Social Innovation for the Sustainability

Call for Cases

Call for cases: "The renewal of the social contract to ensure the implementation of the 2030 Agenda"ach itd edd


Mercedes Valcárcel, CEO of Generation Spain and member of the Scientific Committee of Journal Seventeen.

Amador Gómez, Director of Research & Innovation at Action Against Hunger Spain and member of the Scientific Committee of Journal Seventeen.

Cristina Monge, Professor at the University of Zaragoza and member of El Día Después platform

Motivation for the Call for cases

The post-war social contract, which gave birth to the welfare state and has created prosperity and distributed opportunity for decades, is showing signs that it needs to be redesigned for a world that has inevitably changed. Social polarization, fake news, climate change, growing inequality, and pandemics and wars are just some of the complex problems we face globally. As defined by Antón Costas, president of the Economic and Social Council and Xosé Carlos Arias, the social contract is "that invisible glue that makes a society function harmoniously, that makes social conflict manageable, that makes actors cooperate within companies, institutions and civil organizations, and that makes democracy able to deal with conflicts, preventing them from becoming divisive" (Arias and Costas, 2021).

With the adoption in 2015 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda by the UN General Assembly, humanity set itself the ambitious and exciting goal of achieving a more just and prosperous world for all, and a healthier environment by 2030. Meeting the goals requires not only significant investments, but also new ways of working together and new models of governance of global or local issues, which transcend state capacity. But above all it requires a review of the social pact that underpins the current socio-economic model.

From Journal Seventeen we are launching a "call for cases" with the aim of identifying inspiring experiences that can participate in an event that will take place in October 2022, organized by El Día Después Platform and whose central theme is "The renewal of the social contract to ensure the implementation of the 2030 Agenda".

The call for cases covers the following areas:

  • Expanding the perimeter of the social contract. Inspiring cases of initiatives to reduce polarisation and build consensus, as well as to listen to and incorporate voices or issues partially or totally excluded from the public debate or policy-making process (e.g. migrants, children, youth, environment, etc.). E.g. youth collectives as co-designers of the first regional youth participation law in Lombardy (Italy); Europe Talks Platform (Germany); Citizens' Climate Assembly (Spain).
  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration to renew the social contract in cities and territories in transition. Innovative cases of collaboration between different actors (public, private, academic, social sector...) to address complex challenges, such as ecological transition (climate neutrality, circular economy, energy transition), socio-territorial cohesion, depopulation or inequality. E.g.: strategy for the promotion of energy communities in Valencia (public-private-social partnership); Office of Civic Imagination in Bologna, Italy (public-social partnership).
  • The global contract: climate action, peace and health. Search for inspiring cases of how multilateralism and governance are advancing or innovating for a new global social contract, on current issues such as the climate emergency, threats to peace and the prevention of systemic global health crises. E.g. One Health (a global strategy to increase interdisciplinary collaboration for the health care of people, animals and the environment, and to implement programmes, policies and laws to improve public health).

The requirements for this call for cases are:

  • Short written cases. Cases of no more than 6 pages (3000 words) that are related to the areas described above; please consult the journal's publication guidelines, specifically the section on notes that will apply to the writing of the cases (Keywords, abstract, etc.).
  • Cases in video format. In addition to the short paper, a video of maximum 3 minutes is requested where the case is explained and the most important aspects of the manuscript are highlighted. This video will be taken into account as material for the evaluation of the case, and, if selected, will be screened at the event in October 2022. (The format of the video to be submitted can be in: MP4, AVI, MKV, FLV or MOV and should be uploaded to your private youtube and/or Vimeo channel, and send the link along with the short written submission).

The cases, both in written and video format, should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Deadline: 14 September 2022.