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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.

 

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

05th 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.

24th October 2019 - Social Innovation Tournament

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.

Recent Events

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)
                                                                             
Abstract
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).

2018

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 joan.odonnell@tcd.ie.

Find out more about Little Heresies here.

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