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The future of social innovation: What's next?

Published Date: 12 April 2017

In February 2017, SIX brought together social innovation leaders and change makers from across the world to explore our visions for the future and our roles getting there.

There were some clear messages about the very core of what we do, why we do it, and why it matters. We are truly in a wayfinding moment.

The Wayfinder was about looking back to look forward, asking attendees:

• What is the state of social innovation and its current global context?

• How do we become more than the sum of our parts?

• What should we, as a community, aim to achieve by 2027?

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. 

We were joined by more than 45 speakers from around the world to find the way forward and 160 leaders from multiple disciplines.


You can see everything that happened here. This short report summarises the discussions, insights and opportunities that surfaced at the Wayfinder. You can also find highlights and quotes from our 46 speakers here

This short video outlines what the Wayfinder aimed to do. 

It was apparent that there are some big challenges and questions facing the field of social innovation, which you can see in this short film. 

However, we're inspired by the visions of social innovation in 2027 that emerged (1 minute video) and how we can work together to achieve these visions. 


We've started the conversation, now let's keep going. 

Go to Wayfinder: 2017 Onwards for more resources including blogs, provocations and a summary infographic of insights for the next 10 years of social innovation. 

We're enthused by the momentum of the Wayfinder and are actively seeking partners to make it this a global conversation and host more iterations and versions around the world. Get in touch if you're interested with Jordan(at)socialinnovationexchange(.)org

'Now, we mustn’t be complacent. We have to come together and think how we can set stretching goals for the next 10 years, which really makes this movement and its tools commensurate with the difficult challenges that we face ahead’. Geoff Mulgan, Nesta, UK


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