International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development
IKED - International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development


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..:: Social Innovation (SI-DRIVE)

Brief Overview SI-Drive
SI-DRIVE is a unique EU-funded research project with global reach which represents the most ambitious review and analysis of social innovation to date. It represents a collaborative research effort which includes an extensive mapping of social innovations in eight major world regions as well as extensive analysis at several levels. The European and global mapping provides an overview of social innovation and its different, regional and cultural background and differentiations. Further, SI-DRIVE examines the role of current public policies in this context. This includes considerations how public policies can enable both the development of social innovations in the first place and subsequently their diffusion and up-scaling for the purpose of achieving favorable systemic change. As one component, theoretical research is undertaken to provide insights into the nature of social innovation and its relations with public policy. The project also includes in-depth analysis of case studies in seven policy areas including, Education, Employment, Environment, Energy, Health and Social care, Mobility and transport, Poverty and Sustainable Development.

The first phase of the project was completed in 2015, with the collection and structuring of one thousand cases of Social Innovation from around the world. In the second phase, in-depth analysis of some 70 vibrant cases has been completed and Policy field reports in all eight different policy areas are concluded. The project is in the final phase now with the aim to highlight the most successful social innovations and enable social innovations to share knowledge and best practices for the development of societies. The SI-DRIVE "General Assembly", organised in Dortmund, Germany, on the 6th and 7th of April 2017, brought together all the partners, took stock of the project achievements thus far and set out the plans ahead, The final major conference of SI-Drive, "Social Innovation - Research and Policy for future: Towards a Comprehensive Innovation Policy", will be held in Brussels on October 24-25, 2017.

SI-DRIVE also publishes quarterly eNewsletters

IKED has conducted in-depth case studies in the policy fields of Education, Health, and Environment. The following are the cases:

  • NASF(Iceland): NASF is a unique initiative which pioneer’s to restore Salmon stocks to the historical abundance level in the North Atlantic. The project has gain international recognition andworking on several international initiatives. For further details please visit NASF website (Click here).
  • Myrorna (Sweden): Myrorna is a well-established case the foundation of which goes back to the 19th century. It is based on a bottom-up initiative to organise with the collection ofsurplus clothing and other household utensils from the rich, upgrading the quality then making the projects available at affordable prices for needy people. Over more than a century, Myrorna evolved from essentially a charity organization to a professional operation with a solid handle of fashion while a promotor of social goods with regard to the environment as well as social practices, For further details visit Myrorna website (Click here).
  • Storycrafting (Finland): Storycrafting is a research-based initiative to dedicated learning. It pioneered and diffused pathbreaking methodology for putting the child at the centre of the learning process. For further details visit project website (Click here)
  • Fryshuset (Sweden): The core idea of Fryshuset is to build a sustainable society where every human being is awarded the possibilities to join and take active part. Learning support in wide aspects is the main driver and tool which guides the coaching support and the activities. For further details visit project website (Click here).
  • Fruluftsfrämjandet (Sweden): Friluftsfrämjandet focuses on “Learning in the field” being outdoors in nature when learning, with participants guided by trainers; practical learning and learning-by-doing. For further details visit initiative webiste (Click here).
  • Självdialys (Sweden): An innovative solution for the treatment of dialysis under the control of patients themselves. The model builds on a process that serves to establishtrust between hospital personnel, notably nurses, and patients. Following an introductory period, the care processbecomes totally managed by the patient at a hospital, without the need of any direct involvement (except introduction and general support) by healthcare personnel. For further details about initiative (Click here).
  • FAR (Sweden): In the FAR-programme, both patients and health care personnel are made aware of and encouraged to discuss physical activity as a complement and/or priority measure in the context of health care. For further detail visit the website (Click here).

SI-Drive has recently published policy field reports. The complete reports for Health, Education, and Environment are available here.

Among published articles, see an article on Comparative Analysis:

As for the general direction of work, policy recommendations are aimed for in the following areas:

  • Collaboration between public administration/policy makers and social innovation/innovators.
  • The operation and tools used by public administration.
  • Skill and competencies that are needed in order for public policy makers to contribute effectively in regard to, e.g.  how to manage networks, address systems dynamics, harnessing collective intelligence, and; fostering social innovation.
  • Ways to build on social innovation to help build resilient communities and societies.
On the partners:
SI-Drive is coordinated by the Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany.

Within SI-Drive, IKED is responsible for the policy analysis and mapping of social Innovations in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) as well as in Western Asia, or the Arab Gulf (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The other SI-DRIVE partners from the EU are:

More information about SI-Drive:
An overview of the iniial planning of SI-Drive

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