Will Social Innovation Save Spain ? > Hub Islington – London

As a consequence, to be invited to take part in the roundtable titled “Will Social Innovation Save Spain?” that took place in the Hub of Islington (London) on 12th November 2012, the participants were mentioned in the article published in the The Guardian on the 3rd January 2013:
Guardian 7January2013

LSE Enterprise Spain

To sum up:
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The full session summary (with the rest of panel members):
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We look forward to hearing from our speakers:

Dr. Igor Calzada
Scientific Director of the Basque City-region 2012 Congress. PostDoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, InSIS & COMPAS, Future of Cities Programme & Ikerbasque, Basque Science Foundation. Oxford Martin School Fellow. Lecturer at the Mondragon University.

Gorka Espiau
Director at Innovalab, the Basque Laboratory for Social Innovation. Board Member of Social Innovation Exchange. Member of International Advisory Group for INCORE, a joint project of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster.

Nacho Arrizabalaga
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Flexi-Talent Asturias, a community of professional freelancers delivering flexible on-site work through local hubs.

Brittany Koteles
Consultant for Ashoka U and researcher in social entrepreneurship in Spain, in collaboration with ESADE Business School’s Institute for Social Innovation.

Guy Julier
Author in Spanish design, directed  the international ‘Design Activism and Social Change’ conference in 2011, Barcelona.

Ginés Pastor
Experienced in key support groups for social entrepeneurship like the Guardian Social Enterprise Network and Unltd, he is now aiding developments in Spain.

First of all, I would like to thank @HubIslington & @2pueblo (CR) for their kind invitation to open the session tomorrow.

I should confess I feel confused talking about two realities that are really hard to put together: #Spain & #SocialInnovation. Anyway I will develop and open the session talking about 3 main challenges in order to tackle the issue adddressed by the the organizers:

A.- Productive Model. #Civitas
B.- Socio-Political Model. #Polis
C.- Territorial Model. #Urbs

Once, that we could talk broadly and freely about those aspects we will start saying we are applying Social Innovation to the diverse & multiple Spanish contexts. Shall we start descentralizing mindsets in order to think/design/implement  #Regional #Ecosystems ? Could we really think that being aware of and capture the urban context of the Future of Cities is going to be the crucial task among this big challenge?

In addition to this, I will suggest to introduce different micro-level Socially Innovative projects in the Basque City-Region (@Euskal_Hiria) context carried out by Social Entrepreneurs/Activists:

a.- Hub Donostia.

PROIEKTUEN AZOKA 03 from HUB Donostia on Vimeo.


b.- Astra Gernika.

As an Epilogue:
Social Innovation always is being related to Cooperatives. The point is that due to globalization influence we could not treat Social Innovation as a fetiche and even less that the Cooperatives itself are the solution. We know both, are in the right direction, but without updating both of them, we could end-up with no linkages with the reality. And Social Innovation should be really reach it; within its problematics.
Just a broad case of Mondragon in the International Handbook of Social Innovation.

After the presentation of yesterday I should say I quoted ideas from: @ZygmuntBauman @JeremyRifkim @JordiBorja

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