In these times of transition and uncertainty people long for new positive futures. They often look to established institutions and traditional leaders but these seem to be unable to break away from existing power structures, an unsustainable economic model and ineffective policy approaches. With the Manifesto for Transformative Social Innovation we want to redirect attention to the emerging movement of transformative social innovation: communities and individuals across the world that are making change on the ground. This movement is diverse, globally connected and transformative. Their concrete actions give rise to new approaches to e.g. housing, energy, food, mobility, economy and social cohesion. This movement so far is largely below the radar of policy and media at the national and global level but offers a very inspiring and powerful alternative to the bleak futures painted by current geopolitical tensions, populism and austerity policies. This Manifesto aims to demonstrate the enormous potential of transformative social innovation, and more importantly, it calls upon activists, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and researchers to empower, diffuse and broaden this movement towards more sustainable, just and resilient futures.
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