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Here you can find out about some of the projects currently under way as part of Social Innovation NI.

Social Innovation Skills Programme

With our Social Innovation Skills Programme, targeting the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise and Public Sectors, we aim build the capacity and knowledge of individuals and organisations around social innovation methods, particularly ‘design-thinking’ and provide an opportunity to test these methods in an area of their work.
We expect this to include, social innovation training for boards, Human Centered Design training, a Social Innovation seed fund, and bespoke innovation mentoring support. This programme opened for applications in October 2016.
Techies in Residence Programme

Following on from the Building Change Trust’s successful Techies in Residence programme. The second phase of Techies in Residence will in part be delivery of a second, enlarged phase of Techies in Residence but will also explore and deliver other ‘residencies’ based on the principal of collaboration across sectors.
With this ambitious project, we hope to stimulate social innovation and cross-sectoral collaboration by connecting those working on innovative solutions to social challenges with the technical skillsets they need to design, test and deliver.
This programme opened for applications in October 2016.
Social Innovation Knowledge Exchange Programme

We will create an internationally engaged learning community around social innovation through connecting those exploring and delivering innovative solutions to social problems with one another and with practical examples, relevant knowledge and research.
Policy Influencing

In addition to the direct delivery of our other projects, the Social Innovation NI partners will adopt a collaborative approach to influencing government policy aimed at ensuring a strong enabling environment for social innovation thrives. This may involve conducting research, publishing positions papers, responding to consultations and convening roundtable discussions on key issues.