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How to Achieve Systemic Change with Social Innovation?
October 22, 2019
As part of the ASIS project, funded by Interreg Alpine Space, on October 22nd 2019, Center Noordung organized an event titled ‘H’ in Vitanje, where they invited the stakeholders of the Slovenian ecosystem of social innovation.
During the first part of the meeting, Tanja Tamše, who runs the ASIS project in Center Noordung, briefly presented the project and it’s goals, along with the new ASIS platform to which she invited all the participants and also presented the Torino workshop and invited participants to attend this international gathering. At the end Tanja also presented the questionnaires which all the participants were intend to fill in to help create suggestions and understanding on social innovation in Slovenia.
Mag. Janez Topolšek, Head of Social Entrepreneurship, Cooperative and Economic Democracy at Ministry of Economy, presented ‘Supporting Policies for Social Entrepreneurship’. Then, mag. Primož Šporar, Founder of the Fund05 and a member of the European Economic and Social Committee gave a keynote speech titled ‘European perspective on social innovation’.
In the lobby of Center Noordung we featured projects and initiatives on social innovation, including the Etri and Pina community, which recently received funding from the Norwegian Fund for the implementation of the project Social Innovators.
In the second, dynamic and collaborative part of the meeting, we entered into debates under the format ‘World Cafe’, led by Simona Roškar. It is suitable for the joint development of bottom-up strategies, for feedback on existing proposals, etc. Thus, in the short term, we have gathered a number of different views, insights and opinions, including proposals for improving policies in the field of social innovation.
They designed six tables whose topics and moderators were:
- THE SOCIAL ECONOMY ECOSYSTEM (Janez Topolšek, MSc)
In what ways could different types of stakeholders be involved and linked to the development of the social economy ecosystem?
- SUPPORTING FINANCIAL ENVIRONMENT (Primoz Sporar, MSc)
How can you best create a supportive financial environment for growth and development of social innovation?
- SOCIAL INNOVATOR KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS (Kaja Cunk)
How would you strengthen the knowledge and skills of future social innovators?
- CHALLENGES OF MEASURING SOCIAL EFFECT (Mojca Ž. Metelko and Lenka Puh)
In what ways would you best measure the social impact of social innovation?
- CONDITIONS FOR BUSINESS GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT (Željko Khermayer)
In what ways can the growth and development of entrepreneurship with social impact be promoted?
- IMPROVEMENT OF THE SIGNIFICANCE AND RECOGNITION OF SOCIAL INNOVATORS (Dr. Slavko Gaber)
How would you increase visibility and enhance the reputation of entrepreneurship with social impact?
The team members who we were not at at stage were gathering and analyzing all the data. The obtained information will contribute to the activities and results of the ASIS project.