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Explored: Social Innovation in Energy Transitions
SONNET Webinar Series
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What activities “count” as social innovations in energy transitions? How do they work? What roles do public institutions play in such initiatives? How can small-scale energy projects compete with big players in the energy sector?

The SONNET webinar series will explore these and many more questions. The series will engage researchers, local governments, sister projects, leaders of social innovation initiatives, and more.

All interested persons are warmly welcome to join the discussions!

Upcoming

The SONNET team invites you to our second webinar, this time exploring the role of social innovation in the energy transition through the example of the German Energiewende.

8 June 2020, 11:30-12:30 CET
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Meaningful energy transition requires extensive technical effort, as well as social and institutional change. Where does Germany currently stand with its own energy transition process, known as the “Energiewende”? Are social innovations part of the transformation process? How have German cities built their strategies for a sustainable energy future? And, what is the role of rural areas in the German energy transition?

Panellists:

  • Carsten Rothballer, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Agnes Schönfelder, City of Mannheim
  • Urszula Papajak, Neuland21

The webinar will be facilitated by Niklas Mischkowski, Governance and Social Innovation Officer, ICLEI Europe.

Click here to read more about the webinar, and get ready to dive deeper into the topic of social innovation in energy transitions!

Past Webinars

31 March 2020
Webinar 1: (Almost) Everything you need to know about the “What, Who and How”

The SONNET project kicked-off its first webinar by exploring (Almost) Everything you need to know about the “What, Who and How”

This webinar opened a discussion on Social Innovation in Energy (SIE) in Europe today, and explored the diversity of SIE already being deployed. Speakers shared their practical experiences from both research and a local government perspectives.

Panellists:

  • Dr. Julia Wittmayer, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT)
  • Dr. Jana Deforche, City of Antwerp
  • Dr. Donal Brown, University of Leeds

The webinar was facilitated by Niklas Mischkowski, Governance and Social Innovation Officer, ICLEI Europe.

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