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Partos Innovation Festival 2022

The ninth edition of the Partos Innovation Festival focuses on inclusive civic power as an essential force for social change. NGOs, civil society leaders, researchers, social entrepreneurs, funders, government and the private sector join to share inspirational ideas & new trends on civic power and development. Get ready for a day full of innovation, learning by doing and networking at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. 

  • Date and time 14 October 2022, 09:00 - 18:30 CET
  • Where Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
  • For whom NGOs, civil society leaders, researchers, social entrepreneurs, funders, government officials and private sector professionals.

The best of both worlds: hybrid innovation

Finally! On October 14th, we will celebrate innovation in development cooperation. After two years of online gatherings, we are excited to meet in person at this year’s Innovation Festival. That said, we have received significant positive feedback on the online editions of the festival, especially regarding the inclusion of people who would not have been able to attend an in-person event. That’s why we have decided to combine a physical event with online elements to facilitate global participation, and indeed, to unbind the civic space and make way for unrestricted, inclusive civic power. 

Festival Theme: Inclusive Civic Power

We believe collective human agency can overcome exclusion and inequality. To overcome the global challenges we face, inclusive civic power is essential. 

Civic power entails co-creative power, convening power and countervailing power as a means to foster collective action. Civic power enables us to build a more just world – a world in which everyone and every place can reach their full potential. Numerous determined changemakers are striving for inclusion, justice, diversity and equality daily. They create the necessary fuel for action and change. 

An empowered civic space is the beating heart of any open society. However, around the world, people and places are prevented from fully participating in civic space, for various reasons. Together with members and partners, Partos works to nurture, harness and mobilise civic space. And at the same time, we defend civic space, as civic space is under severe pressure in many countries and even shrinking in most countries. 

Amplifying civil society voices

The Partos Innovation Festival showcases great examples of innovative and promising actions, campaigns, tools, approaches and projects to promote inclusive civic power. Additionally, Partos organises co-creative sessions to explore strategies for system change and new ways of cooperation for inclusion, equity and equality. We aim to create a more inclusive civic space by seeking joint leadership with new and unheard inspiring changemakers and disruptive communities. Uniting a multitude of civil society voices, we hope to ignite the flame of activism needed to build a more just world – built by everyone, built for everyone. 

Building up the Innovation Festival programme

We are happy to confirm our exquisite festival host of the day Lynn Zebeda, and other exciting collaborations in our programme. Dutch artist Jeroen van der Most will light us up with his talk on data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence as an art form for social & environmental justice. Partos will join hands with ViceVersa & Wilde Ganzen and host a World Café on the support base for development cooperation. We will host workshops on Inclusive Communication strategies and an activist lab on Climate justice.

The Partos Innovation Festival programme is always developed in co-creation with many members and partners. We have received exciting ideas and proposals from our members and partners through our Call for Collaboration – ranging from shifting power in practice, climate justice, (visual) storytelling and Inclusive & intersectional design. In the coming weeks, we will create our programme further and share updates on our festival collaborators.

I’ve attended several Partos Innovation Festivals and was always inspired by the range and depth of the topics addressed. The Partos team bring together great speakers with unique and thought-provoking insights on what the development sector needs to create a better and lasting impact. In addition, the event offers wonderful networking opportunities with fellow change-makers, which is really energizing and great for future collaborations. Definitely attending the next editions!

– Laura Tufis, Founder & Impact-first Marketer, The Marketing Palette 

Stories & images that matter

Stories and images are an integral part of the history of every known society. Indeed, for over 30.000 years, societies have used storytelling as a tool for expression, reflection, engagement, teaching and envisioning. Because the art of storytelling fosters civic power and promotes an open civic space, artists, designers, photographers and filmmakers will tell diverse and inspiring stories during the Partos Innovation Festival.

Power PitchFest: 10 breakthrough ideas from 10 CEOs

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for the global community. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. Despite much successful development over the years, the progress on the SDGs is not moving fast enough and the COVID pandemic is causing a major setback on all Goals.

Join us to determine the next big idea in international development cooperation. The Partos Innovation Festival will bring together 10 CEOs from international civil society to pitch their BIG idea that will be transformative for international development cooperation. Each CEO will have one slide and 3 minutes to tell us something we don’t know now, which will change the game in international development cooperation within the next 10 years. Think of a technological breakthrough, creative approach, new area of programming, disruptive innovation, new ways of measuring progress or a change in environmental conditions.

The audience will vote live for their favourite pitch and prizes will be awarded!

Questions about the Partos Innovation Festival?

We welcome creative minds, unconventional points of view and engaging speakers. So, if you have some great input in mind, an important topic to shed light on or a relevant project to showcase, let us know. How? Get in touch with Gigi Ong-Alok, our Innovation Facilitator. 


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