Unusual Suspects Festival

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The Unusual Suspects festival is coming to Glasgow this October 7th - 9th. The festival will comprise of three days of ideas, solutions and debate- all exploring what happens when social innovation meets collaboration and how, by working with different people, we can meet some of society's most pressing challenges, together.

The Festival brings together the 'unusual suspects’ from across Scotland and the world- from youth clubs to ex-footballers to think tanks and governments- all to explore how we can work together in new and different ways to create real social change.  The festival want to hear from the ‘unusual suspects’ because they think that talking with someone with a different perspective helps us to imagine new possibilities and develop different outcomes.

SCDC is running an event as part of the festival which will focus on community development and social innovation.

This session will explore the relationship between social innovation and community development? Are they the same thing, which came fist, are the mutually exclusive and how is it helpful in empowering communities?

Communities have long been coming up with new or better ways to make their everyday lives easier without calling it social innovation. This debate will explore the relationship between social innovation and community development- which came first? Are they mutually exclusively or do they support each other?

This debate will hear from different community perspectives to explore the question ‘Can social innovation empower communities or does community development stimulate social innovation?' We will look at social innovation through the lenses of social justice and local democracy and in the context of community empowerment and participatory budgeting.

There's more on this, including booking, here.  

All events aim to connect people doing social innovation, but who don't necessarily identify as 'innovators' - the Unusual Suspect - with the social innovation community, facilitating collaboration across silos and traditional boundaries.

After the success of last year's Festival in London, the Social Innovation Exchange is hosting the Unusual Suspects Festival again this year in Glasgow in October.

You can see the full programme and find out more here.