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We create new pathways and stepping stones leading to a promising future on any level


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We create new pathways and stepping stones leading to a promising future on any level


Hierarchies are flattening, rules are constantly in flux and often in conflict, and the global information flow is rapid and ambiguous. We are seeing dramatic shifts in power from a few elite people and institutions to the crowd. Each of us has an unprecedented ability to change the world - (Forbes)

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ABOUT US


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ABOUT US


The Social Innovation Foundation – social innovation matters. Social Innovation is the heart of our belief system and it is what we passionately work on every day.

We are a Dutch based organization. We promote, diffuse, support and initiate activities within the social innovative realm. And focus on systemic change and alternative solutions instead of incremental adaptations within the system. The overall organizational mind-set preferably is on ‘sharing knowledge’ and dialogue, which will help stimulating new ideas and generating creative solutions. We stimulate what is needed to advance social innovation and sustainability in a meaningful and broad regional, national and international context. 

 

Keywords think tank, emerging leadership, youth empowerment, social business, transition, penta helix, co-creation, creativity creation, crossover, action research, connectivity, sustainability, natural organising, getting things done differently, social value & impact, and co-realizing the emerging future for a better world.

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WHY


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WHY


Too many issues have evolved into wicked problems with organized complexity. It is essential to understand the big picture, provide holistic approaches and avoid repetition of dysfunctional solutions that cause new problems elsewhere.

We are living in a transiting world. Many solutions we found to problems in the past are not functional any more; we can not go on organizing hierarchical from the top, maximizing control and restraint, pressing the last drop of juice out of the efficiency lemon, creating contradictory bonus systems, draining our natural resources or rely on a handful of experts while countless stakeholders stand on the threshold of co-creation.

So while we come more and more aware of existing systems that don’t work any more there’s no clarity on what to do instead. We have to find new ways. It’s an exiting time: we’re not living in an era of changes but in a change of eras. We have to be prepared to experiment, find out, be creative and innovate. This calls for guts. Older generations trust on newer ones to be brave and step forward. We need new leaders and new leadership. As no one has a blueprint for the future we can only take part in the process. We invite all leaders who recognize themselves in this challenge to join our programs and activities.

 

“We need to create a better understanding of social innovation by bringing public and private sector entities together with philanthropists to think about the types of tools and incentives needed to put an ecosystem in place.”

Asher Hasan, Founder, Naya Jeevan, Pakistan; Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

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HOW


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HOW


We organize a variety of meet-ups from co-creation sessions with citizens and local entrepreneurs, strategic business development workshops with clients, suppliers and partners to HR strategy arenas with future employees.

Further more we:

  • organize experimental labs and facilitate breakthroughs

  • conduct research and analysis

  • bring together stakeholders and help to realize collective ambition

  • support implementing systemic change by project set-ups

  • organize creative, high energy sessions to boost innovation

Most of all we need new leadership; inspiring people with realistic ideas that can create smaller or larger movements that help us to create a more sustainable, inclusive society. This is why we put emphasis on exploring and supporting new kinds of leadership.

Complexity demands a disruptive input to radically change views. This is why we work together with people from the realm of art & design; here we find lateral thinkers and people that ask questions others don't. Their contributions are not only helpful in realizing authentic insights and approaches, they also contribute to the element of fun and pleasure while working on serious challenges.

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WHAT


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WHAT


Whether from a human or a city development point of view, creating social value compels us to bring in and combine expertise and ownership from all different domains. This is why we use our Penta Helix as the backbone in organizing meet-ups.

More than ever ownership (the awareness that the issues at stake are important to you) is a bench-mark in deciding who should work on complex issues. This goes for city- and organizational development as well as societal challenges. We help to create new narratives as the 'old' language and 'old' stories often fall short to reflect on new solutions or future based actions. Bringing together different ways of human expression as seen in poetry, prose, fine arts, cinema, music and theatre, with reflection, thinking and research common to science and business and relate them to societal needs, is the core of what we do. All this can be conducted on a micro scale with just a few individuals or on a large (city, regional, national or global) scale.

 

We enhance creativity within the concerning organization, help to overcome dysfunctional barriers in hierarchy and increase cross-departmental co-creation. Because we are convinced that the element of 'play' is highly disregarded as a valuable asset, we create experimental situations or 'playgrounds' to foster new insights and to break through counter productive patterns of behaviour. 

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FOR WHOM & WITH WHOM


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FOR WHOM & WITH WHOM


INSTITUTIONS:

HOGESCHOOL ROTTERDAM * STENDEN HOGESCHOOL * HOGESCHOOL UTRECHT * WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY * HOGESCHOOL WINDESHEIM * IBMS * AEGEE * MYTYLSCHOOL PRINS JOHAN FRISO * NIJMEGEN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT * DE BAAK BUSINESS ACADEMY

 

CONSULTANCY&NETWORKS: 

A-ADVIES * DE BAAK * CONCLUSION * HUMAN CAPITAL GROUP * ANDARE * TELEWERKFORUM * TUACC * KKNF * PLATEAU * SEATS2MEET * THE HUB ROTTERDAM * STADSINITIATIEF

 

 

GOVERNMENT:

KORPS LANDELIJKE POLITIEDIENSTEN * MINISTERIE VAN ECONOMISCHE ZAKEN * GEMEENTE GRONINGEN * GEMEENTE LEEUWARDEN * PROVINCIE FRYSLAN * PROVINCIE GELDERLAND * KAMER  VAN KOOPHANDEL * GOWEGE * NOM 


TOURISM:

LANDAL GREENPARKS * STENDEN LEISURE

CARE: 

ZIENN * PI-GROEP * HEALHTY AGEING NETWORK-NN

 

INSURANCE: 

FRIESLAND ZORGVERZEKERAAR 


INDUSTRIAL: 

INKA * ULAMO * RESATO * SAMEEN * WATERSCHAP RIJNIJSSEL 

MOBILITY: 

BETER BENUTTEN * WERK SLIM & REIS SLIM * GA SLIMMER

REGIONAL: 

NOORDERLINK * NATIONAAL LANDSCHAP NOARDLIKE FRYSKE WALDEN 


INTERNATIONAL: 

EUWIN * EURAM * BBB * EUROPEAN COMMISSION * EBN * AUDACES FOUNDATION * THE WORLD SMART CAPITAL INITIATIVE 

PARTNERSHIPS: 

DOON * RADICALFUTURE (HAMBURG) * NLINNOVATORS * LEAD TO CHANGE (BARCELONA) * CSR ACADEMY (ROTTERDAM)

EU PROGRAM PARTNERS:

EUWIN * EURAM * BBB DORTMUND * EUROPEAN COMMISSION * EBN * THE WORLD SMART CAPITAL INITIATIVE 


GRAPHIC SUPPORT: