At the end of the 19th century, Torino could be literally considered the Italian “social city”, characterised and influenced by the actions of the so-called “Social Saints”, a group of knowledgeable educators and charity founders whose aim was to help the most vulnerables in the years of the first industrial revolution.
Since then Torino has always been characterised by a strong social and manufacturing vocation and today is ranked among the most important “innovation hubs”.
(Human+ Foundation’s Report. Torino startup. Una proposta per potenziare l’ecosistema locale, 2016)
In today’s context, made of challenges, competences, and opportunities, Social Innovation represents an important way to forge a new convergence platform enabling innovative approaches, networks and pilots to test and grow innovative solutions for social good.
Social innovation gives the opportunity to build so-called “demonstrators”: innovative projects, physical places, digital hubs and solutions which hybridize knowledge and practice to generate tangible and measurable outcomes to scale up and replicate.