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.

Partnering for Change

United States

Collaboration of public-private services to single-parental families aiming to ensure their access to solid dwelling and support, management and information services. The Housing First model prioritises stable housing to support people and families at risk of social exclusion. This allows greater efficiency in other interventions related to the education of their children, employment, physical and mental health and, in general, a greater...

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Simplon

France

An intensive training in programming aimed primarily at unemployed and underrepresented profiles in the digital sector (women, refugees, seniors). Its unique educational approach includes methods, such as learning by doing, reverse mentoring and peer education, that help participants develop long-term professional and social skills.

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Specialisterne

Denmark

A social enterprise that provides employment to people with autism or Asperger syndrome for their ability to effectively perform repetitive tasks that require a lot of concentration. The model harnesses their special characteristics and talents and uses them as a competitive advantage to provide businesses with high quality services that range from software management to data testing and logistics.

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The Change Factory

Norway

Forandringsfabrikken (The Change Factory) is an organisation aiming to engage young people under state care (justice, schools, hospitals, protection systems) in the design and management of social programmes and organisations that directly affect them, through facilitating their participation and involvement as expert evaluators and lobbyists for change.

Implementation underway

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Acta Vista

France

Employment integration programme that is delivered through certified vocational training courses on restoration sites of historical monuments. In addition to developing skills related to heritage professions, participants are accompanied individually to solve other potential hindrances to securing employment.

In adaptation or negotiation

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Bridge for Billions

United States

An online incubation software that helps seed-stage entrepreneurs to structure and develop their businesses step-by-step. The plan lasts three months and is based on three pillars: learning by doing, support and advice from mentors in the sector and a global network of fellow entrepreneurs with whom to share the experience.

In adaptation or negotiation

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Digital Opportunity Trust

Canada

Youth-led, experiential learning programmes aimed at empowering young people with the confidence to use technology for entrepreneurial, educational, community and personal development. The model equips participants with business know-how and soft skills and offers them meaningful work experiences to overcome unemployment and disenfranchisement.

In adaptation or negotiation

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Evergreen Cooperatives

United States

A programme for creating employment cooperatives owned by people in deprived communities with difficulties to access employment. It is structured into a network of for-profit, social community-based enterprises that seek to combine quality job creation, local wealth generation and sustainability. 

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Forge

Argentina

A programme that addresses the difficulties faced by vulnerable young people in accessing a quality first job through a combination of training, mentoring and learning in the workplace. The intervention accompanies students throughout the last year of high school and the first year of work experience in quality jobs.

In adaptation or negotiation

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Green City Force

United States

A programme that employs young adults from low-income public housing communities in services related to the environment, preparing them for careers in the sustainability sector while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting the green economy in their communities.

In adaptation or negotiation

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