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The power of arts in transforming your social innovation work

“Arts based social innovation and collaboration opportunities” was an event co-organised by Social Innovation Exchange and Glasgow Caledonian University for SI Connect, a UK partnership part of EU-funded programme supporting the establishment of national social innovation ‘competence centres’ across Europe. This event was organised to bring social innovation and the arts world together.  What can ... The power of arts in transforming your social innovation work

By Fie Neo, SIX

August 26, 2022




SIX in 2022 – intersectionality, pluralism and going beyond a Western centric world view

You may have noticed that SIX has a ‘new look’ post pandemic, and lots of new strands of work alongside. Below is a bit more detail on our approach and what it looks like in practice: Our approach  Working in the ‘in between’ spaces The challenges we face today are more complex than ever and ... SIX in 2022 – intersectionality, pluralism and going beyond a Western centric world view

By Louise Pulford

August 15, 2022







The Future of Social Innovation in the Arab Region

Introduction In partnership with the International Forum for Social Innovation 2020 (ISIF), which was organised in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, SIX brought together a group of speakers and panellists from ISIF to discuss what is needed to build more support for social innovation in the future. Participants represented 11 countries across the Arab region and ... The Future of Social Innovation in the Arab Region

By Josiane Smith

February 10, 2021




The future of social innovation in the post-COVID-19 world

CEO of SIX, Louise Pulford, joined Geoff Mulgan, Siyad Abdullahi and Lujain AlUbaid in a session on The future of social innovation in the post-COVID-19 world at The ISIF conference. The ISIF conference addressed several pillars, most notably: educational programs specialised in social innovation, the role of educational institutions and methodologies of systemic thinking. ISIF 2020 is organized by the ... The future of social innovation in the post-COVID-19 world

By SIX

December 2, 2020




Seoul: Social innovation lessons for global cities

As part of Seoul Innovation Week 2020 organised by Seoul Metropolitan Government, we are hosted a special session sharing the story of Seoul’s journey to becoming a people-powered city on 25 November 2020 at 8-9:30 am GMT. Seoul City’s global advisors on social innovation – Ada Wong, Anil Gupta, Ezio Manzini, Gabriella Gomez-Mont, Geoff Mulgan, Louise Pulford and Peter Ramsden – ... Seoul: Social innovation lessons for global cities

By SIX

November 25, 2020




False binaries: A cautionary tale

This is the fourth article in a global series about philanthropic responses to COVID-19 and its effects, which was produced in partnership with The Alliance Magazine. This was part of the SIX Funders Node Year on Power programme. This article has been written by Djurdja Trajković and Galina Maksimović, from the Reconstruction Women’s Fund in Serbia. Anyone who ... False binaries: A cautionary tale

By Djurdja Trajkovic and Galina Maksimovic

October 5, 2020




The Robin Murray Living Library is now live

The Robin Murray Living Library has been created by the Trellis Foundation, set up in memory of Robin to continue his life’s work in social and environmental innovation. As part of this project we have digitised and made available hundreds of unpublished papers, as well as articles, reports and other publications, dating from the 1960s to ... The Robin Murray Living Library is now live

By SIX

September 28, 2020




The Aotearoa COVID-19 experience

This is the third article in a global series about philanthropic responses to COVID-19 and its effects, which was produced in partnership with The Alliance Magazine. This was part of the SIX Funders Node Year on Power programme. Sue McCabe, the Executive Director of Philanthropy New Zealand, adds important context from Aotearoa New Zealand. At the ... The Aotearoa COVID-19 experience

By Sue McCabe

September 20, 2020




You call it Philanthropy, we call it ‘Devlopman Tèt Ansanm’

This is the second article in a global series about philanthropic responses to COVID-19 and its effects, which was produced in partnership with The Alliance Magazine. This was part of the SIX Funders Node Year on Power programme. Marie-Rose Romain Murphy, the Co-founder of Haiti Community Foundation, continues the series. ‘We do not learn from experience…We learn ... You call it Philanthropy, we call it ‘Devlopman Tèt Ansanm’

By Marie-Rose Romain Murphy

September 2, 2020




5 things we should learn from Taiwan to build a resilient society

This article summarises highlights from the first SIX Dialogue Series: Social innovation for Resilience – the Taiwan Approach, between Audrey Tang and Geoff Mulgan.  When we see “internet of things”, let’s make it an internet of beings. When we see “virtual reality”, let’s make it a shared reality. When we see “machine learning”, let’s make it ... 5 things we should learn from Taiwan to build a resilient society

By So Jung Rim

July 28, 2020




WATCH: Social Innovation for Resilience – the Taiwan Approach

On Tuesday 21st July, Social Innovation Exchange held our first Global Dialogue.  Speaking with Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of the Taiwan government and Geoff Mulgan, Professor at UCL on Collective Intelligence and Social Innovation, Marco Shek, Asia Lead- Partnerships, Capacity Building and Development at SIX, spoke about how collective intelligence and trust-building has enabled Taiwan to be resilient. The hour-long discussion ... WATCH: Social Innovation for Resilience – the Taiwan Approach

By SIX

July 23, 2020







Listen to Tamarack Institute The Changing Role of Philanthropy webinar now

Listen as Louise, Sophie and Liz engage in a conversation about the changing role and impact of philanthropy and explore how our work influences funders and community change leaders globally. Philanthropy plays a pivotal role in the community and social change supporting organizations and networks in tackling complex and urgent challenges that communities are facing. ... Listen to Tamarack Institute The Changing Role of Philanthropy webinar now

By SIX

April 27, 2020




How do universities manage COVID-19?

By Prof Francis Petersen, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State, South Africa. Our world has changed. The aspects that we have accepted as daily occurrences, and those that we have taken for granted, are no longer possible. Anxiety and uncertainty have filled our lives. After the first infections in China at the end of 2019, the ... How do universities manage COVID-19?

By Francis Petersen, University of the Free State

April 17, 2020




Global exchange in the age of Coronavirus

Last week, the WHO officially declared Coronavirus a pandemic. Since then, a feeling of being out of control is spreading around the world. One by one, governments declare national emergencies and implement lockdown policies. The streets of London were quiet this morning, and for those who are not socially isolating themselves, ‘social distancing’ is becoming ... Global exchange in the age of Coronavirus

By SIX

March 17, 2020




It’s time to innovate social innovation

By Fábio Deboni, Executive Manager at the Sabin Institute. While Social Innovation seems to continue to be on the rise, there is also some disagreement as to what it actually means. This issue has been previously discussed, and the purpose of this article is to discuss the need for the approaches of/for/about social innovation to also be able to innovate ... It’s time to innovate social innovation

By Fabio Deboni, Sabin Insitute

March 12, 2020




Taking Collaborative Action to Reduce Inequalities

‘Taking collaborative action to reduce inequalities’ was an event hosted by the Health Foundation at the People’s History Museum in Manchester on the 22nd and 23rd January 2020. This two-day conference provided a space and a framework to explore how working across multiple determinants of health can improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities in the ... Taking Collaborative Action to Reduce Inequalities

By Josiane Smith & So Jung Rim

March 11, 2020




Coronavirus and social innovation – Why we need to keep learning globally

As coronavirus is challenging global markets, and shining a light on many of our structural inequalities (most prominent is lack of access to wifi and resources for e-learning for many children when schools close), the power of ordinary citizens is coming to the fore once again. At SIX, we believe in looking beyond our borders ... Coronavirus and social innovation – Why we need to keep learning globally

By Louise Pulford & Marco Shek

March 6, 2020




5 ways community spaces are using social innovation to #ReimagineSpace

This year, we at the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) hosted a  Winter School for Hallym University. The 5-day programme in London tackled pressing social issues and started students on their journey to become changemakers.  Focusing on the theme of ‘Community Spaces in the 21st Century’, we explored how place and social innovation interact to create thriving ... 5 ways community spaces are using social innovation to #ReimagineSpace

By Darren Mew & Sophie Monaghan-Coombs

January 29, 2020










SIX Summary of the Systems Innovation Conference 2019

Systems Innovation hosted their second conference in London at the start of September, following their kick off in Barcelona in Spring 2019. The conference brought together almost 200 researchers and practitioners who are applying complexity science and systems thinking in their work, and enabling systems innovation and change throughout the realms of economy, society, technology ... SIX Summary of the Systems Innovation Conference 2019

By Josiane Smith

September 18, 2019




Cities for the imagination

As cities grow in size and significance, they can become sites of complex social problems – but also hubs for exploring possible solutions. While every city faces distinct problems, they all share a need for innovative approaches to tackle today’s challenges. This essay is one in a series on future trends for innovative cities, written ... Cities for the imagination

By Gabriella Gomez-Mont

April 30, 2019




Next for city innovation: creating backbones for enabling multi-stakeholder solutions

As cities grow in size and significance, they can become sites of complex social problems – but also hubs for exploring possible solutions. While every city faces distinct problems, they all share a need for innovative approaches to tackle today’s challenges. This essay is one in a series on future trends for innovative cities, written by the leading thinkers of the Mayor of Seoul’s ... Next for city innovation: creating backbones for enabling multi-stakeholder solutions

By Tim Draimin

April 16, 2019




Inclusive cities of the future: creative commons, compassionate connectivity

As cities grow in size and significance, they can become sites of complex social problems – but also hubs for exploring possible solutions. While every city faces distinct problems, they all share a need for innovative approaches to tackle today’s challenges. This essay is one in a series on Future trends for innovative cities, written by the leading thinkers of the Mayor of Seoul’s ... Inclusive cities of the future: creative commons, compassionate connectivity

By Anil Gupta

April 1, 2019




Breakfast on corporate social innovation with SIX, Nesta and McConnell

On 22nd February, SIX and Global Council partners Nesta and the McConnell Foundation hosted a breakfast on corporate social innovation in London. There are a multitude of ways that corporations are contributing to social change, but these initiatives can often feel piecemeal with varying motivations. For this first breakfast, we invited key thinkers to highlight ... Breakfast on corporate social innovation with SIX, Nesta and McConnell

By SIX

March 19, 2019







Snakes and ladders in participation

As cities grow in size and significance, they can become sites of complex social problems – but also hubs for exploring possible solutions. While every city faces distinct problems, they all share a need for innovative approaches to tackle today’s challenges. This essay is one in a series on future trends for innovative cities, written by the leading thinkers of the Mayor of Seoul’s ... Snakes and ladders in participation

By Peter Ramsden

March 17, 2019




Social Innovation Community yearbook – looking back on 3 years of community building in Europe

The Social Innovation Community (SIC) project aimed to develop an enabling environment for social innovation by connecting social innovators from Europe and beyond. SIX was one of 12 European partners involved in building this initiative. This was a an important next step in Europe, following the work of SIX and others to connect social innovation actors ... Social Innovation Community yearbook – looking back on 3 years of community building in Europe

By SIX

March 8, 2019




What did we learn from Social Innovation Community Project?

The Social Innovation Community (SIC) project aimed to develop an enabling environment for social innovation by connecting social innovators from Europe and beyond. The global challenges that we face are diverse and resistant to solution. Issues like inequality, climate change, housing shortages, and migration require new thinking. They require an environment in which we appreciate that ... What did we learn from Social Innovation Community Project?

By SIC & SIX

March 8, 2019




Collaborative cities: what social innovation teaches us

As cities grow in size and significance, they can become sites of complex social problems – but also hubs for exploring possible solutions. While every city faces distinct problems, they all share a need for innovative approaches to tackle today’s challenges. This essay is one in a series on future trends for innovative cities, written by the leading thinkers of the Mayor of Seoul’s ... Collaborative cities: what social innovation teaches us

By Ezio Manzini

March 4, 2019




Why public servants need to get out of the office more

As cities grow in size and significance, they can become sites of complex social problems – but also hubs for exploring possible solutions. While every city faces distinct problems, they all share a need for innovative approaches to tackle today’s challenges. This essay is one in a series on future trends for innovative cities, written by the leading thinkers of the Mayor of Seoul’s ... Why public servants need to get out of the office more

By Louise Pulford

February 14, 2019




The city as collective intelligence

As cities grow in size and significance, they can become sites of complex social problems – but also hubs for exploring possible solutions. While every city faces distinct problems, they all share a need for innovative approaches to tackle today’s challenges. This essay is one in a series on future trends for innovative cities, written by the leading thinkers of the Mayor of Seoul’s ... The city as collective intelligence

By Geoff Mulgan

January 30, 2019




The state of social innovation in 2019

Over the last 10 years, SIX has developed a broad view of what social innovation looks like in different parts of the world. We’ve seen how social innovation ecosystems have developed in response to the individual contexts of different countries, as well as the patterns that have emerged locally, regionally and globally. Here, SIX Executive ... The state of social innovation in 2019

By SIX

January 22, 2019




How can a city empower its youth to create their own global future?

As cities grow in size and significance, they can become sites of complex social problems – but also hubs for exploring possible solutions. While every city faces distinct problems, they all share a need for innovative approaches to tackle today’s challenges. This essay is one in a series on future trends for innovative cities, written by the leading thinkers of the Mayor of Seoul’s ... How can a city empower its youth to create their own global future?

By Sunit Shrestha

January 21, 2019




Social Innovation: Comparative Perspectives

Social Innovation: Comparative Perspectives investigates socioeconomic impact. Since it is hard to establish causality and to measure social properties when investigating impact, especially at the level of society, the book narrows down impact to one priority aspect: social innovation—understood as organisations’ capacity to generate novel ideas, ways and means of doing things, and of addressing public ... Social Innovation: Comparative Perspectives

By Helmut K. Anheier, Gorgi Krlev & Georg Mildenberger

November 27, 2018




Carlos Moedas: The EU will fund more social innovation because it’s the future of innovation

This article was first feature on Horizon: The EU Research and Innovation Magazine. To see the original version, please click here.  Socially focused innovators across Europe have called on the European Union to put innovation at the heart of its strategy to achieve a ‘social triple A rating’– an ambition set out by European Commission president ... Carlos Moedas: The EU will fund more social innovation because it’s the future of innovation

By Joanna Roberts

November 8, 2018




What actions are needed to shift the way that universities behave?

Last week, as part of the European Commission funded project – SEASIN – we brought together practitioners and researchers from South East Asia and beyond at SI-LIVE ASIA in Kuala Lumpur. Over two days, the event explored three major challenges faced by universities today in helping prepare for the future: Rethinking research and practice: how do we ... What actions are needed to shift the way that universities behave?

By SIX

October 17, 2018




Government of Canada releases recommendations for comprehensive social innovation and social finance strategy

In 2017, a Co-Creation Steering Group, appointed by the Government of Canada, engaged stakeholders from across sectors and regions to provide recommendations for a pan-Canadian Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy. In 2018, the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-Creation Steering Group released its report, Inclusive Innovation: New Ideas and New Partnerships for Stronger Communities. ... Government of Canada releases recommendations for comprehensive social innovation and social finance strategy

By Government of Canada

September 10, 2018




Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy for Canada

It’s time for a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy for Canada. Canadians should be optimistic about the future. That said, serious challenges remain—poverty, homelessness, climate change—to name a few. And complex challenges demand new kinds of thinking to generate transformative solutions. Fortunately, Canada is a diverse nation of innovators. There is a need to draw on ... Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy for Canada

By SISFS

August 30, 2018







Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Refugees in MENA

Over five million Syrian refugees have fled the war to neighbouring countries (Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey). Refugees now account for 30% of Lebanon’s population, the highest concentration in the world, and over 70% of these are destitute and living in vulnerable conditions according to the UNHCR. In Jordan, over 90% are living below the poverty line. Many ... Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Refugees in MENA

By Kendra Schreiner

July 2, 2018




Social Innovation: what’s under this umbrella? A Brazilian perspective

Abstract Social innovation, as both a field and conversation point, is burgeoning within Latin America. Yet, at the same time, there are discrepancies between what is meant by social innovation, and little shared understanding of its definition. The social innovation dialogue in Latin America, and especially in Brazil, hinges around two narratives. One centres on ... Social Innovation: what’s under this umbrella? A Brazilian perspective

By Fabio Deboni, Sabin Institute

May 24, 2018







How is social innovation empowering women in the Middle East and North Africa?

Ahead of our upcoming Wayfinder in Istanbul on the future of social innovation, we explored how social innovation is empowering women in the region of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Challenges and opportunities for women in MENA Historically, women face marginalisation and discrimination in much of MENA. This has resulted in the lowest female labor ... How is social innovation empowering women in the Middle East and North Africa?

By Kendra Schreiner

May 4, 2018




Conversation with Social Innovation Task Force from the Government of South Korea

In conversation with Nowon Park, Jun Hyung Shim, Sooyeon Lee.  Interviewed by So Jung RimPhotographs by Kwansoo Ahn This month, we connected with a delegation from the Social Innovation Taskforce from the South Korean government, representing four different departments, Ministry of Interior and Safety, Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Ministry of Science and ICT, and ... Conversation with Social Innovation Task Force from the Government of South Korea

By So Jung Rim

April 24, 2018




SI-Live Asia

SI LIVE ASIA took place on 8-9 October 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two-day event was part of the European Commission funded project – SEASIN – and brought together practitioners and researchers from South East Asia and beyond. With participants from over 15 countries and a range of backgrounds, the event explored three major challenges faced ... SI-Live Asia

By SIX

April 14, 2018




How does the agency for social innovation arise? Enabling social innovation capacity in Thailand and Myanmar

There is no people power in this country Participant during the social innovation workshop in Myanmar The above quote is rather representative of our recent experience of running social innovation training workshops and meeting young students in South East Asia. Another participant in Myanmar used an analogy to express the frustration he felt. “We are ... How does the agency for social innovation arise? Enabling social innovation capacity in Thailand and Myanmar

By SIX

April 10, 2018




Koreo Futures: Exploring the Future of Meaningful Work

The rise of emerging technologies are disrupting the current models of living, influencing the way we expose, share and communicate our daily lives. Currently, discussion around the future seems to take two distinct avenues; for some, it’s utopic, while for others, it’s dystopic. Koreo is a talent consultancy based in London dedicated to social change. ... Koreo Futures: Exploring the Future of Meaningful Work

By Megumi Koyama

March 27, 2018




#WomensDay- SIX speaks with women who are pioneering and leading their fields

As part of International Women’s Day, SIX is is highlighting a number of brilliant, inspirational women who are leading and championing innovation in their fields.  Interviews with:   Priyanka Dutt from BBC Media Action in India Stephanie Atkins from Women’s Aid in the UK Gabriella Gómez-Mont from Labatorio para la Ciudad in Mexico  Shariha Khalid from Scope Group ... #WomensDay- SIX speaks with women who are pioneering and leading their fields

By SIX

March 8, 2018




How Field Catalysts Galvanise Social Change

Ending malaria. Achieving marriage equality. Dramatically reducing teen smoking. Surmounting these and other daunting social challenges can require an “invisible hand” that amplifies the efforts of many other players in the field. These behind-the-scenes catalysts are built to win campaigns, not to last forever, and they are galvanizing population-level change. By Taz Hussein, Matt Plummer & ... How Field Catalysts Galvanise Social Change

By SSIR

February 15, 2018




A Social Innovation Platform in Istanbul: imece

Established by ATÖLYE and Zorlu Holding as founding partners and S360 as a strategic partner, imece is a social innovation platform based in Istanbul, that brings together individuals and institutions tackling social challenges. Through its incubation process, imece offers various resources in the form of mentorship, workspace, grants, training, access to the ecosystem and investor relations to teams providing ... A Social Innovation Platform in Istanbul: imece

By SIX

January 29, 2018




5 steps to help build movements for social impact and system innovation – lessons from Istanbul

Last week 150 people from more than 50 countries gathered at the Istanbul Innovation Days to share, learn and discuss how building movements for government and cross-sector innovation might enable social impact at a larger scale. The event was hosted by the UNDP in collaboration with Nesta. I returned from Istanbul with new insights and new case studies on public ... 5 steps to help build movements for social impact and system innovation – lessons from Istanbul

By Juline Munk

November 7, 2017




Participatory Systems Change: A Primer

Abstract  Addressing many of today’s most pressing problems—from climate change to unsustainable borrowing to rising inequalities—requires both engaging broad public audiences and working with complex systems of institutions, actors and drivers to mobilize solutions. Over the past thirty years, advances in the field of public engage – ment have enabled citizens to meaningfully affect government ... Participatory Systems Change: A Primer

By Center for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University

October 24, 2017




A Breakfast on Networks and Systems Change

SIX recently hosted Tim Draimin for a breakfast in London with individuals working in networks and systems change. Tim works for the McConnell Foundation in Canada, is seconded to be the Executive Director of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and is a member of the SIX Executive Board. After 10 years, SiG is sunsetting, as planned, at the end ... A Breakfast on Networks and Systems Change

By SIX & SiG

October 20, 2017







Follow Our Movement- Reflections following the Rethink Activism Festival in Aarhus

No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main John Donne I’ve realised that since being at this Festival  that I’ve been involved in politics and activism my entire life.’ Peter Macfadyen (Independents for Frome) To say it was disconcerting to be led ... Follow Our Movement- Reflections following the Rethink Activism Festival in Aarhus

By Duncan Collins-Adams

September 26, 2017










Tea with Robin Murray

협동조합은 학교다_SBS from SPREAD-i on Vimeo. I have desired to goWhere springs not fail,To fields where flies no sharp and sided hailAnd a few lilies blow. And I have asked to beWhere no storms come,Where the green swell is in the havens dumb,And out of the swing of the sea.– by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Heaven-Haven I am honoured to have known ... Tea with Robin Murray

By So Jung Rim

June 25, 2017




A global response to the most important questions facing the field of social innovation

In February 2017, SIX hosted our first global Wayfinder event in London. We brought together more than 160 leaders from 34 countries to explore the future of social innovation and our roles within it. There were some clear messages about the very core of what we do, why we do it, and why it matters. Some of ... A global response to the most important questions facing the field of social innovation

By Jordan Junge

May 17, 2017




How human connections can form a solid foundation for social change- Lessons for the Unusual Suspects Festival

At times it seems no wonder that social isolation and loneliness are on the increase. Quite frankly it’s tough out there, with rising inequalities in health, education, housing and public services that appear to be closer to breaking point than ever before. Tough times can also be tough on our relationships as human beings. We ... How human connections can form a solid foundation for social change- Lessons for the Unusual Suspects Festival

By Duncan Collins-Adams

May 17, 2017




How can businesses enhance and enrich social innovation? SIX speaks with Lisen Wirén from Ikea

Can you tell me a bit more about what you do at Ikea related to social innovation and what you think have motivated these initiatives, mentalities and policies? After six years working with sustainability at IKEA I have recently moved over to a new position where I am responsible for people and communities globally at ... How can businesses enhance and enrich social innovation? SIX speaks with Lisen Wirén from Ikea

By Marc Violo

May 4, 2017







Colombian Centre for Social Innovation – ANSPE

Background Innovative solutions to pressing social challenges are thought after throughout the world. In 2013, the Latin American spotlight was on Brazil to offer innovation solutions to counter growing social unrest. Less publicised but similar socio-economic conditions were developing in other Latin America countries, namely Colombia.  Challenge There were existing examples of innovative change makers ... Colombian Centre for Social Innovation – ANSPE

By SIX

April 13, 2017




Social innovation in the next 10 years: Insights from the SIX Wayfinder

The SIX Wayfinder was convened by SIX, hosted by Nesta and supported by the UNDP, Social Innovation Generation (SiG) National, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), and the JW McConnell Family Foundation. 160 leaders from over 34 countries attended the SIX Wayfinder from diverse backgrounds, both private and public, including government, design, international development, ... Social innovation in the next 10 years: Insights from the SIX Wayfinder

By SIX

April 13, 2017




The DSI Manifesto

The Manifesto is a EU level Policy Outreach document, which aims at fostering civic participation in Digital Social Innovation (DSI) and CAPS initiatives to counteract prevailing top-down approaches while promoting active citizenship. The Manifesto includes a set of recommendations for policy makers, aiming to facilitate DSI and CAPS initiatives to drive the Digital Agenda in becoming ... The DSI Manifesto

By SIX

April 7, 2017




What good is a corporate experience?

It was during another, countless, KPI improvement for GSK that I started to think about whether there was more to life than just earning money. As many of you, I inherited the mind-set that believed, “work hard”, earn a living and be economically safe as priority number one. At GSK I was travelling world trying ... What good is a corporate experience?

By Martin Cosarinsky Campos

April 7, 2017




East Asia’s Role in Global Social Innovation

Dangshu (Jaff) Shen and Fan Li from Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation have collaborated with various individuals in East Asia working on the emerging frontiers of research and innovation in the field to create a collection of practices and perspectives on social innovation from East Asian countries. Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation is part of SIX Global Council. Stanford Social Innovation ... East Asia’s Role in Global Social Innovation

By Dangshu (Jaff) Shen and Fan Li

February 21, 2017




What can social innovators learn from the power of personal testimony? Lessons from the Quipu project in Peru

Photo Credit: Quipu project We spoke with Sandra Tabares-Duque from Quipu Project about the power of storytelling. The Quipu project is currently featured on Guardian Documentaries here. Also, find out more about Quipu project and hear more testimonies on their interactive platform. What is storytelling for you? Why do you think it is important?  I think that storytelling is ... What can social innovators learn from the power of personal testimony? Lessons from the Quipu project in Peru

By Duncan Collins-Adams & So Jung Rim

February 14, 2017




How to build a network: Lessons from SIX

In groups we can do together what we cannot achieve alone. With networks and new computer-based tools, ordinary people can now become a group even without the benefit of a corporation or organisation. They can make decisions, own and sell assets, accomplish tasks by exploiting the technology available. They no longer need to rely on ... How to build a network: Lessons from SIX

By Jordan Junge

February 3, 2017




10 unusual things about the Unusual Suspects Festival

As usual, the Unusual Suspects festival showed lots of things that are not found during an average social innovation event… 1) We facilitated unlikely connections creating genuine social change Orode Faka from Roehampton R.O.C.K.S. met Louise Foreman from the Young Foundation for the first time at the Unusual Suspects ideas exchange, months before the Festival began London on ... 10 unusual things about the Unusual Suspects Festival

January 29, 2017




Stories of Change: Truth, Memory and Reconciliation Commission of Colombian women in diaspora

At SIX we think it is important to tell stories where social innovation has impacted people’s lives for the better. Our Stories of Change series tells you the stories that inspire us from around the world.  It was when Sofia felt that she was being followed in Bogotá that she started to feel unsafe. Her ... Stories of Change: Truth, Memory and Reconciliation Commission of Colombian women in diaspora

By Duncan Collins-Adams

January 3, 2017




Sustainable work and the future of public services: A conversation about creative criminal justice with charity Only Connect

SIX has moved office! At the end of October 2016, we relocated from Somerset House to Cubitt Street, five minutes walk from Kings Cross. We are now sharing our office with creative criminal justice charity, Only Connect. We spoke with OC’s executive director Mat Ilic to find out a little more about their work. What ... Sustainable work and the future of public services: A conversation about creative criminal justice with charity Only Connect

By SIX

December 15, 2016




The Biggest Conversation in the World

How do you have a conversation with someone that you disagree with?  “If you ask, what is the most significant thing you can do to achieve peace in ordinary life? The answer is: commit to the conversation, converse with people that you disagree with.” John Paul Lederach, University of Notre Dame   The Biggest Conversation ... The Biggest Conversation in the World

By SIX

December 15, 2016




People first, programmes later: Lessons from Nairobi to Northern Ireland

People first, programmes later: Lessons from Nairobi to Northern Ireland What happened at Unusual NI? SIX speaks with Melissa Mbugua, Innovation Engagement Officer from Ushahidi in Kenya, who joined us for her first Unusual Suspect Festival in Northern Ireland. Ushahidi, which translates to “testimony” in Swahili, was developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the ... People first, programmes later: Lessons from Nairobi to Northern Ireland

By Duncan Collins-Adams

November 29, 2016




7 tips for building a social innovation city

– from Seoul City’s Global Advisory Committee on Social Innovation SIX’s Director Louise Pulford is part of the Social Innovation Global Advisory Committee Group of Seoul Metropolitan Government. Last month, we travelled to Seoul to join the Future Innovation Forum 2016 and to also be part of the Social Innovation Global Advisory Committee Group Meeting hosted by ... 7 tips for building a social innovation city

By Louise Pulford & So Jung Rim

November 29, 2016




The Unusual Suspects Festival: Northern Ireland 2016

Following the success of the two previous Unusual Suspect festivals, we hosted our third festival in Northern Ireland across two cities in Derry-Londonderry and Belfast. The Unusual Suspects Festival is all about sparking new connections, reframing old ones and finding innovative ways to tackle chronic social problems. With 40+ organisations, both local and international, participating in 19 ... The Unusual Suspects Festival: Northern Ireland 2016

By SIX

November 15, 2016




Growing up in conflict – A letter from a Mexican student from Ciudad Juarez

Growing up in conflict- A Letter from a Mexican student from Ciudad Juarez Dear SIX, As a student from Mexico, the SIX Summer School in Colombia is the best event that I have had the opportunity to be a part of. I met incredible people from all over the world, who had fascinating knowledge and ... Growing up in conflict – A letter from a Mexican student from Ciudad Juarez

By Jesús Antonio Castro Sáenz

November 14, 2016




What happened at the Unusual Suspects Festival in Northern Ireland?

After the success of two Unusual Suspects Festival in Glasgow and London, we hosted our third festival in Northern Ireland in October 2016.  With 40+ organisations, both local and international, coming together to host 19 different events across two cities in both Belfast and Derry~Londonderry, it proved to be as exciting, insightful and unusual as ever.  You ... What happened at the Unusual Suspects Festival in Northern Ireland?

By SIX

November 9, 2016




How can we talk about this? Creating space for discussion in polarised places

“We are emotional beings, that sometimes think, not thinking beings that sometimes feel”  – Iain Christie A few weeks ago I attended, alongside some other colleagues from SIX, an APPG committee event at Westminster, entitled Respectful Conversations. Both the recent Scottish and Brexit referenda have been characterised by a lowering of political debate, with a perceived ... How can we talk about this? Creating space for discussion in polarised places

By Duncan Collins-Adams

November 8, 2016




On peace-building and the power of words

PHOTO Credit: Guardian Newspaper What connection might there be between efforts to resolve community tensions around ‘un-authorised’ Gypsy camps here in the UK and efforts to build a peace deal in Colombia? Helen Jones, CEO of Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange, says that words have the power to create change, but we must use them wisely. ... On peace-building and the power of words

By Helen Jones

November 7, 2016




Poverty, politics and paint: Lessons for Glasgow from Northern Ireland

What happened at Unusual NI? SIX speaks with Anthony Gerrard, CEO of Bad Idea in Glasgow, who joined us for his second Unusual Suspects Festival. Through his work at Bad Idea, Anthony worked with UV Arts and Tell it in Colour as part of the event ‘The Future is Now: How can young people transform their city?’ in ... Poverty, politics and paint: Lessons for Glasgow from Northern Ireland

By Duncan Collins-Adams

November 4, 2016




SIX Summer School in Colombia video

SIX Colombia 2016 brought together a wonderful group of social innovation thinkers and doers for 2.5 days to reflect on common topics, share experiences and identify potential collaborations. Here are some of the people we met in Colombia. 

By SIX

October 10, 2016




Social Frontiers – The next edge of social innovation research

The global field of social innovation was gathering momentum. At the time of the event, there was an Office for Social Innovation in the US, the UK Government recently appointed an Advisor to the Prime Minister on Social Innovation and the European Commission had already made significant investments in both research and practical projects which ... Social Frontiers – The next edge of social innovation research

By SIX

November 14, 2013