Regional Ecosystems for Social Innovation and Social Transformation

RESIST project meeting in Kristiansand: Setting the scene for piloting solutions

04 June 2024
24 workshop participants from 7 countries gathered in Kristiansand, Norway for a two-day workshop to jointly develop a common vision and tangible workplans for implementing the project’s solutions on the ground.
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On 4 – 5 June 2024 the RESIST consortium convened in Kristiansand, Norway. The international group came together for a two-day workshop. The meeting’s location was the award-winning, inspiring Tangen Highschool, known for its visionary approach to learning and schooling and located right in the center of Kristiansand.

The project partners kicked off their work in autumn 2023 during a kick off meeting in Hamburg. Now, half a year later, the participants came together to take stock of the current state of the solutions under development and prepare the implementation of the solutions on the ground.

The core solutions are: a model “Cluster of Social and Ecological Innovation, – short CSEI” – for the Baltic Sea Region, accompanied by a step-by-step practitioners guide on Mission Oriented Innovation Policy and a capacity building program for innovation support actors, including a train the trainers modular course and a guide on “how to make innovation social”. In addition, the project partners develop a blueprint for conducting an impact assessment.

The project partners implement all or part of the solutions internationally in seven regions: Hamburg, Germany, Kurzeme and Riga, Latvia, Kristiansand, Norway, Lithuania (national level), Pomorskie, Poland, Västerbotten, Sweden and Voru, Estonia.

The project partner organisation from Norway – Agder County Council – hosted the meeting. In addition to further developing the project vision and workplans, the project partners also seized the opportunity to learn from the hosting organisation about their approach around social entrepreneurship strategies. Ms Sissel Strickert, Head of Department Co-creation and Internationalisation, presented the local approach called “Our Agder” and provided useful input and shared key learnings in the following discussion.

A rich cultural program complemented the workshop program and provided further opportunities for exchange between the participants.