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The one stop shop for social innovation in Latin America

Published Date: 13 April 2016

The Latin American Social Innovation Network (LASIN) has now launched its new website, aiming to be the go-to place for all social innovation news, events, activities and research in the Latin American continent. SIX is delighted to be a partner in this work.

LASIN will over the course of the next three year develop a new model for University-Socioeconomic engagement, based on a combination curricular and extra-curricular activities, learning materials and tools, practical training, mentoring, and the development of specific support units that are dedicated to strengthening the Universities’ links with the wider social environment. The project will result in a new paradigm for knowledge transfer within universities, based on the notion that social innovation is the key to social development and cohesion at both a regional and international level. 

Funded by the European Commission, the project will be developed by a consortium of thirteen partners, including eleven universities coordinated by Glasgow Caledonian University. The project’s activities will be based within four Latin American regions – Mercosur (based in Chile), Comunidad Andina (based in Colombia), Brazil and Central America (based in Panama).

Over the course of three years, the project will design a clear methodology and a series of curricular and extracurricular activities within the participating institutions in order to promote and support social innovation. Through specialised social innovation support units, the universities will develop sustainable initiatives and actions that will contribute to directly to social cohesion, equality and socioeconomic development in the region. 

As a result, the universities will be able to make a real contribution to their communities through the exploitation of tacit and codified knowledge, as well as their virtual and physical space, networks and experience. As such, although the project will directly involve the academic community, the staff and students of the universities involved, it aims to have a far greater reach and directly impact upon the lives of individuals and the activities of community organisations, indigenous, youth and women’s groups, local authorities, ONGs, SMEs etc.

Have a look at our new website here.