Social Innovation Challenges - Open Discussion: Similarities and differences between Finland and Tanzania
11.11.2015 19:07

As the slush 2015 event attracts delegates from all corners of the globe, Yhteismaa, Kontupiste and TANZICT decided to come together in an attempt to harness impactful knowledge that would add value to social innovation practices in Finland and Tanzania.

The goal behind this event is to focus on two main themes: unemployment and cultural differences. The idea is to try and understand if these are challenges faced in both Finland and Tanzania and if so, to what extent and how it is experienced by community members. Furthermore, the initiative also aims at defining solutions applied on both side and to evaluate the potential of importing some elements of these practices to both countries.

What happens
The session will take shape as open facilitated discussions were thoughts will be gathered in steps in the hope of drafting a final conclusion statement.

When & Where
The event is held on Friday November 13th at Helsinki Think Company Viikki, Latokartanonkaari 3, E-Building: 13:00 to 16:00

The Helsinki public is welcome to join Tanzanian citizens from the start-up and Innovation ecosystem of the country.


TANZICT stands for The Information Society and ICT Sector Development Project. It’s bilateral collaboration project between the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology of Tanzania (MCST) and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The project’s overall objective is a strengthened Tanzanian information society with enhanced capacities to contribute to the achievement of the Government’s socio-economic development goals.

Yhteismaa is a non-profit organization founded in 2012, specialized in new participatory city culture, co-creation and social movements. We plan and implement projects, events and services with a social meaning and create tools through which we all can fulfill our potential and affect the world around us. All our projects and events share the aim of a more fun, free, sustainable, responsible and social urban life.

Kontupiste provides the residents of the Mellunkylä region with information and guidance in computing and cultural services. An open access media lab and the Internet terminals at Kontupiste may be used by anybody. The exhibition space called Gallery Kontupiste produces exhibitions in cooperation with the Finnish Museum of Photography. Citizens are involved with both the planning and the curating of the exhibitions. Key challenges in Helsinki suburbs are: aging, age-related digital exclusion, economic disparities, unequal access to cultural services, and high unemployment rate. All activities are produced by Lasipalatsi Media Centre Ltd (Helsinki City Group). Lasipalatsi Media Centre has been a partner or a coordinator in several international projects funded by the Urban Program, the Culture Program and the European Social Fund. Lasipalatsi Media Centre is currently partner in Eurocities and always seeking new opportunities to collaborate both nationally and internationally.


Contact information:


tanzania commission for science
and technology, COSTECH
Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road (SAYANSI)
P.O. Box 4302, Dar eS salaaM

Kontulan ostoskeskus,
Puh. 050 527 2591


Address: Iso Roobertinkatu 41,
00120 Helsinki, Finland
Phone:+358 44 5478354


Kontupiste on tietotekniikka- ja kulttuurikeskus Mellunkylässä, Kontulatalossa Kontulan ostoskeskuksessa.

Kontupisteen toiminnan toteuttaa Helsingin kaupunki.

Moderni kaupunkitoimisto kaupunkilaisille maksutta. Tietoteknistä neuvontaa ja kursseja.

Galleria Kontupiste. Näyttelytilaa valokuvataiteilijoille. Osallistavaa kulttuurityötä yhteistyössä Suomen valokuvataiteen museon kanssa vuodesta 2014.


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