4th Transfer Webinar: Participation and stakeholders’ involvement in social innovation process

September 28th, 2021, 11:00 – 13:30 (CET)

The webinar will be the occasion to present and discuss activities developed in the framework of +Resilient that are supporting participation and stakeholder’s involvement in the social innovation process.

A frequently quoted definition from Open Book on Social Innovation describes social innovations as:

New ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs and create new social relationships or collaborations.

In other words, they are innovations that are both good for society and enhance society’s capacity to act.

(Murray et al., 2010)

Participation and stakeholders’ involvement plays an essential role in social innovation. Engaging people and stakeholder’s involvement and cooperation in developing new ways of tackling social challenges that we are facing in our communities leads to more effective and more legitimate solutions accepted by the community. There are some key reasons why participation and stakeholder’s involvement is important for social innovation. Engagement:

  • enables a better understanding of social needs

  • enables diversity and provides a channel for new solutions

  • can increase the legitimacy of the solutions (projects/ decisions)

  • enables responses to complex challenges that require varied and unexpected sources offering diverse and new perspectives.

Evaluation of the Resilient + pilot actions showed an important methodological dimension of the pilot actions and that is that most partners have largely used participative methods at each step of the pilot action implementation. This is seen as one of the impacts of the Resilient project, which emphasized, from the beginning, the importance of participative process in social innovation dynamics and process.

The aim of this webinar is to share experiences, tools and lessons learned that could be used to boost greater participation and stakeholders’ involvement in the social innovation process.




Introduction +Resilient project and overview on transferring activities

Massimo Allulli (ANCI)

Boosting social innovation in Maribor city (tools and lessons learned)

Dušanka Lužar Šajt, Aljaž Brodnjak

Importance of involving citizens in identifying community challenges, proposing solutions, and strengthening cooperation among citizens and stakeholders in Maribor

Neva Pipan (Municipality of Maribor)



Community of Practice to overcome labour mismatch (Lessons learned and tools used to boost participation and stakeholders involvement)

Francesca Nadalin – Veneto Lavoro

Lorenzo Liguoro – Veneto Lavoro



Upskilling and training in care sector – importance, tools and lessons learned -participation and stakeholders involvement

Rosa Panades – Barcelona Activa

Jordi Picas –  Director of Innovation at Suara coop



Conclusion and wrap-up



The webinar is open to public, but registration is required. Registration will be open until the 26th of September 2021 and all registered participants will receive the link for participation to the webinar.