Europe: The World’s Largest Social Innovation Lab

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There is nothing like a crisis to generate action. Even the most optimistic observers accept that Europe faces monumental economic and social challenges. Small or incremental solutions simply don’t cut it. These are the perfect conditions for social innovation: Solutions are needed that transform systems, not just tinker with them. Europe has become a “living lab” for this emerging field by default – it has to urgently experiment with new ideas and processes now. So, when two Commissioners, Johannes Hahn and Laszlo Andor, from the European Commission issue a Guide to Social Innovation*, it’s worth studying.

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Another Competition: European Social Innovation

Another competition to promote social innovation as well as build interest/language to encourage social innovation across Europe.

The blurb:

There is no shortage of social innovations in Europe. And yet despite this, the field of social innovation has yet to mature enough to be up to the multitude of presenting social challenges. In order to move from the current state of good yet fragmented ideas, to a place where social innovations are making a more consistent and more efficient impact on all areas of need, successful social innovations must be more visible in Europe.

Euclid Network, in partnership with The European Commission and Social Innovation eXchange (SIX), will identify 10 large-scale successful examples of socially innovative initiatives, with the aim of raising the profile of social innovation across Europe and creating an impact beyond the established social innovation community.

There are two videos promoting it…not overly slick but the message is clear…apply by September 8th 2010 – use the following guide.