Over the last few months, there was a lot of going on in Pula about the + Resilient project. In November 2019. several events were held with the aim to promote and disseminate knowledge of social innovations and social entrepreneurship.
The Foundation for partnership and civil society development in cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Economy Pula organized a round table on the topic "Social entrepreneurship in Istria", where we received some very concrete suggestions on how best to systematically support and encourage the development of social entrepreneurship.
In cooperation with the Faculty of Economics and Tourism „Dr. Mijo Mirković“ 6 short lectures on new reflections on society development were held; New Reflections on the Development of Society - The Need of Today (Helga Možé), New age economics (Milan Medić), Good economics (Kristina Afrić Rakitovac), Community economics (Peter Fabjan), Ethical (alternative) banking (Renata Kiršić) and Social innovations/ Social impact (Teo Petričević). Changes in society are essential if we are to develop sustainable communities. It is necessary to support new concepts, methods, programs, it is necessary to support the development of social innovations as a possible response to the current social situation. New reflections on the development of society are indeed a pressing need of today. We are faced with the problem of lack of innovative ideas, which are the key ones for the development of social innovations, therefore we organized a workshop by Ranko Rajović on ways and methods of developing a high level of thought operability and connecting information, which gives creativity and innovation. These methods also help organize teamwork, come up with new ideas, and incorporate brain reserve capacity. Besides that, the Foundation organized two more workshops. One was about Crowdfunding and the second was about How to make a good pitch and how to brand a project.
Furthermore, in November 2019. the Foundation for partnership and civil society development (Istria, Croatia) has launched a public call for social innovation ideas called „3DI“ as part of the +Resilient project.
The Foundation was looking for ideas that will create new innovative solutions to address society's needs. The Foundation wanted to enable the development of the idea up to the stage that it can be implement involving various stakeholders target groups, NGOs, public government and professionals from different fields.
Unfortunately, as the term of social innovations is new in Croatia, there was no interest in this public call, only 2 application was applied, but no one was about social innovation. That demonstrates that it’s necessary to work on awareness about social innovation, what they are and what are the possibilities by developing this kind of ideas for the communities. The Regional center for social innovation and all activities about education and information are very needed, so the Foundation is going forward to start up the Center “ReCeD’Istria” in 2020., but also will manage to develop one new social innovation idea about developing philanthropy in the local community. Stay tuned!