The Systemic Innovation Zone: innovating a future for Greece

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The Systemic Innovation Zone 

The Systemic Innovation Zone is an expression of a small group of Greeks and Internationals who believe that participating in leading our own lives by digging to our roots, discovering our hidden treasures and finding our own new ways is the way systemic change occurs.  The SIZ sees the act of being systemic – changing ourselves from the inside out by learning together – as fundamental to creating new forms of living that serve our communities, and a greater whole.

The SIZ gives ordinary citizens, who are ready to innovate and experiment, an enabling framework to prototype initiatives rooted in social innovation to create new realities that can be scaled up and implemented first across Greece and act as an example for the rest of Europe and beyond.

At the edges of breakdowns come breakthroughs – the crack where the light comes through.

The SIZ creates the conditions for young leaders, families, citizens and elders to weave edgy new ideas with the ancient wisdom of this land. At the core is the belief that practicing more collective, participatory approaches creates the conditions for new collaborative cultures and intelligence to be illuminated and amplified. Central to this is to bring our full selves, our deepest longings, our creativity and a sense of play and wonder.

Specifically, the SIZ brings people, ideas and practice together to:

  • Illuminate the emerging stories of systemic innovation
  • Incubate new ideas so they become realities
  • Support and nurture emerging leaders and innovators
  • Create a diversity of learning and conversation spaces, e.g. Art of Hosting trainings, innovation and design workshops, learning journeys, cafe conversations, urban play and creativity
  • Respond to invitations to speak, write and consult on what we are learning in the Greek context to scale it out.

Ultimately, the aim is to shift the flow of resources, and the patterns of dependency to create new products, processes, programs and networks. This profoundly changes routines, authority flows and beliefs of the current social system resulting in “systemic transformation.”




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