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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!

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Past Webinars

8 June 2020
Webinar 2: Social Innovation and the Energiewende – Lessons and Outlooks from Germany

The SONNET project organised its second webinar, this time exploring the role of social innovation in the energy transition through the example of the German Energiewende.

Meaningful energy transition requires technical effort, as well as social and institutional change. Where does Germany currently stand with its energy transition? How are social innovations part of this transformation process? During this webinar we discussed what stakeholders from across Europe can learn by reflecting on Germany’s experience with its Energiewende.

Panellists:

  • Carsten Rothballer, ICLEI Europe
  • Urszula Papajak, Neuland21
  • Agnes Schönfelder, City of Mannheim

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

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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