How can we make sure that great social innovation ideas get the support they need to really make a difference, and contribute to sustainable development in our local communities and in Sweden at large? One way we do it is with the Sopact innovation-booster team based out of Lund University at Campus Helsingborg. Since 2017, 42 social entrepreneurs have graduated from Sopact’s accelerator programme. And now the Sopact team is running two projects to harness society’s potential with collaborative processes to test, identify, and create solutions to complex challenges in society.
The first project, Needs-driven Learning Process, focuses on how to best enable new forms of collaboration between the business sector, the public sector, and social innovators. Together with five city departments within the City of Helsingborg, societal challenges are identified, after which social innovators such as researchers, university students, and social entrepreneurs are recruited and matched with an identified challenge. After this, test environments are offered to develop solutions to real problems and challenges. Based on the findings, the aim is to develop scalable processes, methods, and strategies for social innovation that can be applied locally – but also regionally and nationally.
The second project, known as Sustainable Skåne, involves a systems analysis of the Skåne ecosystem for social innovation and social entrepreneurship in order to analyse what can act as a facilitator/impediment when the goal is to promote social entrepreneurship.
Collaboration between the School of Social Work, Lund University/Campus Helsingborg, Region Skåne and Vinnova