TRANSIT research project

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The TRANSIT project [1] (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory) for the European Commission during the period of January 2014 - December 2017. It investigated 20 transnational networks and over 100 local SI initiatives across 27 countries, active on a large variety of issues. Empirically grounded theoretical propositions were developed about the relationship between social innovation and transformative change and how the SI actors can become (dis)empowered in their efforts

Social innovation initiatives studied in the TRANSIT project include community-based initiatives like Transition Towns and Ecovillages, social enterprise-oriented initiatives like Impact Hubs and Ashoka, education-focused initiatives like Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) and the Living Knowledge Network, peer-to-peer production initiatives like Hackerspaces and Fablabs, or policy-oriented initiatives like basic income and participatory budgeting. These promote more socially and environmentally responsible, ethical, solidarity and collaboration-based models of the economy, banking, agriculture, material production, design, education and community life.