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Events organized by the Institute

Food for Thought sessions

The Food for Thought sessions are monthly Friday afternoon gatherings organized by the Institute for Social Innovation at the Sant Cugat Campus of Esade Business School. These sessions provide a space to discuss neither grand theories nor elaborate methods nor incremental contributions, but something that is all too often forgotten: ideas! We encourage people from different professions and disciplines to join and share their thoughts on subjects they find interesting and care about. Previous Food for Thought sessions have covered the following themes: “Who wants to live forever”, “Will art save the planet”, “Mental Health Matters: Fighting the Stigma”, and “Freedom of Expression in a Social Media Era”. Our aim is to create a community that spurs creativity through open dialogue allowing ideas to emerge and develop while making for an interesting afternoon! Please feel free to contact us for more information or suggestions for further themes.

The ESADE Institute for Social Innovation Annual Conference

The Annual Conference is a meeting point for different stakeholders: NGOs, for and not-for-profit companies, social entrepreneurs, public administrations and scholars. The aim is to jointly reflect and debate on some of the key issues in the social innovation, CSR, social entrepreneurship and not-for-profit fields.

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By creating and transferring knowledge, this series is a national and multi-sector meeting point of reference to debate on and jointly explore issues such as executive skills and social leadership in the third sector. The related events are held in both Barcelona and Madrid within the framework of the executive NGO and not-for-profit executive educational programmes taught by the Institute for Social Innovation.

ESADE - Fundación SERES conference series

Every year, ESADE and Fundación SERES organise a series of talks dedicated to value creation from a corporate commitment and social action perspective. The talks are held in Madrid and Barcelona and feature experts who discuss their own experiences and help to create shared value between companies and society.