I stand for radicals

Diogo Vasconcelos R.I.P.People I know well and I have great respect of asked me to stand as a judge in something called the European Social Innovation Competition. It is a European Commission initiative; an attempt to honor the memory of the late Diogo Vasconcelos, a dedicated champion of social innovation in Eurospace.

I accepted. I choose to interpret my role as that of a supporter of radical, out-of-the-box-thinking ideas; and, even more so, of unexpected executors of those ideas. A social innovator does not need to fit into the Silicon Valley young genius “gonna change the world” stereotype. Whoever you are, wherever you are (non-EU citizens are also eligible in some cases), you will have my support as long as you have a great idea and are committed to carrying it to the end. I might be unable to wrap my head around your idea โ€“ and I certainly might be unable to convince the other ten judges to see it my way โ€“ but I promise I will not balk, no matter how disruptive and scary your project is.

You stand to win some money (three projects will be awarded with โ‚ฌ 20K each); some mentoring; some recognition. Bring it on, my fellow Europeans: let’s rock the world with our vision and execution. I’ve got your back. Deadline December 21st.

7 thoughts on “I stand for radicals

  1. Paul Johnston

    Alberto – I don’t know if you met Diogo, but he was a great guy and I am sure you would have loved him. Glad you have been asked to be a judge in the competition in his memory. He would be glad ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Alberto Post author

      Hello Paul, long time no speak! I did meet Diogo, though I cannot claim to have known him well. No discussion, he has been a source of inspiration for people close to me. I will try to honor him, and them.

  2. Giacomo

    isn’t it a shame that they don’t ask anything about the team/people behind the proposals?
    (the most important factor to make them happen IMO)

    nice initiative anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. marco

    Buonasera Alberto. Dove potrei inviare il mio progetto? In che ambito potrebbe essere concepito per fare breccia? Marco da Matera @marcoliuzzi73


    1. Alberto Post author

      Marco, segui il link che trovi nel post o cerca in rete il sito della European Social Innovation Prize. Trovi lรฌ tutte le info e il formulario (che รจ molto semplice).


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