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We are developing a theory on Transformative Social Innovation that is a process of change in social relations, involving new ways of doing, organizing, framing and/or knowing. 

Transformative Social Innovation challenges, alters and/or replaces dominant institutions and structures.

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TRANSIT Newsletter 3rd Edition

July 6 2016

As we were writing our previous newsletters, the trees were shedding their leaves; now they are in full foliage, announcing the warmest of seasons – at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. But before the holidays set in, we would like to share a bit of summer reading, whether for the beach or the office... More

Can DESIS network activities inspire Brazilian universities?

July 4 2016

Brazil is a country full of creativity and power, but it also has a history of social problems, including inequality and social exclusion; economic problems, as the recent crisis; environmental problems such as deforestation and pollution of seas, rivers and bays, serious political problems, as you may now see in the press. .. More

Internationale Forschungsstudie über Slow Food - convivium Freiburg als Fallbeispiel untersucht

June 10 2016

Eine gerade fertiggestellte Forschungsstudie nahm die internationale Slow Food Bewegung und zwei regionale convivien auf Ihre gesellschaftliche Wirkung und soziale Innovationskraft in Augenschein. Forscherin Dr. Iris Kunze von der Universität für Bodenkultur Wien untersuchte das convivium Freiburg und berichtet über das Forschungsprojekt, Ergebnisse und Erfahrungen während der Untersuchung... More

Social Innovation Narratives on New Economies

June 9 2016

Worldwide we see critiques of current economic and institutional arrangements emerging. These critiques are translated into action by initiatives promoting new ways of doing, thinking and organizing around alternative ‘new economies’. All sorts of new economy concepts arise; green, communal, collaborative, sharing, inclusive, solidarity, social, circular and several others. .. More

Vital TRANSIT insights shared during the Sustainable Lifestyles, Social Innovation & Transitions seminar

May 13 2016

On April 4th, Delft University of Technology and Tilburg University organized a public seminar on Sustainable Lifestyles, Social Innovation & Transitions. The seminar took place in Delft, and was organized in the context of the European GLAMURS project. .. More

What use am I to anyone?

May 2 2016

I’m going to start this blog by talking about assets in the NHS. I’ve recently left my previous role in Housing after three years to return to the voluntary sector- and terms like “asset management” and “housing assets” were things that I heard a lot. .. More

From Information on Social Innovation (in Europe) to Knowledge on Transformative Social Innovation Theory

March 24 2016

From its very beginning the TRANSIT Resource Hub aims to be a place to collect and share information on Social Innovation (mainly in Europe) that is useful to further the TRANSIT project’s objective of developing a theory of Transformative Social innovation. .. More

Press release: New TRANSIT Case Studies Online

February 19 2016

TRANSIT researchers have just completed eight new case studies on transnational social innovation networks, bringing the total number of studied networks to 20 including 40 local manifestations spread across Europe and Latin America. .. More

The Transition Movement: Creating experimental space for social innovation

January 15 2016

The Transition Movement is an interesting example of social innovation because whilst at one level it can be regarded as a form of social innovation in itself (as a novel form of community based organizing), it also creates experimental space for further social innovation to take place. This blog reflects on some of the most important ways in which that space is created... More

“Beyond” Transition? Understanding and Achieving Sustainable Consumption through Social Innovation

January 6 2016

On Nov 17, 2015, the day before four of the current European projects (TRANSIT, SI-DRIVE, SIMPACT and CRESSI) convened for the presentation and discussion of preliminary research results and exchange on research methods and approaches, SCORAI Europe organised a workshop in collaboration with the TRANSIT project. The declared aim was to discuss sustainable consumption in the light of and in relation to social innovation and to challenge conceptual underpinnings of the prevailing ‘transition’ and ‘transformation’ discourses.. More

Press release: TRANSIT and partners bring together over 300 social innovators, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and researchers from all over the world in conference “Social Innovation 2015: Pathways to Social Change”

December 4 2015

The international partner projects TRANSIT and SI-DRIVE successfully co-organized this year’s key event on social innovation: ‘Social Innovation 2015: Pathways to Social Change. Research, policies and practices in European and global perspectives’ which took place on 18th – 19th November in Vienna, Austria. Over 300 social innovators, policymakers, and researchers gathered from around the world for workshops, meetings and a brokerage event to share insights on social innovation and its role in fostering social change... More

TRANSIT Newsletter 2nd Edition

November 3 2015

With the mid-point of the project just around the corner, it’s been a flurry of activity to create a transformative autumn for practitioners of social innovation, policymakers and, last but certainly not least, researchers. .. More

Community Pick-Up Point Schemes and the alternative paradox: solutions for transitions in food

October 16 2015

Food is one of the most essential elements of human life and culture, yet modern food systems are beset with problems concerning human and environmental health and justice. Alternative Food Networks (AFNs) have emerged as concrete solutions to the problems of modern food systems. .. More

Ecovillages: isolated islands or multipliers of social innovations?

October 9 2015

The term ‘ecovillage’ was first coined in 1985. It is used since then to describe an ecological oriented kind of so called ‘intentional community’. Intentional communities are self-governed local communities or villages in which people are living and working together on shared properties. Ecovillages were founded in industrial countries in relation with the ecological movement... More

TRANSIT Newsletter

August 19 2015

TRANSIT published its first newsletter this May. In it, we share with you stories of social innovation and introduce you to some of the people behind the project... More

SIE in Berlin: Exploring Ecosystems for Social Innovation

July 28 2015

Julia Wittmayer (Drift) attended a small gathering of expert social innovation thinkers and practitioners from across Europe to discuss how to create an effective ecosystem for social innovation... More

Inviting Social Innovators to our Midterm conference "Social Innovation 2015" in Vienna

June 25 2015

We are honoured to invite you to our midterm conference that will be held in Vienna! We invite social innovators and entrepreneurs, policymakers, intermediaries and researchers from all over Europe to take part in this interactive exchange in the Central-European hub of Vienna. Application is free!.. More



European Social Innovation Week

September 19 2016 at 09:00, Tilburg, the Netherlands More


Future Fest

September 17 2016 at 09:00, London, UK More


3rd International Workshop on the Sharing Economy

September 15 2016 at 09:00, Southampton, United Kingdom More

TRANSIT highlights

Social Innovation

Social innovation refers to new social practices, including new ideas, new models, new rules, new social relations, new services and/or new products. More


(Dis)empowerment is a process in which people gain (or loose) the feeling (or idea) that they can influence their surroundings and the direction of events. More

(Transnational) Network

A (transnational) network is a collection of initiatives that are somehow linked to each other. This network may be crossing national borders. More

Social Entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs are actors using business skills and knowledge to create an enterprise that is commercially viable while also accomplishing a social purpose. More

Game Changers

Game changers are macro-trends that are perceived to change the 'rules', 'players' and the 'game' of societal interaction. Think about the ICT-revolution and the financial ‘crisis’. More

Societal Transformation

A societal transformation is a fundamental and persisting change at the level of societies. Examples are the industrial revolution and European integration. More


Monitoring is the process that actors use to evaluate or assess the impact/progress of their initiative/network. More


Resourcing is to the process by which actors acquire the resources they need. These may be financial resources, but also artefacts, information or ‘human resources’. More


Governance refers to broader processes of governing (regulating, decision-making, steering) by all types of actors. This includes, but is not confined to government. More

Social Learning

Social learning refers to the process through which people and groups learn from each other in varying social contexts. More

System Innovation

System innovation is change at the level of societal sub-systems, meaning institutions, social structures and physical infrastructures. More

Narrative of Change

A narrative of change is a discourse on change and innovation, i.e. a set of ideas, concepts, metaphors, narratives and/or story-lines about change and innovation. More

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