (social enterprise) GRAMEEM CREATIVE LAB (Bangladesh – Germany) The B-TEAM (project by Richard Branson) FIRST BOOK (USA) I-CANE Mobility solutions for blind people PER MICRO (Italy) JURATRI (Lons-le-Saunier, France) VELIB (Paris, France) FOUNDACION MODERNA - Participatory regional plan Navarra Moderna (Spain) FIX MY STREET (community) MY HEALTH INNOVATION UK FABIAN SOCIETY (UK) SLOW FOOD (Italy) WE FAB – Makers e nuova cultura del fare (Italy) 8 PLANNING MINDS Urban Planners (Milan, Italy) ACRA CCS (Milan, Italy) ANGELS FOR TRAVELLERS Travel tips (Naples, Italy) FIX MY STREET (community) BIKE4AFRICA Bambini nel Deserto (Modena – Italy) PERIPHÈRIA (project financed by the EU) PROCIVIBUS – Protezione civile partecipata (Italy) IPA – Innovations for Policy Action (Washington – USA) PROJECT ORACLE – Children and Youth Evidence Hub (London, UK) CLIMATE PROJECT (worldwide) WEBSITE ADDRESS www.friends-international.org www.socialearth.org www.grameencreativelab.com 6 http://bteam.org www.firstbook.org www.i-cane.org www.permicro.it http://juratri.fr www.velib.paris.fr www.modernanavarra.com www.fixmystreet.com/ www.myhealthinnovation.com www.fabians.org.uk www.slowfood.it www.wefab.it http://8planningminds.com www.acraccs.org www.angelsfortravellers.com www.fixmystreet.com/ www.bike4africa.it/ www.peripheria.eu www.procivibus.it/ www.poverty-action.org/ www.project-oracle.com www.theclimateproject.org Also, see: - World Economic Forum – Global Agenda Council on SI http://www.weforum.org/content/global-agenda-council-social-innovation-2012-2014 - Global Philanthropy Forum http://philanthropyforum.org/ 4 Ida Meglio – Antonio Bonetti January 2014
  • 7. Tool N. 2 SI: an organised list of reference websites Annex – Magazines, reviews and blogs that deal with Social Innovation5 MAGAZINES, REVIEWS, BLOGS SSIR - Stanford Social Innovation Review (USA) Media Company SOCIAL ENTERPRISE BUZZ Magazine IMPRESA SOCIALE (Italy) Magazine VITA (Italy) Magazine CORRIERE INNOVAZIONE / CORRIERE DEL VENETO (Italy) Blog CHE FUTURO! (Italy) Blog by Riccardo Luna Blog ETICA NEWS (Italy) Blog HUFFINGTON POST (section on Social Entrepreneurship) Blog FAI UN SALTO innovazioni e nuove tecnologie per l'impresa sociale (Italy) Blog ASVI4CHANCE (ASVI, Italy) Blog by Eugenio LA MESA “on social business” (Italy – Bangladesh ) Blog NONPROFIT BLOG – Blog by Elena ZANELLA (Italy) Blog THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE – Blog by Emanuele QUINTARELLI (Italy) WEBSITE ADDRESS www.ssir.org www.socialenterprisebuzz.com www.rivistaimpresasociale.it www.vita.it http://corriereinnovazione.corrieredelveneto.corriere.it/ www.chefuturo.it www.eticanews.it/ www.huffingtonpost.com/news/social-entrepreneurship/ http://faiunsalto.wordpress.com/ www.asvi.it/category/blog4change/social-business-blog/ www.eugeniolamesaonsocialbusiness.com/ita/ http://elenazanella.it/ www.socialenterprise.it BOX – Research Projects on Social Innovation cofinanced by the FP7 (EU’s 7th Research Framework Programme – from 2007 to 2013) CITISPYCE: Combating inequalities through innovative social practices of and for young people in cities across Europe http://www.aston.ac.uk/citispyce COCOPS: Coordinating for cohesion in the public sector of the future http://www.cocops.eu CSEYHP: Combating social exclusion among young homeless populations http://www.movisie.nl/homelessyouth INNOSERV: Social platform on innovative social services http://inno-serv.eu LIPSE: Learning from innovation in public sector environments http://www.lipse.org SELUSI: Social entrepreneurs as lead users for service innovation http://www.selusi.eu SERVPPIN: Public–private services innovation http://www.servppin.com SOCIAL POLIS: Social platform on cities and social cohesion http://www.socialpolis.eu SPREAD: Social platform on sustainable lifestyles 2050 http://www.sustainable-lifestyles.eu TEPSIE: The theoretical, empirical and policy foundations for building social innovation in Europe http://www.tepsie.eu WILCO: Welfare innovations at the local level http://www.wilcoproject.eu Source: EC-DG Research and Innovation, Social Innovation Research in the European Union, 2013 Also, see http://ec.europa.eu/research/social-sciences/pdf/ssh-projects-fp7-5-6-social-innovation_en.pdf.60 Appendix C and http://www.siresearch.eu 5 Also, see the following think tanks: - AICCON – www.aiccon.it - EURICSE – European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises – www.euricse.eu Ida Meglio – Antonio Bonetti January 2014 7
  • 8. Tool N. 2 SI: an organised list of reference websites Research Project SFERA PUBBLICA Antonio Bonetti Website/blog: www.bonetti4reforms.com 8 The acronym SFERA stands for: SF – Social Finance E – Europe R – Reforms A – Agriculture (and rural development). In Italian, the term SFERA PUBBLICA indicates, by and large, the boundaries of public intervention in the economy. These boundaries change over time. Moreover, they are flexible, due to “public” actions carried out by communities, associations, foundations, NGOs, and increasingly the same for profit companies. This means that my personal project research covers the debate over public intervention in the economy, the renewal of objectives, actors and features of social policies and new financial instruments (and new forms of Public Private Partnership) to support public policies. It also covers European policies and funds, as well as topics linked to public policies oriented at improving agricultural practices and food security, because they are part of my professional background. Regardless of the “institutional” features of “SFERA PUBBLICA” (e.g. institutional framework, decentralization of public powers, organisations that are involved in the provision of collective services, etc.) the purposes of this personal research project are: - to discuss new ideas and new trends about public intervention in the economy, from the European jurisdictional level to the local one; - to propose my personal view about reforms in public policies, taking into consideration the decision-making process and the administrative procedures as well. Antonio Bonetti Independent expert in Local Economic Development, Strategic Planning and EU Funds Website: http://www.bonetti4reforms.com LinkedIn profile: http://it.linkedin.com/pub/antonio-bonetti/37/783/2b8 E-mail: a.bonetti@ymail.com Skype ID: a.bonetti70 Mobile Phone: + (39) 335 5914711 Ida Meglio – Antonio Bonetti January 2014