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SUMSIC Turkey 2018

Regions as Social Innovations Ecosystems? Rural Ecosystem and Institutional Capacities" - #SUMSIC 2018

Together with the Middle Black Sea Development Agency (OKA) - a regional public body located in Samsun, Turkey - SIC is hosting a Summer School the 9th to 11th of May, 2018 to take place in Samsun. 

We will be bringing global social innovation experts from across to the globe to meet local practitioners and rural development experts to Samsun and hope you can join us! The event is free of charge (maximum of 50 participants).

The SIC Summer Schools are participatory learning events that happen all over Europe. Each Summer School includes inspirational keynote speakers, participatory hands-on learning through case-based workshops, site visits in the region and personal capacity building.
Participants can include researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and social entrepreneurs. The SIC Schools provide a chance for you to meet your peers, learn about local and global case studies, share your challenges, and work with other participants to develop solutions together. 

Regions as Social Innovations Ecosystems? Rural Ecosystem and Institutional Capacities
The Middle Black Sea Region has a geographical dilemma among 4 city centers combining urban and rural areas and a total population of 2.773.386 inhabitants.There are economical and social differences between inner regional  areas. The Middle Black Sea Development Agency works to decrease inner regional differences among the region. In their Regional Innovation Strategy 2013-2023 the organisation puts emphasis on encouraging and disseminating social innovation and innovation in public services in order to raise regional  awareness on social innovation.
One of the  key factors of the region is that the economic background of the region is depending on agriculture. Therefore, the development of social innovation in the existing rural ecosystems is essential,  but at the same time it is necessary to meanwhile encourage and foster regional transformation into increased technology investment, human resource development and integration of the society in the concept of innovation. 

Key questions the Summer School will address include:
-What is social innovation? How can it help us think differently? How can we use social innovation tools and techniques to solve local and regional challenges?
-What are the best rural social innovation initiatives and what can we learn from them?
-What can the rural development and social innovation fields learn from each other?

Site visits:
Participants at the summer school will be visiting regional sites and projects as 
AMESIA (Amasya Bee Cooperative - a best practice for women in rural development)
Sürder, Sürmeli Village (a non-govermental  organisation supporting the “Open Marked” in the village by organic products)
and on the last day participants will engage at the local festival and open market

The objectives of the Summer School are:
-To get an understanding about social innovation tools and approaches to design and develop initiatives in different countries and different regional settings.
-To have a hands-on effective solutions, specifically in the field of rural development.
-To create a group learning experience through a participative process on analysing rural social initial experience of using key social innovation and design-centred tools and approaches (including idea generation tools, stakeholder mapping, user journey mapping, prototyping)
-To enable participants to reflect their ideas and offer solutions for social problems.
-To support/favour new ideas through making comparisons between different approaches.
-To offer the opportunity to meet possible partner groups and to make contacts in other countries.

Hosted by
Social Innovation Community with the Middle Black Sea Development Agency, Samsun, Turkey

Call for Applications/sign-up
Application Deadline April 16, 2018 (download the form here)
The Summer School is free, participants are chosen through a selection process. Please fill in the Application form by 16 April and send it together with a CV to

Confirmation Deadline April 20, 2018
Registration Deadline   April 30, 2018

For more information about this summer school please feel free to contact OKA ( and or SIC via Julie Munk


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