Social Impact Days

The Social Impact Days focus on the immense potential of cross-sector collaboration, challenging the "silo mentality" and offering a creative space for innovative solutions as well as new forms of organisation and interaction to tackle social issues. They bring together managers and experts from the public, private and civil society sectors in post-Soviet countries, the EU and Turkey. 

The Social Impact Days are a cooperation of MitOst, Robert Bosch Stiftung and BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt. In 2014, the forum was supported by the Federal Foreign Office and implemented in cooperation with Iris Group. In 2015, the project was implemented in cooperation with IDeA Foundation.


Social Impact Days 2015: The Empowering City - Social Innovations for Sustainable City Development

The Social Impact Days 2015 focused on social innovation from the cities’ point of view and sought to foster sustainable development by rethinking urbanity in a holistic way, ranging from urban livability to participatory citizenship. The Forum was held from 15 to 18 of October 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia, and gathered a group of 45 high-level professionals from post-Soviet countries, EU member states, and Turkey, coming from academia, the public, private, and civil society sectors. The highlights of the 2015 programme were the so-called "city laboratories" – one-day site visits to Dilijan in Armenia and Kutaisi in Georgia, two rapidly developing cities in the Caucasus region.

Social Impact Days 2014: Unlocking Opportunities - Tapping the Potential of Cross-Sector Collaboration

The Social Impact Days 2014 (16-19 October in Tbilisi, Georgia) aimed at improving the socio-political climate for social innovations and to identify and promote sustainable solutions. The forum explored how successful cross-sector partnerships can benefit not only the particular actors involved in the process, but also become the driving force for positive social change and impact society at large.

The event brought together 30 high-level professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Turkey, coming from the public, private and civil society sectors. Throughout a series of expert panels, interactive workshops, and study visits to social enterprises and civic initiatives in our host city Tbilisi opportunities for creating collective impact were showcased. Furthermore, existing gaps and hidden chances for improving collaboration in tackling crucial social challenges were identified.