Institutions that are more receptive, flexible, and interconnected within ecosystems

We want to celebrate our 10th anniversary while launching a collaborative learning challenge to help generate opportunities for common reflection and action, especially seizing a moment where we are globally redefining priorities to build societies that are more resilient and fair. Within this process, we got inspiration from with a wide array of initiatives that are generating systemic changes worldwide.

Combatting situations of social exclusion should always imply to act at a systemic level, impacting the transformation of the complex structures and mental models that rule our society. This collection of innovations shows how, from their diverse spheres of action, institutions can become a crucial agent of change by incorporating innovation into their organizational culture and frameworks, thus developing capacity to transform their surroundings and systems they operate in. At times, it is all about remaining permeable to other agents from their ecosystem, gathering them in spaces of interaction where unlikely connections happen, and new actors become part of the solution. Other times, the response lies in giving voice to the people, truly understand their needs, and articulate flexible itineraries that allow to give answers adapted to each and everyone’s reality. 

An online incubation software that helps seed-stage entrepreneurs to structure and develop their businesses step-by-step with the support of a mentor.
United States
A knowledge centre that engages young people under state care in the design and management of social programmes and organisations that directly affect them, through facilitating their participation as expert evaluators and lobbyists for change.
Initiative that promotes environmental and preventive health, integrating social and community services into the health care system to respond to unattended basic needs of patients and their families.
United States
A city-level, public-private cooperation project that orients, trains and accompanies people in vulnerable situations to bring them closer to the labour market.
An educational model that offers alternative programmes to early school leavers. Unlike mainstream schools, its flexible approach adjusts to the needs and interests of participants and involves agents in helping them re-enroll into training or work.
The SiG ultimate goal was to support whole system change through changing the broader economic, cultural and policy context in Canada to allow social innovations to flourish.
The association provides high-quality, affordable homes that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, as well as other services and solutions to build more successful, equal, innovative, inclusive and diverse communities.
United Kingdom
An organization with diverse programmes which contribute to social development and personal growth of children, young people and adults, while generating knowledge and helping other agents of change unleash transformation processes.
Public health service that provides medical, psychological and social care, advice and support to trans* people and their families.