How can we face the challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis as a community and encourage the development of new solutions together?
Hack the Crisis Turkey, focusing on solidarity and engagement will be organized by ATÖLYE and imece, facilitated by ara studio on 27 – 29 March 2020, to enable discovering new opportunities in digital. While the unexpected pandemic’s phases are being experienced by communities in different times but in a similar flow, steps for not only suspending the situation but also for turning the tables are begun to be taken. Communities, organizations and companies have initiated cover up solutions to support the health, safety and wellbeing of individuals, society and organizations over the crisis atmosphere.
After the crisis, the initiatives in Estonia clustered to ‘Hack the Crisis’ and created a hackathon for offering technologic solutions for crisis and post-crisis. In partnership with Garage 48 and Accelerate Estonia, 96 ideas from 860+ individuals came up together in 6 hours, as 30 teams working on from healthcare to education, media to coaching, from community curation to remote-working software. So, the first hackathon held on 13 – 15 March 2020 in collaboration with the public and private sector has arisen as an inspiration reflecting the game changing and healing power of communities.
Despite the crisis’ rapid expansion, whilst in a phase that fast and correct measures can change the trajectory, many countries are taking their place in the support mechanism. Following the second hackathon between 17 – 19 March 2020 in Latvia, 19 countries including Poland, Ukraine, Mexico, Finland, Austria, Norway, Germany, Canada, Denmark and Turkey are hosting hackathon series to hack the crisis.
Hack the Crisis pursuits to transform an acute problem where individuals from various disciplines come together and find solutions for gradual problems that the world is facing. Focusing on preceding and facilitating the process with a novel approach that Covid-19 has interrupted, Hack the Crisis Turkey is developing solutions nurturing from an interdisciplinary area including sociology, design, technology, psychology, human resources, business management, communications at a digital agora.
Within Hack the Crisis Turkey, inspired from the good examples in Estonia, believing in the role of new methods and improvements creating new opportunities that majority can reach and benefit from, we invite you to develop new products, services, approaches and applications in the areas indicated below:
Health and Emergency:
How might we facilitate the emergency and medical intervention for medical staff, patients, patient relatives and all medical suppliers in terms of technology, material, logistics and information sharing?
Social and Psychological Situation:
How might we build solutions to facilitate reaching the knowledge and materials, empowering the wellness and morale of individuals and communities for supporting them and building solidarity in the social distancing phase?
Education and Learning:
How might we develop the interactive and facilitating learning and interaction atmosphere, enabling access to knowledge for groups with different needs?
Economy and Future of Work:
How might we transform professional life in practices of postponing, remote working, collective digital working due to coronavirus crisis? How might we alleviate the effects of the economic crisis for individuals and companies?
Hack the Crisis Turkey accepts the applications of ideas or projects of individuals and teams. Individuals will be encouraged building teams or joining into the teams throughout the process. 25 teams will be selected for the mentorship and design outreach. Other teams may continue the process with their own resources and participate in the open sessions and training to represent their project ideas at the end of the period.
3 teams amongst the 160 applications were given a 60.000TL grant for them to develop their enterprise and scale their impact alongside having mentorship, trainings, office and network support with the collaboration of ITU Cekirdek for 3 months.
For more information on the projects see this link.
“Media Literacy for Lifelong Learning: Why Media Literacy Matters in the Age of Social Media and ‘Fake News” workshop is organized by ATÖLYE, imeceLAB, and the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul on Monday, March 11 at ATÖLYE. Cyndy Scheibe from Project Look Sharp at Ithaca College will give an interactive presentation and workshop on media literacy and critical thinking. Please fill out the form to be able participate. Due to capacity limits, we’ll only get in touch with selected guests to confirm their participance.
Our incubation enterprise Toyi just kicked off its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter! Toyi is a limitless creative play kit without instructions enabling children to transform everything around them into unique toys. During the campaign between November 05 – December 02, 2018, for every Toyi kit purchased, a Toyi kit will be offered to a child from a disadvantaged background. However big or small, your support will matter, too. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Support our campaign from here.
3 of enterprises working to ensure gender equality have recently completed our Incubation Program. They will be sharing their progress with us on November 17. We will also get to know social enterprises’ crowdfunding campaigns designed under the supervision of imece and UNDP Alternative Finance Lab. Please use the form in the event description to register.
By bringing together different players of the ecosystem to focus on the next 10 years, the Wayfinder has begun to catalyse the social innovation ecosystem in Turkey. It created both tangible outcomes, but also more invisible mindset and approach – the connective tissue that is needed for any tangible outcome to be sustainable and effective. We summarized the SIX Wayfinder’s contribution to the social innovation ecosystem in Turkey from imece‘s perspective in an infographic.
In Wayfinder Istanbul, we examined the successes of social innovation over the past decade, uncovered key challenges and tensions, and explored where to focus our efforts for the future. Collectively, we developed calls to action that describe the more radical, transformative and human-centred approaches that the global social innovation community needs to advance in the next 10 years. This short report summarizes our discussions and insights from the Wayfinder.
At the Istanbul Wayfinder in May 2018, we explored both the visible and invisible components needed to develop and strengthen ecosystems for social innovation with lessons from Canada, Europe, Australia and the Middle East and North Africa. To find out more, check out our infographic on creating ecosystems for social innovation.
At Wayfinder Istanbul we worked in small groups moderated by Duygu Kambur from imece and Kristin Wolff from SPR. Participants got to know each other, exchanged ideas on understanding the ecosystem better and making world a better place. At the end of the group discussions, each group shared their messages. You can find these messages in the video.
Lee Rose is an accidental social innovator with a knack for working across systems to drive change. He led the creation of CKX in his role as the Director of Community Knowledge at Community Foundations of Canada, and now as CKX’s Managing Director. At Wayfinder Istanbul, he guided the participants through a presencing exercise. You can find out more information on presencing technique in the video.
Charles Leadbeater is a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy. Charles was profiled by the New York Times in 2004 for generating one of the best ideas of the year, the rise of the activist amateur. In his speech at the Wayfinder Istanbul he stated the importance of 3 factors in social innovation: Mobilizing people; bringing in different views; working with your opponents. Watch the video for this inspirational speech.
We had a panel on Communicating Social Innovation at Wayfinder Istanbul. Ella Saltmarshe, Co-founder of the Comms Lab, an organization which focuses on purpose in advertising; Filiz Bikmen, Managing Director of Esas Sosyal; and Millie Begovic Radojevic, Innovation Specialist from UNDP Eastern Europe and Central Asia regional office, working with teams across the region to find out new ways of tackling challenging problems. You can watch the whole panel from here.
Leonardo Letelier, the founder of SITAWI, started by making a small public opinion poll: “Are you taking your decisions with your mind or with your heart when it comes to social financing?” He said he took it with the heart of the majority. “Social innovation is bringing these two together. Investing with our brains while helping with our hearts. We need to establish a balance between social impact and financial return. Social innovation is possible at this balance.” You can find more about the speech in this video.
Philippe Martin from European Commission was one of the speakers in A Global Tour of Social Innovation panel. “European Commission has reserved a funding of 4 billion Euros to support different projects under various themes. This way social innovation should aim at reaching different issue areas uncovered by the governments.” said Phillippe Martin. You can watch his speech from here.
Özyeğin social investments CEO Ayla Göksel, gave a speech as part of the Wayfinder Istanbul panel, A Global Tour of Social Innovation. Ayla Göksel: “Social innovation does not only require work hard to solve problems but also require to work hard to ensure that the solution is sustainable. I think there will be more and more casual collaborations for social innovation in the next 10 years.” You can watch the video from here.
James Stauch, Director of the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University, who connects students to information, research, tools and networks to help transform students in their communities: “What is the University? I think this is the first time we look at it in the next 10 years, and I think that citizenship awareness in the community will develop more in the community.” Click here to watch James Stauch’s speech in Wayfinder Istanbul.
Kriss Deiglmeier, CEO of Tides Foundation: “Can we solve problems by acting fast enough? The answer is in communities. We need both bottom-up and top-down change. Social innovation needs to be fast. We need to be able to reach innovative people without funding restrictions. We need a comprehensive and collaborative model. All of this can be possible only if we work with social innovation.” Click here to watch the entire video.
Academic and the founder of two social enterprises (Adım Adım and Açık Açık) Itır Erhart said: “I am hopeful for the future thanks to social innovation space. It is important for ecosystem stakeholders to connect with each other. Are we talking about the same thing when we say social innovation?” You can watch Itır Erhart’s speech in Wayfinder Istanbul from here.
Nesta Chief Executive Geoff Mulgan has given a speech on the definition of social innovation in Wayfinder Istanbul. “A problem though, is the huge imbalance in where the world directs its money and its brain power. And this is what we hear about: how do we use the world’s brain power and money to really solve the problems which matters most in the world? How can we have a collective democracy?” You can watch Mulgan‘s speech from here.
Join our Connect.Create.Change event to get more information on “Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest” and to become a part of this global network. Alibaba Group is looking for a new “unicorn” in the region. After the regional contest in MENA, entrepreneurs will get a chance of reaching global funds and investors during the finale in Hangzhou.
Event will be held in Turkish.
Together with Alternative Finance Lab (AltFinLab) and Crowdfunding Academy we are preparing 8 of our Incubation Program teams for their crowdfunding campaign in order to raise funds for their social enterprises. Alternative Finance Expert Marina Petrovic from AltFinLab team talks about innovative financial mechanisms and their importance for entrepreneurs.
Istanbul Wayfinder is convened by Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), hosted by Zorlu Holding, powered by imece, in knowledge partnership with ATÖLYE and S360, and supported by UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub and Brookings Doha Center. Together, we will explore: how do we get to transformational change, such as achieving the SDGs? What more can be done to tackle systemic barriers to systemic change over the next ten years?