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ev_20150603_pic_v2DG SANTE organised the conference ‘Innovative Financing Opportunities for Active & Healthy Ageing’ on the 3rd June 2015. The conference looked at the issue of how to practically leverage public and private financial instruments and maximise synergies in the area of active & healthy ageing. In particular, the conference focused on the EU financial instruments, the Investment plan for Europe, joint-procurement of innovative solutions, new ways of public-private co-investments in health, European Structural and Investment Funds, social innovation and more recent innovative alternative financing tools.

Very interesting stuff in the Conference Report: check it out!

L_social_change_logo_2The 2015 Euclid Summit on Power to drive positive change: Building civil society and social enterprise knowhow for 2020 and beyond will take place on 14-16 October 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia.

Europe’s civil society, social economy and social enterprise movement has always found the power to drive positive change through its knowhow besides its values, knowledge and networks. The Euclid Summit 2015 will help build new knowhow and skills for innovative civil society organisations and social enterprises in a changing world.

There is a huge potential and need to develop new skills and competences for an age of innovation, collaboration and digital technology. This unique event will feature forward-thinking masterclasses, knowhow-sharing sessions and informal knowhow cafés in three main streams: knowhow for people, knowhow for money, knowhow for tools.

Civil society organisations and social enterprises are pioneering by both nature and necessity. In order to realise the full potential of our resources, it is crucial to embed strong and flexible knowhow within the sector. The EU wanted to create smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It set its policy goals of reducing poverty & exclusion, tackling climate change, reducing school drop-out rates and reducing unemployment by 2020. The reality is lagging behind these targets. Civil society organisations and social enterprises have the power to make a significant difference but they need to share and embrace new knowhow to face the challenges.

As the newest member of the European Union, our Croatian partners are uniquely placed to provide a fresh perspective on the EU’s Europe 2020 Strategy from both sides of the coin. Join us in the vibrant city of Zagreb to empower civil society and social enterprise to effectively drive forward this positive change through knowhow!

Download the draft agenda here and stay tuned for Euclid Summit registration. If you want to find out how you can get involved, please contact Stephen Barnett.

innovage-logoINNOVAGE is an ambitious project dedicated to developing and testing, as well as surveying and cataloguing, social innovations that will have a solid impact on improving the quality of life and well-being of older people.

What are social innovations? Social Innovations are ideas, products, services or models that are new, or applied in new contexts, and which are designed to improve the well-being and quality of life of people as they age.

The active and healthy ageing model: A comprehensive strategy to maximise participation and well-being as people age. It should operate simultaneously at the individual (lifestyle), organisational (age management) and societal (policy) levels and at all stages of the life course.

Visit the innoVage web platform!


nesta_dsi_map_400x400A website -part of an EU wide research project on Digital Social Innovation (DSI)- attempts to create a living map of organizations that use digital technologies for the social good. It elaborates a pan-European network of organizations and people that use Internet for social good.
The site shows the working connections between the various digital social innovators and enables both practitioners and policymakers to understand what services, standards or digital projects are being developed. IIt should become an open database of case studies and potential funding opportunities.

Follow the link: http://digitalsocial.eu/

The thirteenth edition of Grandparents on the Internet (IT), the digital literacy programme for the elderly, begins in parallel with the 2014-15 school year.

The past twelve editions of GOI have certified 22,000 senior web surfers (65% women) tutored by 17, 100 students and 1620 coordinating teachers.
The intergenerational learning methodology has become a model for national and transnational actions and has spawned 18 local declinations of the project (from Nonni SUD Internet to The Knowledge Volunteers). GOI is present in 18 Italian regions and 11 European countries.

You can also follow the project on Twitter with hashtag #nonnisuinternet.

The 3d printer in the Youth CentreYouth is now facing new challenges, and they can play a strong role to support senior learning and to gain from exeperienced citizens support, help and sustainability.
The Youth Information centre in Venice is really engaged in this, with the  I3C, a spin-off that includes an Innovation Incubator, information centers, Coworking, made ​​tangible by:

Coworking Community, established in 2012, is an office space : provided free of charge for one year to associations , professionals and business start-up who wish to develop their project idea in a challenging work environment , full of exchanges and relations know where new potential collaborators and professional partners . Includes a phone line and wifi, copier , scanner and fax .
MELAB, Mestre Laboratory, is a collaborative space dedicated to new technologies , creativity , communication, and movement makers, a reinterpretation of unprofessional Fab Lab In our case, this is a self-produced and self-assembled 3D printers by a group of makers of our country , and its accessibility to all in the opening hours so as to allow the general public to raise awareness of a revolutionary innovation ;
SIHve, Social Innovators Hub of Venice , is a temporary incubator of entrepreneurship with a strong social impact , within which it is possible to develop a set of steps and actions aimed at providing services and practical tools for the development of youth entrepreneurship , which be in addition to those already offered to the coworking community.

Find out more here: http://www.i3cvenezia.com/

The new Fab Lab Roma – Innovation Gym (also on Facebook) will be inaugurated at the RomeCup 2014 – Excellence in Robotics in Rome on March 20 at 7:30 pm at the Rome Città Educativa in Via del Quadraro 102.

The event is also the perfect opportunity to present the entire InnovationGym Project, a task for Alfonso Molina, Scientific Director of the Fondazione Mondo Digitale and Professor of Technology Strategy at the University of Edinburgh.

The Voice Over Blog presents a map of the Italian Fab Labs (from Wired) and reports on the new production laboratory implemented according to the indications of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms. An  Innovation Gym is a physical and virtual environment for experiential learning and the practice of innovation in all areas: technological, social and individual innovation.


The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of Do It Yourself culture. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts. Read more