A Vita Europe selection of civil society events around Europe
4-6 November 2014, Brussels, Belgium, Europhilantopics
4 November 2014, London, UK, E3M Seminar Programme: Finance for Social Enterprise Growth
4 November 2014, Rome, Italy, A sustainable care system for Europe
4-12 November 2014, Milan, Italy, Italian SRI Week
5 November 2014, Brussels, Belgium, Participation for Local Development
5 November 2014, Marseille, France, First Crowdfunding Meetings in the Mediterranean
5 November 2014, Cambridge, UK, E-COOP Final Conference is coming!
5-8 November 2014, Marseille, France, Mediterranean Economic Week
7 November 2014, EVPA Meeting in Portugal
11-12 November 2014, London, UK, SROI Practitioner Training
17-18 November 2014, Berlin, Germany, EVPA’s 10th Annual Conference
17-19 November 2014, 6th European Innovation Summit
18-19 November 2014, London, UK, Measuring social impact
19-20 November 2014, Marseille, France, Grand Final du Tour des Solutions
20 November 2014, London, UK, ACEVO Annual Conference 2014 : Leading the Way
27-28 November 2014, Mexico City, Mexico, Global Social Business Summit 2014
29-30 November 2014, Paris, France, Art of Change 21
4-6 November 2014, Brussels, Belgium
This invitation only event brings together players from the European philanthropic landscape and European Institutions to discuss topics that are highly relevant to both audiences. The event provides a platform through which philanthropists and EU officials learn from one another’s experiences, further develop relations and build a more collaborative approach to improving the well-being of citizens both in Europe and globally.
EuroPhilantopics is co-organised with sister organisations: EFC, NEF and DAFNE. An estimated 200 participants will include senior officials from the European Union institutions and the member states, parliamentarians, academics, media and of course our members – leading foundations throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
To read more: http://evpa.eu.com/events/195
4 November 2014, London, UK
E3M Seminar Programme: Finance for Social Enterprise Growth
E3M one-day seminar focuses on the needs and interests of established social businesses that are seeking finance to grow their operations and impact, including: social enterprises, trading charities, and public service mutuals. Through a unique “reverse dragons den” the seminar will offer a critical review of the latest social investment funds to come on offer. The seminar is aimed at: CEOs; Finance Directors; and other senior staff working on business development and raising capital.
To read more: http://evpa.eu.com/events/205/
4 November 2014, Rome, Italy
A sustainable care system for Europe
With the current demographic trends that see the European population getting older, families have more and more care responsibilities towards their ageing or dependent family members. 80% of care hours for ageing or disabled persons is provided by family or informal carers, free of charge. Care providers within families are often women and because of the difficulties they face in reconciling their paid employment with the care responsibilities and also because of insufficiency or lack of quality, accessible and affordable services, they often end up dropping out of the labour market. This has a serious impact on their possibility to re-integrate paid employment, and directly effects their pension contributions and their social inclusion, exposing them to a higher risk of poverty and social exclusion. On the other hand, a growing trend for families in Europe is to hire an external carer, often from a migrant background, that provides 24h care, living with the person in need of care. However, this model has some social consequences, on care workers and the person cared for, and it is urgent to reflect whether, in its current application, this is a socially sustainable care model for Europe. In this conference, COFACE and its member Anziani e Non Solo aim to discuss and present, under the auspices of the Italian Presidency of the EU, policies and practices developed at local and national level that can support families in reconciling their work and care responsibilities and reflect on the sustainability of the current growing trends of care.
4-12 November 2014, Milan, Italy
Italian SRI Week
Ten are the events confirmed for the third edition of the Italian SRI (Sustainable and Responsible Investment) Week, that will take place this year from 4th to 12th November.
The events, all open and free admission, are coordinated and promoted by the Italian SIF (Forum per la Finanza Sostenibile or, in brief, FFS) in association with more than thirty sponsors and partners, including some of the main financial groups operating nationally and internationally.
Hot topics of the 2014 editions are sustainable and responsible property investing (SRPI), SRI and insurance companies, natural capital enhancement, climate change and impact investing.
The Opening Event will take place on November 4th in Rome and will feature a presentation on the brand new FFS Guidelines aimed at encouraging insurance companies to adopt SRI practices. The publication has been developed by a multi-stakeholder Working Group promoted and coordinated by FFS together with Ania (the Italian insurance companies association).
The Final Event will be hosted by the Italian Stock Exchange on November 12th in Milan, Italy. The event will feature the official launch of the European SRI Study 2014 and the Sustainable Investor of the Year Award Ceremony.
To read more: http://www.settimanasri.it/english/english-2014/
5 November 2014, Brussels, Belgium
Participation for Local Development
Partners for Democratic Change International (PDCI) organize an interactive conference called: "Participation for Local Development: Practical Reflections on Facilitating Inclusive Decision-Making", where they will share very practical experiences from around the world in applying multi-stakeholder approaches for development. PDCI is a partnership of 19 local organizations, experts in facilitation and change management with over 25 years’ experience leading inclusive decision-making processes. They are pleased to welcome to Brussels the senior leadership of PDCI’s local members who will join other European experts in sharing concrete lessons from their own countries. The conference will be highly interactive as they jointly reflect on how the international development community can intentionally conceive and implement interventions that are truly participatory, throughout all stages of the project life cycle. From conception, planning to implementation, there are distinct considerations for the meaningful involvement of those people most affected by decisions that are made.
To read more:https://gallery.mailchimp.com/
5 November 2014, Marseille, France
First Crowdfunding Meetings in the Mediterranean
The First Crowdfunding Meetings in the Mediterranean (Les 1ères Rencontres du Crowdfunding en Méditerranée) will take place on November 5 at Villa Méditerranée in Marseille. They are an event organized by Popfinance et Financement Participatif en Méditerranée (FPM), both working for the promotion of crowdfundng in the South. The aim is to show how and to which point crowdfunding can be a real development tool for the countries of the South of the Mediterranean. Many stakeholders – politicians, entrepreneurs, institutions, project holders, banks, economists, academics - will come to present the main themes and challenges.
To read more: http://www.goodmorningcrowdfunding.com/les-1eres-rencontres-du-crowdfunding-en-mediterranee
5 November 2014, Cambridge, UK
E-COOP Final Conference is coming!
This conference is organized in the frame of the EU cooperation project “E-COOP / Digital cooperatives”, which will end in December 2014 after three years of implementation. Twelve local authorities and organizations from all over the European Union, have shared their analysis and good practices about digital inclusion and the role of digital community centres. Their objective was to study and recommend the best ways for them to adapt to new digital uses and better enhance local cooperation and citizen participation. The final conference aims at communicating about the project’s outputs and results: what could European “digital cooperatives” actually be? What kind of services and support would they provide to the community?
5-8 November 2014, Marseille, France
Mediterranean Economic Week
The Mediterranean Economic Week (Semaine économique de la Méditerranée) is a multi-partner initiative to discuss the major economic issues in the Mediterranean and the Middle East that brings together actors from various backgrounds among which entrepreneurs, researchers, politicians, economists, students, experts, and civil society actors in Marseille. It aims at providing a place for discussions and debates on the economic development of the MENA region. The Mediterranean Economic Week is organized by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, the Municipality of Marseille, the Marseille Provence Métropole Urban Community, the Euroméditerranée Urban Development Agency, the Marseille Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is coordinated by the Office of Economic Cooperation for the Mediterranean and the Middle East (OCEMO). The 8th edition of the Mediterranean Economic Week will take place from Wednesday, 5 November to Saturday, 8 November 2014 at the Villa Méditerranée, in Marseille. This year’s edition will focus on the role of ‘Tourism as a driver of economic development in the Mediterranean region’.
7 November 2014, Portugal
EVPA Meeting in Portugal
EVPA is collaborating with the Portuguese Social Investment Taskforce to offer a European perspective on the development of the Portuguese social investment sector. Leveraging EVPA’s pioneering role in research, its European platform and access to experienced practitioners from different sectors, we will facilitate the dialogue and the transfer of information to positively influence the growth of the sector in Portugal. EVPA will participate in the first collective meeting of the Taskforce that will gather on Friday November 7th to identify challenges and opportunities that the network could contribute to. The Portuguese Social Investment Taskforce is a project led in partnership by the Social Investment Lab, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Social Finance UK. The project is co-financed by the European Commission and the Taskforce will complete its work over a 12-month period. The Taskforce will pave the way for the creation of a social investment market in Portugal and will work towards: (1) Assessing and developing the demand for social finance products and impact readiness support; (2) Identifying and attracting sources of social finance which are appropriate for the Portuguese market; (3) Proposing suitable social finance products, capacity-building tools and market infrastructure; (4) Capitalising on know-how and live examples from other member-states; (5) Building a commitment from key stakeholders to act upon the findings of this work.
To read more: http://evpa.eu.com/events/203
11-12 November 2014, London, UK
SROI Practitioner Training
A 2-day practitioner training provides a thorough overview of SROI from two main angles. The first day gives a practical, interactive, step-by-step introduction to the process of SROI via a case study that participants can bring along. The second day covers the more theoretical basis that underpins SROI, together with an exploration of issues that practitioners will need to demonstrate an understanding of if they wish to become accredited. All training is delivered by SROI Network accredited practitioners and is suitable for any experience level.
To read more: http://www.thesroinetwork.org/training/practitioner
17-18 November 2014, Berlin, Germany
EVPA’s 10th Annual Conference
On 17-18 November 2014 the EVPA team will head to Berlin for the 10th edition of its Annual Conference. This event will bring together hundreds of venture philanthropy and social investment experts and practitioners from Europe and beyond to discuss this year’s theme: ‘Collaborating for Social Impact: the next 10 years’.
What will it take to achieve exponential growth in the European Venture Philanthropy sector in the next ten years? How do we break down barriers to raising capital for social entrepreneurs and investors? Are governments doing enough to stimulate social enterprise? These and more questions will be discussed at the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) Conference held on 17-18 November in Berlin.
Bringing together European grant makers, investors, investees, VP organizations and experts from North and Southern Europe, the conference themed “Collaborating for Social Impact: the Next 10 Years” will be a platform to come together to discuss the future of the Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment sector.
To read more: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/socialinnovationeurope/directory/germany/event/evpas-10th-annual-conference
17-19 November 2014, Brusssels, Belgium
6th European Innovation Summit
The 6th European Innovation Summit, organised by Knowledge4innovation, will take place from 17 to 20 November 2014 in the European Parliament in Brussels. The programme features more than 25 conference sessions and discussions on topics of great importance for everyone working in the area of innovation and more than 100 high-level speakers from the European parliament, the European Commission, the educational and the private sector. The motto of the this year’s edition is ‘A Mandate for Innovation in Europe’ which highlights the strong belief that innovation should be a top strategic priority in the new institutional cycle of the European Union and the centerpiece of a revised Europe 2020 strategy.
For a sixth consecutive year the event brings together EU’s political, business, academic and scientific elite and provides a valuable opportunity for networking and sharing experience with other innovative organisations and high level EU policy makers. What is more, the summit is a unique chance to meet the newly elected MEPs and learn about their plans for the future of innovation in Europe.
To read more: http://www.knowledge4innovation.eu/6th-european-innovation-summit-17-november-20-november-2014
18-19 November 2014, London, UK
Measuring social impact
Funders are constantly looking for 'track record' and evidence of impact, but what do you need to do to measure your social impact, and what indicators do you need to put in place before you do so? The SSE and nef consulting have partnered to offer a two day course giving you the knowledge and tools that you need to measure your organization’s social impact. The two day course is full of information you need to measure your impact successfully: Navigating the social impact minefield: what is available, how is it useful; and why should I do it; The business case for measuring social impact; Principles of good impact reporting; Identifying and measuring social outcomes; Frameworks for communicating impact
19-20 November 2014, Marseille, France
Grand Final du Tour des Solutions
Mouves unites and represents the leaders of social enterprises, entrepreneurs who have chosen to place economic efficiency in the service of the public interest. Mouves has over 400 members throughout France, about forty in Marseille and in the PACA region (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur).
The Mouves organizes for the second year in a row the Tour of Solutions, a series of territorial events aimed firstly to highlight local entrepreneurial success stories to serve the public interest and secondly to bring out new solutions to the most urgent social and environmental problems.
After Paris in 2013, the Mouves and its partners have collectively chosen Marseille and the PACA region to organize this year’s Grand Final of the Tour. The aim of these two days is to mobilize more than 650 participants, mostly young people, to go beyond the simple observation of the problems, in order to speak about "solutions" to the problems and act.
Two days of inspiration and action around social entrepreneurship, the first in Marseille, with participatory workshops and inspiring conferences, meetings of experts and stakeholders from the PACA region and from all over France. A unique opportunity to make Marseille the "Capital Solutions"!
20 November 2014, London, UK
ACEVO Annual Conference 2014 : Leading the Way
This year's conference will bring sector leaders together to discuss political, social and sector leadership as we approach the 2015 General Election. With a range of speakers and workshops on offer, the Acevo Annual Conference 2014 promises to be the biggest networking and development event for charity leaders from across the UK.
27-28 November 2014, Mexico City, Mexico
Global Social Business Summit 2014
The Global Social Business Summit is the leading forum for social business worldwide. It serves to spread awareness of social business, foster discussion and collaboration, as well as present and conceive best practices. The annual event is organized by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus and his Creative Advisor Hans Reitz, which gathers experts from private sectors, civil society, governments and academia over a few days of meetings, forums and workshops.
This year's motto will be "Shaping Social Business - To Shape the World of 2020", to set an impetus for the social business movement in Mexico, Latin America and the whole world. Mexico City as hosting city will mark the first time that the Global Social Business Summit will be held in the Americas. The summit is organized in partnership with Green Street The Earth's Fund in Mexico. Together with a strong network of supporting partners that include Ashoka, Banamex, Cemex, Femsa, Monterrey Institute of Technology, the National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Televisa Foundation this summit will set yet another milestone in the global movement of social business under leadership of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Yunus. Our ambitious aim is to transform 1% of the total economy of a city, a province, or a country as a social business economy in the next five years.
To read more: http://www.gsbs2014.com/
29-30 November 2014, Paris, France
Art of Change 21
Art of Change 21 is an initiative for COP21, the twenty-first international Climate Conference which will take place in Paris in December, 2015. A COP gathers the heads of states and politicians of about 200 countries. COP 21 is a rendez-vous with history. This time we cannot afford to fail, and citizens will push to succeed. But how? This is the starting point of Art of Change 21. Art of change 21 is an international movement of the people designed by “accelerators of change”: committed artists, youth and entrepreneurs. Voluntarily innovative and “rupturist”, it is not a pre-packaged action but a process. Its approach consists of applying the “paradigm of tomorrow” to citizen action. this paradigm is collaborative, ecological and creative. Art of change 21 is convinced that the “accelerators of change” are part of the solutions to the climate crisis. Art of change 21 creates a “climate of change” as a solution to climate change. At the end of November 2014, just one year before the COP21 of Paris, the best 21 engaged artists, committed youth and change-makers (social entrepreneurs, sharing and collaborative economy players, “makers”….) from all over the world will meet at La Gaité Lyrique, right in the center of Paris. It is the CONCLAVE OF THE 21. THE CONCLAVE OF THE 21 is an international workshop which will answer the question: “How can we act together to positively influence COP 21?” and will determine a concrete international action which will then be implemented. In a collaborative process, THE CONCLAVE OF THE 21 will define the best action which will impact the COP 21, a thrilling action which will mobilize citizens and show that it is possible to change our daily life, with more fun and less carbon.
To read more: http://artofchange21.com/