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Summer School discusses Regional Social Innovation

50 participants from Europe and beyond attended the Summer School on “Regions as Social Innovation Ecosystems? History, culture, and institutions” from June 26-30 in Bologna. The Summer School was organized by the consortium of the „Social Innovation Community“ (SIC) project, including TU Dortmund / Sozialforschungsstelle, and hosted by the University of Bologna.


Which capacity and opportunities to act do public administrations have for supporting social innovation in a regional context? And which driving or inhibiting influence do culture and institutions have? European researchers and practitioners discussed these and many more questions in their lectures and contributions. Christoph Kaletka and Dmitri Domanski (TU Dortmund University / Sozialforschungsstelle) together with Clemens Binder (Social Impact Lab Duisburg) introduced the topic „Social Innovation in North Rhine-Westphalia“.

Moreover, Dmitri Domanski presented the research project "SI-DRIVE: Social Innovation - Driving Force of Social Change" coordinated by TU Dortmund University. In this context, he spoke about the results of the global mapping of social innovation initiatives and particularly focused on social innovation in Latin America.

The summer school participants (students, but also practitioners from public bodies and the civil society) listened and actively debated these inputs. In recurrent workshops they tried to find solutions to real societal challenges the host city of Bologna is currently working on.

Another summer school will be organized by the SIC consortium in San Sebastian in 2018.