Policy Sessions

Parallel Policy Sessions on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 13.00 – 15.00: (PDF version)

Session title Speakers, discussants and moderators Central questions and session topics
SI-DRIVE: Education and Employment Peter OEIJ, TNO, Leiden,  Maria PODLASEK-ZIEGLER, European Commission, DG EAC, Brussels, Antonius SCHRÖDER, SI-DRIVE, TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Greet VERMEYLEN, European Commission, DG Justice, Brussels Main topics:

  • Social innovation in education and employment: differences and commonalities (led by Peter Oeij and Antonius Schröder)
  • How social innovation helps to solve problems of education and lifelong learning (led by Maria Podlasek-Ziegler)
  • How social Innovation helps to solve employment problems (led by Greet Vermeylen)
  • The potential of social innovation to overcome interrelated challenges in education and employment (led by Peter Oeij, Maria Podlasek-Ziegler, Antonius Schröder and Greet Vermeylen)

Presentations, conversations, round table and panel discussions;

SI-DRIVE: Energy, Mobility, Environment Anna BUTZIN, IAT, Anna BUTZIN, IAT, Gelsenkirchen, Merel OOMS, TNO, Leiden, Doris SCHARTINGER, AIT, Vienna, Dirk VANSINTJAN, REScoop.eu, Berchem Main topics and questions:

  • Striking results from SI-DRIVE’s policy fields on social innovation in the area of sustainability. These are environment & climate change, energy supply and transport & mobility.
  • Practitioner report: how a particular social innovation initiative developed and overcame barriers (innovation biography)
  • How can social innovation contribute to sustainability transition? Lessons learnt and future questions.

Methods: Presentations, interview conversation, creation of a poster gallery in groups and presentation

SI-DRIVE: Health and Care Sandra GULYURTLU, The Young Foundation, London, Mark BROWN, Doc Ready, London Main topics:

  • Headline results from SI-DRIVE’s exploration of health and social care and lessons learned from the research
  • Case studies and illustrations of social innovation in health and social care
  • Challenges to innovation and mechanisms for change
  • Removing barriers: how can we improve social innovation in health and social care
  • Looking to the future: next steps for social innovation in health and social care

Methods: Presentation, small group and panel discussions

SI-DRIVE: Poverty and Sustainable Development Gayani FERNANDO, UK, Jeremy MILLARD, University of Bradford, Bradford, Stijn OOSTERLYNCK, Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Raul ZAMBRANO, UNDP, New York Main topics:

  • Headline results from SI-DRIVE’s policy field on social innovation for poverty reduction and sustainable development — what we have learnt and what should happen next (led by Jeremy Millard, Bradford University, UK)
  • Research challenges and future research directions in social innovation for poverty reduction and sustainable development (led by Gayani FERNANDO, PhD researcher, UK).
  • Poverty, social policy and social innovation in Europe, drawing on the EU project ImPRovE aiming to improve evidence-based policy making in Europe, both in the short and in the long term, through research that is directly relevant for policymaker (led by Stijn OOSTERLYNCK, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium).
  • The role of social innovation in global development and as an essential tool for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, 2016-2030 (led by Raul ZAMBRANO, UNDP, New York).

Methods: Presentation, small group and panel discussions;

SIC: Intermediaries for Community-led Innovation
Radhika BYNON, Monica NAGORE, The Young Foundation, London This workshop session will offer an overview of 3-4 practical examples of intermediaries working on community- led innovation projects. It will be focused on how intermediaries support these communities to solve their challenges given a context of vulnerability, economic uncertainty and institutional lack of effective support. Linked to this first part we would finish with an exercise to gather some insights that could benefit somehow our experimentation centres in Social Innovation Community project.

Key questions will then be:

  • How Institutions can leverage community social innovators level of contextual understanding and insight to define better solutions to their local challenges?
  • How policy makers can support community innovators when implementing their solutions to local challenges?
  • Is there a gap or a lack of ability to negotiate the processes needed to take communities’ solutions further? How can we cover this gap?
  • What’s the role of intermediaries in this context?
  • How can we build capability within social innovators and ‘doers’ in our communities.

Methods: Presentation, workshop and discussion.

SIC: Social innovation Policy in Europe: Where next?
Sophie REYNOLDS, Madeleine GABRIEL, NESTA, London Main topics:

This workshop session will set out to bring social innovation policy researchers, policymakers, and public sector representative together to co-design a strategy that will inform the establishment of a sustainable European Social Innovation Policy Forum.

Key questions will then be:

  • How can ongoing policy dialogue be facilitated between different European SI programmes and the SI Community?
  • In what ways can policy dialogue be sustained between the SI community and European policymakers?
  • What’s needed to embed and institutionalise social innovation policy in Europe?
  • How can the SI Community go further to make the case for ongoing collaboration with policymakers around public challenges?

Methods: Workshop, conversations, roundtable.