A Vita Europe selection of civil society events around Europe.
Listed events (for further descriptions of events and links scroll down):
3 April 2013, Paris, France, Impact²
4-7 April 2013, Marseille, France, Anna Lindh Mediterranean Forum 2013
9 April 2013, Brussels, Belgium, European Citizens’ Initiative Day 2013
10 Apri 2013, Brussels, Belgium, Tackling the Housing Crisis in Europe
10-11 April 2013, Oxford, UK, Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship
10-12 April 2013, Oxford, UK, OxfordJam
15-16 April 2013, Dublin, Ireland, Dublin Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice
15-19 April 2013, UK, UK's first ever Responsible Business Week
16 April 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark, Who Cares Wins 2013
16-17 April 2013, Manchester, UK, SROI Practitioner Training
17 April 2013, London, UK, Funding your future 2013
17-19 April 2013, , Geneva, Switzerland, 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns
22 April 2013, Wiesbaden, Germany, First European Social Business Forum
23 April 2013, London, UK, Social Enterprise Conference 2013
23 April 2013, Paris, France, Ashoka’s European Social & Business Co-creation Forum
24 April 2013, London, UK, People Power 2013
24 April 2013, Brussels, Belgium, Grandparents as carers
25-27 April 2013, Madrid, 2013 INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Conference and ISEP Reunion
25-27 April 2013, Budapest, Hungary, RENEXPO Central Europe
3 April 2013, Paris, France
Leaders of global economy, financial institutions and policy makers will be meeting in Paris for this special event which is set to be the most important event of the year for Social Entrepreneurs. The conference offers an opportunity to discover and understand a market that is valued at over $100 billion.
The main talking point of this 2013 Edition will be the funding of social enterprises.
The conference aims to provide answers to a number of unanswered questions:
- Who are the major investors?
-Why is this market growing so rapidly?
-Which companies receive funding?
-How can we measure the impact and performances of social enterprises?
-What are the roles of public authorities?
-To read more: http://www.euclidnetwork.eu/
4-7 April 2013, Marseille, France
Anna Lindh Mediterranean Forum 2013
The Anna Lindh Mediterranean Forum is a unique gathering that brings together youth leaders and civil society organisations, in addition to influential policy-makers and intercultural experts from across the Euro-Mediterranean region. Convoked every three years by the Anna Lindh Foundation, the goal is to provide an innovative and participative space for debate, networking and good practice exchange on intercultural dialogue initiatives. The Forum welcomes unique perspectives, and the participation of people from diverse origins, cultures and beliefs who can turn new ideas into action following the Forum.
To read more: http://www.annalindhforum.org/
9 April 2013, Brussels, Belgium
European Citizens’ Initiative Day 2013
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in partnership with the Committee of the Regions (CoR), the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), Democracy International and the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe, is organising this year's European Citizens’ Initiative Day. To set the scene, an evaluation of the first year of the ECI will be presented.
The focus will be on campaigning issues and lessons to be learned from the experiences of ECI organisers, giving them space to exchange best practices.
The ECI Day also serves as a meeting space and platform for registered and future ECI organisers to meet and exchange information and experiences, and present their ECI to the media.
To read more: http://www.eesc.europa.eu/
10 April 2013, Brussels, Belgium
Tackling the Housing Crisis in Europe: Towards an Integrated Policy on Homelessness
This symposium on the topic of housing and homelessness is hosted by Public Policy Exchange. The event will offer attendees both the opportunity to hear from experts in the field as well as to discuss their own experiences on the matter.
With an estimated 4.1 million people homeless across Europe, the issue of housing is particularly pressing - the European Parliament first called for a European-wide strategy on homelessness in 2011. This was then taken up by both EU ministers and the European Commission. The outcomes of their decisions and future expectations will be on the topic of discussion at the symposium.
To read more: http://publicpolicyexchange.co.uk
10-12 April 2013, Oxford, UK
Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship
The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Its mission is to accelerate the impact of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage and large-scale social change.
Co-produced by the Skoll Foundation and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School, the Forum shines a spotlight on best practices, new innovations and connecting leaders to one another to further global social progress..
To read more: http://skollworldforum.org/
10-12 April 2013, Oxford, UK
Running in parallel to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford, OxfordJam is a three-day fringe event that creates a space for the nurturing of social economy and social finance projects the world over.
To read more: http://www.oxfordjam.org.uk/
15-16 April 2013, Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice
The Irish Government and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will convene an international conference to open dialogue and debate on these linked challenges, and to encourage and inspire innovative thinking and solutions. The conference is being organized in partnership with the World Food Programme and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). This will not be an intergovernmental meeting. It will bring together key policy makers and global thought leaders with local people and practitioners facing the realities of rising food prices, failed crops, undernutrition and voicelessness. The objective will be to facilitate a respectful dialogue and learn from practical experience and robust evidence to inform a new approach to addressing hunger, nutrition and climate justice, in the context of the new international development agenda.
To read more: http://www.eu2013.ie/events/
15-19 April 2013, UK
UK's first ever Responsible Business Week
Business in the Community are launching the UK's first ever Responsible Business Wee.
The week aims to provide a platform for companies to demonstrate their commitment to responsible business - while also raising awareness of business as a powerful force for good in society
Through a varied programme of networking events, inspiring speakers, sparkling debate, and practical support, complimented by interactive online conversation, Responsible Business Week 2013 will profile those companies that share, live and breathe the core values that are important to their customers and integrate responsible behavior into all that they do. In doing so the charity hopes to inspire businesses to do more to tackle some of the UK’s most pressing social and environmental issues.
16 April 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark
Who Cares Wins 2013
Who Cares Wins is the leading CSR event in Scandinavia. The aim of the event is to make the greatest possible impact in the organizations’ participating – and thus in society as a whole. Participants can look forward to experiencing prominent speakers such as CSR guru Wayne Visser (UK), the woman behind one of the world’s first Fairtrade brands, Josephine Fairley (UK), the American Advertising Woman of the Year, Cindy Gallop (USA) and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Mohan Munasinghe (Sri Lanka).
To read more: http://www.whocareswins.dk/en/
16-17 April 2013, Manchester, UK
SROI Practitioner Training
The SROI Network training course has been accredited by the Institute of Leadership Management. It, like other courses that contribute to the accredited practitioner status, is delivered by accredited practitioners that are also experienced trainers. Training will be delivered by SROI Network accredited practitioners.
Day one, “How to do an SROI analysis”, is a practical, step-by-step introduction to the SROI process. It will begin with some theory but the process is best learnt by trying it, so candidates will learn how to develop an impact map – the heart of the SROI process – and explore appropriate real life examples.
Day two, “SROI Practitioner Training”, covers, in more depth, issues that practitioners will need to demonstrate an understanding of if they wish to become accredited.
To read more: http://socialinnovationeurope.eu/node/3948
17 April 2013, London, UK
Funding your future 2013
Funding Your Future 2013 is Britain’s leading charity conference and comes at a time when the third sector is struggling with falling donations from the public, cuts in statutory funding, whilst demand for front-line services increases.
To read more: http://actionplanning.co.uk/fundingyourfuture/
17-19 April 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns
The 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns is the biggest European conference on sustainable development since the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
With more than half of the global population living in urban areas, it has been extensively demonstrated that cities and urbanization play a key role in achieving sustainability targets. Cites provide an ideal opportunity to directly gauge the urgent needs of communities and are therefore essential when delivering sustainability. The conference venue, the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG), will host local and national governments, UN and European Institutions, business, science institutes and research and development organizations from all over Europe. Green Economy, in all its dimensions, will be addressed by multiple experts to gain a better understanding of how gaps between environmental, economic and social goals can be bridged
To read more: http://www.sustainablegeneva2013.org/
22 April 2013, Wiesbaden, Germany
First European Social Business Forum
Over the last couple of years social business has become a recognized business model in Europe and is at the core of the European Union’s economic strategy. Social business aims to create sustainable solutions to address economic and social problems both locally and internationally. Being launched in the first Social Business City worldwide, the European Social Business Forum is expected to be the central event in the field of social business in Europe, bringing together the social business community to develop the social business movement in Europe.
The Forum offers the opportunity for social business leaders to interact and discuss issues like financing models or the role of governments and cities with funders, supporters and policy makers in Europe. It will also explore best practice examples like the Social Business City concept, which has generated a lot of attention and interest amongst cities and villages all around the world. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Lord Mayor of Wiesbaden Dr. Helmut Müller and Hans Reitz, Managing Director of The Grameen Creative Lab will welcome guests at the European Social Business Forum in Wiesbaden, Germany.
To read more: http://www.grameencreativelab.com/
23 April 2013, London, UK
Social Enterprise Conference 2013
This conference, titled Housing associations and social enterprises – working together for local communities, is jointly organized by the National Housing Federation and Social Enterprise UK to demonstrate the importance of both sectors working together. It will look at how housing associations and social enterprises can work effectively in partnership to increase social and economic contribution to local communities.
To read more: http://www.housing.org.uk/events/
23 April 2013, Paris, France
Ashoka’s European Social & Business Co-creation Forum
This event will bring together a selected group of engaged corporate executives and leading social entrepreneurs to imagine and advance business models that reconcile economic performance, impact and innovation by leveraging the core strengths of both sectors. It will explore opportunities for social and business co-creation that have the potential to transform industries and address key societal issues in Europe. This will be a great opportunity to contribute to the development of this emerging field, share and learn from insightful experiences as well as connect with other key “changemakers” across sectors.
To read more: www.ashoka.org
24 April 2013, London, UK
People Power 2013, London, UK
People Power 2013 is a one-day conference designed to help people achieve their goals through campaigning and activism.
The conference will be the occasion to meet campaigners and activists; and leading figures from government, media and the corporate sector - all united to share knowledge, experience and insights.
To read more: http://www.peoplepower2013.org.uk/
24 April 2013, Brussels, Belgium
Grandparents as carers
This round table will launch the results of a study conducted by the EY2012 NGOs Coalition into the contribution of grandparents to families across Europe. The round table takes place on 24 April 2013 in the European Parliament. In particular, discussions will evaluate the recommendations laid out in the report, featuring a range of expert and policy makers with a background in family and children's welfare.
To read more: http://www.eurochild.org/
25-27 April 2013, Madrid
2013 INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Conference and ISEP Reunion
This year’s INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Conference and Reunion will focus on “Technology, Innovation and Social Change” and take place on 25 and 26 April 2013 in Madrid. The ISEP Reunion will follow immediately on 27 April.
The topics and activities will focus on how innovative applications of technology, both high-tech and basic-tech bring us back to the basics and enable social entrepreneurs to address important unmet social needs. It will draw upon the unique expertise brought by partners in the event, Fundación Banesto, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), this year’s academic partner, as well as an enthusiastic team of ISEP alumni from the region.
To read more: http://www.insead.edu/
25-27 April 2013, Budapest, Hungary
RENEXPO Central Europe
The 7th RENEXPO Central Europe will prove to be the most significant meeting point of the region, which, on the one part, enables the yearly meeting of renewable energy branch, and on the other part provides the scene for the presentation of firms and organizations, who aspire to obtain a determining position in the growing and rising Hungarian market.
To read more: http://www.renexpo-budapest.com/