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.

Projecte Passwork

Spain

A programme which empowers youth at risk by facilitating their entry into the labour market or return to the educational system, with preliminary professional and personal training. Integral intervention turns businesses into active agents and maintains educational assistance, allowing youth to define their work and life objectives and acquire professional skills.

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Projecte Rossinyol

Spain

A mentoring programme between university students and minors newly arrived to the territory. It aims to offer social resources, knowledge and skills in order to succeed in education.

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Projecte Shere Rom

Spain

Educational inclusion achieved through ICT projects and student involvement on behalf of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). While participating in a service-learning programme, these students become role models for children and youth between the ages of 8 and 14 who come from minority communities and are at risk of exclusion.

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Punt de Referència

Spain

Mentoring project that connects young care leavers, who are facing the difficulties of adult life, with volunteers who act as advisers. The support is in various aspects of daily life, such as emotional education and financial management, and contributes to improving the quality of life of the young people.

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Questscope

Jordan

An organisation that provides peer-to-peer mentoring and educational support programmes to help integrate marginalised and at-risk youth into mainstream professional and social opportunities. They have designed the Arab world’s first Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) and a certification program for primary school dropouts.

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Quirky

United States

A simple platform to share ideas for inventions that a community of experts can help to develop, produce and market. In this way it enables ideas to flourish, to be made and have a distribution channel, and for innovation to be accessible. A model from which a lot can be learned, but in 2015 it filed for bankruptcy.

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Rebuilding Exchange

United States

Promotes sustainable practices through education and job training programmes in the recovery of building materials, and the creation of innovative models for their reuse. It also facilitates access to and trade in recovered materials.

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Refugeeswork

Austria

An online job platform that provides refugees with access to the labour market by connecting them with employers according to their skills and knowledge. It helps employers to find talent and increase their corporate diversity, while promoting refugee integration.

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Regionalwert AG

Germany

A company of private shareholders in which citizens invest in the sustainable development of their region. It markets local organic products, as well as providing funding, technical support, materials and farmland to a network of small organic companies, producers and marketers.

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Relais Accueil Petite Enfance

France

A project that helps mothers in vulnerable situations re-enter employment, education or training, through offering a flexible and easy-to-access childcare service over an extensive period for children from 10 weeks up to three years old.

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