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What we do

We monitor the social innovation field, in Sweden and internationally, and collect research-based facts and results, expert knowledge and experiences. We educate, give lectures and arrange workshops for different groups, within academia and outside. To stimulate replication, scaling and inspire more actors to make social innovation happen, we collect and share best-practices of different initiatives, support and methods, as well as create stories and foresights. We map, analyse and evaluate social innovation initiatives. We also support impact measurement processes based on the framework of the theory of change and designing measuring plans. We catalyse and facilitate cross-sectoral collaborations through networks, meeting arenas and co-design. Finally, we co-create and build capacity develop concepts, methods and processes for collaboration and co-creation.

We educate and
share knowledge

We monitor the social innovation field, in Sweden and internationally, and collect research-based facts and results, expert knowledge and experiences. Forum for Social Innovation Sweden gather stakeholders and beneficiaries around specific themes, questions or current challenges. We share knowledge and support in areas where our researchers are operating in.  

We stimulate learning exchange and educate, give lectures and arrange workshops for different groups, within academia and outside. To stimulate replication, scaling and inspire more actors to make social innovation happen, we collect and share best-practices of different initiatives, support and methods, as well as create stories and foresights. 

Best practices on social innovation and support on social innovation 

To showcase success factors and avoid pitfalls for long-term societal change, 35 best practices on methods, tools, and approaches from organisations on supporting social innovation processes have been collected in France, Latvia, Spain and Sweden, within the EU-funded project Building Capacity for a Sustainable Society (BuiCaSuS). Read more here.

Social Innovation Foresight 

Social Innovation Foresight is a digital series on social innovation where thought leaders, big thinkers, and pioneers from around the world, share knowledge, ideas, and thoughts on how we can envision a better future. Read more about Social Innovation Foresight here.

Future-making Academy

The Future-making Academy at Malmö University is a new initiative where we invite you to a reading circle with a focus on complexity, future-making, and collaboration. The purpose is to make research available, deepen and provide space to examine and discuss how thoughts and ideas from the texts we read can resonate with our own practices. Read more about Future-making academy here.

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We map, evaluate
and support

Together with researchers, universities and other actors within the ecosystem for Social Innovation we map, analyse and evaluate social innovation initiatives, the support on social innovation as well as the ecosystem for social innovation and social enterprises in Sweden.  

We also support impact measurement processes based on the framework of the theory of change and designing measuring plans. In order to bring about social change, various initiatives need to be supported and followed up in the longer term. What value did the solution create and for whom? What success factors can be shared, copied and reused elsewhere? We share knowledge on impact measurement, on why and how to measure impact and create a model for evaluating initiatives and work on social innovation. 

Here are some examples of mappings that we have carried out:

The social innovation ecosystem in Sweden (2022) 
The European Enterprise Monitor 2020-2021 (in Swedish) 

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We co-create and
facilitate collaboration

To make social innovation happen we need to make new connections and meet across sectors, exchange ideas, knowledge, and experiences. We need to co-create, co-work, and collaborate in different spaces and in new ways.  

Forum for Social Innovation Sweden support the mobilisation of actors and resources in different ways.  We collaborate with actors from all sectors, from private businesses, to civil society and NGOs, municipalities, regions and other actors in the public sector, universities and research insitutes, authorities, research funders in Sweden, as well as  Sweden’s innovation agency. 

We catalyse and facilitate cross-sectoral collaborations through networks, meeting arenas and co-design. We connect research and practice, and create meeting arenas with stakeholders from all sectors. We offer and use different methods and concepts for collaboration such as co-design and co-labs and also develop methods, for example our coalition method. We act as a project leader, guide or facilitator along the way. Read more about the Coalition Model here.

During six years we organised and hosted Social Innovation Summit, the largest conference and meeting place on social innovation in the Nordic countries.   

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We catalyse and
build capacity

We work towards challenging traditional silos, structures and systems. We use tools and methodologies that ensure that societal challenges are identified and described from a diversity of perspectives. Many actors and sectors are invited to the process – from those who are directly experiencing the social challenge, as well as the civil society, the public, private sector and academia. 

 

Building Capacity for a Sustainable Society 

At the moment we are involved in Building Capacity for a Sustainable Society (BuiCaSuS). This three-year transnational project is funded by the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). It involves the countries Spain, Latvia, France and Sweden and is one of the six consortia that has been selected by the European Commission to explore how social innovation contributes to more sustainable societies. BuiCaSuS aims to promote the concept of social innovation in order to set-up or strengthen National Competence Centres for Social Innovation.  

Sweden is represented by Forum for Social Innovation in collaboration with Reach for Change and Inkludera. We lead the work on which tools, methods and best-practices we can share for cooperation, mutual learning and generating social impact. Read more about BuiCaSuS

Funding – the scholarship ‘Göran Bredinger stipendiet’  

Social innovation ideas need funding to come alive. Since 2014, the Forum for Social Innovation Sweden in collaboration with Göran Bredinger, an award-winning entrepreneur and CEO at Dieden Group, hands out a scholarship to young entrepreneurs in Sweden. 

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