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SIX Nordic Event 2014: Social Experiments

Prior to the SIX Nordic Event, on December 1, Social+ hosts a large full-day conference about social experiments. Click here if you want to attend both events at a reduced price.

WHAT? SIX Nordic invites you to join a conversation around the question: How can we make sociale experiments that leads to knowledge and systemic change in a Nordic context? Click here to see the full program for the event.

The SIX Nordic Event 2014 follows a full-day conference hosted by Social+ on the same topic. Read more about the conference here. And please note that most of the conference will be in Danish.

WHAT IS SOCIAL EXPERIMENTS? According to The Danish Dictionary, an experiment is a ”scientific test that has to illustrate something, confirm or reject a certain hypothesis or lead to an invention”. A good social experiment is a well-planned, systematic test of a new solution to a social challenge, which provides us with valuable knowledge about how and if a new solution creates the expected social value. Good social experiments generate practice-oriented knowledge, show ethical consideration for the people involved, and balance between minimising risk and furthering innovation.

WHY SOCIAL EXPERIMENTS? For too long, the field of social innovation (especially in Denmark) has been characterized by a happy-go-lucky approach that has lead to numerous limited and short-lived development projects without significant impact. Furthermore, a strong focus on evidence and evaluation has left far too little room for innovation. But if we are to create new solutions to the complex social challenges we face, we need to dedicate far more time and effort to the experimental social invention phase, where we qualify, concretize and test our new ideas and inventions before realizing them as (potential) social innovations. These experiments require a new mindset. Thus, we need to be willing to take risks and change our approach to social innovation – the question is how?

WHAT IS SIX NORDIC: SIX Nordic is a network, where people working with social innovation in the Nordic Region can learn from each other’s failures and successes in their attempt to find innovative solutions to social problems.

SIX Nordic is first and foremost an online network of Nordic social innovators. SIX Nordic hosts annual events, where social innovators meet face-to-face to discuss the future steps for social innovation in the Nordic region.

SIX Nordic is for everyone working with and interested in social innovation in the Nordic countries: social innovators, public as well as private organizations, researchers as well as practitioners. Follow SIX Nordic on www.sixnordic.orgFacebook and Twitter.

NOTE: If you plan to stay overnight from the 1st to the 2nd of December, we have made a deal with The Copenhagen Island Hotel right next to the IDA Conference Center. One single room, including breakfast menu, will cost 950 DKK in total (incl. VAT). In order to get the discount, all you have to do is provide the hotel with the following reference number when booking your room: 1496496.