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Change Hubs for Ecosystemic Social Solutions

Objective

It is now widely accepted in Europe that we need new approaches if we are to tackle the systemic and urgent societal challenges we face - traditional technological or business innovation alone is not sufficient. ‘Social’ must be part of the bigger innovation picture.

With significant support from the European Commission, social innovation is currently well embedded in several policy agendas and funding streams. There are hundreds of social innovation centres, university research teams, accelerators and educational courses, labs, accelerators and incubators of all kinds, as well as a great number of toolkits presenting the various innovative approaches and methodologies that can be applied by students and established practitioners alike.

Despite this success, the full potential of social innovation remains untapped. Different project reports and academic papers published in the past five years have pointed to several interconnected barriers hindering social innovation initiatives. Drawing specif
Despite this success, the full potential of social innovation remains untapped. Different project reports and academic papers published in the past five years have pointed to several interconnected barriers hindering social innovation initiatives. Drawing specifically on the outcomes of three projects that members of this consortium have participated in – SI-DRIVE, SIC, and Labs for Social Innovation – we highlight the following challenges that merit critical attention:
1. Social innovation lacks access to finance, scaling models, and qualified personnel and is not applied enough.
2. Social innovators act in silos and are not integrated into the wider innovation ecosystems.
3. Social innovation toolkits are plentiful, but there is a lack of records about the tools’ effectiveness and pertinence.
The CHESS project tackles the above challenges head-on by designing, implementing and testing a “Social Innovation Action manual” in four locally specific contexts.

Coordinator

EVRO-SREDOZEMSKA UNIVERZA
Net EU contribution
€ 91 624,29
Address
Kidricevo Nabrezje 2
6330 Piran
Slovenia

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Region
Slovenija Zahodna Slovenija Obalno-kraška
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
No data

Participants (4)

PROJECT AHEAD SC
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 66 735,71
Address
Via Della Sapienza 18
80138 Napoli

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Sud Campania Napoli
Activity type
Other
Other funding
No data
EUROPOS SOCIALINIO FONDO AGENTURA
Lithuania
Net EU contribution
€ 68 881,25
Address
M Katkaus 44
09217 Vilnius

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Region
Lietuva Sostinės regionas Vilniaus apskritis
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
No data
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 59 012,50
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki

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Region
Θεσσαλονίκη Κεντρική Μακεδονία Βόρεια Ελλάδα
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
No data
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 67 156,25
Address
August Schmidt Strasse 4
44227 Dortmund

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Arnsberg Dortmund, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
No data

Partners (2)

THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR PROFESSIONAL INNOVATION MANAGEMENT LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Office 3 Outer Space Business Centre Stone Hill Ro
BL4 9TP Farnworth Bolton

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
North West (England) Greater Manchester Greater Manchester North West
Activity type
Other
Other funding
No data
SOCIAL INNOVATION EXCHANGE
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
32 Cubitt Street
WC1X 0LR London

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Region
London Inner London — West Camden and City of London
Activity type
Other
Other funding
No data