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Building European innovation ecosystems

SIX is part of a new consortium, Change Hubs for Ecosystemic Social Solutions – CHESS (2023-2025), under Horizon Europe programme which seeks to improve the overall ecosystem for innovation in Europe. It is now widely accepted in Europe that we need new approaches if we are to tackle the systemic and urgent societal challenges we ... Building European innovation ecosystems

November 16, 2023




Three insights from an exchange between the UK and Afghanistan

In October 2019, Lizzy Robinson, the Senior Program Manager and the Afghanistan portfolio lead at MAGENTA, and Josiane from SIX in the UK, shared their experiences of working in social change organisations. The conversation was documented here in two parts. The first article emphasises the role of behavioural science and social innovation to instigate meaningful social change. ... Three insights from an exchange between the UK and Afghanistan

November 19, 2019







#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




The top five reports on social innovation from 2017

Visions and Trends of Social Innovation for Europe; European Commission, October 2017 European society is facing dramatic changes. Despite all its benefits, the innovation society is part of the problem. Social innovation can be part of the solution. Launched in 2010 within Europe2020, social innovation has spread in policy, practice, and research with increasing impact on ... The top five reports on social innovation from 2017

By SIC & SIX

January 16, 2018







The SiG Story

As SIX Global Council member Social Innovation Generation (SiG) draws to a close after ten years, the organisation have created this book to chart and track their learning journey from the past decade.  Social Innovation Generation (SiG) was a coming together of unusual allies — a private family foundation, an innovation hub, a non-profit social enterprise and a ... The SiG Story

By SiG

January 10, 2018







How to lose trust and how to win it back

This piece builds on my contribution to OECD Forum 2017, Bridging Divides , and conversations on ways to ensure that more active online engagement actually leads to offline empowerment and participation. All public institutions worry about trust. They witness long-term trends of apparently declining trust, long for a golden age when things were simpler and ... How to lose trust and how to win it back

By Geoff Mulgan

December 14, 2017




A Wayfinder’s Guide to Systems Transformation

Introduction On 30-31 August 2017 in London, 14 participants from around the world met to explore the question of ‘how might we approach transformational change for complex challenges in the future?’ The workshop was convened by the Australian Futures Project, a not-for-profit that seeks to create the enabling conditions for long-termism including the space for ... A Wayfinder’s Guide to Systems Transformation

By Julie Munk with Australian Futures Project

November 6, 2017







Academic innovation for societal impact

The academic world is in motion. Huge efforts are being made to connect academia with society and to increase the impact of scientific research on society. There has been a lot of debate on valorisation of research results and on making academic publications publicly accessible. We still see that research results are often not (immediately) ... Academic innovation for societal impact

By Simone van de Wetering & Nora van der Linden, Kennisland

May 31, 2017




SIX Strategy Survey

10 years after the creation of SIX, and almost four years as an independent body, SIX is undergoing a new strategy process. This comes at a pivotal time. This week, SIX will host the global Wayfinder event where 150 global social innovation leaders will come together to map the way forward for the next 10 years of ... SIX Strategy Survey

By Martín Cosarinsky Campos

February 14, 2017




What does it really mean to put the user at the centre of international development? Lessons from Quicksand

SIX asked Kevin Shane, Principal and Communications Lead at Quicksand, based in India, to share insights and lessons from their work and human-centred design including what it looks like in practice, key challenges and how the process can add to the field of international development.  Human- or user-centered design is a framework or system of processes ... What does it really mean to put the user at the centre of international development? Lessons from Quicksand

By Kevin Shane

April 18, 2016




Pushing boundaries to advance social impact

In January 2016, a group of 25 foundations from across 4 continents came together at the Rockefeller Foundation’s New York office to learn and share insights about funding social innovation that help them tackle their most important opportunities and challenges. Although there are numerous toolkits, guides and traditional gatherings for foundations providing tips, practical suggestions ... Pushing boundaries to advance social impact

By SIX

March 9, 2016










Reimagining relationships and changing systems in Johannesburg 

Insights from an event in Johannesburg which was organised by SIX and Hivos, as part of a programme of work in 2014-16 which aimed to increase exchange and learning between social innovation and international development communities across Africa. The task of reimagining relationships and thinking about system change is no easy task. The benefit of ... Reimagining relationships and changing systems in Johannesburg 

November 12, 2014




SIX – A global game of consequences

“Consequences” is a British parlour game. The game is very simple – everyone begins with a piece of paper and a pen. On the piece of paper is the following list: man’s name, woman’s name, place name, he said to her, she said to him, the consequence was (a description of what happened after), an ... SIX – A global game of consequences

By Louise Pulford

February 7, 2011