TRANSIT newsletter, December 2016

Though autumn is an unavoidably busy time for many, the TRANSIT researchers have been in overdrive, pushing forward their work on transformative social innovation and inching ever-closer to a final theory, which will be published next summer. The lion’s share of recent efforts has been devoted to the meta-analysis of 80 cases spread across no fewer than 25 countries. The researchers have been populating a database with nearly 500 critical turning points from these cases, as a means of better understanding how social innovation can become transformative.
Focused as we have been on the meta-analysis, the other strands of TRANSIT have not lost speed. Our partners at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes in Argentina have launched an innovative tool for social innovation practitioners to delve into the topic of social learning. Unlike our previous tools, this one takes a self-training approach, by providing participants access to a series of modules and materials. What is more, it is in Spanish, reflecting the truly transnational nature of TRANSIT and opening its insights to a broader public. The tool will, of course, be made available in English in the months to come.
This newsletter also shares our ongoing engagement with practitioners; Tracey Wheatley from Transition Wekerle, Transition HUB Hungary offers us a guest column. We also take the opportunity to tell you more about our rapidly growing series of working papers, through which TRANSIT researchers share their insights on transformative social innovation. Last but certainly not least, we provide you with an overview of upcoming events.
We wish you all a joyful and restful holiday period, and we look forward to continuing our transformative journey with you in the New Year. We have quite a few exciting publications and events planned for 2017, from upcoming TRANSIT briefs on social learning and our theory to our final conference, which will take place in Rotterdam from 13-15 September 2017.
Transformatively yours from the DRIFT coordinating team,
Julia Wittmayer, Flor Avelino, Matthew Bach, and Sarah Rach

New Training Tool on Learning for Transformative Social Innovation (in Spanish)

By Lucas Becerra, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina

Are you a student, public officer, municipal agent, teacher, or otherwise working with social innovation-processes ‘on the ground’? And interested in learning, collective problem-solving and gaining access to a set of tools and recommendations for designing learning processes?
TRANSIT proudly presents its third training tool for transformative social innovation. This training tool focuses on "Building Learning for Transformative Social Innovation" and has as main objective to generate skills of conceptualization and design of learning strategies oriented to the resolution of problems by the practitioners.

View the Training Tool!

Guest column
A her-story of Transition Wekerle: an experience of local community activism in Hungary

By Tracey Wheatley, Transition Wekerle, Transition HUB HUNGARY

Activism - Community - Local
At the offset, it’s an interesting combination of words: activism is something demanding, up-front, with a sense of urgency, innovative by necessity, the dynamic edge of social change. 

Three New Working Papers

In the last few months, TRANSIT researchers have compiled three new working papers. Before you download them, here are a few words about what you can expect to find in each:

A framework for Transformative Social Innovation
This working paper reports on steps towards the development of a new theory of social innovation in the TRANSIT project. More...

Just do it! Shifting dimensions of social innovation in Basic Income advocacy and experiments
This paper builds on an in-depth case study on the Basic Income and the BIEN network, and uses the case to test and develop the co-production framework on Transformative Social Innovation developed within the TRANSIT project. More...

On the agency and dynamics of transformative social innovation 
This working paper presents a set of propositions about the agency and dynamics of transformative social innovation (TSI), which represent the first steps towards the development of a new theory of TSI. More...


TRANSIT workshop on Resourcing & Monitoring for transformative social innovation

On February 16 and 17, 2017 there will be a 2 day workshop about resourcing and monitoring in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The workshop will bring together experts from TRANSIT with practitioners, funders and change agents working on transformative social innovation. More... 

“Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation” (ITSSOIN)

In a short and concise meeting we want to present and discuss the questions:
1. Who spurs social innovation in Europe and which organisational traits enable drivers of social innovation to take that position? 
2. Is the Third Sector really better placed to promote social innovation than businesses and public agencies? More... 

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TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory) is an ambitious research project that will develop a theory of transformative social innovation which is about empowerment and change in society. It is co-funded by the European Commission and runs for four years, from January 2014 until December 2017. TRANSIT will utilize a research method which encourages feedback from social entrepreneurs and innovators, policy makers and academics to develop a theory with practical relevance. The theory will be based on insights from other theories e.g. transition theory, social movement theory and institutional theory. The research project studies how social innovation can bring about empowerment and societal transformation.

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