Brussels, 24-25 October 2017: Conference on “Social Innovation – Research and Policy of the Future: towards a comprehensive innovation policy”

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The conference, titled “Social Innovation – Research and Policy of the Future: towards a comprehensive innovation policy” on 24th and 25th October in Brussels, is going to be one of the key events on social innovation in the year 2017.

It is planned to explore the future of social innovation research and policy by bringing together leading social innovators, academics and politicians to discuss:

  • the state-of-the-art of conceptualising and doing social innovation on a global scale;
  • methods and good practices to create desirable social change;
  • resources, means and levers making social innovation processes effective; and
  • an international comparison of social innovation practices, policies and research.

Presentations by leading experts in the field will provide insight into the various aspects of this ubiquitous phenomenon. On the one hand, the contributions will build on empirical results generated by the international research project SI-DRIVE ( The 25 international partners of SI-DRIVE have mapped over 1.000 cases of social innovation all over the world and selected over 80 cases for an in-depth case study analysis. On the other hand, these insights will be complemented by insights of the Social Innovation Community (SIC) project and international experts’ contributions.

The conference is hosted by one project under the EU 7th Framework Programme, SI-DRIVE – Social Innovation – Driving Force of Social Change, one project under the Horizon 2020 Programme, SIC – Social Innovation Community, the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts and NET4SOCIETY, a network of National Contact Points in Horizon 2020.

For the programme please click here. For information on the location and on hotels please click here.

From 08.05.2017 a registration form will be available on the SI-DRIVE webpage.

For further information please contact as communication node of the local organisers:

Berenike Ecker, or
Luise Kuschmierz,

26 April 2017 – Commission presents the European Pillar of Social Rights

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On 26 April 2016, the European Commission published today a whole package of documents around the “European Pillar of Social Rights”. (REVES had informed and consulted its members on this initiative and participated in the European Commission’s consultation with a position paper).

This package contains:

- A Commission communication on establishing the European Pillar of Social Rights;

- A Commission Recommendation on the European Pillar of Social Rights;

- A proposal for an interinstitutional proclamation endorsing the European Pillar of Social Rights;

- Several factsheets, including one on a social scoreboard that has been established and that is to inform the European Semester Process (coordination of economic policies and budget plans).

The communication and recommendation basically put together and make visible different principles such as they are enshrined in various Charters and the so-called social acquis of the European Union. A few additional points include topics such as atypical contracts and youth (un)employment.

A main focus is put on employment and the labour market. Accordingly, social partners seem to be seen as the central partner of the EU and Member States when it comes to implementing the principles expressed in the European Pillar of Social Rights.

Civil society and civil dialogue did not receive the higher attention many hoped for.

In the upcoming months, the European Commission will discuss its proposal for an interinstitutional proclamation with the European Parliament and the Council.

The REVES secretariat will inform its members on any further developments and put forward proposals for actions to be taken.

“Regions as Social Innovations Ecosystems? History, culture and institutions”: From June 26th to June 30th, JOIN US FOR THE SOCIAL INNOVATION COMMUNITY SUMMER SCHOOL!

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June 26th – 30th, 2017

University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Application Deadline: May 3rd, 2017

Confirmation of Acceptance: May 10th, 2017

Registration Deadline: May 17th, 2017

REVES is glad to invite you to join us for the Social Innovation Community Summer School (#SUMSIC2017), which will be held at the University of Bologna from June 26th to June 30th.

This edition is organised in partnership with other Social Innovation Community’s partners: University of Bologna, AEIDL, DRIFT, Nesta, Sinnergiak, SIX, Technical University of Dortmund, Young Foundation and ZSI.

The SIC Summer School (SUMSIC 2017) aims at presenting an opportunity for a lively discussion about the role of regions as possible ecosystems for social innovation. In this respect, a special emphasis will be devoted to the importance of history and culture of a region for the development of such ecosystem, as well as the role of institutions, private and public, to support and facilitate such development. The discussion will always be orientated to assess the policy relevance of the topics examined.

The school will provide participants with presentations of cases and experiences of social innovation in regions in and outside the EU, as well as general lectures and talks. In line with the learning objectives of the summer school, three parallel workshops (each participant will be allocated upon request to one of the three) will be organized in the afternoons in order to tackle challenges proposed by stakeholders of the Social Innovation Community in the Emilia-Romagna region. Each group will be able to present the results of the work conducted in the school in a final presentation in a plenary session the last day of the school.  Moreover, study visits will be organised in order to give participants a better understanding of the ecosystem of social innovation in the Bologna region. The school will be held in English.


- Call SUMSIC 2017

- Programme SUMSIC 2017

- Application form SUMSIC 2017

For more information about the SIC project, please visit


Come and join us for the REVES Excellence Award Conference!

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Since its inception, the REVES Excellence Award has the objective to make real alliances between local/regional authorities and the social economy, as well as their achievements, more visible. At the same time, it aims to foster the emergence of new partnerships between these two players.

For this third edition, we have received plenty of very interesting initiatives from all around Europe. All eligible applicants will present their practice in presence of EU public authorities and social economy organisations’ representatives, policy makers, citizens and other stakeholders!


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Registration at 10:30 am
Conclusion of the REVES Award Ceremony at 5:00 pm



The Conference will be hosted
by the Committee of the Regions
Brussels, Rue Belliard 99/101
Room JDE51

Download now the FULL PROGRAMMEREGISTER HERE by 19 May 2017!

Social Seducement final seminar – Promoting social economy enterprise creation as a key tool for empowerment and active citizenship: The added value of online (learning) games

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Social economy has gained new momentum nowadays as an alternative way of “doing business”, as an opportunity to reap the benefits of developing entrepreneurial activities collectively, of pooling capacities and knowledge, sharing risks etc. Many perceive it (above all) as a ‘new’ tool for employment creation. However, there is much more to it.

Many social economy entrepreneurs see it as an opportunity to take their life (back) into their own hands, to shape their own future together with others, to experience democracy also in economy, to contribute to the strengthening of communities and solidarity, to gain self-confidence and feel co-owner of a project.  Obviously, one does not become a social economy entrepreneur from one day to the other.

Some programmes and initiatives providing assistance already exist. However, a majority of training schemes for enterprise creation are often not adapted to the specific characteristics of the social economy and/or do not have appropriate tools to reach out to a diversity of persons.

Which potential could collective online (role play) games or gamified learning have in this context?

Starting from a snapshot of the Belgian context regarding social economy and enterprise creation in the field of social economy, this seminar will present the Social Seducement initiative and one of its main outputs – SocialPlaNet.  SocialPlaNet is an online game, which has been designed as a gamified learning platform providing unemployed with an idea of social economy entrepreneurship and an opportunity to simulate the shaping of a social economy ‘business idea’ in a group.

Check out the DRAFT PROGRAMME and REGISTER by 12 May 2017!

European Social Innovation Competition: Apply now!

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Do you have a social innovation capable of tackling inequality?

Don’t miss your chance to apply to this year’s European Social Innovation Competition and win one of three 50,000 EUR prizes. This year’s competition is focused on tools, services and models to equip all members of society with the appropriate skills and opportunities they need to be able to compete in a changing economy.

You can apply if you’re an individual, a group or an organisation within the European Union and in countries participating in the European Horizon 2020 programme.

To apply, all you need to do is fill in the seven questions in our application form and you can use any of the 24 official EU languages.

The deadline is on the 7 April at 12 noon Brussels time.

For more information visit


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On 24 and 25 April 2017 don’t miss the SEE2 conference “SCALING UP SOCIAL ECONOMY ENTERPRISES IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE” that will be held in Ljubljana (Slovenia)!

The main purpose of the conference is to boost social economy enterprises in the South East Europe (SEE) region countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Romania and Bulgaria. It provides a platform for exchange of public and private experiences across Europe for development of social economy enterprises in SEE, for establishing links and a common strategy of the region.

This unique event deals with the following horizontal issues:

- Promoting European values through partnerships and social economy;

- Promoting social inclusion and jobs creation through partnerships and social economy;

- Promoting bottom up creation of regional networks through development cooperation programmes and IPA in case of candidate countries and EU sources of financing – particularly how to better use European Structural and Investment Funds to develop social entrepreneurship and social economy as a whole.

Download now the full PROGRAMME and get your free ticket by 15 April!



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The role of Social economy as an important instrument to pursue the objectives defined in the European Structural and investment Funds regulation (e.g. in terms of more and better jobs’ creation and social inclusion) is widely recognised in Europe.

The basic values of Social economy and its objectives, which consist in sharing resources for common benefit, mutualisation and solidarity, show the consistence and appropriateness of social economy/public authorities-based partnerships in order to fulfil the objective of cohesion enshrined in Art. 174 of the Lisbon Treaty. Nevertheless, nothing would (have) be(en) possible without the European Social Fund or the European Regional Development Fund.

This is why, yesterday’s EPSEIG public hearing on the “60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: social economy’s contribution to economic, social and territorial cohesion in Europe” has represented once more the occasion for REVES to recall the attention on two major current issues:

  • the necessity for investment instruments to complement, rather than take the place of, European Structural and Investment Funds, in order to boost social cohesion;
  • to counter the current tendency to recentralize the definition of policy as well as the management of financial instruments (e.g. ESIF), from the programming to the concrete delivery phase. Indeed, Structural funds have been so far showing what the EU is concretely doing for citizens at national, regional and local level, and are powerful instruments to support European Citizenship. The EU solidarity cannot be built from Brussels: local authorities and social economy organisations are in the pipeline to make full use of instruments like the CLLDs and the Urban agenda in the territories, putting social, rather than financial, efficiency on top.

Conference on Social PlaNet: a new support for creating social economy enterprises!

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Gothenburg – On 2 March 2017, REVES, together with other representatives of the project consortium, took part in the presentation of the Social PlaNet online role-play game to train people who face disadvantages in the labour market to become social entrepreneurs, developed in the framework of the Social Seducement project and co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme.

Luigi Martignetti (REVES Secretary General) opened the session by stressing the importance of learning how to make the creation of social economy enterprises more attractive (e.g. for young people), and how to manage them. Social PlaNet is a first step in this direction.

The Social seducement has been thought, as recalled by Renate Goergen (Le Mat General director and brand manager) to synthesize this aspect with the ambition of creating a new culture for disabled and disadvantaged people, in order to manage their life in a way that was not limited to professional inclusion. Renate pointed out the importance of storytelling in this sense, as an effective means to show and share successful social economy entrepreneurial aspects and experiences, since “people learn by being inspired by what they are enthusiastic about”.

But how to apply the game in reality? Le Mat has been presented as a case of social franchising organisation for social enterprises running hotels, hostels and B&B’s. The first idea emerged in Trieste, Italy, more than 15 years ago, to be then spread also in other European countries. Elisabet Abrahamsson (Le Mat Europe) shared the story of Le Mat Sweden, reminding also – who would have though? – that the REVES board, in March 2010, was its very first host!

The meeting went ahead with the presentation of the Social PlaNet game by Kerstin Junge (Tavistock Institute, project leader) and a simulation of how it is played in reality by Joachim Keim (Coompanion Gothenburg) with the support of some volunteers from the public.

The consortium, supported by a number of facilitators from different countries, is now running a piloting phase in order to experiment the game. A conference will be held in Bruxelles on 7th June to sum up relevant feedbacks and present the game to a wider public.

The next challenge? The translation of the concept in different contexts! A social economy school linked to a REVES member has already announced the interest to work on an updated version of the game.

We encourage all REVES members to use the game, which will be distributed for free. If you would like to keep updated about the project and/ or become a facilitator to offer support, information and guidance to gamers, contact us!