• Promoting social inclusion and active citizenship

    The stories of some of the best projects from the previous years

    Between four and ten thousand people live in the streets of Prague, making homelessness an issue that has to be addressed on a social level. That’s why Pragulic cofounders Tereza Jureckova and Ondrej Klugl came up with an idea for a project that allows people living in the streets to become tourist guides, contributing to the reduction of social exclusion and stigmatisation. “It all started after SIA kick off in […]

  • Bitcoin to the People

    The stories of some of the best projects from the previous years

    In Croatia, a small startup project called Coinsulter aims to link the digital currency Bitcoin to the world of the consumer-market.

  • Empowering children through sports

    The stories of some of the best projects from the previous years

    Croatian project Allegria aims to make sport accessible to children from low income families. Read here about how a strong-willed Croatian set out to improve the life of her community.

  • Koala Phone makes a smartphone even smarter for challenged users

    Ideas that have potential to influence a million people or more

    Josef and Tomáš Slavíček founded the Koala Phone app – a simplified Android phone interface that elders and others can control easily. Koala Phone won a prize at the Social Impact Award in Prague in 2014 – now the app is available in 24 languages and has a huge potential to help millions to better communicate with their families and friends. Is it true that people over 65 are too […]

  • Empowering independence

    Stories of the people that move us into action

    Stefanie Strubreiter is in her late twenties, and lives with a disability. Yet, that never stopped her from pursuing her dreams. We met with the inspiring young woman to talk about work, the arts – and powerchair football.

  • Ke kořenům – To the Roots

    The stories of some of the best projects from the previous years

    Traditional burials waste natural resources. Not only is valuable real estate devoted to cemeteries, which have no useful secondary function, but millions of trees and tons of metal are used to create caskets and mountains of concrete for the crypts – all to give survivors the illusion that their departed loved ones will never be forgotten.

  • The Re-Cycling Community

    Ideas that have potential to influence a million people or more

    Most citybike-services follow a unique template: fixed bike-stands to pick up and return your bicycle, provided by municipial authorities, sponsored by corporations. A Czech bicycle-sharing project leaves the trodden path and adds a strong sense of community to the mix.

  • The last two years of SIA: An impact assessment

    Updates about the Social Impact Award and its impact in society

    Excerpts from the Impact Survey conducted by WU Wien on the last two years of running SIA.

  • Successful Business creating a Better Life for Others

    Ideas that have potential to influence a million people or more

    How to make the world a better place for some 285 million people? Take a display of small physical bubbles forming Braille alphabet, add to it a so-called Perkins keyboard, which is a keyboard specially designed for typing Braille. Stir innovative technology and and accessible design into the mix, and voila: You have the invented first tactile tablet-computer for blind and visually impaired people.

  • Branko the Bodyguard

    Stories of the people that move us into action

    Branko is a good example of the many migrants who lie in the grey area between involuntary refugee and an economic opportunist. He and his second wife are both native Serbians who now reside in Austria, where they struggle to find work without having the required permits. He is not, strictly speaking, a refugee from war or political repression, but his reasons for leaving his homeland are no less valid and existential – yet they are unlikely to win him official asylum within the EU.

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