The Hans Sauer Stiftung wants to prototype a social lab for immigrant and refugee integration that systematically includes communities und stakeholders in the process of developing and implementing new solutions. We are looking for solution providers with innovative ideas for building social labs for integration.
Increasing numbers of immigrant and refugees arriving in Europe pose severe challenges on our societies. In Germany, around 1 mio. asylum applications have been submitted in the last two years (cf. bpb, 2017). Even though hopeless political circumstances and persecution are often the reasons forcing people to leave their homes, the challenge of integrating asylum seekers into our society will not be solved with politics alone. We can only master that task if we combine resources, share knowledge and experiences and if we create platforms for a collaborative development of innovative, bold and unconventional ideas. It is only if we manage to create spaces for such constructive exchange, that we can turn this crisis into a chance for social, economic and cultural growth
The Hans Sauer Foundation wants to encourage such collaborative processes by prototyping a social lab for integration in Munich, where solutions for challenges like the integration of refugees can be explored and developed. Over the past years, labs and lab-like structures, which tackle various social and societal issues have developed in many European countries.
The Hans Sauer Foundation is looking for solution providers which can propose approaches that bring together different stakeholders to collaboratively develop innovative ideas for accomplishing the integration of refugees in Munich and the rest of Europe. This call for solution in inspired by the idea of “Social Labs for Integration” which could work as an innovation agency for stakeholder-based and participatory project development in the field. Its outcomes can be new services, new programs, new places/spaces, and new ways of implementation.
The challenge complies with the ethical standards of the socialchallenges.eu project.