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SIKE is presented in Aveiro to the community

Presentation and debate event about the project and current state of Social Innovation in Portugal brings together local actors, institutions, city councils, and entrepreneurs.

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On October 3rd, a meeting was held to present the SIKE (Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange) European project and debate on the current state and difficulties of the development of Social Innovation at a national and specifically in the Aveiro region. This event aimed to strengthen relations between the Academy and the surrounding community, to understand their needs and obstacles, and to understand how the University can offer knowledge and resources to institutions and social entrepreneurs.

At the beginning of the session there was a presentation by the professors and their departments involved in the project: Prof. Gonçalo Gomes, ID + Desis Lab, Department of Communication and Art (coordinator os the project at University of Aveiro), Prof. José Carlos Mota, GOVCOPP, Social and Political Sciences and Territory, and Professor Marta Ferreira Dias and Professor Marlene Amorim of REMSI, Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism. A brief presentation of the other national partner involved in the project took place, in addition to the University of Aveiro: the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, represented by Gustavo Freitas.

Subsequently, the project itself was presented, its objectives, its involvement and its relevance This was intended to clarify to the participants, local actors with impact in the region, how could the project and the future SIKE unit help the development of projects and initiatives of this scope.

With the presentations made, there was room for debate among all the thirty participants, in which they were able to share their experiences and points of view on some pertinent themes and difficulties that they encountered along its route. The topics covered during the session were to meet some of the questions present in the needs survey developed within the scope of the project, which aims to understand the needs and difficulties of these local actors, institutions, city councils and entrepreneurs in their development and what can the University do to help. The debate proved to be an enriching and interesting moment, in which the results exceeded the objectives of the project and provided a closer relationship between the various actors in the region.

Forging of alliances within the social innovation ecosystem

The forging of alliances within the social innovation ecosystem has begun with the UK’s SIKE partners’ Movement Makers “Learn, Connect, Do” event, organised by The Melting Pot and hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University.

The event enabled over 100 people to explore models, motivations, and aspirations for social innovation. Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite, featured as keynote speaker, followed by breakout sessions and a panel consisting of academics and practitioners from the social, environmental, and health and wellbeing sectors. This broad intersection of representation, united around similar values and concerns, enabling us to discuss both challenges and potential solutions for Scotland’s most pressing problems.

Mark Anderson, Director of The Europe Office at Glasgow Caledonian University, was the host and MC of Movement Makers. “Social innovators need to understand the support universities can give them,” Anderson stated. “Universities are traditionally where knowledge is created. Innovation is about giving knowledge value: social innovation is about giving that knowledge social value.”

To read more about the event, visit https://www.themeltingpotedinburgh.org.uk/news/josh-
littlejohn-social-innovation-glasgowedinburgh-partnership/

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