European Strategy on Social Innovation Education

Next Monday, I will be attending an education and training brainstorming at the European Commission in Brussels to give input to the Directorate General for Education and Culture strategy for the next programme 2014-2020.

European Commissioner Günther Oettinger at the didacta 2011,
source: http://ec.europa.eu/education/news/news2812_en.htm

Since I am coming from the field of learning and social innovation and based on two papers (Youth on the Move, New Skills for New Jobs), I will give input around the following questions:

1) Understanding the concept of social innovation.

2) How can social innovation be relevant to work at EU level in education and training?

3) Good practice in social innovation (applied to education and training).

If you have any input for this discussion, please leave a reply to this post on this blog! Thank you…

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11 Antworten zu European Strategy on Social Innovation Education

  1. Vincent Rump schreibt:

    Hello,

    AT THNK (read: think), The Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership, social innovation is concerned with what we have phrased ‚wicked problems‘. These wicked problems do need their own specific approach to be turned into meaningful and innovative solutions. At THNK we are currently developing a framework methodology that optimally facilitates in using existing creative problem solving, scenario thinking and design thinking techniques to deal with such wicked problems. When you’re interested in getting to know more, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Best regards,

    Vincent Rump
    Director of Business Development @ THNK

  2. for 2); maybe interesting to hear more of the AoH work that Toke, Helen, Ria, Maria and friends are doing with the European Commission?
    for 3); maybe inspiring 😉 http://quora.com/how-does-kaospilots-work

  3. Jay Standish schreibt:

    Social Innovation is actually a pretty vague concept. Its more of a culture and a mindset than a true discipline that can be taught via stable principles. So I think you have to be embedded in that culture to really learn how to be a social innovator. There are no equations to memorize. But there are people to meet.

    That being said, for Millenials, the use of social technology and media is central to how we will innovate in the coming years and decades. So digital media literacy is sortof essential to having a voice and spreading it, as well as finding a peer group.
    I haven’t learned anything about new media, technology, social media or the like from people more than 5 years older than me, or through any formal educational system. So peer mentoring and on-project applied learning is huge.

    Another big one is the whole-systems approach. My formal college education was structured as interdisciplinary, year-long programs. We didn’t take 5 different courses as a time, we took one program that had 5 professors focusing on a different aspect of a whole system. So we would have an architect, an anthropologist, an economist, an artist, and a physicist teach us about sustainable building systems, urban design, the culture of cities, the economic flows that shapes them, etc and dive into this for an entire year. And it would be peppered with real-world building projects, internships, field trips and the like. I sat on a two-year design committee for the renovation of our student union building as part of this program.

    So, sorry for the long-windedness, but basically embedded in community, peer mentored, learning by doing are absolutely the best way to approach learning social innovation!

  4. fraukego schreibt:

    Silvia YIP Graduate: Dieser Videoclip http://vimeo.com/12422572 habe ich in Schweden gedreht. Ich finde alle Aspekte darin sehr wichtig, vielleicht willst du ihn ja auch zeigen.

    Besonder den Kreativitätsaspekt und der Aspekt von Freiheit und Wahlmöglichkeiten am Ende finde ich wichtig. Oh und dabei ist wichtig, alle haben für dieses Video dieselbe Frage bekommen und frei geantwortet, nichts war gestellt.

  5. Valentina schreibt:

    I forgot to mention the winter and summer labs for social innovation by Academy of Visionautics! http://www.visionautic.org/laboratory/

    • fraukego schreibt:

      Thanks Valentina, could you please ellaborate more on the connection between the questions in the article and the Visionautics experience with their labs?

  6. Naomi schreibt:

    1)“Social innovation is big. It’s bold. It is a movement of
    people and organizations from all three sectors (public,
    private, non-profit) who are taking a completely different
    approach, who are turning the status quo on its head, who
    are building new systems, who are asking hard questions,
    who are creating a new way forward.”
    http://socialvelocity.net

    2)Relevancy EU level in education and training. I see the relevancy in enabling leaders with a mindset to explore social issues in a creative, connecting and entrepreneurial way, from within (personal leadership) and with each other (community). From here being able to deal with complex issues on local and European scale.

    3)
    – Knowmads http://www.knowmads.nl 🙂
    – The Open Book of Social Innovation (lot’s of examples different fields) http://www.nesta.org.uk/publications/assets/features/the_open_book_of_social_innovation
    – Another nice resource that maps out the field of social innovation – Kaospilots team13: http://www.kaospilot.dk/publications-news_cp.aspx

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