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Strategic Open Social Innovation in Action Workshop (St Sebastian- Basque Country. October 26 2015)


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By assisting the strategy of the St Sebastian City Council and Fomento San Sebastián to promote open and strategic social innovation, Dr Calzada will conduct on October 26 a workshop with regional agents in St Sebastian.

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Strategic Open Social Innovation in Action Workshop (St Sebastian- Basque Country. October 26 2015)

  1. 1. October 26th,2015. TALENT HOUSE. Paseo Duque de Baena, 42. 20.009 San Sebastián. STRATEGIC OPEN SOCIAL INNOVATION IN ACTION 16.15-16.30 Registration 16.30-16.45 Welcome and Introduction (Fomento de San Sebastián) The strategy of Fomento de San Sebastian to promote social inno vation in three directions: Joint working proposal to stimulate the ecosystem in Donostia and surrounding area. 16.45-17.00 Diverse and strategic open innovation in action: methodological notes. Dr. Igor Calzada (Oxford University). 17.00-18.00 Presentation of Social Innovation Projects by each of the Agents. 10 min per agent/project. 18.00-18.30 Coffee-break: Networking 18.30-19.30 Structure of Living Labs (LL). To expand in the LL the generic characteristics of each of the projects presented: • Project, Organisation and Individual. • Context and Regional Sector: Impact and Determining Factors. • Europe and External Possibilities: References, Projects and Agents. 19.30-19.45 Constructive feed-back session by area of social innovation. Next steps. Fomento de San Sebastián + Igor Calzada (Oxford University). End of session WEEK OF INNOVATION PARKING PLACES.
  2. 2. Introduction In Euskadi, there are many organisations and institutions that have been working on social innovation as an institutional, economic, social and techno-cultural model. At the same time, within the EU area, the exchange of social innovation policies and projects between states, regions, cities and boroughs is being strengthened. In this context, Donostia-San Sebastian, within its wider interactive geographic framework (Gipuzkoa, CAV, etc.), presents itself as a city in a privileged position to both stimulate and become a European connecting point in the social innovation field. Social innovation, despite not being a new concept, now presents itself as an alternative to the lack of public response to collective problems. The final outcome is that new ways to resolve or at least moderate social problems, old and new, must be found. In many cases, this results in proposals for social self-organisation, collective initiative, enterprise, social innovation of a very diverse, pluralistic nature, which therefore have the potential to enhance our territory and the network of organisations and agents that inspire with their activities. This is the case of the institutions and organisations invited to this seminar, all of which carry out great work in the interest of extending the social innovation model. Nevertheless, despite the intense activity carried out by agents in this area, social innovation is not yet at the centre of institutional policies and organisational priorities of key agents in our midst. In addition, there are many other agents working in this field but also giving the impression (right or wrong) that they do so in a rather incoherent manner, thus resulting in a subsequent loss of impact on the organisational network and on the territory as a whole. And this does not take into account the waste of know-how and of the possible interactions that may exist between the agents themselves. In conclusion, far from placing the emphasis on the institutional support programmes which, although necessary, should not be an end in themselves, this seminar invites agents who are active in social innovation within our surrounding area, to reach a common strategy in relation to the specific actions and projects that are currently being developed. This seminar aims to be a common and strategic meeting place, to reflect on the activity of social innovation in our territory, identifying the determining factors that may act as an obstacle and also the possible strategies that strengthen the sector as well as each of the agents. Strategic Open Social Innovation In Action