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Building movements of young changemakers

  • October 16, 2015

By Kate Bradnam

I was invited by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to attend the Festival, held in Glasgow this year, and contribute to a panel discussion: ‘Building movements of young changemakers’. I spoke on behalf of The Agency. To provide some context: in 2012, Battersea Arts Centre, Contact Theatre in Manchester, and People’s Palace Projects adapted a methodology, which was pioneered in Brazil by Marcus Faustini with the aim to engage young people in a programme that uses creative …

Unusual Suspects Ahead

  • October 6, 2015

By Mike Small 

This piece first appeared on Bella Caledonia.

We live in a world characterised by false dichotomy. Two such fallacies are dominant: social justice equals state centralism and individual passivity, whilst capitalism equals dynamism and action. Scotland is often portrayed as wedded to the former in a dreary dependency culture. This binary world of opposites may have been exacerbated by the indyref, but an event in  Glasgow this week could embolden independentistas looking for powerful examples of …

Unusual Suspect: Dr. Jim McCormick, Scotland Adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

  • October 5, 2015

Dr. Jim McCormick is Scotland adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC). He is a Board member at Scottish Business in the Community and on The Stroke Association’s Scotland Committee. He has advised government, the voluntary sector and independent funders. Early in 2015, he joined the independent Commission on Local Tax Reform, established by the Scottish Government and COSLA to identify a fair alternative to the council tax.

He is …

Unusual Suspect: Rachael Brown, Creative Consultant of #UnusualGlasgow

  • October 5, 2015

Rachael Brown is an instigator, creative social entrepreneur and Saltire Fellow. Driven by impact, Rachael has extensive experience in business development, talent acquisition, complex partnership management and idea generation. She also has extensive experience in developing creative solutions in non traditional sectors such as social housing, regeneration, specialist care, prisons and with early years. She is currently the Chairperson at YTAS and is consulting with Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) on the upcoming Unusual Suspects Festival in Glasgow.

SIE recently interviewed Rachael for our 

Unusual Suspect: Robin McAlpine, Director of Common Weal

  • October 5, 2015

Robin McAlpine is Director of Common Weal, a Scottish “think and do tank” which campaigns for social and economic equality, participative democracy, environmental sustainability, wellbeing, quality of life, peace, justice and cooperation. He has worked for over 20 years in journalism, public affairs, political strategy and policy. He writes for a wide range of sources on Scottish politics.

SIE recently interviewed Robin for their Unusual Suspects Festival interview series.

Does social innovation mean anything to you and your organisation?

Of course. Many …

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 …

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