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Study on social innovation in Europe by the Social Innovation eXchange (SIX)

Invitation to contribute

The Social Innovation eXchange (SIX) network has been awarded a contract by the Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA), the policy unit of the President of the European Commission, Mr Jose Manuel Barroso, to conduct a study on social Innovation in Europe. The study is a follow up of a workshop SIX organised with BEPA for President Barroso in January 2009. Its purpose is to gather European wide evidence and best practices on social innovation actions being promoted, supported, and initiated at a grass roots level and by stakeholders and regional or national policy makers.

We want to encourage you to contribute to this study.
In recent years, a social innovation movement has been taking shape globally and the current economic climate has provided increasing opportunities for social innovators. The need for social innovation is increasingly being recognized by businesses, civil society and governments - President Barroso recently commented "The financial and economic crisis makes creativity and innovation in general, and social innovation in particular even more important to foster sustainable growth, secure jobs and boost competitiveness." (January 2009)

Why contribute?
By contributing to SIX's study on social innovation, you too will have the opportunity to contribute to the shape of future policy on social innovation, as well as show the Commission the great examples of social innovations that are happening in your country.

How to contribute?
We would like to know about the grassroots social innovation activities in your country, the regional and national policies that exist to support social innovation in your country, and what you would recommend for a new social innovation support policy or programme from the Commission. Please follow this link and answer 3 very quick questions - this will not take longer than 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can send your comments/ideas by email. The deadline for submitting your contribution is 23 December.