Join us either in person, or online for this research café event exploring Social Generativity.
Developed as a ‘paradigm for social change’, Social Generativity is a novel social theory created by Italian sociologists seeking to understand what makes certain kinds of organisations thrive, create and flourish. Based on observation of over 100 social and economic organisations, now collated as multimedia recordings on the Generativity Archive, these scholars identified three moves within socially generative action (SGA): 1) bringing something into the world; 2) taking care of it; and 3) releasing it. Social generativity is therefore not simply a question of creation, but of creating the social context and sustainable environment in which creations thrive. Social generativity thus provides a potential opportunity to link the three aims of ‘Innovation’, ‘Inclusion’ and ‘Sustainability’ in theory, strategy and practices.
Intrigued readers can explore the recently published edited volume introducing the theory to English-speaking audience, still much of the research on social generativity is in Italian. As researchers at the University of Manchester and beyond engage further with this emerging paradigm we are privileged to have the opportunity to speak directly with Italian scholars developing these exciting new ways of thinking. Hear from leading Italian sociologists Mauro Magatti, Chiara Giaccardi, Patrizia Cappelletti and Paolo Pezzana, and respondent, Elvira Uyarra, Professor of Innovation Studies (UoM)
Through attending this event you will:
· learn more about Social Generativity
· hear from expert speakers, who have researched and written extensively on the subject
· connect with like-minded people, interested in Social Generativity
Mauro Magatti is Professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of Milan and director of Arc. Centre for the Anthropology of religion and generative studies. He has recently published Supersocietà, ha ancora senso Scommettere sulla libertà (Il Mulino, Bologna) and is the editor of Social Generativity. A relational paradigm for social change (~(Routledge, 2018)
Chiara Giaccardi is Professor of Sociology at Sociologia in Milan where she teaches Anthropology and Sociology of the media. She is the editor of Comunicazioni Sociali. Together with Mauro Magatti she just published Supersocietà, ha ancora senso Scommettere sulla libertà (Il Mulino, Bologna)
Paolo Pezzana (PhD) is general director of On, a social company dealing with territories and organisations devoted to a generative transformation.
Patrizia Cappelletti holds a PhD in Social Sciences from Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Milan, Italy). She is the coordinator of the Archive of Italian Generativity and is a member of the Centre for the Anthropology of Religion and Cultural Change (ARC). Her main interests revolve around social generativity and generative organizational forms. She is the coordinator of a group of organizations, mostly enterprises, interested in developing the paradigm of Social Generativity in their policies and practices.
Elvira Uyarra is Professor of Innovation Studies at Alliance Manchester Business School (University of Manchester) where she is also Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and member of the UK Productivity Institute. She is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (RSA) and editor of the journal Regional Studies. Her research has in the last few years focused on topics such as the role of universities in regional development, regional science and innovation policy and the innovation impacts of public sector procurement.
The event will take place between 3-4.30pm, followed by refreshments and networking at 4.30-5pm, for those attending in person.
The event is free to attend and open to anyone interested or engaged in Social Generativity, please register to attend via Eventbrite.
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