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.

Shekulo Tov

Israel

Huge multi-business model: 5 enterprises with 40 business lines employing 1,700 people with disabilities. It develops occupation programmes that integrate a normative job environment with rehabilitation procedures for the mentally handicapped.

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Shell Questacon Science Circus

Australia

A programme of activities (interactive public exhibitions, school workshops, workshops for the elderly, teacher professional development workshops, and programmes for remote indigenous communities) to promote education and scientific knowledge in communities remote from socio-economic centres. Students of the Master of Science Communication Outreach degree give animated presentations on aspects of science in villages and rural schools...

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Shop Share

Italy

An online platform that facilitates the temporary rental of commercial spaces (shops, showrooms, exhibition spaces, etc.) to any person or company that wants to organise an activity limited in time, such as events, exhibitions and sales. Its proposal optimises the use of commercial spaces to maximise their value and eliminate barriers for entrepreneurs to access commercial premises.

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Siblings Together

United Kingdom

A variety of activities supported by the figure of a volunteer collaborator who facilitates regular quality meetings between siblings separated by the foster care system.

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Skateistan

Afghanistan

A non-profit organisation that aims to empower children and youth from all backgrounds in a safe space and to provide them with access to education, using skateboarding to engage youth, break down social barriers and develop leadership skills.

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Social inclusion housing and affordable renting

Spain

It makes housing easily accessible on exceptional occasions for people who lack the resources to avoid social exclusion, people who do not have enough resources to access ordinary rental housing, and youth.

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Soft Landing

Australia

A social enterprise that retrieves recyclable components of mattresses for their reuse, while providing employment to people with difficulties to enter the conventional job market. The materials from the recycled or reused mattresses are for sale or donation.

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Som Energia

Spain

It is a non-profit cooperative focused on the consumption and production of green energy. It looks for a change in the current energetic model to achieve a 100% renewable model mainly from demand, since users participate as partners in the cooperative.

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Sostre Cívic

Spain

This collaborative space promotes an alternative housing access model which is achieved through divulgation, counsel, funding search, promotion and management of the cooperative housing. It also promotes citizens’ participation and self-organisation as well as it spreads cooperative movement in order to access use transfer housing.

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Spark Program

United States

Provides secondary school students at risk of dropping out with a fun and different personalised learning experience, in a work environment that allows them to develop skills and appreciate the importance of education.

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