How can we put social innovation to work for the people of Scotland?

How can we put social innovation to work for the people of Scotland?
The Melting Pot
April 2014

Join a conversation to explore this question, make new connections, and be a part of creating the conditions for social innovation to flourish in Scotland! 

The Scottish Government is funding The Melting Pot – Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation – to open up a national conversation on how to meet the challenges and opportunities surrounding social innovation in Scotland; how to enable and support social innovation so that it fuels positive change across all aspects of Scottish society and economy. The results of these events will help inform policy thinking across Scotland ahead of preparations for a new wave of European Structural funding.

You are invited to take part in one of two initial conversations – in Edinburgh on Thursday 8th May 2014 or in Inverness on Thursday 24th April 2014. We want to bring together people from different sectors; people with different approaches to innovating with a social purpose; people with ideas and transformative practices who maybe don’t recognise the term social innovation; and people who are in a position to help invest, nurture and promote these activities, be it nationally or in specific localities or sectors.

The aims of the conversation are:

1     To share learning about what might be meant by social innovation and what is already going on across Scotland
2     To build a vision collectively about how social innovation can be put to work for the people of Scotland, and to begin to address the conditions that need to be put in place for this vision to be realised
3     To build and extend connections and networks between social innovators and influencers
4     In these ways, to build a stronger basis for moving forward and maximising ability to ‘grow’ social innovation across the country, and for that growth to make a difference to the people of Scotland.

We have designed these conversations to be a highly participatory process of co-enquiry, e.g. drawing on the “Art of Hosting”.  We expect this will make for an engaging, lively day in which you will share your hopes, concerns and experience in order to learn, reflect and think together about the way forward.

Places really are limited – there are too many interesting people that need to be in the room – so please apply by 12pm, 18th April 2014. Apply for your preferred location here: Inverness (Thursday 24th April 2014) or Edinburgh (Thursday 8th May, 2014). The commitment required is one full day. Places will be allocated through a simple application process rather than first come first served.  All applicants will be notified several weeks before each event if you have been successful in securing a place and at to which location.

If you are unable to attend but are interested in staying in touch with the initiative please let us know. Also, if you know of someone who should be included in this initiative as it unfolds, please let us know or send this on to them personally.

More information about the programme and location details of each event can be found by clicking