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Pop-up restaurant uses only solar energy for cooking Gain instant and exclusive access to over 5,000 of the most creative ideas, innovations and startups on our database and use our smart filters to take you direct to those that are most relevant to your industry and your needs. Not interested? You can still browse articles published in the last 30 days from our homepage and receive your daily and weekly fix of entrepreneurial ideas through our free newsletters. Community Co-operative with Limited Liability, for the Mental Health Sector (KOI.S.P.E, TO.PS.Y), of the Prefecture of the Dodecanese At the beginning of the 1990’s, steps were taken to reduce the amount of people receiving asylum in Leros’ State Rehabilitative Institution because of mental illnesses. During this time, the first unofficial, co-operative therapeutic units were established. Their main objectives were to intervene on the labour manipulation of these people in the black market as well as the social and labour rehabilitation of patients. The positive results of the therapeutic and productive level, resulting from the operation of these units were identified very early into the programme. Primarily, the overall improvement to the patients’ image and behaviour was evident.

Social Firms Europe CEFEC General Secretary Petru Vasile Gafiuc, The Regional Association for Adult Education Suceava (AREAS), Romania Is a founder and president of AREAS, a NGO which was established in January 2005 in Suceava-Romania. He has a Law degree and master degree in Management for Adult Educations Institutes. Also he practices as a trainer and counselor in low, writing projects, community development and organizational development.

The processes of social innovation This week’s innovation conversation is more closely aligned to the original notion of RSA-style interdisciplinary conversations. We initially framed this discussion around social enterprise, then social design, finally the broader notion of social innovation. Last weeks technology innovation conversation surprisingly concluded that it was creating new relationships that matter in technology adoption and we find some similar themes emerging here; the importance of the social context, how to enable the social processes of innovation, whilst not forgetting practical business examples already being implemented. Maverick Networks; In terms of social context Nick Jankel comments that RSA fellows in the 18th Century had “the temporal and emotional freedom to think, meet, talk and co-create The Enlightenment.”

Social Innovation Labs: Designing whole system change Note: This blog originally appeared on the MaRS site on February 27, 2013 A colourful mix of designers, policy-makers, consultants, non-profit professionals, lab practitioners and the lab curious crowded into the MaRS auditorium last Thursday night to hear Frances Westley’s latest insights on the emerging field of labs and the potential of labs to generate and scale social innovation. With decades of experience researching and writing about complexity and systems science (including co-authoring the bestselling book Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed) it is no wonder that Frances sold out the auditorium (which has a capacity of nearly 400 people), with 100 people wait-listed two weeks prior to the highly anticipated event. Here is why we need social innovation labs and why this process is exciting. The magnitude of change is daunting The need has never been greater for systemic change.

Experiment in (e)co-habitation gets the green light The G•O Logic prototype passive house.Photo: Steve ChiassonScanning through the website for the Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage development in Belfast, Maine, you might find yourself wondering if this is a buncha pinko commies who’ve just slapped a fresh coat of paint on the ’60s commune-in-the-woods routine. Says here there will be extensive common facilities (uh huh), complete resident management (ayup), a non-hierarchical structure (I have heard this all before). But wait, what’s this? Separate income sources?

Big Society: R.I.P.? In my opinion Big Society is one of the most inspiring governmental initiatives … where has it gone? I have been a fan from the beginning – at its core I saw the potential for this powerful idea to disrupt and transform some of the imbalances in society that have accidentally become self-generating, arising as they have from genuinely well-meaning, but frequently out-of-date approaches to solving complex, interrelated problems. I have seen Big Society as an energising concept that could help regular citizens see the potential of deploying their own ideas, energies and talents to making and shaping where they live, moving away from viewing their immediate physical and social environments as deliverables, external to their own agency and resourcefulness. But sadly, there is very little of the original enthusiasm coming from No10 currently. Only to replaced by, and please do argue with me about this description, a general sense of everyone ‘just getting on with it’. 1.

Is Social Business Defined by Shared Value? [Infographic] What does it mean to have a ‘social business’? The term is thrown around more than a hot potato these days and nobody can seem to pinpoint its definition. Does it mean a traditional business who engages in social media? Does it mean a business that earns revenue using social media? An Open Source Approach to Medical Research (October 3, 2011) An interview with Stephen Friend about using using open source to encourage collaboration and share health information. This is the second in a series of interviews where we speak with leading innovators who are appropriating lessons from open source thinking—once purely the domain of the software engineer—for social change. Stephen Friend is an Ashoka Fellow in the United States working to transform the culture and practice of closed information systems present in biomedical research to align with and support health outcomes by establishing a commons.

Same Planet, Different Worlds: How Cultural Creatives Are Bringing Forward the Practical Wisdom of Conscious Living Download and Listen to the Kindred Fireside Chat with Paul Ray, PhD: How Cultural Creatives Are Transcending Alienation And Isolation To Bring Forward The Practical Wisdom of Conscious Living An Interview with Social Scientist, Paul Ray, PhD In this interview with social scientist, Paul Ray, PhD, Lisa Reagan connects the dots between her insights from 15 years of holistic family wellness advocacy and Ray’s investigation of a growing segment of Western population that is transforming mainstream culture through their ability to synthesize vast amounts of information, make counter-culture choices for sustainability and wellness, and ultimately bring forward a missing but critically needed worldview for 21st century living: practical wisdom. Buy This Book Now!

Method Uses Ocean Debris to Make Soap Bottles Environmentally-conscious cleaning product company Method is launching a two-in-one hand and dish soap that comes in bottles made from plastic recovered from the ocean, blended with post-consumer recycled plastic. Scientists estimate that several million tons of plastic make their way into the oceans every year, polluting the environment and hurting marine life, Method says. Through this new use of recovered ocean plastic, Method says it is demonstrating how a business can tackle environmental problems while still aiming to turn a profit. Over the past year and a half, Method employees have worked with volunteers from Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to hand-collect several tons of plastic from the beaches of Hawaii, where the kinds of rigid, opaque plastic needed to make this packaging are most abundant. Method partnered with recycler Envision Plastics to develop a new recycling process to make the bottles.

The Rural Initiative for the Social Economy - Ireland RISE believes that the starting point for growth is an evaluation of your organisation as it currently exists. In assisting existing social economy enterprises and those in transition towards the social economy, RISE will introduce new quality standards in sustainability auditing. Available only to RISE participants, the Organisation Sustainability Audit will assist your organisation to analyse the current stage of development and map out pathways for its continuing sustainability. The review of sustainability is the launch pad for the remainder of the comprehensive business supports available under RISE. It is assumed that those organisations in transition towards the social economy may require most if not all of the supports available.

Is social enterprise suitable for all public services? Should the UK have a social enterprise running its police force, or is there a limit to what public services social enterprises should try to run? This was the question being asked in the 'Role of social enterprise in the arena of public services' event this morning at OxfordJam – the fringe event to Oxford's Skoll World Forum. "Would Mark Duggan have been shot by a social enterprise police force?" asked session host Rodney Schwartz, chief executive of social enterprise support business ClearlySo. An advocate of social enterprise having a larger role in public services, he questioned whether a social enterprise police force might be more compassionate and fair.

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