Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Civil movements, it is time to claim your role in the innovation ecosystem!

Value creation, as a primary factor for the generation of wealth of modern society, has been driven lately by innovation. However, innovation has not been only a driver of economical prosperity. Its true nature is a calling for a much deeper change, in order for its full manifestation to be implemented. It is a calling for cooperation, co creation, and open societies without fear and restrictions on good initiatives. It is a calling for social change, for structural change, for evolution to take the next step. It is inviting each individual, you, me, my kids and fellow citizens, bankers, stakeholders, scouts, teachers, workers and presidents, to fully live their inner essence.

But where can I join the social transformation?

In your little garden, job, family, the circle of friends, but most importantly, within yourselves. On any level, in any community, in any organization that consists of people that care. That is what civil movements are all about. To take a step, no matter how small it is, how awkward or slow it seems.
“And when the first steps are taken, I can see a change. The first and very important one is, that the money to finance civil movements will no longer be channeled from governments and special interest groups, but we will be self supporting. Through our tax money, that will be transferred to a special open society foundation before it reaches the governmental constraints. It will be led by a group of the wise ones, those trustworthy, and beyond the reach of the current political will and interest. Then civil society will be able to claim its true role in an open innovation ecosystem and contribute its share to sustainable progress for the good of the majority.” This is my vision.

Photo: InCo/ChangeTheGame event

On October 18th we sent a message out. From the National Council of Slovenia. We made apparent the rhythms of civil society. We made new connections and exchanged visions. We showed that we are alive. That we are, with a miniscule budget, already creating an open space where it was not hitherto seen, yet, truly dynamic and worthy of the human race. Today’s story is about a small wave from Slovenia that is making its way to the shore. Join the resonances, and by the time we reach the shore, we will have enough strength to clear those paths long neglected. I can see beyond the negative stories and thoughts. I know that you can too.


- to show the importance and the role of NGO movements or initiatives in establishing an open innovation ecosystem (on a regional, country, community or organizational level).

- to show, based on the InCo movement experiences and models, the possible tools, structures, projects and groups of participants that are needed for running such initiatives.

- to show the importance of diversity of initiatives yet that support each other in order to improve the social capital, and contribute a progressive change in society towards open innovation.

- to emphasise the importance of cross-regional and cross-continental networking and cooperation for successful development of regional and local innovation ecosystems.

I. The initial thoughts that set the wave, Violeta Bulc, Vibacom
"Innovative dialogues", multimedia performance, Lado Jakša

1. "The role of National Council in modern societies, the missing link between the needs of citizens and policy makers", Blaž Kavčič, the President of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia.
2. “Why do we need civil initiatives in the development of innovation ecosystems", prof.ddr. Matjaž Mulej, University of Maribor.
3. "InCo movement, - a civil initiative for progressive innovation ecosystems; The path that we have walked and the lessons we have learnt", Violeta Bulc, Vibacom.
4. INCO International, Diversity and implementation benefits in multicultural environment, Marija Kokelj, Pitea.
5. "Change The Game" initiative and why do we have an interest in InCo movement, Stefan Blachfellner, "ChangeTheGame" initiative founder & INDABA Corporate Consulting.
6. "Challenges of innovation ecosystems in Austria", Thomas Wallner, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.

II. Part: "Learning from the melting pot"
"The role of Art in Innovation Ecosystem", Lado Jakša, multimedia performance

1. InJo (innovation journalism), the beginning of the InCo. story "Stanford after Stanford, messages and lessons about InJo", Matej Praprotnik, InJo scholarship 2010, RTV SLO.
2. "Innovation Journalism: The changes in Slovenian media", Lenart J. Kučić, Delo; Mirko Štular, Val 202; Domen Savič, Innovatif, Round table moderated by Matej Praprotnik, RTV SLO (30 min).
3. InCo Jr, InCo Ba. (for the youth): "Why youth inclusion matters, in innovation ecosystems", Mojca Štepic, Vibacom, Andreja Križnič, Proaktiv.kom.
4. InLoCom (for innovative local community), Ana Savšek, RCL: "From InLoCom to sustainable regional partnership "Heart of Slovenia".
5. "InCo movement - the branding that made a difference", Ladeja Godina Košir, Delo.

III. Part "New seeds that show new ways" (5 min block)

Initiatives that co-created the consciousness:

1. Association for Fair Play and tolerance in sport, Milan Hosta, SPOLINT Inštitut.
2. Initiative "" for a healthy relationship with life, Nataša Gregorič, IMC.
3. Umanotera, NGO for sustainable development and environment, Gaja Brecelj, Umanotera.
4. "E-participation: NGOs way to innovative democratic dialogues", Simon Delakorda, INePa (got in late, so his presentation is at the end).
5. The role of expert associations in creation of open innovation ecosystems, Maja Makovec Brenčič, Slovenian Marketing Association.
6. "The role of professional association in creation of open innovation ecosystems", Sonja Šmuc, The Managers' Association of Slovenia.
7. "The National Scout Organization and their contribution to the open innovation ecosystem", Tadej Pugelj, MNO (the network of NGOs).
8. "Culture and innovation ecosystems", Samo Selimović, Bunker.
9. "Contribution of generation Y to open innovation ecosystems", Žiga Vavpotič, Zavod Y.
10. Katja Verderber, Presentation, Labyrinth of Art.
11. "The role of Art of Living in creation of open societies", Sabina Podjed, Andrej A. Chiaiutta, The Art of Living (NGO).
12. "Luna festival and its contribution to creativity", Barbara Zonta.

Photo: InCo/ChangeTheGame event

Introduction of the new InCo initiatives and contents, Violeta Bulc, Vibacom:
13. ”Innovation Excellence” – best innovation performance and sustainability in ecosystems”, Dražen Carić, i.c.i.c.
14. "Leadership for innovation ecosystems", Sonja Klopčič, Trimo.
15. "The story that was recognized at InCo 2007", Videolectures, IJS.
16. "New community tools for a new civil movements and engagements", Uroš Strel Lenčič, Ordo.

IV. Part "Future Outlook"

Comments from the audience

“The Pattern Language of Innovation Movements! – What can we learn from existing patterns to co-evolve global, regional and local innovation ecosystems?”, Thomas Fundneider & Stefan Blachfellner, "ChangeTheGame Initiative".

All the presentations are available on

Photo: Stefan Blachfellner and Violeta Bulc

The October 18th event happened because colleagues from Austria and the members of the »ChangeTheGame« initiatives wanted to hear how we have managed to start and evolve the InCo movement. But this simple invitation turned out to be more than just an exchange of ideas. It was a time to look back and to look forward. It was a time to understand that such a concentrated number of events and the actual results of InCo movement could not happen just because of one movement. The event became an opportunity to understand how closely we are all related. How much strength one can gain, not only from supporters, but even more from the co-creators of a new paradigm. Sometimes it is enough that you know about other initiative around you; that gives you a special strength that goes beyond logic and calculations. The fact that the event was happening in cooperation with the National Council gave the event additional meaning. This past 5 years of InCo and the described event are just a blip, but it is a real one and I can only hope, a little inspiration to those out there dreaming, hoping and making the changes that they believe in.