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Growing pains of Social Innovation: Summer School 2012 event report

Author: Andrew Antenucci
Published Date: 18 December 2012

By Andrew Antenucci

On 26-28 November 2012, the fifth SIX Summer School was cohosted by The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) in Adelaide, Australia. More than 100 participants from six continents gathered for the opportunity to explore the ‘growing pains’ we face.

This year, as every year, the Summer School set about living the values of SIX by generating actions, not just words. Participants were challenged to enter into discussions with openness and honesty, and to share experiences of the good, the bad and the ugly, in order for meaningful conclusions and actionable recommendations to be drawn. Such an approach is designed to create a social innovation community that is greater than the sum of each individual project of its members.

This year, Summer School explored four major themes:

  • Business Model Innovation
  • Systemic Change
  • People and Movements
  • Articulating Values


Each theme was framed by an inspiration speaker, followed by three deep dive sessions that explored the topic in greater detail, and permitted each of the participants to share examples from their own experiences.

This report provides a brief overview of the sessions that were presented at the Summer School, as well as a taste of the discussions that were invigorated by the speakers.

Both SIX and TACSI thank all participants for their contribution to the success of the Summer School, and trust you will enjoy the opportunity to read more about the proceedings of the event.

You can find the report here.