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.
The biggest piece of news is that we finalized our second batch of case studies, which looked at eight transnational social innovation networks. This brings the total number of studied networks to 20, including 40 local manifestations spread across Europe and Latin America.
The TRANSIT researchers then worked hard on analysing these empirical findings, undertaking an extensive cross-comparison of the different cases, which supports the development of a theory of transformative social innovation. This effort resulted in a nearly 300-page report that delves into transversal themes, from the governance of social innovation to its role in inclusive societies.
As we collect more and more findings, we are also stepping up our efforts to engage with the wider social change community. Most recently, TRANSIT partners DRIFT and IHS were at the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam for an interactive session on social innovation narratives and new economies.
In a similar spirit, we have also been blogging about our work, whether the Transitions Town movement and its creation of experimental space or how social innovation networks are inspiring universities. We are also giving the stage to practitioners and writing in other languages to widen our relevance and appeal.
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