Winter Seminar at McGill



This 2018 Winter semester, CIRM’s Professor of Practice of the McConnell Foundation, Gorka Espiau, will be teaching a seminar – URBP 542 New Social Innovation Dynamicsat the School of Urban Planning of McGill University. The one credit seminar will beheld January 16th, 18th, 22ndand 23rd 2018, from 6:05 to 8:55 p.m.:

January 16th    Introduction to Social Innovation: Theory and Practice.

January 18th    Community Listening Tools: Using Ethnographic Techniques to Capture Urban Narratives.

January 22nd   Large Scales Social Innovation Platforms.

January 23rd   Future Avenues: Movement Building Applied to City Transformation.

McGill students can register through Minerva, while students from other Quebec universities can register through the CREPUQ (before December 15th).


Estrategias y Tecnologías para el Desarrollo


En el marco del Seminario Internacional del Master Estrategias y Tecnologías para el Desarrollo que imparte la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid en colaboración con la Universidad Complutense, el próximo jueves, 14 de diciembre presentaré  una reflexión sobre las limitaciones del marco teórico y las prácticas de innovación social más avanzadas, a partir de los siguientes presupuestos:

  • las iniciativas de innovación social deben actuar sobre los elementos normativos y sobre los elementos culturales;
  • la innovación social debe generar un “permiso social para innovar” que afecte al conjunto de la comunidad con la que pretende actuar;
  • las iniciativas de innovación deben diseñarse como plataformas que tratan de transformar sistemas complejos;
  • las iniciativas de innovación social deben integrar el desarrollo económico-social y medioambiental.

Puedes leer el artículo (PDF) publicado recientemente para la Revista del Tercer Sector en el que se desarrollan estas ideas.

Cuándo: Jueves, 14 de diciembre, a las 16:30
Lugar: Aula Magna de la ETSI Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas (enfrente al itdUPM). Av. Puerta de Hierro, 2. Ciudad Universitaria. Madrid (Ver mapa)

Para asistir, inscríbete aquí

Deep listening applied to job creation in India

In less than ten years from now, by 2027, India will expand to become a $6 trillion economy. This impressive growth trajectory has however, not translated into a corresponding increase in jobs. Our belief is that micro entrepreneurship forms the center-piece for building future of work especially for those being left behind in the race for jobs.

“La Caixa” Banking Foundation and Development Alternatives recognize people’s need to navigate through the complex challenges surrounding entrepreneurship. Work 4 Progress (W4P) was born out of the need by the foundation for a multi-faceted and innovative approach to creating systemic solutions that unleash entrepreneurship – not only creating enterprises by the millions but more importantly enabling them to create ‘decent and ‘attractive’ jobs – jobs ‘we’ want.


In order to do so the program aims to 1. Uncover ‘jobless growth’ through ground up narratives 2. Liberate the entrepreneurial energies communities 3. Empower youth and women to become job creators 

Development Alternatives has, through deep listening and interactive processes, built an understanding of the entrepreneurship landscape in hundreds of villages of Uttar Pradesh.  Resources have been pooled to introduce innovative, systemic solutions in over40 villages. One such example is the use of community radio to launch a competitive “reality show” for entrepreneurs called Kaun Banega Business Leader in which 800 participants are at different stages of co-creating business models and enterprise solutions to tap into new economy opportunities.


Experimentation by Design


This is the program of the “Experimentation by Design” symposium organized by the Danish Design Center on 7 December 2017 in Copenhagen. I will present the Basque experience of socio-economic transformation at scale. This is the rationale and content of the event:

“As the pace of technological and global change continues to increase, business and government organisations are challenged to become more nimble and experimental both strategically, organisationally and operationally. Businesses are entering new emergent forms of value-creation such as digital platforms, sharing and circular business models, while governments embrace impact investment, shared value and co-production. However, under conditions of complexity, such new models cannot merely be ”implemented” in existing organisations. Rather, they mush be discovered through processes of experimentation. So what does that take?

The Danish Design Centre and the Danish Business Authority invites decision makers across leading private and public organisations to explore how to design, run and gain value from systematic experiments.

For business leaders, we will explore the rise of X Labs – dedicated environments for co-creating innovative products, services and business models.

For policy makers at international, national, regional and local level we will explore how to make innovation and business policy more coherent, business-centred and experimental.

Together we will broaden our view on new forms of value-creation and experimentation as we head towards the third decade of the twenty-first century.

Experimentation by Design is organised as a highly interactive symposium where you will learn as much from the other participants as from the formal speakers and workshop leaders. The event will include keynotes by leading figures in business and policy innovation, and separate tracks focusing on themes such as design as experimental strategy, foresight, organisation and X labs, value and impact measurement. Participants will be challenged to suggest how they would design the ultimate experimental organisation – from vantage points of business, policymaking and research.

The programme will be updated continually.

Download the preliminiary programme: Experimentation by Design

Confirmed speakers:

  • Noah Raford, Chief Operating Officer (COO) & Futurist-in-Chief, Dubai Future Foundation
  • Lucy Kimbell, Director, Innovation Insights Hub & Professor of Contemporary Design Practices, University of the Arts London
  • Simon Haldrup, Global Head of Business Development, Wealth Management, Danske Bank
  • Jesper Grønbæk, Vice President & Head of Growth, TDC, Copenhagen
  • Torsten Andersen, Vice Director, Danish Business Authority
  • Rainer Kattel, Professor of Innovation and Public Governance, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London
  • Gorka Espiau, Professor of Practice CRIEM/CIRM at McGill University
  • Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen, Knowledge Lead, Fourth Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum
  • Torben Klitgaard, Director, BLOXHUB
  • Hanne Harmsen, Vice Director, head of InnoBooster, Innovation Fund Denmark
  • Tommy Andersen, Managing Partner, byFounders
  • Christian Bason, CEO, Danish Design Centre

Please note: The conference is reserved for policy makers and managers, and ´by invitation only´.”

Tecnologies per una democràcia en xarxa

Segones Jornades Anuals Metadecidim Barcelona.  

El programa presenta tres grans eixos: un de caire més polític, un altre de tipus conferències destinat a un públic més genèric, i un tercer eix enfocat directament a la comunitat, per tal de compartir i millorar els coneixements sobre el Decidim, amb la celebració de tallers, una hackató i píndoles formatives.

27 Octubre. 10:00 – 12:00
Converses inspiradores
Interfícies polítiques. Crisi i re-disseny
Carlos Scolari. UPF @cscolari
Plataformes Digitals per a l’Escolta comunitaria. El cas de Montreal
Gorka Espiau. Universitat McGill. @GEspiau
Testejar, monitoritzar i avaluar: claus per una comunicació més efectiva
Saya Sauliere. ParticipaLab / MediaLab-Prado. @sayitasol
Gamificant el relat
Esther Hierro. Marinva. @marinvizate

Les communautés d’innovation

Le CRIEM vous convie à participer à une discussion autour du livre Les communautés d’innovation. De la liberté créatrice à l’innovation organisée le vendredi 13 octobre 2017. Pour l’occasion, le CRIEM reçoit Laurent Simon (HEC) codirecteur de l’ouvrage, avec Patrick Cohendet et Benoit Sarazin.

La séance sera animée par Richard Shearmur (École d’urbanisme, McGill) et le collectif sera notamment commenté par Diane De Courcy (Je fais Mtl/Ville de Montréal), Gorka Espiau (CRIEM), Zoé Gagnon-Paquin (Magnéto), Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse (Faculté de droit, McGill) et Julie Aurore Rijpens (SILL, McGill).

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La discussion se tiendra de 12h30 à 14h00, au CRIEM (3438, rue McTavish, salle 100). n. RSVP en cliquant sur le bouton ci-dessous.