Euclid Network Board Member Chris Sigaloff, of Dutch organisation Kennisland, reports that Social Innovation is finally getting attention in the Netherlands.
As previously published by Euclid Network, Knowledge and the Waag Society (an institute for art, science and technology) have jointly created a manifesto for social innovation, the idea stemming from a meeting held with Euclid Network with regards to setting up Social Innovation Network Netherlands. This manifesto will be used to influence the political parties in the run up to elections this September. You can find it here.
This development is an important first step for the country, since for a long time the concept of Social Innovation and civil society was not widely accepted and was not in accordance with its use in Europe.
Possible reasons for this are:
For this reason, Euclid Network has a potentially important role to play in the Netherlands: It gives support to local initiatives; it bridges the gap between the Netherlands and Brussels; it provides the possibility to operate in European networks. In recent years it has given valuable input to strategic meetings and provided Kennisland, one of the country’s leaders on social innovation, the possibility to participate within Europe, thereby strengthening the support for Social innovation in the Netherlands.