economy projects, one thing is clear: there’s a process ofchange going on. Social innovation has always been a hall-mark of our society and is closely linked with technological in-novation. The EU project SI-DRIVE (Social Innovation – DrivingForce of Social Change) has set itself the ambitious goal oflooking at various theoretical concepts and to further developthe theory of social innovation based on empirical data in col-laboration with leading scientific partners. Social innovationboth in Europe and throughout the world will be analysed andprocessed in a database. “Our objective is to determine whatsocial innovation represents in different countries and policy
umerous initiatives, which often venture into unchar-ted territory, have recently created a stir. Whether it’surban gardening, community power stations or shared
FROM SMALL PURCHASE GROUPS AND SHARED ECONOMY PROJECTSTO 100 YEARS OF SOCIAL HOUSING IN VIENNA. AIT ADDRESSES THEISSUE OF SOCIAL INNOVATION (SI) IN TWO EU PROJECTS.
Urban gardening is part of a change process.AIT explores the underlying theory of socialinnovation in an EU project.
ECONOMIC SPACE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION
AIT is involved in the EU project CRESSI (Creating Economic Space forSocial Innovation), which is examining the economic and social basisfor social innovation. The project is particularly looking at how the si-tuation of marginalised people can be improved by means of politicaland social measures. What are the drivers of, and barriers to, socialinnovation in various settings and how can their impact be measured?AIT is particularly involved in case studies on social housing and par-ticipative health research and also investigates the interaction bet-ween social and technological innovation.
The “Social Innovation 2015” conference due to take place in Viennafrom 18–20 November 2015 will provide a platform for discussing theresults from both, the CRESSI and the SI-Drive project.