Innovative Solutions

We facilitate the implementation of social innovations to solve critical problems in our communities. We believe in searching for proven innovations, because:

Innovations with proven social impact accelerate the process of change: adapting successful innovations to new contexts can be quicker and more efficient than experimenting through trial-error processes.

It optimizes existing resources: we search for innovations that have a consolidated income model to facilitate its sustainability, and that use solid impact indicators.

It increases the chances of success: proven innovations make good use of the knowledge and experience of innovators, reducing the research and development effort.

Apps for Good

Brazil

Technology training programme that promotes entrepreneurship with a social focus. Young people identify problems in their environment and propose a solution through the development of a mobile app.

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Discovering Hands

Germany

A personalised, diagnostically superior, low-cost breast examination method that provides an entirely new professional path for blind and visually impaired women. This method enables them to work in the primary healthcare sector not “despite their disability”, but “because of their capabilities”, whilst at the same time enhancing women’s healthcare experience.

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Fab Lab

United States

Local production and innovation workshops, equipped with digital and technological manufacturing machines used in the production of objects, tools and electronic devices. These workshops are spaces of experimentation that are strongly integrated in the community, exploring the relationship between the physical and digital world, offering a wide range of uses, projects, activities and business models.

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JUMP Math

Canada

A maths teaching programme that manages to get maximum performance both out of students – as it shows that all students can succeed and master the concepts – and their teachers as instructors of the subject. The programme, developed for the six years of primary school and first two years of ESO (lower secondary), is based on participatory dynamics, continuous assessment and the division of lessons into small units easily understood by all...

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L'estoc

Spain

Provides decent and stimulating job opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities, converting recycled disused materials into attractive design furniture and selling them in their own shop.

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La Ruche qui dit Oui!

France

A system of direct exchange between local consumers and food producers that empowers their relationship. It gets a fairer price for both parties and generates a space for meeting and exchange among the participants, called a Colmena (Assembly). It has removed barriers to local organic consumption.

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Môm’Artre

France

It mobilises latent resources of communities and neighbourhoods – from unused spaces to unemployed artists and elderly people who participate as volunteers – to offer quality solutions for childcare outside school hours that are very affordable for low-income or single parent families. In this way, it combines art education with academic support and social integration.

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My Life

United Kingdom

It is a learning programme for adults who have any kind of intellectual disability or mental health problems. Its objective is to prepare them for an independent life and for their inclusion in the labour market. The programme offers a training based on 3 steps: ready, steady, go.

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Open Green Map

United States

Green social mapping application that promotes sustainable development of local communities. It creates a wide information source with all green points of the city (eco companies, parks, rent-a-bike, solar parks, slow food restaurants, etc.) accessible to tourists visiting it though Tourism Office maps.

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PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy)

United States

Financing measures model concerning energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies in residential and commercial facilities. Long-term return on investment, through a charge on propriety tax, enables overcoming barriers to exponential implementation and on a large scale, reaching propriety owners with low or average creditworthiness. Also facilitating the creation of local job posts with...

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