Award ceremony of the European Social Innovation Prize

Type: Complete speech   Reference: I-078725   Duration: 10:40:18  Lieu:
End production: 29/05/2013   First transmission: 29/05/2013
On 29 May 2013, José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the EC, awarded at The Egg, in Brussels, the first Social Innovation prizes for three ground-breaking ideas that seek new ways to create more and better jobs in Europe. The winning projects aim to reduce youth unemployment by sharing jobs among young and older employees, to extend the reach and quality of small-scale social care and health services via an app, and to improve access to the job market for economically deprived by making their skills widely visible.

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10:00:00 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) giving some introductory words to open the European Social Innovation Competition in Memory of Diogo Vasconcelos 2013 Award Ceremony, held at The Egg, in Brussels, and calling the Representatives of Lebenshilfe Salzburg GmbH to come on stage 00:03:57
10:03:57 Soundbite by Guido Güntert, CEO of Lebenshilfe Salzburg GmbH, (in ENGLISH) presenting the story of the trophy 00:01:02
10:05:00 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) asking a question to Guido Güntert 00:00:06
10:05:06 Soundbite by Guido Güntert (in ENGLISH) on the trophy's creation 00:00:25
10:05:32 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) asking a question to Guido Güntert 00:00:07
10:05:39 Sounbdbite by Guido Güntert (in ENGLISH) introducing Albert Fritzl, creator of the European Social Innovation Competition's trophy 00:01:15
10:06:55 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) congratulating the Representatives of Lebenshilfe Salzburg GmbH, presenting the members of the jury and inviting Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts of United Kingdom), to take the floor 00:01:50
10:08:46 Soundbite by Geoff Mulgan (in ENGLISH) on the work of the jury 00:01:48
10:10:34 Soundbite by Kristina Mand, Director of The Praxis Academy, (in ENGLISH) on the ideas and proposals of the jury 00:01:25
10:11:59 Soundbite by Geoff Mulgan (in ENGLISH) inviting Mario Calderini, Professor of Strategy and Innovation Management at the Polytechnic University of Turin, to take the floor 00:00:19
10:12:19 Soundbite by Mario Calderini (in ENGLISH) on the ideas and proposals of the jury 00:02:07
10:14:27 Soundbite by Geoff Mulgan (in ENGLISH) on the importance of having an innovation system for the future 00:01:03
10:15:30 Soundbite by Kuba Wygnański, President and Board Member of Unit for Social Innovation and Research Shipyard, (in ENGLISH) on the discussions they had during the whole process 00:02:07
10:17:37 Soundbite by Geoff Mulgan (in ENGLISH) on the difficulty to select the three winners amongst the ten finalists 00:00:58
10:18:35 Soundbite by Nicola Villa, Senior Director of Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), (in ENGLISH) on what he learned from the projects and the members of the jury 00:02:07
10:20:43 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) giving some comments and introducing José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC 00:02:39
10:23:22 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): Dear Finalists, Dear Jury Members, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends, I am indeed very happy to be with you today, some eight months after we launched this competition in Lisbon. I would like to start by turning to our finalists and quite simply saying: congratulations! It is already an achievement to be a finalist in this important competition. You are sending the messages we need to hear in Europe today. Times are tough but you have proposed creative solutions to try and overcome some of our present difficulties, in particular in fighting unemployment, and the resources to turn these solutions into realities. It is very comforting to witness first-hand the enormous energy you invest in your different projects, the interest it raises from various funders, and the benefits your projects can offer to European citizens. You embody, each in your specific way, what we need in Europe today to foster sustainable and inclusive growth: great skills, fresh ideas, real vision! It is also very rewarding that this competition has been so successful upon its first year, clearly meeting a real demand, including from participants who may usually feel far from European Union policies or priorities. The number of ideas we received – 605 projects coming from 35 countries – is the best tribute that we can pay to Diogo Vasconcelos and to his immense talent and passionate commitment to promoting social innovation, in Europe and beyond, across geographic and professional boundaries. Diogo had faith in youth and he deeply believed that connecting people and building bridges was the way to a prosperous society. And I remember that when I was working with him and I was Prime Minister of Portugal he had already come up with visionary ideas and new ways to tackle broad societal challenges such as climate change, unemployment and ageing. I am sure that his family and friends – who I am very happy to welcome here today – thank you for coming – are also grateful for your support to his legacy and that they are moved as I am by your engagement. Diogo Vasconcelos would have been proud of you and would certainly have been your first business partner! One of the most positive things about social innovation is that it brings together two sides of the same coin: it offers solutions to help overcome current difficulties in our societies, while at the same time creating new jobs and opportunities, therefore supporting the development of our economies, through the new activities that it generates. We chose the topic of the competition - ‘help people move towards work or into new types of work’ - to show that we can tap into everyone’s creativity to find innovative solutions for jobs and employment. Start-ups across the spectrum have come: from start-ups for young people, to start-ups for social enterprises; from public sector programmes, to others with a more business angle. The diversity of proposals we received is a demonstration of how social innovation involves many different parts of our societies. I am happy that we have succeeded what we set out to do with this year's competition: to stimulate ideas. Whether or not an idea is among our winners, I believe that they are all thoughtful and worthwhile. I very much hope and trust that they will all make it to implementation and achieve their ultimate aim: social innovation for jobs! Social innovation indeed is part and parcel of our Europe 2020 strategy because it is rapidly developing as a driver for growth and jobs. To take only few examples, with the recently adopted Social Investment package, we have put forward proposals to enhance social cohesion and restore inclusive growth by investing in human capital. The single market is also a multiplier of social innovation and we have proposed tools to help social enterprises find new business opportunities. And through the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, we bring a significant support to social digital innovation, which Diogo Vasconcelos himself did a lot to promote. Just before announcing the three winners from our ten finalists, I would like to congratulate you all again for your work. I would also like to wish you all the very best for your projects and ideas, now and in the future. Whether or not you go home with a prize, the high quality of your proposals will make it easier – we hope – to generate interest from potential backers. This is what we are aiming at. This competition should not be seen as a one-off. We would like to stay in touch with you, and see how your projects and ideas develop. You are our best Ambassadors to promote social innovation in Europe! Before turning to the award ceremony itself, I am very glad to announce that we will launch our next competition on 11 October this year, 2013, in Milan, in partnership with the Unicredit Foundation. I hope that we receive even more applications! So I think now is the moment to announce the three winners. Let’s recall together who the ten finalists are and once again I wish you all the best of luck. Thank you for your attention. 00:06:09
10:29:32 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) thanking José Manuel Barroso for his speech and presenting the video on the ten finalists 00:01:48
10:31:20 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) announcing one of the three winners: Economy App from Germany 00:01:15
10:32:36 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) asking a question to the Representative of Economy App 00:00:05
10:32:41 Soundbite by the Representative of Economy App (in ENGLISH) saying that he is very thankful 00:00:06
10:32:48 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) asking a question to the Representative of Economy App 00:00:11
10:32:59 Soundbite by the Representative of Economy App (in ENGLISH) on the new opportunities offered by winning the prize 00:00:14
10:33:14 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) thanking the Representative of Economy App 00:00:11
10:33:26 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) announcing one of the three winners: Mitwin.net from Spain 00:00:21
10:33:47 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) calling on stage the Representative of Mitwin.net 00:00:41
10:34:28 Soundbite by the Representative of Mitwin.net (in ENGLISH) saying that she would like to express herself in Spanish 00:00:11
10:34:40 Soundbite by the Representative of Mitwin.net (in SPANISH) saying that she is very happy. She didn't thought that this would happen to her. 00:00:25
10:35:05 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) congratulating the Representative of Mitwin.net 00:00:21
10:35:26 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) announcing one of the three winners: Success breeds success from United Kingdom 00:00:41
10:36:07 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) asking a question to the Representative of Success breeds success 00:00:04
10:36:12 Soundbite by the Representative of Success breeds success (in ENGLISH) giving her impressions 00:00:33
10:36:45 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) asking a question to the Representative of Success breeds success 00:00:09
10:36:55 Soundbite by Representative of Success breeds success (in ENGLISH) on the impact of winning the prize on her work 00:00:14
10:37:09 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) asking all the winners, finalists and Representatives of Lebenshilfe to come on stage for the group photo with José Manuel Barroso 00:03:09
10:40:18 Soundbite by the moderator (in ENGLISH) giving some closing words to end the ceremony 00:01:44
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