Date: 28-29-30 March at Impact Hub Athens and Municipal Market of Kypseli

A world
that
works for all

Having completed six years of operations, full of positive social impact and having created a community where new ideas, innovation, creative spirits gather and working together to propose the most critical issues and feasible disruptive solutions, Impact Hub Athens welcomes its “new era” by talking about what has already happened and what is emerging.
We want to discuss & assess the evolution of the ideas that we saw in their birth and today are dominant. Movements that began timidly and today are sweeping past certainties and evolved. Trends and suggestions that six years ago seemed unlikely but today determine the course of action.
Starting an Impact Hub in Athens, marked a first important step in the social economy ecosystem; the first time, that changemakers would gather together, connect & collaborate through a facilitated scheme, empower more citizens & entrepreneurs to be activated in that direction, make the sector more extrovert and represent it in corporate, philanthropic & government levels.
As a first cycle of six years of this work has been completed, it is essential to explore, discuss and debate about the looming and pioneering themes, the leading-edge trends that will define the social impact agenda and designate the following 5 years of this evolving ecosystem. It is important to set the guidelines for the next steps of positive social impact, the steps that will further establish the social changes that have been already occurred and take us to other 5 succeeding  years.

Let’s discover them together.

Let’s connect and collaborate towards a common goal: to pioneer a just & sustainable world where business & profit are used in service of people and planet.

During #5yearsofimpact, for 3 impactful days -28, 29 and 30 of March- experts, stakeholders, practitioners, curious & interested, young & older people will come together to explore, debate and design around core issues of the social economy sector. We are going to host a safe & inspiring space where unlikely allies can share concerns, practices, experiences and leave inspired, aligned and connected for potential joint ventures, programmes & actions. And all the above using our imagination as a tool of creativity, a way to envision the big picture and shape our strategy.

After harvesting the key questions of the creative forces, cultivating ideas & initiatives formed by citizens & grassroots and having a close look on emerging wicked ideas, we are creating a 3 days celebration, designed around the following topics:

 

Systemic Change

How the world is changing today? Where should we focus as we design the impact agenda of the next years? What are the movements, what are the forces that will determine economy & society for the 5 years to come? Where can we find brilliant examples of people & organizations that are building a better today? Which are the new tools for facing the critical technological, social and environmental challenges? Which new approach can lead to actionable solutions? Can a reviewed and evaluated value system shift the economy and drive progress? Would radical collaboration, connected economy and unlikely allies the core elements of a new positive impact driven economy?

 

Systemic Change

Which are the new tools for facing the critical technological, social and environmental challenges? Which new approach can lead to actionable solutions? Can a reviewed and evaluated value system shift the economy and drive progress? Are radical collaboration, connected economy and unlikely allies the core elements of the new social economy?

How can technology create opportunities for growth for social economy? What are the key tools of the technological developments? How can they be used for social purposes in organizing, governance, disadvantaged groups? What are the possible applications this technology can have and how would that change the face of the industries as we know them?

Tech for Good

Activism

How is activism evolving and being realized from different authorities of the society through social movements, advocacy and lobbying? What are the urgent issues that we have to gather around as citizens and act?
Let’s discuss the advancement of Activism from the perspective of the citizen, the institutions, the organizations, the businesses (corporate activism) and how it influences positive change in politics, environmental protection, access to work, representation & safety.

Activism

How is activism evolving and being realized from different authorities of the society through social movements, advocacy and lobbying? What are the urgent issues that we have to gather around as citizens and act?
Let’s discuss the advancement of Activism from the perspective of the citizen, the institutions, the organizations, the businesses (corporate citizenship) and how it influences positive change in politics, environmental protection, access to work, representation & safety.

Could participatory urban interventions lead to community empowerment? Which are the gains of the community empowerment and what’s the principal intention for this movement? What radical change brings out the fact that the power is moving to the Municipalities? What’s the role of the big cities?

Urbanism

Urbanism

Could participatory urban interventions lead to community empowerment? Which are the gains of the community empowerment and what’s the principal intention for this movement? What radical change brings out the fact that the power is moving to the Municipalities? What’s the role of the big cities?

Circular Economy

What is the potential of the circular economy and the relevant innovative applications on nature based technologies, on sustainable food systems, on clean technology and on waste management?

Each topic would be approached by different means & formats: from debates and panels to workshops, from films & performances to practical interventions, we aspire to offer different stimuli to our guests & visitors, for a fruitful, action driven output.

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