When it comes to social innovation, sceptics and enthusiasts abound. The former point to the sheer impossibility of social innovation. The latter point to its absolute necessity to address pressing problems such as social inequality, youth unemployment or resource depletion.
At BENISI, we firmly believe in the power of social innovation. We do so because we have seen it happen for real. During the past three years, we have supported and tracked some 300 social innovations, all over Europe, in the most diverse applications.
While many of these innovations have been impactful, we have also witnessed that the innovators often struggle to scale up. Many find it challenging to reach people and have impact outside the local community where their innovation originated – and to do so fast.
We have been privileged to learn from their scaling experiences, and are pleased to bring you this guide with practical tips and tricks, real cases, and links to useful resources. It tells you how to go about the scaling journey, step by step.
The guide reaches out to social innovators, to people working at incubators and to the social innovation community at large. As it is meant to be a living document, we encourage you to share with us your enriching comments and insights.
During the past three years, we have supported and tracked some 300 social innovations, all over Europe, in the most diverse applications. In this online guide, we highlight a selection of 26 cases.
Matte Centrum is a non-profit organization which offers free help to children to improve their skills in mathematics.
MicroStart promotes a vision where each human being regardless his or her educational background, income, economic position or geographical origin has a right to economic initiative and to choose personal destiny in our society.
My Dream Now
My Dream Now organises meetings and exchange between students, university students and professionals to inspire young people to see their potential and see the value in engaging in their own education.
New Horizons Foundation
New Horizons inspires youth for social change by innovating and sustaining models of experiential education.
Oneplanetcrowd aims to be Europe’s largest crowdfunding platform for sustainable and social projects.
Opera Domani aims at raising young audiences’ interest in opera through the production of interactive shows and didactic programs.
Party for the People
Party for the People (PFTP) fundraises for charities through music events and ticketing.
Ruffboards produce uniquely designed longboards out of old snowboards together with ex-convicts.
Welfare Italia Milano Solari 6 is a medical center that offers more than 40 specialist practices in health care.
The Canvas Workshop
The Canvas Workshop is committed to reaching zero waste production, promoting sustainable production and consumption and offering jobs to disadvantaged people.
Three Coins develops innovative learning tools for financial literacy education.
Tournée da Bar
Tournée da Bar means classical theatre in unconventional spaces to get in touch with new audiences, lower barriers and make theatre popular and social again.