Retail areas provide more than goods and services due to the important role they play in the local community. When reforming premises it is essential to take into account the well-being of the end users and, to this end, its design must have a comprehensive view that takes into account its impact on the urban economy.
Exchanging is enriching. Everything is in a state of flux. The more you know about the field you are researching, the better. In this section we combine expert voices from the sector with well-established sources in the field of communicating the concept of innovation at a global level. You can find out what the latest trends are in social innovation. New voices, new advances, new sources. Get up to date, rekindle your curiosity, investigate.
The union of organizations committed to a social and environmental purpose, from both the public and private sectors, with social innovators provides new ways of impacting on the world, promoting joint objectives and generating value for all those involved and for society.
In the face of the health crisis, the climate emergency and the prospect of economic crisis, what priority should we give them? From an innovation point of view it might be possible, and preferable, for all three areas to be at the top of the list simultaneously using technological solutions to ensure that the activities that improve the situation in one area also improve it in the others. Here are some examples of how to achieve this.
The trend shows an increase in the use of bicycles as a means of transport which, in addition to promoting safety distance, provides an option for a less active population due to remote working, to exercise. This is good news for workers in the bicycle sector, who hope that current legislation will be improved and a code of good practice established.
Among the challenges facing cities is the sustainable management of limited resources such as water, food and energy. Among them, water is postulated as a natural limit to their growth. This article reflects on how to generate awareness of a more efficient and sustainable use of water in homes that will make greater economic development possible.
A research carried out by Nítida Pastor, author of this article, shows how in moments of stress and high activity levels we stop taking care of our well-being and the lack of physical exercise, less sleep and a poor diet affect our organism negatively.
The Collective Intelligence Committee (CIC) of Red Innova, thanks to the participation of social entrepreneurs from different continents and diverse economic environments, brings together experiences and ideas that impact our society. In the new reality we are facing, their impact investment projects are more important than ever.
The world is undergoing profound changes that affect countries, businesses and people. Start-ups, thanks to their resilience have been the first to react by adapting their businesses to the ever changing situation and offering altruistic solutions to new needs.
The coronavirus crisis has made it clear that innovation and technology are here to stay. Now the big challenge is to get social services, that can be offered through technological channels, to reach those who need it most, without leaving anyone behind due to lack of resources.
Digital technology has become a powerful tool allowing young refugees to study and develop their full potential in order to access skilled jobs. Through technological solutions they can study, receive training for skills development and mentoring, and participate in specific employment programs and entrepreneurial incubators.
Water and soil quality are fundamental to agriculture, a sector that feeds us all and is threatened by over-exploitation and climate change. We talked to two experts in this field who told us about the opportunities provided by social innovation and technology.
In Murcia, a project based on regenerative agriculture aims to change agricultural practices and provide training to farm workers to stop soil degradation and encourage entrepreneurship among small farmers in the area.
Through events with entrepreneurs, investors, project incubators and universities, Laura McDermott, Design Lead at the IE Center for Social Innovation, reveals the main players supporting and promoting social entrepreneurship in each country. Improving our knowledge of every area of reference for our Fundación MAPFRE Awards for Social Innovation reinforces this competition's potential.
The goal of the Collective Intelligence Committees is to provide a space to facilitate knowledge sharing among members of the Red Innova network, as well as to provide valuable information for society in general. We present you with the findings of the first committee on the behaviors of millennials.
At the beginning of 2019, Red Innova launched its first Collective Intelligence Committee (CIC), and since then its members have been collaborating and thinking about how millennials take part in companies with a social impact. The fact that the Committee members hail from different regions (Brazil, Spain, Chile and Ireland) has provided the conversation with diverse points of view but has also demonstrated how similar their ideas are.
Whether we are looking at a company's output or the outcome of their activities, impact is an invaluable variable when evaluating an investment or social innovation project. However, do we know exactly what this means or how to measure and compare so many different realities?
Agile methodologies are gaining ground over traditional methods of managing technology projects. Their strength lies in dedicating all their efforts into creating a product which is of the highest value possible for the client. In applying them to social innovation, this drive and dedication is focused towards carrying out tasks that create the biggest impact possible for the beneficiaries, learning with each step what provides true value.
Second-hand bicycles that enable Indian children who live in remote areas get to school or changing the lives of people in India and Bulgaria by involving them in the world of flamenco are simple actions can become innovative initiatives, changing the environment in which they are carried out and meeting some of the needs of places with economic limitations.
Over the last 20 years, the concept of privacy has changed radically. We have gone from a situation of total mistrust when it comes to sharing personal data to not knowing, in some cases, who we are sharing them with, for what purpose and what is done with them. The implementation of the GDPR could be a turning point that will make us much more aware of who we are sharing our data with and the power they have.
How do you get plants to grow in the garden of HealthTech companies? If we take the major companies of the health sector and carefully graft onto them startups belonging to the HealthTech species, we will see how the strengths of one variety compensates for the weaknesses of the other.
Every social innovator, especially those that start companies, face the following paradoxes on a daily basis: generating social value as opposed to economic value and the use of technology versus empathy towards the communities that receive or participate in services. Every time, the social innovator needs to come up with a fresh solution. This also involves innovating.
Technological innovation, IoT, AI, blockchain, connected cars, etc. are going to change society. They are going to change our sector and the insurance and reinsurance industry.
The Mobile World Congress is not a journey into the future, in that all those technologies are already available; it's just that we're busy looking the other way and haven't noticed them. Maybe a tiny percentage of the population is in the know, those involved in the digital transformation of our society, but I reckon that the vast majority of us are on the sidelines and that we are running the realistic risk of turning into a species of technological primates.
A technology capable of saving over a million lives a year and having a profound environmental impact, confronts the ethical implications of computerized decision-making and cyber security.
Following the Spark! gathering held in Toronto last November and the SIX Wayfinder that took place in London, the future of social innovation continues to be a subject of debate.
Insurance has accompanied humanity since its beginnings. Nowadays, what has changed is the relationship model: customers are looking for more open relationships relying on increased levels of trust, permitting processes to be as simplified as possible and, without doubt, based on the benefits of technology.
China as a model to follow in respect of preserving its heritage and determining the timescales for assessing successes and initiating actions. What the West can learn from an ancient culture. The fragility of the short-term.
Mobility has gone through a major change in Spanish provincial cities over recent years. The dispersion of urban areas to the suburbs has created a new risk factor in road safety.
We live in a world in which health is evolving towards being somewhat fluid, breaking traditional barriers, both in terms of physical space and in our way of understanding it and also in terms of the professionals who take care of it. Find out how.
Institutional investors and activists at Shareholders' Annual General Meetings are demanding more transparency and responsibility from companies in matters that go beyond the strictly financial: this trend is called responsible social investment and is here to stay.
Companies created in order to grow and firms with a vocation for longevity. Innovation in the insurance industry, characterized by continuity over time and confidence.
Hybrid value chains represent one of the most promising collaboration models for involving major companies in projects with social impact.
Research suggests that the majority of the leaders of non-profit organizations harbor the belief that, in order to fulfill their missions, they need to come up with and provide new approaches to the most disconcerting social challenges.
The 21st century is a time full of challenges and possibilities on a scale never seen before. And at the same time it offers a magnificent opportunity to reconnect with our humanity, with our essence, with the signals transmitted to us by our emotions, instincts and reason.
The European Commission is working to provide citizens with access to health and social care that is both secure and of high quality.
The goal of this document is to establish the framework for future researchers into social innovation by analyzing existing studies.
A donation system based solely on charity ignores past events that have led communities to experience situations of oppression. Charity may alleviate feelings of guilt and help some people to sleep more easily, but it does not encourage a reflection on the origins of inequality and may even serve to perpetuate it.
Shareholder challenges with regard to the market and capital in the 21st century: the role of fund managers and “ethical or sustainable” funds.
The latest official publication released by the European Commission, the Road Safety Newsletter, contains an article on research into achieving safer transport in Europe and various initiatives to improve safety for users of the public highway.
Health care in the digital society is a new concept. Health is no longer just the absence of disease, but rather adopting healthy lifestyles and habits that allow for a better way of living. Digital technology permits unprecedented levels of control, support and monitoring. Find out how.
What are the differences between social entrepreneurship, social enterprise and social innovation? Why does the world need more social innovation?
A heavily protected encryption system allows aid, in cases of emergency or need, to get to the most vulnerable and undocumented people with total security, avoiding mafias, pirates and conventional methods of identification.
In the United States, diabetes prevention programs (DPP) are being developed specifically for the variety caused by obesity and high sugar levels. However, the time and travel costs involved are the two major impediments for joining these types of program. Digital medical care appears to offer a solution, not just for diabetes but for other chronic diseases.
FinTech and InsurTech: the two stages of innovation in the sector.
What types of partnerships are there in the world? How can the extended workforce of a company be used to carry out social actions?
Virtual reality is already being used for training healthcare staff and in therapies for burn victims, amputees and patients with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. But Voluntechies uses it to make sick children dream and smile.
A savings account based on objectives for farmers in Cambodia or a mobile savings and credit product that enables parents to pay their children's school fees on time in Zimbabwe.
We innovate throughout the length and breadth of the planet, night and day, to change the world and improve people's lives.
The number of European projects in which technology is used for social purposes, better known as ‘tech for good’ has doubled over the last two years. However, there are still certain impediments to its widespread implementation.
There are no non-creative people, but rather circumstances adverse to creativity. Let's all find an innovative and necessary way to solve problems.
Keys to dealing with the challenge: raising awareness, acceptance and willingness to change.
Emotional Artificial Intelligence: a new route for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of one of the most widespread and unknown illnesses of the 21st century, depression.