We partnered with Somos Mas to co-host the SIX Summer School 2016 – ‘Innovation in polarised societies’ in Bogota.

The theme and context

Across the world, there is a growing sense that our societies are becoming more divisive. Whether it’s the widening gap between the rich and the poor, or the critical narrative around the most vulnerable in our society, our communities seem less cohesive. At SIX, we don’t believe that this widening gulf is inevitable. But arresting it needs innovation in how we work and live together. It also needs new forms of collaboration across established sectors and cultures. 

Why Colombia?

We worked with our partners Somos Más in Colombia to explore the potential of social innovation in transforming divided. The event took place just the day after the Colombian population had voted to reject a historic peace agreement between FARC militants and the government. This provided an emotional, fascinating and inspiring context to the entire summer school. 

Reflection blog

Blogging from Bogota about post-conflict design, innovation and planning – Eddy Adams

On peace-building and the power of words – Helen Jones

Truth, Memory and Reconciliation Commission of Colombian women in diaspora – Duncan Collins-Adams