Last 19th and 20th of October, the SwitchMed Connect 2016 event was held in Barcelona. Such meeting aims to build strong network among social innovators in the Mediterranean basin as to scale up solutions, increase awareness and exchange knowledge and best practices.
Valentino M. Govigli (EFIMED) took part in this very inspirational conference. The event was structured in innovator talks and thematic tracks, namely Civil Society, Entrepreneurs, Policy, Finance, and Industry. The thematic tracks carried the audience through a journey of exciting innovative projects and bottom-up solutions for modern societal challenges across the whole Mediterranean basin. Some of the thematic covered included energy supply, education, water and waste management, topics all very relevant for the advocated switch towards a new circular and inclusive economy.
Switchers were the core of the event, as enablers of social innovation to move towards a more sustainable and responsible world.
- Have you ever thought of making summer purses out of plastic shoppers?
- Do you know that you can build up by yourself an efficient biomass micro-converter in your own backyard?
- Have you ever wanted to explore local folklore, traditional cuisine and exceptional hiking trails all in one go?
These are just some of the new projects that Switchers from around the Mediterranean have developed and presented during the event.
One of the organizers, the SCP/RAC (Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production) trains Mediterranean practitioners about entrepreneurship and eco-innovation. Following the Civil Society Track, SCP/RAC presented some examples on the needs of Mediterranean local trainers. The willingness of local stakeholders towards the development of collaborative networks emerged as success factor. Within a dynamic working atmosphere, participants got a clear awareness of the need of peer-to-peer learning and the development of long-lasting cooperation networks.
Author: Valentino M. Govigli (EFIMED)