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Getting out of our bubbles – messages from the Unusual Suspects Ideas Exchange

  • March 31, 2017

“Sometimes to be useful, we have to get outside of our comfort zones and echo chambers” Mahla Axon, Refugee Youth 

The Ideas Exchange, which we hosted on Wednesday night a the OC centre in London, marked a key moment to get the ball rolling for the Unusual Suspects festival in June. The event was an exchanging of ideas and creativity for people who want to be involved in the Unusual Suspects Festival.

It was an opportunity for participants to hear more …

Why London? Why now?

  • March 20, 2017

They say, be careful what you wish for. It was Schumpeter who famously made the connection between disruption and innovation. But for we innovators, is this really the disruption we wanted? Perhaps not. But disruption, like innovation, rarely comes to order.

As we peer into the darkness trying to anticipate our uncertain future, there is time to reflect. How did we get here? What lies ahead?

From the perspective of London, both questions are immense – existential even. The Brexit …

Stories of Collaboration: the Glass-House Community Led Design

  • July 1, 2015

As part of our new series ‘Stories of Collaboration’ for the bridging work to link the 2014 London festival with future festivals with CGF and Collaborate, we will be highlighting unusual suspects and interesting collaborations around the world- find out more here. The following is an interview with the Glass-House Community Led Design based in London. 

The Glass-House Community Led Design is an independent national charity which began as an action research project in 1999 and was …

Stories of Collaboration

  • June 29, 2015

As part of our new series ‘Stories of Collaboration’, for the bridging work to link the 2014 London festival with future festivals with CGF and Collaborate, we will be highlighting unusual suspects and interesting collaborations around the world. The following is based on an in interview with Rio Vivido in Brazil. 

As everywhere in the world, engaging with older people to promote healthy and active ageing is a challenge. The DESIS lab in Rio took on this challenge …

Stories of Collaboration: Shared Assets

  • June 1, 2015

As part of our new ‘Stories of Collaboration’ for the bridging work to link the 2014 London festival with future festivals with CGF and Collaborate, we will be interviewing unusual suspects and highlighting collaborations around the world- find out more here. The following is an interview with Shared Assets based in Wapping in the UK. 

Shared Assets is a social enterprise that develops new models of managing and governing land and natural resources: our woodlands, waterways, parks, green …

Sharing food to save the planet

  • September 17, 2014

By Eddy Adams

Apart from Jordan and Even, I don’t think anyone else noticed that the carrots were missing. The two signature dishes created by chef Even Bakke during our workshop went down a treat. Both vegetarian, and one inspired by Iranian cuisine, they typified the exciting things happening in Sweden’s public kitchens. They also provided the perfect finale to our workshop on food, social innovation and cities that took place as part of the London …

Why we are hosting a festival of social innovation and collaboration

  • September 2, 2014

By Louise Pulford, Director of SIX

Collaborating is key to finding new or better solutions to some of the world’s toughest social problems. We want more people to do more things together, because we think that a conversation with someone with a different perspective helps us to imagine new possibilities and develop different outcomes. In addition, the problems that require social innovation are complex – they often don’t fit neatly into one sector or thematic area – innovation …

From Musical Concepts to Unusual Suspects

  • September 1, 2014

By Jon Huggett, Chair of SIX

Welcome to The Unusual Suspects Festival in London 2014!

We hope you make unlikely connections for social change. 35 partner organisation are collaborating to create 28 events, all backed by the Social Innovation Exchange,Collaborate, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

The Unusual Suspects is a festival of social innovation and collaboration, so we have tried to make it:
• Innovative: mixing us up to make the most of serendipity;
• Collaborative: crowdsourcing and …

Why Is Collaboration Hard? How Can Data Help?

  • November 5, 2013

By Jon Hugget, Chair of SIX

This blog was originally posted on Markets for Good on 11/05/2013 and can be found here.

Of course, bumping into something counterintuitive in your work (particularly in the realm of what seems mundane), expands the range of solutions, if only by clearing new paths of thought. A welcome serendipity. But, in confronting systemic or intractable problems, active awareness for unexpected or neglected ways to solve them is part of the …

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