Frequently Asked Questions
“We define social innovations as new approaches to addressing social needs. They are social in their means and in their ends. They engage and mobilise the beneficiaries and help to transform social relations by improving beneficiaries’ access to power and resources”.
(Simon Willis, The Young Foundation UK)
It is a space where people reflect, research, experiment, share projects and disseminate knowledge about the challenges faced by society. The approach is based on collaboration between different stakeholders and employs innovative dynamics.
These are the three core activities that Arantzazulab will work on: research, experimentation and dissemination.
Our strategic objectives are: Promoting community development (participation and empowerment of citizens); Creating a collaborative network; Fostering openness and internationalisation; Generating research, training and socialisation on complex challenges.
We promote social innovation linked to specific values: community and collaborative governance. That is our focus.
We want to gain understanding of the needs and challenges of Basque society, and we want to address those challenges by involving people and collaborating with different stakeholders.
We are a laboratory committed to community development, a hub in which we can research, explore and experiment with tools for the empowerment of people. In the face of current uncertainties and challenges, we are the only meeting point for social innovation that connects the private-public-social sphere, and that is what makes us unique.
Research, training programmes, experimentation: Shared experimental projects between different stakeholders; public initiatives (spaces for deliberation and debate, participatory processes); spaces for co-creation to generate and share knowledge; conferences and talks; and the creation of social innovation networks with local and international stakeholders.
Yes, there are laboratories and centres of social innovation in several countries (e.g. Canada, Scandinavia, Australia). We will collaborate with these to impart knowledge and participate in their cooperation networks.
Arantzazu has long played a pioneering role in the development and dissemination of key values in Basque society including: culture, the Basque language, art, architecture, humanism and spirituality. Arantzazulab will continue in this tradition in collaboration with the stakeholders of our territory, to demonstrate our clear commitment social transformation.
To be able to respond collectively to the complex challenges of society we will work with: public institutions, social agents, companies, international stakeholders, universities, the community, and experts in social innovation.
We will also invite young people and new generations to participate in innovation and social entrepreneurship; and thus turn Arantzazulab into a vibrant space that encourages us to learn, experiment, and reflect on the challenges of the future.
The Social Innovation Laboratory is open to anyone who wants to collaborate in research, experimentation or socialization of social challenges.