“Old problems. New solutions. Big impact.”
It was social innovation that turned the project of Europe into a compelling reality. This is why we believe Europe is a perfect example of what can be achieved through value-sharing and a common understanding. Building on these principles, C4SI will sustain and help create a renewed vision for Europe by which Europe will move beyond its current confines. This will be enabled and ensured by the cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary approach, which forms the core tenet of C4SI! As such, it is not only the student community that will benefit, but the wider community of Europe: viable innovative solutions developed by C4SI participants in response to challenges encountered in today’s Europe – like migration- will bring new perspectives to help tackle them.
Our fundamental goal is to inspire and empower proactive future leaders who are interested in social improvement. A successful C4SI 2015 will:
• Create targeted and valuable innovations responding to social, economic, governance and environmental issues that are fit to be applied in the respective context of the challenge.
• Build students’ capacity to engage with social issues not limited by their challenge by equipping them with a set of soft and hard skills as well as organizational insights.
• Establish a social innovation network where innovative thinkers and practitioners from all around Europe can come together to raise a shared voice and take Europe further in its efforts to promote social innovation globally.
This C4SI concept was tested in 2013 as the program ran its pilot version, where 44 students from 9 European universities met in Geneva to innovate and tackle real world challenges set by a variety of international stakeholders. With the valuable contribution of twenty mentors and seven workshops, the program equipped students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds with an innovative mindset and skills which helped each team to tackle their challenge and pitch their projects on the final day of the program. Striving to recreate the working model in 2015, C4SI 2015 aims to build on the great success of the pilot version and promote the aims of the program further by diversifying the participants’ pool, engage more educational institutions and local and international stakeholders.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe