SIKE presentation event in Lisbon

SIKE event in Lisbon debates the resources and needs of Portuguese social innovation ecosystem with local stakeholders.

The event was organized by Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa and took place at  Casa do Impacto, a recent hub for social innovation created by this secular wide-ranging Portuguese charity.

More than 500 years after its foundation, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa pursues its original mission to improve the quality of life of the individuals and communities, particularly those underprivileged and vulnerable, and continues to seek new and more appropriate solutions to current social needs and challenges.

Gathering all the major Portuguese stakeholders of the social innovation field, Casa do Impacto aims to support the generation and grown of startups and entrepreneurship projects with social impact, therefore contributing to a greater promotion and visibility of the social innovation ecosystem.

The event took place in the October 2018 and host several local stakeholders such as researchers, academics, entrepreneurs, public entities, corporations and non-profit organizations.

In the first part of the event, the SIKE partners, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa and Universidade de Aveiro, explained the goals and methodology applied in the SIKE project. The Refood movement was also presented as a best practice identified by the Portuguese partners. It is an independent non-profit organization born in Lisbon that presents a new response to long standing challenges – an innovative tool to eliminate food waste and hunger in local communities while steadily strengthening social bonds. It strives to provide good rescued food to those in need and prevent food waste in local communities by inspiring and mobilizing the community itself.

The second part of the event started out with an overview about the state of art of the social innovation ecosystems presented by the SIKE team of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa. The extended miss concepts and the diversity of conceptual meanings about social innovation were pointed out, as taking matter in the evaluation of the impact and scale of initiatives and projects. A debate took place in the final part of the event, revealing the variety of knowledges and experiences of the local stakeholders concerning the resources and needs required for the development of social innovation and social entrepreneurship initiatives.

The demand for a better conceptual accuracy in the development of scientific knowledge was pointed out, which premises a need to increase the involvement of the academics in the social innovation process. In the other way, more than the insufficiency of resources, there’s a need to better articulate the resources and instruments already operating in the field in order to create synergies that allow the recognition and consolidation of the social innovation ecosystem.

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