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HUB Debate: Will Social Innovation save Spain?

Impact Hub Islington

Monday, 12 November 2012 from 19:00 to 21:00 (GMT)

HUB Debate: Will Social Innovation save Spain?

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HUB Islington and 2 Pueblo, a social enterprise project promoting spanish culture in the UK, are co-organizing this event in November to bring together thought leaders to discuss,

‘Will Social Innovation Save Spain?’

The panel debate will be considering the role of the government, business, civil society and design in instigating positive and effective change for a sustainable economy in times of economic uncertainty.

The debate will also be hosting London-based speakers from Spain, such as Ginés Pastor through an online teleconference. Contact Christina Rebel should you wish to attend online through Google Hangout. These place are very limited. 

The event will be of interest to social entrepreneurs, practitioners, social investors, sustainability and CSR professionals, graduates and academics, as well as professionals working in the charity and not-for-profit sector.


Throughout the debate, attendees will be invited to suggest their questions and comments through Twitter using #vivasocent.

Attend our event to explore the opportunities in Spain for social innovation.

We look forward to hearing from the following speakers:


Dr Igor Calzada is Scientific Director of the Basque City-Region/Euskal Hiria 2012 Congress. He is also PostDoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, InSIS, Institute for Science Innovation and Science. PostDoctoral Research Fellow at the Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science. He is also Lecturer & Senior researcher at the University of Mondragón: Urban Innovation, Prospective & Technology. 

Gorka Espiau Idoiaga is the Director at Innovalab, the Basque Laboratory for Social Innovation. In this capacity, he is leading the international development of Hiriko, the first self folding electronic vehicle designed by the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bilbao Social Innovation Park.  He is also board member of Social Innovation Exchange and a member of the International Advisory Group of INCORE, a joint project of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster. Gorka collaborates regularly with national and international press and has been invited to present his work at numerous events and conferences such as “TEDx” and the “Innovation Convention” called by the European Commission in 2011.

Nacho Arrizabalaga is Co-Founder and Managing Director of FlexiTalent Asturias, a community of professional freelancers delivering flexible on-site work through local hubs. Their FlexiHubs serve as business centres for the freelancer community, providing access to office space, training, mentoring and most importantly, a meeting place to collaborate with other members. He is an internationally successful leader who has managed human resources, commercial, technology and operations organizations at leading companies in Spain, the US, the Czech Republic and Mexico. He is a native Asturian, educated in the US with an MBA from Kellogg, who is passionate about building a new business model for Spain out of Asturias. Nacho is leading the launch of their prototype hub and building the initial FlexiTalent community in Oviedo.

Brittany Koteles came to Spain in 2011 for a Fulbright postgraduate research project about the growth of social entrepreneurship in Spain, for which she wrote "Stories of Scale: Nine Case Studies of Scaling Up in Social Enterprises in collaboration with ESADE Business School's Institute for Social Innovation. Brittany consults for Ashoka U, a program of Ashoka that aims to foster and accelerate the teaching, research, and action in social entrepreneurship in universities. Currently, she forms part of HUB Candidate Barcelona's founding team.

Guy Julier is the University of Brighton’s Principal Research Fellow in Contemporary Design at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. He was formerly Professor of Design at Leeds Metropolitan University, where he was Director of DesignLeeds, a research and consultancy unit specialising in design for community and sustainability. An editorial board member of Design and Culture and the Journal of Visual Culture, he has authored the following books: New Spanish Design (1991), The Dictionary of Design since 1900 (1993; revised 2004) and The Culture of Design (2000; revised edition2008). With Liz Moor of Goldsmiths, University of London, he co-edited Design and Creativity: Policy, Management and Practice (2009). In Barcelona he directed the international ‘Design Activism and Social Change’ conference in 2011 and is a board member of the Fundación Historia del Diseño. Follow him on twitter. 

Ginés Haro Pastor is an entrepreneur and social entrepreneurship promoter with extensive international experience. His first social enterprise was started 10 years ago, and has since undertaken in countries like Ecuador, UK and Spain. In the UK, Ginés has worked for major support organizations such as Unltd and The Guardian Social Enterprise Network, the largest global network of social enterprise professionals. He is currently working on promoting social entrepreneurship in Spanish. Follow his blog and on twitter.

Do you have questions about HUB Debate: Will Social Innovation save Spain?? Contact Impact Hub Islington

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Hub Islington
5 Torrens St
EC1V 1NQ London
United Kingdom

Monday, 12 November 2012 from 19:00 to 21:00 (GMT)

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