SIX is now the world’s primary network focusing on social innovation. Our vision is that people all over the world can become better innovators by more easily connecting to their peers, sharing methods and exchanging solutions globally.
We connect people as friends, who trust each other and who can be open about their challenges, as well as successes. We are more of a community than a network.
We work with governments, businesses, academics, funders, practitioners and leading social innovation intermediaries that support social innovation to accelerate the field of social innovation around the world. Simultaneously, we also seek to learn from the real people innovating in their own communities. By linking all these actors across sectors, fields and geographies, we can spread the most effective models more quickly.
SIX has developed a unique approach of connecting innovators, designing experiences, curating knowledge and insights, and disseminating practical examples of social innovation, which enable the global community to learn from each other, and builds the capacities of our members.
SIX was established in 2008, and incubated by the Young Foundation until 2013 when it became an independent organisation, with support from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, UK branch.
Since March 2013, SIX has been governed by an Executive Board of leading social innovation experts from around the world. Our Global Council of leading social innovation organisations from across the globe provide us with core financial support, as well as guiding and directing the work of SIX.
Social Innovation Exchange is a partner in these projects