Is there anything you want to change? Do you have an idea that might be useful to many people?
What is a social innovation?
A social innovation is a new idea, new service or new model that addresses needs and challenges in society, such as integration, public health and sustainability issues. Social innovations are good for both individuals and society, as they can help solve such challenges.
PSI a forum for organisations in civil society, social economy and public actors that encounter exclusion issues and that together with others want to make a difference in all areas of society. We collaborate and build alliances to solve social problems and other societal challenges.
The Partnership has its roots in mobilisation of associations, social enterprises and other actors within civil society and the social economy in Örebro County. PSI currently consists of approx. 40 parties, primarily civil society organisations together with representatives of the public sector. For example Verdandi, Coompanion, Activa Foundation, Fountain House, the Swedish Adult Education Association, Bilda Study Association, Örebro Municipality, the county’s four coordination agencies and Örebro University.
The Partnership’s first strategic field of activity is experience-sharing, problem identification and greater competence. The activities are aimed at the partners in the Partnership but also at organisations and actors outside the Partnership.
Two types of activities are carried out:
One is the assembly meeting, which is an internal activity for the partners of the Partnership.
The second is Community Talk (Swe: Samhällssamtalet), which is an open arena with talks based on different themes established through the annual list of activities.
The Community Talks are related in different ways to social innovations and may, for example, be about how an inclusive labour market can evolve, what social entrepreneurship means or what a digital exclusion can lead to. Every year, two Community Talks are held.
The Community Talks provide an opportunity for different people and organisations, that in various ways have gained a deeper knowledge of the current theme, to share their knowledge. Sometimes it is one of the partners of the Partnership that introduces the talk, sometimes the speaker is “external”. The Community Talks can be the beginning of a process and the starting point for new, joint applications within the field the Community Talk has centred on.
Examples of themes
- What is social innovation?
- How do we build incrreased trust in the welfare system?
- Acting together to meet social challenges
- An inclusive labour market for young people who neither work nor study
- Social enterprises, collaboration and societal challenges
- From exclusion to inclusion through collaboration amd education
- Skateboard and cultivation – could that be social innovations?
- How do we join forces to ensure that more young people get secondary school qualifications?
If you look for advice and support in developing social innovation, turn to:
Coompanion and Stiftelsen Activa are some organizations within PSI whose main task is to provide advice and support in the development of social innovation.
Examples of projects
Examples of projects that have received financial assistance from the regional call for proposals Social Innovations:
- Strengthen the mental health of young people and develop attractive rural areas where young people can participate in finding solutions to challenges.
- Develop a social enterprise for people with disabilities who want to counteract discrimination and stigmatisation of disabilities.
- Increase recycling, sharing economy and the building of a toy library.
- Increase participation and the joy of discovery in various leisure activities with a norm-critical approach for boys growing up in financially vulnerable households.
- Increase opportunities for women born abroad to enter the labour market through guidance on cultivation, processing of local ingredients, as well as ingredients that would otherwise have been discarded
- Strengthen the mobilisation and organisation within skateboard activities where there are no established structures and traditions of organisation. A balance between the tradition of spontaneous sports in public spaces, creativity and organisation.
- Meet the basic needs of financially vulnerable families, create meeting places and combat child poverty.
- Boost mental health in sport through promotion and prevention as well as preparedness in case of signs of mental illness.
Do you have a project idea?
Contact PSI to
- get tips on suitable advisors in the innovation support system
- develop ideas and formulate project applications together with us
- get information on current national, European and international calls
Partners within PSI who run projects can receive support from the partnership with
- project applications and project coordination. Often, several partners within PSI can collaborate on joint applications.
- PSI can function as a regional reference group in projects or as a so-called "stakeholder group" in European and international proposals.
Does your organization have a project idea that you are looking for collaborators for? Or do you have other questions about project support?
- Bredsjö kulturkooperativ
- Fontänhuset Örebro
- Hela Sverige ska leva
- Hällefors folkhögskola
- Konstfrämjandet Bergslagen
- Mikrofonden Mälardalen
- RF-Sisu Örebro län
- Stiftelsen Activa
- Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan
- Svenska kyrkan
- Verdandi Örebro
- Zinkgruvan Mining
- Örebro läns bildningsförbund
- Örebro rättighetscenter
- Örebro Skateboard
- Örebro stadsmission
- Askersunds kommun
- Hallsbergs kommun
- Hällefors kommun
- Karlskoga kommun
- Kumla kommun
- Laxå kommun
- Lekebergs kommun
- Lindesbergs kommun
- Ljusnarsbergs kommun
- Örebro kommun
- Region Örebro län
- Örebro universitet
In 2023, the following partners/persons are active in the working committee:
- Coompanion, Anders Johansson
- Fontänhuset Örebro, Helena Lundell
- Möckelnföreningarna, Sofia Tungfelt
- Region Örebro län, Regional utveckling, Anders Bro
- Region Örebro län, Regional utveckling, Mona Hedfeldt
- Region Örebro län, Regional utveckling, Johanna Ek
- Samordningsförbundet Sydnärke, Raed Shaqdih
- Stiftelsen Activa, Lotta Karlsson-Andersson (convener)
- Västerås stift, Svenska kyrkan, Anders Hagman
- Örebro universitet, Katarina Wetter Edman
In 2020, the Partnership for Social Innovation produced a work plan for 2021-2026. Every year we produce an activity list for the coming year. (These documents are available in Swedish only.)