Festivals as Social Innovation Incubators
In this EU-funded project, experts on festivals and youth work joined forces to create a tailored suite of resources, so that festivals can realize their potential as platforms for social innovation. FUSION enables young people/organizations to use festivals as a steppingstone to implement their own ideas, products and technologies for the benefit of society.
Festivals can act as social innovation incubators that empower young people to realize their potential to change society and inspire them to tackle social issues in innovative ways beyond the scope of the event itself. FUSION helps festivals and youth organizations to collaborate and unlock their potential for social innovation by providing them with a tailored suite of resources. These include
- a good-practice guide, with examples of innovative social projects at festivals across Europe
- a toolbox for project development that helps festivals and organization like NGOs and volunteer organizations cooperate better and develop socially innovative projects together (including online educational resources)
- alliances that developed action plans – the alliances brought together actors from the fields of festivals, education, innovation and youth work for the first time. The action plans explain step-by-step how people can create their own alliances
All resources are available in English, German, Spanish, Danish and Turkish.
Take a Stand was one of the six project partners, while YOUROPE supported the project as an associated partner. YOUROPE member Roskilde Festival were also part of the project team. YOUROPE members Superbloom, Ruisrock, We Love Green, Sziget, Exit and Pohoda are featured in the resources.
This project finished in May 2023, but its outputs (see links above or related posts below) are still relevant and available.
More info: https://fusion-project.com/
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FUSION Toolbox: Developing projects for festivals
The FUSION Toolbox is for festivals and organizations working with festivals like NGOs, non-profits, associations, educators, youth workers etc.
FUSION Guide: Social Innovation at Festivals
The FUSION guide,Â Social Innovation at Festivals – A Collection of 15 Inspiring Initiatives from across Europe, consists of carefully chosen good-practice cases representing different approaches, methods, models for collaboration and a cultural variety.
Social Innovation: Mother Tongues Festival
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Social Innovation: Acoustic Path @Rocken am Brocken
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Social Innovation: Ruissiraati @Ruisrock Festival
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Social Innovation: Dream City @Roskilde Festival
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Social Innovation: YOUR Planet @Superbloom Festival
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Social Innovation: Circular Lab @Roskilde Festival
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