Below we reproduce an invitation from Flor Avelino, who coordinated the TRANSIT research – Transformative Social Innovation Theory – in which the DESIS Network was studied.

Dear critical thinker and/or doer in social innovation,

We would be honoured to welcome you at our upcoming two-day workshop on “Empowering Social Innovation for Transformative Change”, which will take place in Amsterdam on May 17th-18th, 2018.

Day 1 will offer an interactive programme with various speakers and session formats. In the morning we focus on power dynamics and neighbourhood politics, including the case of participatory budgeting and other examples. In the afternoon we zoom out to discuss empowerment and transnational social innovation movements. In between, there will be a session with the acclaimed participatory drama approach ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ for an embodied experience of power and empowerment. Day 2 will consist of a writing workshop in which participants are challenged to distil their ideas on and experiences with power and empowerment in social change into a sharp piece of writing (blog, essay or article).

For more information, please see the attached workshop invitation.

Seats are limited. If you are interested, please sign up a.s.a.p. and before the 20th of April by writing an email to (in cc.), including:

  • Some lines about yourself in relation to the topics of social change, power and empowerments.
  • Whether you want to participate on both days or only on day 1 (it is not possible to participate in the writing workshop without having participated in the first day).
  • What topic(s) you would like to write on and what you would like to get out of the writing workshop as an outcome.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,

Flor Avelino, Julia Wittmayer & Sarah Rach


More information:

09 – SIC Workshop May 2018 invitation

09 – SOTRA Factsheet 2018