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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 Facing Societal Challenges #1: The Contribution of TRANSIT: Addressing an uncertain future

May 10 2017

We are living in turbulent times with economic, ecological and social challenges, and significant political turmoil. In recent months, there has been a flurry of public debates on the increasing divides in society, manifested in intercultural tensions, anti-elitist sentiments and ‘post-truth’ media wars around ‘alternative facts’. More than ever, there seems to be a need for researchers and other actors in society to exchange ideas on how to respond to such societal developments. In this series of blogs, we share ideas and reflections on what we can learn from TRANSIT research for facing the current social and political climate. .. More

Social Innovation and the Blockchain

April 21 2017

Is it “the new internet” or just “the new google”? The Blockchain is a digital technology which holds immense potential for social innovation. The first blockchain brought into existence is the Bitcoin. It`s cryptographic security features allowed for the attribution of value to pieces of data. This made a single bitcoin worth practically nothing when it was created, while now it is worth up to a 1000$. .. More

Compete for the Social Innovation Award 2017!

April 12 2017

The competition for the 2017 edition of the Social Innovation Award is officially open! This award is granted yearly to an organisation or initiative that is a successful example of Social Innovation. The award will be given for the seventh time at the 2017 European Social Innovation Week... More

Do you have a social innovation capable of tackling inequality?

April 3 2017

Don't miss your chance to apply to this year's European Social Innovation Competition and win one of three 50,000 EUR prizes. .. More

New economies & inclusive societies. Insights from a TRANSIT Research-to-Policy Seminar

March 24 2017

We are living in turbulent times with economic, ecological and social challenges, and significant political turmoil. In recent months, there has been a burst of public debates on the increasing divides in society, manifested in intercultural tensions, anti-elitist sentiments and ‘post-truth’ media wars around ‘alternative facts’. .. More

Methodological Challenges in Social Innovation Research

March 22 2017

On the 9th of February a research workshop about Methodological Challenges in Social Innovation Research, organized by DRIFT and ULB, was held in Brussels (Belgium). 22 researchers from different countries and research projects addressed the nitty gritty of doing research on social innovation. .. More

TRANSIT Newsletter 4th edition

December 21 2016

As the holiday season is quickly approaching, we are also drawing the line to add up the milestones of this last half a year... More

New Training Tool on Learning for Transformative Social Innovation

December 15 2016

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?.. More

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

December 14 2016

I’ve never written a blog. I was advised to choose something that feels pertinent to me at the moment. Maybe activism, more specifically, community activism. Even more specifically, local community activism. Can local community activism as we experience it in Hungarian Transition somehow be regarded as an example of that focus of much adulation, social innovation?.. More



Innovation Growth Lab Global Conference (IGL2017)

June 13 2017 at 09:00, Cosmo Caixa, Barcelona More


Transformations 2017

August 30 2017 at 01:00, Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) University of Dundee, Scotland, UK More


Learning for Change: A Journey through Transformative Social Innovation

September 14 2017 at 09:00, Rotterdam BlueCity 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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