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Social experimentation offers creative alternatives to approaching the interdependent and multi-layered challenges. The goal of the Social Innovation Factory (SIF) is for innovators to come together to develop and improve concepts towards social change. They offers a range of perspectives and expertise with members including member from civil society, business and government. The Social Innovation Factory offer inspiration, feedback creativity and happiness as ingredients for innovation. They promote and support social entrepreneurship and innovation for tackling societal challenges. Their three basic values are:
They work on the Flanders region and promote Flemish citizens to inquire, be inspired, think and activate participation, social innovation and entrepreneurship. It’s open to everyone who wants to act, think, learn, experiment or improve the civil society through social creativity. They support these citizen activities in aiding their realisations, from guidance and feasibility studies to financial support. It’s a way to strengthen concepts through a new lens, experience and knowledge.
You can send in your ideas here. They offer online inspiration, practical examples, meet-ups, training sessions and learning networks. The services are not completely free, it is based on an exchange. After a preliminary interview to evaluate the idea to see if it has potential for social impact, the relevant learning network (critical thinkers, innovators and experts) works together with the innovator to develop the concept. This strengthening session puts the user 8 SIF points in debt. The way to repay the debt points is to offer your knowledge in various ways:
In addition to the strengthening session, the Social Innovation Factory offers information sessions and vision sessions. Information sessions delve in deeper into concepts to demonstrate how social entrepreneurship tackles social issues. Vision sessions are to move towards realizing bright ideas to make visions more concrete with methods and services to translate them into real social impact.