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»: There has been a considerable increase in public interest in social innovation over the last year, which calls for conceptual reflection by economists, sociologists, political scientists and philosophers. The panel focuses on the conceptual foundations of social innovation and its place and implication for the political economy of regions, nation states and supra-national entity such as the EU.
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.
How can policymakers create an ecosystem capable of stimulating, resourcing and sustaining social innovation? Practitioners from the Basque Country, Czech Republic, England, Poland and Scotland have been working with SIMPACT partners led by the University of Bath as an «action learning» group, sharing dilemmas from their own experiences as well as successes. Its aim is to understand the radically different types of policy intervention required to address deeply-embedded social and economic problems through effective partnerships with wider stakeholders. Following earlier meetings in Vienna and Bilbao, the Federal Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia will be hosting the group's next event in Brussels.
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.
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.