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Webinar: A social grid for analyzing social innovation in municipal housing in Vienna – from grass roots-movement to social transformation

Webinar: A social grid for analyzing social innovation in municipal housing in Vienna – from grass roots-movement to social transformation.

Tuesday, 6.10. 2015, 16:00 -18:00 Central European Time, 19:30-21:30 Delhi Time, 12:00 – 14:00 Eastern Standard Time

The municipal housing case in the city of Vienna is an example of 100 years social innovation leading to social transformation. After World War I, a grass-root movement, the settler’s movement, started to construct their own housing and agriculture in order to escape from severe homelessness, poverty and starvation, which were afflicting many people at that time.

With the construction of superblocks in the “Red Vienna” of the inter-war period that initiative was institutionalized in a radically innovative way. The presentation analyzes this transformation with a focus on the social grid of networks, institutions and cognitive frames, and the role of agency in this social process.

The case will be presented by Dr. Susanne Giesecke (AIT Vienna), followed by an initial round of comments by Dr. Ilse Oosterlaken (VU Amsterdam) and Dr. Alex Frediani (UCL) and open discussion with all participants. The webinar is hosted by Dr. Rafael Ziegler (GETIDOS) as a joint event of the HDCA Thematic Group Technology, Innovation and Design and the EU-project CrESSI (Creating Economic Space for Social Innovation) that explores the economic underpinnings of social innovation, drawing inter alia on long-term studies of social innovations such as social housing and freshwater supply. Further information:

Dr Susanne Giesecke is a political scientist and joined AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Department of Innovations Systems in 2005 as a Senior Scientist. She leads the research area “Foresight” and is engaged in publicly funded research as well as in consulting projects. For CrESSI she works on social housing and the interplay of social innovation and technological innovation.

Participants must register in advance: To register please send a brief email to Once you have registered, you will received further instructions on how to participate in the webinar.


Sustainability and Human Rights: Ethical Dimensions of an Urban Agenda

Dear Friends,

This year's conference and our pre-conference events are right around the corner. A few spots remain (but only 1 for the food prep at Martha's table)! Even if you responded to our interest poll in May, we ask that you formally register now.

The HDCA Ethics and Development, Human Rights, and Sustainability Thematic Groups have again teamed up with the International Development Ethics Association to offer three exciting pre-conference events. You are invited to join us for all three, or just one or two.

The first event is part-one of our Activation Day. On Wednesday, September 9, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (10:00 – 13:00) participants will volunteer doing food prep with Martha’s Table, a local organization that focuses on feeding the more than 93,000 hungry residents, including 31,000 hungry children, of Washington DC ( Participation is limited to 12 volunteers, so please register right away at the link below or here. (Those who expressed interest via our poll in May will have priority but must still register to secure their spot.) There is no fee for this event.

The second event, part-two of our Activation Day, is a two-hour riverboat tour of the Anacostia River, hosted by the Anacostia Watershed Society ( Join us from 3:00 – 5:00 pm (15:00 – 17:00) to learn about the interplay of sustainability, the river, and the Metro region. Space is limited to 20 people. The fee for this event is $20: a $10 contribution to our hosts to cover part of their costs, and $10 toward the van rental to get us there.

See the full-day program attached. You may register for one or both Activation Day events.

The third event is our workshop entitled Sustainability and Human Rights: Ethical Dimensions of an Urban Agenda. This event will take place at the conference venue at Georgetown University from 8:30 am – 12:15 pm on Thursday, September 10, 2015, with lunch to follow courtesy of HDCA. The event will consist of two panels. The first panel focuses on Human Rights as LGBTQI Rights internationally, as a United States immigration issue, and finally within Washington DC. The second panel looks at Sustainability--broadly defined to include community, human, and environmental dimensions--in Washington DC and its environs. See the attached program, including speakers.

For the workshop, we ask that working "Northerners" contribute $5 to help defray the cost of the workshop. Students, not-working Northerners, and participants from the Global South, any spare change is appreciated but not necessary. We can accommodate a large number of participants to the workshop but we appreciate your early registration so that we can plan.

Please register here:

Thank you for your interest and support. We hope to see you all in Washington, DC, in September.

Andrew Crabtree, Lori Keleher, and Stacy Kosko

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