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The Social Innovation Community (SIC)


SIX helped the European Union run its first pilot programme dedicated to social innovation. It ran for 5 years under the SIE name - Social Innovation Europe. It’s main role was to inspire through knowledge and experience dissemination. When the project ended, the European Commission unlocked €3 million to launch a new project with a far greater ambition.


How could the European Commission connect sectors and actors of the social innovation movement, while involving other change makers not assimilating themselves to this field, to collaborate and share research, knowledge and experience? How could the European Commission connect all of the EC projects they have funded in Europe?


SIX led the creation and coordination of SIC, the social innovation community, a project involving partners scattered across Europe and sectors. This “network of networks” provides research, experimentation based learning, new frameworks, news and insights, all of which is made open to the wider community through

From offline to online, in labs, host centres, events or workshops, SIC embodies SIX unique capacity building Network Approach, connecting local governments with universities, grassroots projects with foundations, in a truly collaborative way, mixing theory with practice, fuelling the social innovation movement throughout Europe.

Scale & Size

For this 3 year funded project, SIX coordinates 12 Consortium members, close to 20 partnering organisations and a growing community of over 10,000 people.

Visit the SIC website


Read the final report from the project here.