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.

Encore.org

United States

An organisation that engages millions of “boomers” (people in their 50s, 60s and 70s) in new careers that provide continued income doing professional work that is personally fulfilling whilst helping to address some of society’s biggest challenges.

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Energy Control

Spain

A programme targeting young drug users who attend recreational spaces such as parties to inform and raise awareness about harm reduction and risk minimization, utilising a peer-to-peer methodology to create confidence and trust. The confidential Drug Checking Service is one of the tools that help users make informed decisions.

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Equinocci

Spain

A project in a shared flat with long term housing vacancies for care leavers, especially for those who want to finish their formal education. The youth receives support from the community volunteers and local resources, which is complemented with the technical-educational support of the social entity.

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Esplai La Florida

Spain

An organisation aimed at social inclusion and community promotion that develops socio-educational projects for children and pre-employment pathways for early school leavers who neither have resources, nor expectations. A flexible, creative methodology that encourages community agents to respond to new demands, incorporating educational models as education in values and learning through service.

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Farmland LP

United States

Works with investors and owners to manage their farmland and farms, and converts them to organic farming, increasing the value of the land and what it produces, and consolidating surface areas to improve the economy of scale. In this way, it creates value for farmers who work the land without having to go into debt, and for investors, who benefit from a professional and sustainable management.

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Fazendo Minha História

Brazil

A personalised approach to looking after children in care where reading and work on their life story, through reflection and discussions with voluntary collaborators, ends up becoming an album of their life.

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For-Credit Wellbeing Course

United States

Course facilitates the development of skills to enhance wellbeing and academic success. It focuses on the day-to-day self-management required to function positively as a student, teaching skills such as goal setting, or social-emotional learning.

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Fryshuset

Sweden

An activity centre offering integrated social and educational programmes and supporting youngsters in organising their own projects through offering them resources, information, advice and a welcoming space.

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Fulfill the Dream

United States

A holistic educational approach that seeks to empower young people both in school and out, with the aim of committing future generations of leaders, innovators and change agents. The 10 workshops that make up the programme are strategically linked to youth culture through audiovisual materials, hip-hop songs and theatrical activities, which help generate reflection and maintain the involvement and interest of students.

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Fundació Aura

Spain

A foundation that runs a ‘supported employment’ programme that helps people with special needs access the labour market through training, job placement and personalised assistance.

 

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