Do you know what a social innovation lab is?


In our 10th Annual Conference, celebrated last June 13th, we had the pleasure of hosting a round table about social innovation labs carried out by different national and international representatives who have wide experience in the social innovation labs field: Tim Draimin, executive director of Social Innovation Generation, Clara Navarro, co-founder of Ship2B, Bárbara Vallespín, director of the d.Lab program of Mobile World Capital Barcelona and Arianna Mazzeo, professor of social and digital innovation and Desis Lab Elisava coordinator.

During the first part of the round table, moderated by the researcher Kyriaki Papageorgiou, participants exposed their own labs, showing the differences between them. After this presentation, the moderator initiated a debate to answer some questions about the current landscape of social innovation labs and its future.

Don’t miss this interesting video to learn what is understood by a lab, why is it so valuable to achieve our social innovation goals, which are the challenges that need to be faced and which are the promising methodologies and strategies that could help scale and sustain social innovation. Moreover, you will know international and local examples of labs that are built to address in different ways the complexity of our contemporary societal challenges.

At this moment we are working on the research about Social Innovation Labs. Some new findings are about to come…we will keep you updated! ;)

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Employment with social impact

Alfred Vernis (@alfredvernis) Instituto de Innovación Social de ESADE Business and Law School.


Over the last few years, the Momentum Project has supported numerous companies that create “jobs with a social impact”, offering work to especially vulnerable groups of people. And, surprisingly, these Momentum companies have continued to create jobs despite the ongoing economic crisis. For this reason, we would like to share a few reflections with you.

First, we need to better assess the role that these companies play in building “sustainable communities” as well as in contributing to society’s wellbeing. Social enterprises take care of people and make them the focus of their actions. How these social enterprises are managed and how they work with people provide abundant guidance and recommendations for the future. Read the rest of this entry »

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Compartiendo se avanza

Albert Quiles Martínez (@albertquilesbcn)  participante de la 11º edición del curso Liderazgo e innovación social (LIS).

Mi nombre es Albert Quiles Martínez, soy Director gerente de la Fundación Amics de la Gent Gran en Cataluña y Coordinador de la Federación Amigos de los Mayores, de ámbito estatal.  He realizado el curso de Liderazgo e Innovación Social (LIS) del Instituto de Innovación Social de ESADE en 2016-2017 y había realizado previamente el curso de Dirección y gestión de organizaciones no gubernamentales (DGONG) en 2011-2012.

Creo que el mejor concepto que define en ambos casos mi experiencia es punto de inflexión. La formación que se ofrece desde el Instituto de Innovación Social es crucial para las personas que estamos trabajando en el Tercer Sector y concretamente en las ONGs. Nuestro día a día, a pesar de la gran diversidad de causas, proyectos e iniciativas, tiene una esencia muy parecida. Somos personas apasionadas, que muchas veces nos autodefinimos como mujeres y hombres orquestra, que tanto hacemos un informe como organizamos un evento, cargamos cajas de material o diseñamos un sistema de indicadores. Read the rest of this entry »

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How citizens, companies and entrepreneurs are transforming Europe towards sustainability

Sonia Ruiz (@soniaruizmas), sustainability consultant and researcher at ESADE Institute of Social Innovation. Co- author of the book “Innovating in search of Sustainability: Citizens, Companies and Entrepreneurs”

According to the latest predictions, by 2030 the planet will be short of the resources required to power an economy that will have two billion more consumers. Poverty, food insecurity, climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and environmental degradation are some of the significant global challenges facing the world today. How are companies and entrepreneurs innovating to face those challenges, while building a more sustainable Europe has been key question behind the European research project EU InnovatE and the main motivation behind the publication of this new ESADE study. Read the rest of this entry »

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