During Innovation Week, sponsored by Rome’s Chamber of Commerce and organised by its Special Company Assets Chamber within the Maker Faire, Impact Hub Roma will organise a Co-Design Day to produce the first Innovation Agenda for the “Social Innovation City” of the future.

300 people, 30 tables, 30 facilitators, 10 topics, 10 international speakers, all working to co-create the ecosystem of the Social Innovation City: the future-proof city.
The prototype Social Innovation City wants to be identified as a platform of proposals and experiences likely to affect, in conjunction with the Italian Presidency of the European Council, the European agenda for change and cohesion.
By creating working groups during the event, and engagement in the sharing platform during previous months, participants will be asked to identify the key elements for the development of an ecosystem for social impact innovations in a metropolitan city.

Each co-design table will consist of Makers, Thinkers and Influencers.
Makers → people thinking through their hands, digital artisans, problem solvers with pragmatic intelligence (McGiver wannabes)
Thinkers → opinion leaders, authors, academic, researchers, philosophers, theory lovers.
Influencers → decision and policy makers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy shapers.

The results of the co-design process will be presented to the representatives of the invited institutions, both Italian and European, in order to justify this methodological process for other cities in Italy and Europe: the “Making Innovation Agenda” result will be sent, and a follow-up request made on the dedicated platform.

The online platform on IdeaScale is online. In view of the event it will:
●    Gather ideas, data and useful contributions to the discussion prior and during the event.
•    Involve the community of event participants and facilitators at the tables, who will be able to exchange ideas and feedback on the various topics during the months before the event, in order to arrive on the day of 1st October with a wealth of content and contacts.
•    Monitor, measure and collect the results of the working groups for the creation of the Innovation Agenda.

The topics that will be covered by each table through a structured, self-facilitated dialogue process will be divided into five horizontal, and five vertical, themes.
By horizontal themes, we refer to the levers that enable a territory and a community to construct a Social Innovation City:

1. Making resilient cities and communities
Urban innovation and creation of a city-maker community. Technological and social innovations of local governments, collaborative competition between public and private sectors to create resilient cities and communities.

2.  Co-design methods, service innovation and user-centred approaches
From the Sharing Economy to the tools of co-design, co-creating the services and organisations of the future.

3. Open data management, data visualization, metrics and measurement
Opening up data, displaying them, measuring the impact of practice and innovation, standardising indicators and how they are described.

4. Accessibility
An accessible city breathes gender equality, integration, fights architectural barriers: the emerging initiatives run by movements and enterprises.

5. Scaling impact
Beyond start-ups, what comes after incubators and accelerators, what role do networks play.

The vertical themes are those areas that each territory has identified as a strategic asset for their own development. Each Social Innovation City will respond to what its own system of innovation, entrepreneurship and territorial cohesion is able to generate.

6. Education, welfare and youth engagement
Non-conventional systems of education and learning, from NEET to NET: recover the present, plan for the future.

7. Cultural Heritage & Tourism
Unlocking creative energies and emerging businesses; enhancing artistic and cultural heritage; creating sustainable tourism.

8.  Impact Finance
Inclusive and innovative financial tools for Social Innovation Cities. Social impact bonds, social lending and crowdfunding platforms, microfinance tools and social venture capital funds.

9. Environment & Mobility
The new frontiers  of interaction between environmental and mobility.
10. Food & Agriculture
Tradition, local knowledge and rural innovation. The future of food production, consumption and its awareness.

To kick-start the work of co-creating content and community engagement that will take place during the Innovation Agenda, Impact Hub Rome planned five preparatory meetings on the ten topics that will be examined on October 1.
The cycle was opened on May 27 with a meeting at the Temple of Hadrian on Impact Finance, which allowed participants to assess the prospects of innovative financial instruments, such as social impact bonds and crowd-funding.
July saw two meetings on the agenda: on the 15th and 22nd of July, one covering Open Data Management, Promoting Cultural Heritage and Tourism and the other Food and Agriculture.
After the summer break, we resume in September with two more events: one on Environment and Mobility, the other on Education, Welfare and Youth Engagement.
The format of the events will involve a short introduction to the topic by the speaker, and subsequent division of participants into working groups. Finally, the new information is added to the platform, followed by drinks and networking.


Impact Hub is a global network of people and spaces for Social Innovation: a habitat for inspiration and business accelerator services supporting start-ups and innovative sustainable businesses with a positive impact on society.
Impact Hub Network has been running for nine years, working for more than 54 cities on four continents, with more than 7,000 members.

Today, it is the largest network of Social Innovation centres in the world.