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.

Community Environmental Center

United States

Building conversion services towards energy efficiency in order to mitigate the effects of global warming. Some of its projects are fully or partially subsidised, such as its Weatherization Assistance Program or Multifamily Performance Program.

 

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Cord

Egypt

A competition that challenges young people to develop a robot using low-cost or readily-available everyday materials. It includes interactive workshops with volunteer instructors.

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Course en Cours

France

A multidisciplinary competition for secondary school students in which students are challenged to build a miniature Formula 1 car, using the same tools as professional designers. It is a collaboration between secondary school teachers, university professors and business professionals.

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CustomMade

United States

The first and largest web platform that connects clients with independent artisans who produce furniture, jewellery, home decor and other personalised items. Its founders bought the wood craftsmen web platform and improved it to connect artisans with people who would like to buy tailor-made products.

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E-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS)

United States

An online training programme for teachers of science and mathematics, based on mentoring and the research results of the New Teacher Center group. Specifically, the programme brings together new teachers with veteran and university teachers to collaborate in an online community that facilitates the exchange of information, ideas, experiences and knowledge.

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EAAA Sexual Assault Resistance Education Program

Canada

Program for 1st year university women to reduce their likelihood of experiencing rape or other forms of assault. It adds to women’s existing strength, knowledge and skills, providing space to explore their own sexual and relationship goals.

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Educación para Compartir

Mexico

Educational methodology that seeks to promote participation, the practice of values, recognition of diversity and community inclusion in children and young people. Through several programmes based on games, sport, arts and science, it generates a transformative impact in the communities where it works, influencing the holistic development of the participants so that they become agents of change

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Education for Employment

United States

An education-focussed organisation that provides better access to economic opportunities to unemployed youth through targeted job training and placements, and employability and entrepreneurship programmes.

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Ekstra Start

Sweden

A platform created by students where job seekers can connect with companies looking for students, and that therefore acts as a meeting point between young people and job providers. The positions they can find there are long-term jobs, short-term placements or apprenticeship opportunities.

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El Llindar

Spain

A Second Chance School promoting educational and professional measures, both alternative and innovative, for young people who do not meet offers of regulated education and who find themselves excluded from the education and social system. This type of education is carried out through a longer, more flexible and adaptable itinerary, which respects the time that each student needs rather than their age.

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