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Explored: Social Innovation in Energy Transitions
SONNET Webinar Series

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 explores these and many more questions. The series engages researchers, local governments, sister projects, leaders of social innovation initiatives, and more.

All interested persons are warmly welcome to join the discussions!

Upcoming Seminar

Stay tuned for the announcement of our next webinar – coming soon!

Past Seminars

20 January 2021
Online Seminar 4: Encouraging social innovation in energy transitions via collaborative governance: a fishbowl discussion

For its fourth webinar, the SONNET project switched things up. Instead of a traditional event, the project invited all to join a ‘fishbowl discussion’ to explore ‘collaborative governance arrangements’: what that means, and how cities can use collaborative governance to support social innovations in energy.

Speakers included:

  • Marta Strumińska-Kutra, Kozminski University
  • Fabien Dupré, Grenoble (France)
  • Marcin Grądzki, Warsaw (Poland)
  • Matt Jones, Bristol (UK)
  • Nicole Schwarz, Basel (Switzerland)
  • Sabrina Hoffman, Mannheim (Germany)
  • Jakob Kramer, UrbanA project

The webinar was moderated by Adrienne Kotler, ICLEI Europe.

This discussion built on a recent SONNET publication on the same topic. Read it here.

15 September 2020
Online Seminar 3: Fighting for Local Power: how a UK Bill seeks to support local energy producers

The SONNET project organised its third online seminar, this time on campaigning for local renewable energy, exploring the example of the “Local Electricity Bill” in the UK.

Community-scale renewable energy has great potential to help decarbonise local economies, while benefiting local communities. Unfortunately, this potential is too often blocked by high supply costs and a lack of opportunities to sell generated energy directly to local people, which aims at enabling local energy producers to directly sell their energy and thus create a market for decentralised renewable energy systems. The discussion included also a Swiss perspective, as Switzerland is far ahead when it comes to supporting local renewable energy.


The seminar was facilitated by Olga Krajewska, Governance and Social Innovation Junior Officer, ICLEI Europe.

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

The SONNET project organised its second online seminar, 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 seminar we discussed what stakeholders from across Europe can learn by reflecting on Germany’s experience with its Energiewende.


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

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

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

This seminar 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.


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

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