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The Trinity Centre for Social Innovation aims to create an open and inviting social learning space and engage with a wide variety of participants to challenge current thinking and co-create new ideas.


Launch of DFA guidance for business enterprises & practical webinar
Dr. Sheila Cannon Speaks to Oireachtas Joint Committee Meeting on Traveller Employment
Dr. Piret Tonurist - Love the Problem not the Method
Dr. Piret Tonurist - Complication vs Complexity
Dr. Orlaigh Quinn - The Role of Innovation in Government

Upcoming Events



Recent Events

What Irish businesses need to know about human rights: Launch of DFA guidance for business enterprises & practical webinar

15 April 2021 | 11.00 – 12.15 GMT+1

The Trinity Centre for Social Innovation of Trinity Business School in collaboration with the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and the Human Rights Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs are delighted to invite you to the launch of new guidance on business and human rights for business enterprises followed by a practical business webinar. This event is targeted at business practitioners from Irish companies from diverse functions – including legal and compliance, sustainability, procurement, human resources and external affairs.

As part of the National Plan on Business and Human Rights 2017-2020, the Department of Foreign Affairs has worked with the Implementation Group for the National Plan to develop guidance for business enterprises on their human rights responsibilities.

This guidance will be formally launched by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, as part of this event.


Benchmarking Business & Human Rights in Ireland

The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) in Trinity Business School is hosting a webinar to launch the 2020 national benchmark of Business & Human Rights in Ireland. Join us virtually at Trinity College Dublin on 25 November, 5pm.

Opening Remarks from Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Simon Coveney and CEO of Irish Exporters Association, Simon McKeever

At the event, CSI Lead Researcher, Benn Hogan, will present the key findings of the benchmark report on 50 of the largest corporations in Ireland along with 10 of the largest semi-states.  The CSI report suggests that there is a long road ahead for Irish businesses and public policy to be convincing on human rights policies and practices.  The report overview will be followed by a panel discussion with participation from industry, government, NGO and investor representatives on the challenges in and importance of the UNGPs for Irish business and society more generally.

Panel Members:

Mary-Lee Rhodes, co-Director of Trinity Centre for Social Innovation will chair the event with contributions from Mark Kennedy, Managing Partner, Mazars Ireland; Siobhan Curran, Chair of Irish Coalition for Business & Human Rights; Sarah Kavanagh, Deputy Director, Human Rights Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs; Martha O'Hagan, Assistant Professor of Finance, Trinity Business School and Catie Shavin, Director of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights.


The Power of And: Responsible Business Without Trade-Offs

 Oct 8th, 2020
Speaker: Ed Freeman

8th October 2020 - Trinity Business Ethics Speaker Series Launch

Trinity Business School (TBS) has announced the inaugural Trinity Business Ethics Speaker Series. Hosted by the School’s Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), the series will explore contemporary issues in the field of business ethics. Leading scholars and practitioners will present research on a wide range of topics, including corporate sustainability, collective value, ethics in a digital age and corporate agency.

Covid-19 Conversations Series

Trinity Centre for Social Innovation experts share insights on the global business impact of COVID-19, the challenges organisations and students are facing, and recommendations on how they can respond.
Watch Back here.

10th December 2019 – Houses of the Oireachtas

The role of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community

Dr. Sheila Cannon, Trinity Centre for Social Innovation, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin 
Presents to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community on Tuesday 10th December.  Dr. Cannon discusses social enterprise as an employment scheme for Travellers, specifically looking at Shuttle Knit Ltd

The Committee was established to consider policy directions in respect of key issues affecting the Traveller community. For further details on the submission please click here.

8th November - Business and Human Rights in Ireland: benchmarking firm compliance with UN General Principles

The Trinity Centre for Social Innovation, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin invites you the launch of  "Business and Human Rights in Ireland: benchmarking firm compliance with UN General Principles".

You are invited to join the conversation with our panel of speakers on 08th November 2019, 13.00pm to 14.30pm, Room B132, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2.

18th October - Spark Change Awards

The Wheel, Trinity College Dublin and the Environmental Protection Agency are delighted to invite you to attend the inaugural Spark Change Awards - Dublin Castle, 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Please register to attend.

24th October 2019 - Social Innovation Tournament

Europe's premier social innovation event will come to Dublin. The 8th edition of the Social Innovation Tournament (SIT) final event that will take place in Croke Park Stadium, Dublin, Ireland on 24 of October with this year special category topic being Sustainable consumption and sustainable production (including circular economy), please REGISTER by 11 October.

European Investment Bank Institute's "Social Innovation Tournament" will take place all day, including live pitching by 15 premier social entrepreneurs from right across Europe.

Additionally, during the afternoon, SIFI will host a roundtable discussion on "The opportunities for a vibrant social innovation ecosystem in Ireland" with an all-star panel. 

Moderated by Philip Boucher Hayes of RTE, the panel will include Vice President of European Investment Bank Andrew McDowell, Minister Richard Bruton, and two of Ireland's premier examples of social innovation...Clodagh  O'Reilly CEO of Recreate, and Peter Mangan, Founder & CEO of The Freebird Club (and former SIT winner) and Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Social Innovation Fund Ireland.

Come and watch the pitches, and benchmark your favourite social innovation.
Consider what we can do to Ireland to ensure we are building a vibrant ecosystem to ensure we all can flourish?
 Take a day out to freshen up your outlook and get inspired...we all need it sometimes. (Next year you will have to travel.)

5th September 2019 - Buying for Social Impact for Procurers

The project in a nutshell

Buying for Social Impact (BSI) is a project commissioned by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) to promote the use of social considerations in public procurement procedures. The project has two main objectives:
• To encourage contracting authorities to use public procurement to pursue social goals;
• To Increase the capacity of social economy enterprises to take part in public procurement procedures and to access new markets.
The project covers 15 Member States: Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden.

Trinity Business + Technology Forum 2019

23rd May 2019

Our annual one-day event brings the Trinity Business community together to tackle the issues facing business, as well as to network, explore new technology and make things happen.

Business of NOW: the future begins here

Disruptive technologies, potential environmental catastrophe, social inclusion, ethical business, a highly volatile economic and political environment are just some of the challenges facing business leaders. In the Business of NOW we are responding to the immediacy required by business and society. Together we must help to solve the managerial tension between the present and the future.

Indeed, the Business of Now is a request from future generations to the managers and leaders of today: to address climate change before it is too late; to turn futurist visions of markets and technologies into practical options for the business of today which will provide a platform for the future which benefits society; to make decisions that will not just respond to market forces but shape them so that they serve business and society in a more inclusive and sustaining manner; and ultimately to provide the template for business serving intergenerational stakeholders where managers create, rather than plunder the wealth and opportunities of future generations.

< We need to make urgent decisions NOW. Join us on May 23rd, 2019 as we begin to shape the future together.

Social Innovation Tournament

24th October 2019

The 8th edition of the Social Innovation Tournament (SIT) final event that will take place in Dublin, Ireland on 24 of October with this year special category topic being Sustainable consumption and sustainable production (including circular economy), further details to follow.

The Future of Civil Society Advocacy in Ireland

4th April 2019

Making a difference to public policy and facing the challenge to advocacy work by community and voluntary organisations in 2019. What can new research on Ireland’s Advocacy Initiative tell us about its long-term lessons ten years on?

The Centre for Social Innovation at the Business School, Trinity College Dublin in cooperation with the Campaign for Civil Society Freedom invites you discuss the future of civil society advocacy in Ireland in the light of new research on the meaning and significance of the Advocacy Initiative.

Please see Agenda for program overview.

You are invited to join the conversation with our panel of Speakers from 11am to 1.00pm followed by a light lunch.  The event is free, please Register to attend.

Social Impact Investment: The Opportunities and Challenges for Ireland

25th March 2019

Evening Panel discussion Hosted by the MSc Financial Risk Management, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with The Trinity Centre for Social Innovation, Trinity College Dublin. For further information please see seminar overview and speaker bios. There will be wine and canapés, and the event will run from 17.30pm to 19.30pm. The event is free, please REGISTER to attend.

Female Leaders and New Venture Growth: The Role of Institutions

Dr. Punit Arora presented one of his papers Female Leaders and New Venture Growth: The Role of Institutions, (Punit Arora, Siri Terjesen)
Using data from 39 transition economies, we examine the Female Underperformance Hypothesis from an institutional perspective. We show that new ventures led by female entrepreneurs exhibit superior growth performance in hierarchical societies, but the opposite is true in egalitarian societies. We also find that malfunctioning institutions have a disproportionately negative effect on female entrepreneurs. Our robustness tests reveal that female entrepreneurs outperform their male counterparts in moderate environments, but not elsewhere. Overall, we suggest that these significant differences across contexts are likely caused by the underlying institutions, a phenomenon which should receive increased attention in future research on women’s entrepreneurship.

Trinity Center for Social Innovation - Information Evening

20th February

Want to learn about Trinity's Center for Social Innovation?

Dr. Mary-Lee Rhodes and Dr. Gemma Donnelly-Cox​ will discuss the definition of social innovation and outline some of the operations of Trinity's Center for Social Innovation (CSI).


How Public Sector Innovates is as Important as What it Does

How Public Sector Innovates is as Important as What it Does. CSI hosted a conversation between Dr Piret Tonurist from the OECD and Dr Orlaigh Quinn, Secretary General, Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation about Systems approaches to public sector innovation. Governments are increasingly confronted by uncertain, complex and large scale challenges. Systems have become more interdependent with technology, labour and finance more interconnected between countries than ever before. As a result, it is becoming even more difficult to identify cause and effect relationships in complex problems, leading to a "complexity gap" in how we understand issues and policy options. This emerging reality calls for a new mindset in government: one that acknowledges uncertainty as part of decision making, develops an understanding of interdependencies and moves beyond input-output planning. Yes - we need to innovate, but how we innovate is just as important as what we do. 

Launch of Trinity Centre for Social Innovation

The launch event of the Trinity Centre for Social Innovation took place on February 2nd in Trinity Business School. We celebrated our range of exciting new initiatives and introduced the team, as well as engaged in a dialogue on the topic of “Social Innovation - Why Bother?”


Little Heresies

Little Heresies

Little Heresies is a series of events that provide opportunities for a wide audience to participate in discussing disruptive ideas to tackle societal issues.

The series exposes participants to disruptive ideas on critical societal issues. It challenges the social psychology of society as it is currently constructed. The aim is to “unstick” dominant societal arrangements and focus on how to reorganise institutions in an increasingly complex and uncertain world.

For further information please contact our Engagement Catalyst, Joan O'Donnell at

Find out more about Little Heresies here.

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