Danish Social Innovation Club (DANSIC) is the largest platform for social innovation in Denmark. DANSIC is a non-profit volunteer organization, driven by ambitious students. At DANSIC we work across disciplines to inspire Danes to solve society's greatest challenges through social innovation and social entrepreneurship. We do this in order to create a society that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.

CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL INNOVATION

Social Innovation

“Social innovation is new solutions to society’s challenges”

In short, social innovation means new ideas, products, initiatives, services, organizations or business models that focus on solving social or environmental challenges in society. These solutions must be better than existing ones. The primary purpose of social innovation is to obtain a social and environmental impact – purpose before profit. The economic cohesion is, however, a prerequisite to ensure that innovation does not remain an idea. Thus, the solution can take root and have an impact.

Satisfying social needs

In DANSIC we seek a broad debate and understanding of social innovation. There are various examples and definitions of social innovation – all of which attempt to rethinking solutions on the basis of societal challenge. Therefore, at DANSIC we perceive social innovation as activities that create social value and improvements in the living conditions of the population. These improvements take place by satisfying social needs that are not addressed by other means.

Social entrepreneurs and social enterprises implement social innovation. Working across different types of organizations and sectors, they create social and/or environmental value. Therefore, they are driven by purpose rather than profit.[/read]

The Theme of DANSIC18

Every year, DANSIC focuses on a specific societal issue and how innovation can create new and better solutions within the focus area. This year’s theme focuses on how Danish citizens with special needs and disabilities can integrate better in the labor market and thus in society. We want to emphasize and improve this integration through social innovation and entrepreneurship – across both the private, public and voluntary sectors. We believe that greater inclusion of socially vulnerable citizens enhances cohesion and solidarity in society. Therefore, in the Case Competition we hold in March 2018, the participants must provide concrete solutions to how people with disabilities can better integrate into the work force.

The importance of getting people with disabilities into the labor market

Approximately one fifth of all Danes have a disability. 80% of Danes without disabilities are currently active in the work force, and this applies only to 50% of those with disabilities. There are large gains associated with the integration of people with disabilities into work. For the individual, it contributes to increased self-esteem as a result of being part of the community – but this also contributes to a larger whole in a societal context. In addition, there is an employment potential of approx. 59,000-82,000 people who can be withdrawn from passive benefits such as early retirement or sickness benefits, which 6 out of 10 people with disabilities currently receive. Depending on the job type, there may be an economic potential of between 65,000 and 135,000 kr. Annually per person for municipalities as well as for society as a whole.

About us

Vision

DANSIC’s vision is to create a society that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. We do this by developing a movement in society that will make all citizens aware of the positive changes that social innovation can bring about.

Mission

DANSIC’s mission is to create a platform for social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Denmark. We want to inspire the creation of new products, services and organizations that all contribute to solving societal challenges.

Motivation

Steffen Thybo Drostgaard and Lasse Zobel founded DANSIC the 22nd July 2011. They were motivated by a desire to address the need for an ambitious and interdisciplinary platform that could explore the possibilities and challenges of social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Denmark.

Structure

DANSIC is reset each year, with a new board and and a new team of volunteers. We do this in order to ensure a high degree of innovation. This ensures that our yearly conference about social innovation remains inspiring and challenging.

Partnerships

DANSIC cooperates with a broad range of entrepreneurs, companies and organisations that all help bring our ambitions to life. If you wish to know more about partnership opportunities, please contact our president, Malte Hertz Jansen: malte.hj@dansic.org

DANSIC Alumni

The purpose of DANSIC Alumni is to strengthen social and professional communities and contribute to the professional and academic career of our members. The association is, therefore, for previous members of DANSIC. Every year we arrange exclusive events at Christmas and in the Spring.

Team

We are a group of interdisciplinary and ambitious students, all of us interested in how we can change society and solve some of the shared challenges we are faced with.
The DANSIC18 team consists of three board members and six directors heading up a total 30 volunteers working determined on different focus areas.
Julie Bjørvik Morvad
Partnerships and Business Relations
Pernille Larsen
Case & Content Management
Charlotte Hagelskjær
Vice President
Marie Vestergaard Bjerre
Partnerships and Business Relations
Mikkel Andersen
Alexander Hoffmann Frisch
Anne Sophie Bossen
Barbara Marstrand
Communication & Marketing
Daniel Egholm Hansen
Vice President
Nicolai Joacim Sørensen
Communication & Marketing
Patricia Frederiksen
Martin Ohrt Christensen
Valdemar Christensen
Communication & Marketing
Silje Auflem Flølo
Communication & Marketing
Natasja Rasmussen
Communication & Marketing
Jonas Søndergaard
Partnership & Business Relations
Ditte Thomsen
Katrine Møller
Event Management
Rikke Møller Andersen
Event Management
Mariam Turkzeban
Event Management
Susanne Noer
Case & Content Management
Sofie Lau-Jeppesen
Case & Content Management
Stine Nørtoft
Case & Content Management
Ditte Philipsen
Case & Content Management
Shahrzad Ebrahimi
Case & Content Management
Anne Clara Laugesen
Communication & Marketing

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ADVISORY BOARD

LASSE ZOBEL

LASSE ZOBEL

Associate, McKinsey & Company

“Today, we are faced with enormous challenges, both socially and environmentally, and if these problems are to be solves, it is necessary that everyone contributes – especially through collaborations between public and private sectors.”

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STEFFEN THYBO DROSTGAARD

STEFFEN THYBO DROSTGAARD

Business Development Manager, Nordic Development Corporation

“DANSIC was created to support the global movement of social entrepreneurs and ambitious students, who dare to be visionary, work in interdisciplinary ways and roll up their sleeves in order to make a difference.“

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SIMONA MASCHI

SIMONA MASCHI

CEO and Co-Founder, CIID

Simona Maschi is co-founder and director of the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, CIID, where she leads a team working with world class consultancy, education programs and a research lab.

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HENRIK SKOVBY

HENRIK SKOVBY

Executive Chairman, Dalberg

“The DANSIC conference is an excellent initiative that not only provides participants with an insight into companies that are best suited to deliver socially innovative solutions, but also provides insight into developments, within this field, that are taking place abroad.“

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JESPER MØLLER

JESPER MØLLER

Former Chairman, Danish Industry

“I hope that DANSIC can inspire students to develop an interest in social innovation, so they can contribute to the initiatives by progressive companies within the field. ill be able to b a part of progressive companies’ work in the field.“

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ANNE KJÆR SKOVGAARD

ANNE KJÆR SKOVGAARD

Head of Development, The Social Capital Fund - Denmark

“There is no doubt that the need for new solutions to social problems is huge. Many of these solutions will be found in the overlap between the public, private and third sector.“

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JØRGEN ROSTED

JØRGEN ROSTED

Former Permanent Secretary, Danish Ministry of Business

“In 20 years, all innovation will be social innovation. This is extremely important for students to understand, if they are going to be the workforce of tomorrow.”

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ANNE KROIJER

ANNE KROIJER

Managing Director, OnFrontiers

“DANSIC will be able to challenge the status quo and create a forum where companies, NGOs, investors, public sector representatives and students can discuss ideas for new market models and new ways of cooperating.“

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FREDERIK NELLEMANN

FREDERIK NELLEMANN

Chief Product Officer, GoMore

“My hope is that DANSIC will create an open dialogue that will inspire young students to see the potential of social innovation. We need entrepreneurs with a burning desire to solve major issues, but also have the ability to see the financial possibilities of those solutions, so they will be sustainable.“

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HELENE MAY VIBHOLT

HELENE MAY VIBHOLT

Head of Division, Modernisation of Public Admin

” There is an obvious need for courage, passion and creativity in the search for new models – within and across traditional sectoral boundaries – that will ensure future prosperity. DANSIC can help initiate this development.”

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