A Vita Europe selection of civil society events around Europe
Listed events (for further descriptions of events and links scroll down):
1 December 2014; London, UK, Individual Giving Conference
1 December 2014, London, UK, Citizenship deprivation and the privilege to have rights
1 December 2014, London, UK, An Introduction to Legal Structures For Social Enterprises
1-2 December 2014, Lyon, France, 17th European Forum on Eco-innovation
1-2 December 2014, Milan, Italy, Renaturing Cities: Systemic Urban Governance for Social Cohesion
1-2 December 2014, Paris, France, iiAwards
1-2 December 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark, SIX Nordic Event 2014: Social Experiments
2 December 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland, Scottish Corporate SIG - December Meeting
2-3 December 2014, Brussels, Belgium, European Day of Persons with Disabilities Conference 2014
3 December 2014, Brussels, Belgium, NPO meeting
4 December 2014, London, UK, Challenges Of Our Era Summit
4-5 December 2014, Towards a more effective Europe 2020
8-9 December 2014, Riga, Latvia, Networking Visit & Conference in Riga on December 8-9
8-9 December 2014, Paris, France, Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Enterprise Dynamics
9 December 2014, London, UK, SROI Practitioner Training
10 December 2014, Brussels, Belgium, Rethinking urban mobility
10 December 2014, London, UK, Facing adversity in the Muslim charity sector
11 December 2014, Brussels, Belgium, On our plate today: healthy and sustainable food choices
11 December 2014, London, UK, Social Enterprise Network
18 December 2014, worldwide, International Migrants Day
1 December 2014, London, UK
Individual Giving Conference
Individual giving by the general public is by far the largest source of charities’ income from donations. People give in many ways and through many routes, and a fundraisers’ skill is knowing which methods will yield the most in which circumstances.
This December’s first IoF Individual Giving Conference will bring these methods and skills together in one must-attend conference, with topics including Face to Face, Direct Marketing, CRM and Supporter Care.
To read more: http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/events-and-training/events/individual-giving/
1 December 2014, London, UK
Citizenship deprivation and the privilege to have rights
Citizenship, one of the bastions of state sovereignty, is being called into question by the emergence of the ‘homegrown’ terrorist. Although international treaties preclude a country from rendering a citizen stateless, recent legislative and executive action in the UK and Canada has raised the issue of whether these new regimes of citizenship revocation respect international and domestic law. In her presentation, Professor Macklin will discuss how the contemporary exercise of citizenship revocation has revised the arcane practice of exile and banishment, and recent instances of citizenship stripping as a way to convert the terrorist into a foreigner.
To read more: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/
1 December 2014, London, UK
An Introduction to Legal Structures For Social Enterprises
One of the most baffling areas for anyone starting a social enterprise is which legal structure to choose for their organization.
The School for Social Entrepreneurs has put together a half day workshop to provide an introduction to the various legal structures available to social enterprises. They will break down the jargon and discuss the options available.
To read more: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/
1-2 December 2014, Lyon, France
17th European Forum on Eco-innovation
Organised by DG Environment in the context of the Eco-innovation Action Plan, the biannual European Forum on Eco-innovation brings together around 200 specialists from the worlds of research, industry, policy, finance, civil society and business. Over two days, participants present the latest developments in their fields and engage in discussions on a specific theme. The Forum will examine employment opportunities and challenges arising from the transition to a green and circular economy. These will be presented through the lens of the stakeholders: worker associations, businesses, citizens and city authorities. This event is jointly organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Environment and the French Ministry for the Ecology, the Sustainable Development and Energy with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Rhône-Alpes.
1-2 December 2014, Milan, Italy
Renaturing Cities: Systemic Urban Governance for Social Cohesion
The EU Conference on "Renaturing Cities: Systemic Urban Governance for Social Cohesion", under the auspices of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU aims to to inspire Research and Innovation policies on sustainable urban development by bringing together scientists, policy makers, the business sector and representatives of the civil society. The conference will focus on multilevel governance for urban and peri-urban areas and highlight the relation between supranational, national and sub-national scales, as well as the interplay of actors within these scales. Therefore, new instruments of urban governance based on a strong public-private partnership will be explored in order to facilitate the interplay between policy-making, market-driven actions and grassroots initiatives.
1-2 December 2014, Paris, France
The International Innovation Awards is an International Innovation start-up competition organized by Paris Région Lab. Each technology- based multi sector start-up from across the world is invited to participate.
The iiAwardsParis is an extension of the Grands Prix de l’innovation (http://www.innovation-paris.com/site/home.html) awarded by the City of Paris, a competition run by Paris Région Lab with the aim of rewarding those companies that will improve life in the city and develop the Parisian economic fabric. Paris Région Lab is an association backed by the City of Paris and the Ile-de-France region that plays a role fostering innovation in the Paris area through four key actions: Acting as an incubator for young, innovative companies; Testing innovative concepts; Organizing events for start-ups; Putting start-ups in touch with big business.
The 20 finalists will be invited to Paris to pitch to a jury of investors, recognized entrepreneurs, and mentors, and participate in a private session with the members of the Open Innovation Club, composed by 60 French big companies. All 20 startups will present their work during the Grands Prix de l’Innovation in a stand at the Forum organized by Paris Région Lab at the Cité de la Mode et du Design. The jury will select 6 start-ups who will have the possibility to join a start-up incubators in Paris for a 3-month programme, and make a final pitch at the iiAwards ceremony in Paris. The Winner will receive €20,000.
To read more: http://iiawards.org/
1-2 December 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark
SIX Nordic Event 2014: Social Experiments
SIX Nordic, a Nordic network as part of the global organization SIX Global, targeted at all those working with and interested in social innovation organizes its annual event , which this time will be held in Copenhagen.
SIX Nordic invites participants to join a conversation around the question: How can we make social experiments that lead to knowledge and systemic change in a Nordic context?
The SIX Nordic Event 2014 follows a full-day conference hosted by Social+ on the same topic.
What is a social experiment?
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.
2 December 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland
Scottish Corporate SIG - December Meeting
This group is an informative and informal way of finding out the latest trends, topics and tips which will help participants survive in the cut-throat world of Corporate Fundraising in Scotland. The event will feature guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds including Business, Charity (large and small), Networking and Marketing as well as a friendly of audience of 20-25 people each meeting.
To read more: http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/events-and-training/events/scottish-corporate-sig-december-meeting/
2-3 December 2014, Brussels, Belgium
European Day of Persons with Disabilities Conference 2014
In this year's European Day of Persons with Disabilities Conference key issues of employment and accessibility will be discussed as well as the challenges ahead. People with disabilities, their representative organisations, EU policy makers, service providers, think tanks, trade unions and employers will participate in the panels. At the conference, the Commission will announce the winners of the Access City Award 2015, a competition that rewards cities’ efforts to ensure an accessible environment for all. The 2014 winner was the Swedish city of Göteborg, chosen from more than 100 European cities.
3 December 2014, Brussels, Belgium
The last NPO meeting of 2014 will have a new concept; the Soapbox Session, in which the participants will choose the topics to discuss. The meeting will also cover the latest updates on EU CSR developments, the Milan Manifesto and Enterprise 2020 projects. The NPO meeting is organized by CSR Europe, the leading European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility.
To read more: http://www.csreurope.org
4 December 2014, London, UK
Challenges Of Our Era Summit
The UK’s innovation charity and developer of the 2014 Longitude Prize, Nesta, is pleased to announce that it is hosting a global summit on Grand Challenge Prizes to be opened by The Longitude Prize Chairman and Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees. The inaugural Challenges of our Era Summit is being convened with contributions from NASA, USAID and The Gates Foundation, to discuss a range of big societal, global challenges which require additional impetus and creativity to enable innovative solutions.This event will pull together global leaders and thinkers in diverse fields to identify innovation shortages where multi-disciplinary approaches and new innovations can be encouraged to solve global problems. Challenge Prizes can stimulate huge entrepreneurial activity and invention to solve problems which have been identified as requiring additional stimulus and inter-disciplinary problem solving. This summit is exclusively for people with the ideas, drive and vision to influence our world. The Challenges of our Era Summit is to focus on identifying potential for stimulating innovation and finding solutions in the following four areas: Empowering Women and Girls; Access to a Connected World; Reducing the risk of developing cancer; The survival of the oceans. Additionally, plenary sessions and panels will pull together global leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship, technology and science, including entrepreneur Naveen Jain, who will lead the debate across a range of big societal, global challenges which require additional incentive and impetus to enable radical solutions.
To read more: http://www.nesta.org.uk/event/challenges-our-era-summit
4-5 December 2014, Rome, Italy
Towards a more effective Europe 2020
This major high-level event would be an important occasion for the EESC and national Economic and social councils, national governments, newly nominated European Commission and other opinion leaders to assess strategy's implementation and to discuss the role of the organised civil society during the 2015-2020 period.
The conference would be an opportunity to promote the important work that is being done in the Committee' and to bring the concrete propositions to the EU decision making level. An operational outcome of the conference could be a joint contribution of the EESC and the organised civil society on Europe 2020 in view of the new European Commission (in office from 1 November 2014).
To read more: http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.events-and-activities-more-effective-europe-2020
8-9 December 2014, Riga, Latvia
Networking Visit & Conference in Riga on December 8-9
In January 2015 Latvia will take over the Presidency of the EU. Social Platform is organizing a civil society conference to discuss the social dimension of the Latvian EU presidency priorities. This event is bringing together a wide range of key stakeholders including governmental representatives and Latvian and EU civil society.
8-9 December 2014, Paris, France
Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Enterprise Dynamics
Entrepreneurship, innovation and enterprise dynamics are at the core of technology development and growth. Comparative evidence on key drivers, patterns and trends, as well as framework conditions, and the way these shape entrepreneurship, innovation and enterprise dynamics is critical for the design of effective policies in support of employment and inclusive economic growth.
The OECD Working Party on Industry Analysis (WPIA) is promoting the use of comparative firm-level evidence for policy making and is organising this conference in collaboration with Small Business Economics (SBE), the Journal of Technology Transfer (JTT) and the European Commission Joint Research Centre "Institute for Prospective Technological Studies" (JRC- IPTS) to gather comparative cross-country evidence about: new business venture formation; the role of framework conditions in fostering entrepreneurial activities; the determinants and outcomes of firms' innovative activities; business and innovation dynamics; resource reallocation and growth; determinants and patterns of post-entry firm growth performance.
9 December 2014, London, UK
SROI Practitioner Training
With the Social Value Act now law, the growing importance for tangible evidence regarding social and environmental value is now a bigger issue than ever before, not just for organisations outwardly seeking to affect change in society but for any organisation or individual who wishes to be accountable for their work.
The SROI Network will host a two days Practitoner Training.
If you want to be more accountable and put stakeholders at the heart of your organisation, come on this Practitioner Training course to learn how to measure and manage your social value.
As a charity or social enterprise, a continual concern is how to improve the quality of service you provide your stakeholders – which areas need attention, which are working well etc. Combined with a pressure to spend money wisely, it can sometimes be difficult to see where to innovate in your organisation. Given the additional pressures of maintaining accountability and transparency to investors and board members, this can lead an organisation to rocky waters.SROI, or Social Return on Investment, can provide a solution. It is a methodology for measuring social value which engages with stakeholders and analyses your activities by prioritising what matters to the people who use your service. This information can then guide the future direction of an organisation, inform difficult decisions about where to invest resources to maximise social value and even act as an evaluative tool to highlight areas for improvement. 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
10 December 2014, Brussels, Belgium
Rethinking urban mobility
This conference will focus on how to put mobility trends onto a sustainable path in the context of Europe’s rapidly expanding cities. It will examine the market and policy barriers that prevent the innovation potential of urban mobility from being unleashed. It will also look at how low-carbon vehicles can contribute to the growing need to make transport more sustainable.
10 December 2014, London, UK
Facing adversity in the Muslim charity sector
Media criticism, financial regulation, constant investigation. The Muslim charity sector has rarely seen a week in recent months where its conduct and reputation has not been called into question. The closure of accounts by financial institutions and scrutiny by the press of the work of humanitarian organisations in difficult areas around the world is becoming commonplace and a challenge to respond to. That being said, the sector raises more than £200 million a year from a Muslim donor base that in the latest nationwide survey, was deemed to be the most charitable in the UK. Understanding the potential of this sector as well the challenges it faces is crucial to identifying common battles that face the humanitarian community as a whole.
11 December 2014, Brussels, Belgium
On our plate today: healthy and sustainable food choices
On Thursday, 11 December, leading food, environment and health experts from the policy, civil society and business sector will come together to discuss the current trends in global and European food production and consumption and its effects on our health and environment and how best to achieve a more sustainable food system. Business, civil society and policymakers will debate about which actions are needed to encourage people to adopt a more healthy and sustainable diet. The event will close with a view on the existing EU policy framework and on effective policies needed to address current and future nutritional challenges.This Conference is organised as part of the LiveWell for Low Impact Food in Europe (LIFE) project, which plays a key role in the European sustainable diets debate. The project looks at health, nutrition, carbon and affordability and demonstrates how low-carbon, healthy diets can help us achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the EU food supply chain. It is funded with the contribution of the EU’s LIFE+ Programme for the Environment.
11 December 2014, London, UK
Social Enterprise Network
CAS (Community Action Southwark) is launching its Social Enterprise Network on Thursday 11 December. The network will be a chance to: meet other budding social entrepreneurs; hear from inspirational speakers; swap information; discuss solutions to current issues; and to access peer support.
This event is for: people who are running a socially focused business; people who are part of a charity that is looking to trade and sell its services to generate income; individuals or groups with entrepreneurial solutions to social and economic problems.
To read more: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk
18 December, worldwide
International Migrants Day
On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day. On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly had adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. UN Member States and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are invited to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection.
To read more: http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/