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Partos Innovation Festival & Innovation Awards 2021

Save the date! On October 8th 2021, Partos will organise the 8th edition of the annual Innovation Festival, celebrating innovation within development cooperation. This year, we focus on ‘Navigating and shaping the Future – innovation in development cooperation in pursuit of an inclusive, just and sustainable world’. Expect a day full of inspiration, collaboration and innovation. A unique, online, festival that brings emerging voices and new insights, with various international participants, speakers and inspiring sessions. Join us virtually, broadcasted from Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam!

Join us in navigating and shaping the future
The main festival theme of this year is ‘Navigating and shaping the Future – innovation in development cooperation in pursuit of an inclusive, just and sustainable world‘. Development cooperation operates in an uncertain and complex context. This requires responding collectively to longstanding challenges, fast-paced changes and emerging issues that are inherent to our current ‘way of doing development. During this festival, we will explore innovative and transformative ways to anticipate these uncertainties and complexities. In particular, we will focus on inspiring innovations, both from within and outside development cooperation, that can inspire and inform us to increase our impact. In spring 2021, Partos initiated a new Future exploration trajectory to define “dynamic and adaptive future pathways” that can withstand uncertain and complex futures. On that same wavelength, we want to organise a festival that brings new perspectives for collaborating towards an inclusive, just and sustainable future of development that works for everyone.

Collaborative Innovations Awards
One of the highlights of the festival is the Innovation Awards Ceremony. The winners of the ‘Collaborative Innovations Award’ will be announced at the festival to showcase recent innovative and inspiring initiatives in the development sector. Following the Future Exploration, the ‘Collaborative Innovations Awards’ is calling for change-makers and innovators around the world that started collaborations to deal with complex, volatile and uncertain scenarios in development cooperation.

During the festival, you will get to learn more about these change coalitions and meet the people behind the outstanding collaborative solutions. We want to know what makes them innovative and how they work together to design solutions for the grand global issues we face now and in the years to come.

Apply with your collaborative innovation! The call for registration is now open.

Building a great programme together
You can hear inspiring talks or join sessions on front-running innovations and thematic and organisational trends. Think about sessions on new ways of working together, civic space, shifting the power, engagement & inclusion, digital challenges & opportunities, youth movements, activism, gender, climate change & migration, ‘hope-based storytelling’ and many more! Soon you can read more on a special Festival page on the Partos website. Of course, we are developing our programme in co-creation with our members and partners. We invite you to join us in building a great programme for the Festival on October 8th. Together we will make it a day full of inspiration, exchange and innovation. Please join if you want to contribute in any way. Let us know!

The festival will be online as we wish to reach all corners of the world. We are looking forward to opening our (virtual) doors again to welcome you to the Innovation Festival. Let’s keep our eyes on the horizon and register now for a day full of inspiration!