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SUMSIC June 2018 - Event summary

In June 2018, around 50 people met at the SIC Summer School in San Sebastián, Spain to share with peers, learn and explore principles, models and strategies of public innovation. This article is a wrap up of the key elements from the Summer School. It also contains links to other pieces of content produced from the event.


This edition of the Summer School “SUMSIC 2018: Social Innovation in the Public Sector” sought to create a shared learning space between the social and political spheres. The summer school was the 4th of 5 (3 original + 2 additional) organised and held by the European Horizon 2020 project team – the Social Innovation Community.


Participants came from a number of countries including Turkey, Poland, France, Netherlands, Denmark, the UK, Ukraine and Germany. These different actors and agents ranged from social innovators, social entrepreneurs and third sector organisations, to civil servants and policy makers; and represented a variety of sectors ranging from media platforms, to academia, to municipal and regional government.

Site visits

  1. Etorkizuna Eraikiz – an open space in the San Sebastián city government (in the government house)

  2. Hirikilabs at Tabakalera – a creative library-modelled craft-place

Read more about these site visits in content pieces located below.

Etorkizuna Eraikiz – an open space in the San Sebastián city government (in the government house)

Hirikilabs at Tabakalera – a creative library-modelled craft-place

Speakers (in alphabetical order)

Key outcomes

Participants took part in three workshops that looked to address real life social innovation challenges. Participants were presented with challenges from local partners working on the ground to implement social innovation initiatives. Through ideation processes, as well as new working practices and social innovation tools, participants worked on the challenges over the three day course of the Summer School, and presented their solutions on the final morning.


Workshops challenges:

  • Bizilagun Sarea

    • Focus: How to address and reduce social exclusion of vulnerable groups? E.g elderly people, the homeless or the unemployed

  • Circular Economy

    • Focus: How to implement a circular economy model as a means of reducing waste in society?

  • Oasis Lab

    • Focus: The Oasis Game. A community mobilisation tool developed by Instituto Elos to materialise collective dreams. The game involves players and communities, and bringing together people from many different areas of society


Find here content highlights from the San Sebastián Summer School.

About the SIC Summer Schools (SUMSIC)

SIC Summer Schools (SUMSIC) are participatory learning events that happen all over Europe. Each Summer School includes inspirational keynote speakers, problem solving exercises and local site visits. Participants can include researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, social entrepreneurs and students. SUMSIC 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.


Read about our previous SIC Summer Schools

In Tilburg

In Bologna

In Samsun


Our upcoming Summer School will be in Budapest on 24-27 September. See here for further information. Sign up will be available soon.


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