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Many social innovators of today work locally, but are connected with other innovators around the globe through networks. TRANSIT explores these linkages by researching transnational networks of social innovation in Europe and Latin America as embedded case studies both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Empirical work has come to an end and TRANSIT proudly shares its materials. Over the past four years, TRANSIT-researchers have interacted with and studied 20 transnational networks – for each network they focused on

·         the network level and at least 2-3 social innovation initiatives for in-depth understanding, resulting in various reports, such as case study reports, summaries and TSI Narratives

·         and 2-4 other social innovation initiatives related to the network, to understand their critical turning points, meaning the  breakthroughs, setbacks and surprises in their emergence and development.

In case you cannot find the report you were expecting, please contact the institution responsible for the case study work (see respective networks on this page).

Are you looking for even more publications on these networks? We have stored all of the above and even more publications that are related to the networks studied in TRANSIT in the resource hub.

The networks

  • Ashoka, Network for financial support to social entrepreneurs (primary contact point: ESSRG)
  • Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), Connects people committed to basic income and fosters informed discussion (primary contact point: ICIS)
  • Credit Unions, Different types of credit cooperatives (primary contact point: UDC)
  • DESIS-network, Network for design for social innovation and sustainability (primary contact point: UFRJ)
  • European Network of Living Labs co-creative, human-centric and user-driven research, development and innovation (primary contact point: IHS)
  • FABLABS, Digital fabrication workshops open to local communities (primary contact point: SPRU)
  • Global Ecovillage Network, Network of eco-villages and other intentional communities  (primary contact point: BOKU)
  • Hackerspaces, User driven digital fabrication workshops (primary contact point: SPRU)
  • Impact Hub, Global network of social entrepreneurs (primary contact point: DRIFT)
  • INFORSE, International network of sustainable energy  NGOs (primary contact point: AAU
  • International Co-operative Association, Associations that co-work in the production of sustainable inclusive habitat (primary contact point: UNQ)
  • Living Knowledge Network, Network of science shops and community-based research entities (primary contact point: AAU
  • Participatory Budgeting, Network of communities and municipalities reinventing how public money is spent and prioritized (primary contact point: UFRJ)
  • RIPESS, Network for the promotion of social solidarity economy (primary contact point: ULB)
  • Seed Exchange Network, Protects biodiversity by defending seed freedom for integrity, self-organization and diversity (primary contact point: ESSRG)
  • Shareable – Sharing Cities, Connecting and empowering urban sharing initiatives aiming for a sharing transformation (primary contact point: IHS)
  • Slow Food, Linking food to a comitment to sustainable local and global development (primary contact point: UDC)
  • Time Banks, Networks facilitating reciprocal service exchange (primary contact point: ICIS)
  • Transition Towns, Grassroots communities working on ‘local resilience’ (primary contact point: UEA)
  • La Via Campesina, Aiming for family farming to promote social justice and dignity (primary contact point: UNQ)


We have provided various reports for each network. The full case report are in-depth reports with distinctive sections for the transnational networking as well as for each of the local manifestations of each transnational network of social innovation under study. The TSI-narratives provide a very short summary of these full case reports.

The TSI-Narratives are available via the respective TRANSIT network pages. Please note, that each TSI-narrative presents – in a highly reduced and generalised format – the interpretations of the researchers, and does not necessarily reflect the views and nuances of the initiatives and respondents themselves. For a full account of each transnational network and local case, including interview quotes and expressed nuances by respondents, we refer to the full case report.  


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