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The first day of the seminar is an open event. The second day is a workshop for VID employees only. Please choose a relevant option when registering to the event.
About the seminar
This seminar is going to explore questions of meaningful cooperation between practitioners, users of social services, members of non-governmental organizations, and academics. By inviting representatives of academia and diverse public and non-public organisations and welfare institutions, we hope to open a space for a critical reflection on the current forms of cooperation and constructive contributions to co-production and prospects for the future.
Every generation faces societal challenges. In the 21st century many of the societal challenges are global challenges with local impacts. Whether it’s climate change, demographic change, poverty, or migration; such challenges cannot be addressed solely by governments or markets.
Rather, they require collaborative approaches, where solutions are co-produced by public and non-public actors, including non-governmental organizations, companies, community associations, users of social and health services and academics.
These collaborations potentially facilitate the development of social innovations: New ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs (more effectively than alternatives) and create new social relationships or collaborations.
VID Specialized University already has a history of such collaborations also have a history. In the 19th century, diaconal and other faith- and value-based organisations were established to respond to the social needs created by the industrialization and urbanisation of the modern world. These civil society institutions were pioneers in education, health, social care and welfare provision. VID maintains this tradition and is going to expand it into the future.
Today the world and the landscape in which we live and navigate is changing rapidly. So are the actors, roles and relations in collaborations on our future welfare.
- What are the possible roles of higher education institutions, civil society actors and organisations, public sector services and their users in such collaborations for social innovation?
- What methods, approaches and tools contribute to foster such collaborations?
- What does the cooperation between academics and practitioners look like now, how can we make it better and focus in on social innovation and co-production?