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Video: Knowledge & Change

For the Knowledge and Change Dialogue correspondents of Metropolis TV explore with you the impacts and politics of knowledge on the ground. What does it mean when a country is dominated by coloured information? What does it mean when you change the dynamics of information by crowd sourcing it and giving people a voice? See the video here.

Reflections on gender, knowledge and change

When social change movements of all kinds are under attack, progressives need to build coalitions and to talk to one another as never before. Feminist models and methodologies can enrich every social change movement. A good question is worth its weight in answers. Good questions provide a framework to explore issues. Good questions determine answers.

Video: Talking Knowledge?

Experiences from the Civil Society Building Knowledge Programme

The Hivos-ISS Civil Society Building Knowledge Programme aims at a better understanding of civil society dynamics in order to facilitate changes in the unequal balance of power in favour of vulnerable and marginalized groups. But how useful is this effort? And who benefits from it in practice? We asked our colleagues, researchers and activists at seminars, meetings and forums how they have experienced their participation in this Knowledge Programme.

This policy brief describes the thinking behind and motives for a group of Dutch private aid agencies to support and help design the Civic-Driven Change Initiative.

Irresistibly biased Reflections on the Unusual Suspects Festival

<p>What&rsquo;s the state of play in the fast paced world of social innovation? The claims are high. The stakes may be even higher. The <a href="">Unusual Suspects festival</a> in the UK, seemed a good place to find out. The theme: collaboration.

Development, Impact & You (DIY)

Our writing of this blog competed with our reading of Russel Shorto’s Amsterdam¹. Shorto’s analysis of the turbulent late 16th/17th Century is instructive for change agents struggling to transform contemporary societies. Early 17th Century Europe was in a state of chaos. Citizens, merchants and  politicians alike were gasping to make sense of fast changing times.  There was no theory of change, just a multitude of experiments driven by  a spirit of questioning and renewal in all domains of life.

This study investigates social innovation in by defining and applying test criteria. Social innovation can be directed at causes or symptoms. We therefore need some idea of why societies’ problems are ‘thickening’. This insight will help judge social innovation as a solution-response from within the social ecology.

The  struggle to solve local and global issues often appears to pitch large  corporations and governments against activists, artists, workers and  ordinary citizens. But what happens when these entities consciously join  forces and share resources to create social change? It’s happening more than you might think—in a growing phenomenon known as innovation labs. And Labcraft offers an intimate picture of this new and evolving landscape—where  seemingly disparate stakeholders network and align as learning  communities who collaborate for positive change.

Innovation Station is live!

The Innovation Station is now live! is a new global platform presenting the best videos on social and technological innovation.

The Hivos Social Innovation Award went to ….

<p>On 5 February 2015, the jury announced the winners of the Hivos Social Innovation Award 2014.</p><p>During an inspiring evening in Amsterdam facilitated by Hivos, six finalists took central stage and shared their innovations with a live audience of 125 VIP guests and some 300 viewers through the livestream. Design students from the Sandberg Institute gave the event its look and feel, which you can see in the recording of the livestream on&nbsp;</p>