Last November, HUB Islington and HUB member 2 Pueblo, a social enterprise project led by youth that promotes Spanish rural culture in London through engaging events and trade, co-organized a debate that brought together experts in Spain to discuss the social and economic change that is happening in Spain through a new lens.
Rather than focus on how the concerning unemployment rate and trade deficit is crippling the Spanish economy, the event aimed to highlight trends in social innovation instead. In doing so the conversation would give hope for the future of the Spanish economy, grounded on real developments.
Recognising the different drivers of social innovation, the event brought together perspectives covering government to business, civil society to education, and media to design.
- Dr Igor Calzada from Mondragon University/University of Oxford’s InSIS and Gorka Espiau from Innovalab, the Basque Laboratory for Social Innovation.
- Brittany Koteles, consultant for Ashoka U – the educational arm of Ashoka – and part of the HUB Barcelona Candidate Team brought forward insight of social entrepreneurship in Spain in Universities.
- Guy Julier, Research Fellow at the University of Brighton, looked at the role of design in fostering social change in Spain.
- Nacho Arrizabalaga, Co-Founder of FlexiHub, participated online through our live Google Hangout to give his stance on the importance of civil society development.
Take a look at the filmed hangout to listen to the speakers’ evidence of growing social innovation in Spain. You can also read the article 2 Pueblo wrote for The Guardian’s Social Enterprise Network for more evidence of social innovation. It looks at the success story of Mondragón and beyond in fostering an alternative economy in Spain.
That same month, 2 Pueblo also organized a workshop for Spanish Londoners in social incubation at the HUB Islington. The aim was to bring forward the research and topics raised at the debate and collaboratively innovate different social enterprise ideas. Check out the video of the event to see how this open space techonology-style workshop happened in practice.
Thanks to Karen Smithson, Endless Possibilities, the debate was also visually documented via an illustrative mindmap