A Vita Europe selection of civil society events around Europe
Listed events (for further descriptions of events and links scroll down):
3-5 June 2014, Brussels, Belgium, Green Week Conference 2014
4 June 2014, London, UK, Social Business Angel Focus Group
4 June 2014, London, UK, How to Measure Outcomes: Practical Tips and Tools
4 June 2014, Birmingham, UK, Investment Readiness and Pitching Workshop for Social Enterprises
9-14 June 2014, Predeal, Romania, Training course. Get ready for social entrepreneurship
11 June 2014, London, UK, Social Enterprises & Mutuals: Creating Happy Workplaces
11-14 June 2014, Dublin, Ireland, ICSB 2014- World Conference on Entrepreneurship
12 June 2014, Dublin, Ireland, Open Innovation 2.0 Conference 2014
12 June 2014, London, UK, ClearlySo Tea Time
12-13 June 2014, Milan, Italy, Social Value matters: The SROI network conference
16 June 2014, London, UK, Evolve 2014
16-21 June 2014, across the UK, Small Charity Week 2014
20 June 2014, Oxford, UK, #Unplugging > Beyond Hyper-Connected Societies
24-26 June 2014, Birmingham, UK, The 2014 EHMA Annual Conference
3-5 June 2014, Brussels, Belgium
Green Week Conference 2014
The 2014 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, will take place from 3 to 5 June in Brussels.
The theme will be Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency & Waste.
A circular economy is the logical solution for a resource-constrained world. It's a place where almost nothing is wasted, where the re-use and remanufacturing of products has become standard practice, and where sustainability is built into the fabric of society. In 2014 the Commission will set out new proposals enabling Europe to unlock the potential of the circular economy, underlining the need to change our way of thinking about design. There will also be a focus on better waste management, and on how it can help the EU use its resources more efficiently.
Green Week offers a unique opportunity for debate and exchanges of experience and best practice. Over the past decade, the conference has established itself as an unmissable event for anyone involved with protecting the environment. The 2013 edition attracted some 2.100 participants from government, business and industry, non-governmental organizations, academia and the media.
To read more: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/greenweek/index.htm
4 June 2014, London, UK
Social Business Angel Focus Group
This event is for individuals who would like to find out more about social investing through loans and equity into charities and social enterprises. After a small group discussion about the topic there will be the chance to hear about some social enterprises in a pitch session, as well as speaking to them in a more informal setting.
To read more: http://www.clearlyso.com/
4 June 2014, London, UK
How to Measure Outcomes: Practical Tips and Tools
The How To Measure Outcomes: Practical Tips And Tools conference is organized by Third Sector, in partnership with New Philanthropy Capital. It is designed to equip participants with the tools and knowledge they need to identify and measure their organisation’s outcomes, so they can understand and refine what they do.
4 June 2014, Birmingham, UK
Investment Readiness and Pitching Workshop for Social Enterprises
This event is for social enterprises who want to learn about social investment, get some pitch practice and meet some potential investors.
To read more: http://www.clearlyso.com/
9-14 June 2014, Predeal, Romania
Training course. Get ready for social entrepreneurship
The Romanian, Belgian, Hungarian and Swedish National Agencies for the Erasmus+: Youth in Action programme in cooperation with SALTO-Youth Participation are organising a training course on social entrepreneurship, which will take place on 9-14 June 2014 in Predeal (Romania).
Practitioners from diverse backgrounds, involved in youth work (youth workers, youth leaders, coaches, young social entrepreneurs, formal education professionals, employment counsellors, etc.), and with an interest in social entrepreneurship are all welcome to attend. They should be willing to run or be partners in a project developed during the training course and to disseminate the knowledge acquired in their organisations.
It will be a learning-by-doing activity which will give participants the chance to present their project ideas and obtain feedback from other social entrepreneurs.
To read more: http://yia18.org/
11 June 2014, London, UK
Social Enterprises & Mutuals: Creating Happy Workplaces
The evidence is clear: organisations who focus on creating happy workplaces are more productive and more successful. This conference is focused on how mutuals and social enterprises, and similar organisations, can transform the way we work.
This event will combine great ideas on how to create happy and productive workplaces, with practical examples and lots of inter-action. Participants will be challenged to rethink the way their organisation works - and they will also leave with practical ideas to put into practice to make their workplace even better.
To read more: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/
11-14 June 2014, Dublin, Ireland
ICSB 2014- World Conference on Entrepreneurship
The theme of the conference is ‘Entrepreneurship and Sustainability’ which will address the current international movement towards sustainability – whether that is related to our environment, our cultures, our businesses or our economies. Entrepreneurs, politicians, researchers and consumers are increasingly seeking to find solutions to the challenges of growing economies and businesses that are environmentally sustainable, socially just and rooted locally, and this conference will offer an opportunity to participate in such discussions. While the conference will have the usual mix of keynote speakers, parallel sessions and networking opportunities, ICSB 2014 will also include dedicated sessions for business practitioners and for policy-makers. The conference will use innovative formats and new technologies so as to maximize the ability of every delegate to benefit from their attendance at the conference. To read more: http://www.icsb2014.org/
12 June 2014, Dublin, Ireland
Open Innovation 2.0 Conference 2014
The European economy is showing its first promising signs of recovery. An accelerated recovery could however be achieved with a stronger OI2 approach to boosting job creation, driving a better entrepreneurship environment and deliver innovations for global challenges.
The European Commission / Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group - OISPG, Intel Labs Europe, and Dublin City Council are jointly organising theOpen Innovation 2.0 Conference.
The OI2.0 conference is organized around the concept of short speeches, strong interaction and further development of the ideas, so that the outcome has an impact beyond the event. Leading innovation thought leaders will present their latest insights; European policy leaders will contribute to the design of the European Innovation ecosystems; and the first feedback from the new European research and innovation framework, Horizon 2020, will be presented.
12 June 2014, London, UK
ClearlySo Tea Time
Tea Time was started as a way to respond to the influx of enquiries that ClearlySo were receiving, but unable to respond to on an individual basis. Held every month throughout the year, Tea Time is the perfect opportunity to meet in an informal environment, discuss all sorts of issues affecting entrepreneurs and their business, network, and meet likeminded people.
Entrepreneurs, existing or prospective will be invited to ask anything, challenge ClearlySo or just listen in. The session will be chaired by one of the ClearlySo team. It’s a chance for ClearlySo to give out advice and take advantage of the peer learnings and relationships that develop during each of ClearlySo popular tea-time gatherings.
To read more: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/clearlyso-tea-time-tickets-701089979?aff=es2&rank=34#sthash.WfBIdRnN.dpuf
12-13 June 2014, Milan, Italy
Social Value matters: The SROI network conference
The SROI Network is a leading international social enterprise, owned by its members with the aim of changing the way society accounts for value.
The SROI Network will be gathering in the heart of Milan where those involved will be learning from organizations already putting social value measurement into practice, finding out what they have discovered and how they’ve utilised results to really make a difference. Topics covered will range from Social Investment, Commissioning and Valuing what seems to be invaluable to forward thinking and looking at a new economy.
To read more: http://socialvaluematters.org/
16 June 2014, London, UK
Evolve 2014 is the annual event for the voluntary sector. Over 1,000 voluntary sector professionals are coming together to build a stronger future. Keynote speaker highlights include; Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund, Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, Lisa Nandy, Shadow Minister for Civil Society.
16-21 June 2014, across the UK
Small Charity Week 2014
Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world. Small Charity Week is organized by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) who with the support of partner organizations ensure the work of small charities is recognized and celebrated.
To read more: http://smallcharityweek.com/
20 June 2014, Oxford, UK
#Unplugging > Beyond Hyper-Connected Societies
On 20 June at the University of Oxford the #Unplugging > Beyonder Hyper-Connected Societies workshop will take place, led by Dr. Igor Calzada (Research Associate Future Cities, COMPAS & InSIS - University of Oxford) and Dr. Cristobal Cobo (Research Fellow Oxford Internet Institute- University of Oxford).
The workshop will consist of academics from across the disciplines to critically analyse why the current socio-technical transformations, such as the expansion of social networks and the smart city, should not necessarily be understood as a proxy of ‘social capital’ for a better urban governance. Framed in the context of a society heavily influenced by the promises of Smart Cities, Big Data, smart devices etc., a cross-disciplinary analysis will discuss the side-effects and tensions between being online 24/7 and the subtle notion of #Unplugging, conceived as a rare privilege that only a few members of hyper-connected societies can attain. The goal of this workshop is to provide a framework for deconstructing the on-going discourse of Smart Cities articulating ten dimensions grounded in a critical social innovation perspective and exploring new transitions and tensions in this agenda.
24-26 June 2014, Birmingham, UK
The 2014 EHMA Annual Conference
Hosted by the University of Birmingham, the 2014 EHMA Annual Conference is to take place, for the first time from Tuesday 24 June to Thursday 26 June.
Health systems in Europe are facing unparalleled levels of challenge, complexity and uncertainty. Health system leaders, at every level, have a responsibility to engage with and tackle the enduring problems of funding constraints, technological developments, cost pressures, increasing chronic disease, ageing populations and growing societal expectations and demands.
From the frontline to board level the quality of leadership is a crucial determinant of the quality, effectiveness and safety of health services. Effective leadership is needed not just within organizations but across them, in health systems and networks, across sectoral boundaries such as health and social care, and across the public, private and not for profit sectors. Many of the current challenges for health systems require leaders who can create teams across healthcare and other sectors, lead networks, create a stable and motivated workforce and be accountable to boards, funders, the public and patients as well.
Interactive sessions and several networking opportunities together with an informal and relax atmosphere will facilitate the discussion, the exchange and the birth (or consolidation) of partnerships among the representatives of all health sectors coming from all around Europe and beyond.
To read more: http://www.ehma.org/?q=node/3