The Social Innovation Competition ran for it's first year and was part of the Year of Innovation Architecture & Design. The competition was looking for the best business ideas with a social and/or environmental twist. There were many applicants with great ideas. The three winners' businesses will make an unquestionable difference to communities, here in Scotland.
The winners are:
- Anthony Thomas, Edinburgh, T Gold Handmade Footwear
Anthony’s social innovation idea is to manufacture handmade footwear with recycled leather from used chairs and used clothes materials. Anthony’s idea has both environmental and social benefits: reducing waste whilst also addressing unemployment in his local area by creating apprenticeships for young and disabled individuals.
- Laura Petruskeviciute and Aurora Tallon, Glasgow, Studio Pop
(Winners of the Young Social Innovator Award 2016)
Laura and Aurora, together with their colleague Cristian are developing DOT-TO-DOT, an innovative platform to activate empty sites and buildings while connecting people skills and needs through an online donation platform and life exchange projects. With a background in architecture and community regeneration, their ambition is to promote a shared economy and a recycling design culture while improving the environment.
- Thomas Binns, Glasgow, Pianos on Prescription
Thomas’ idea will help people experiencing difficulties including isolation, loneliness, depression, long-term health conditions, poverty and reliance on prescription medication. His plan is to run a pilot project offering free informal piano tuition as a means to not only learn a musical skill but also receive extended one-to-one attention and be supported through a process of gaining greater connection with oneself and others. Thomas is building on his experience of founding and running Glasgow Piano City.