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Social innovation strengthens the capacity of people to act together for common purpose.
Since the global financial crisis of 2007/08 governments around the world have been very keen to grow the resilience of their societies using mutuality and collaboration. But how to consistently trigger the changes in behaviour to benefit society?
Real world social enterprises are one effective answer to this question because they may operate without having to make a commercial profit. The collaboration of innovative social enterprises feeds the growth of larger and stronger social and, often also commercial networks.
To further the development of Social Innovation in Europe, the government of Portugal working in collaboration with the EU and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal invited more than 1000 people and organisations active in social innovation to an event.
We were privileged to attend the conference to draw and you can see a little of what that involved in the short slideshow below. You can also read a short report of the conference at the Foundation’s website.
In the UK one of the most famous examples of public work towards sustainable social change – or Innovation – has been the ‘Nudge’ Unit of the the UK government’s Cabinet Office. Today, this is a social purpose company called Behavioural Insights – which is still part owned by the UK Government and Nesta – the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
Drawnalism were fortunate to work directly with them in Lisbon and we look forward to doing so again in the future.