Speaker: Pat Kane

Co-initiator, The Alternative UK

Pat Kane is a writer, musician, consultant and activist. He is author of The Play Ethic (www.theplayethic.com), and the forthcoming Radical Animal (www.radicalanimal.net), ad is currently co-initiator of the new political platform The Alternative UK (www.thealternative.org.uk).Pat consults globally on play, creativity and innovation.. Pat was elected Rector of Glasgow University from 1990-93, and was a founding editor of The Sunday Herald. He was the founding curator of FutureFest from 2013-2016 (www.futurefest.org). Pat is also still one half of Scottish pop duo Hue & Cry (www.hueandcry.co.uk)

Speaker: Gianluca Misuraca


Gianluca Misuraca is Senior Scientist at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre where, since 2009, is coordinating research in the area of Digital governance and Social Innovation. He is currently leading research on Digital Government Transformation as part of the Directorate for Growth & Innovation, based in Seville, Spain.

Before joining the European Commission, Gianluca was the Managing Director of the Executive Master in eGovernance at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). During his career he held several positions as policy advisor for different International Organisations, including the United Nations General Secretariat, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, cooperation agencies and consulting in the area of Public Sector Reform, eGovernment, regional development, research and innovation.

Gianluca’s background is economics with focus on the interface between ICTs and public sector innovation. He holds a Diploma of Specialisation in EU Economics and Law, a diploma in Security Management, an Executive Master in eGovernance and a Ph. D in Management of Technology from EPFL.

Contact: gianluca.misuraca@ec.europa.eu

Speaker: Justyna Król

Justyna Król, Founder and CEO of Urban Workshop

Justyna is an expert in social innovation and urban development. She spent 3 years working for the United Nations Development Programme (Country Office in Poland and Bratislava Regional Centre for Europe and Central Asia) as Social Innovation and Communication specialist. She has created one of the first Polish crowdfunding platforms and has run several crowdsourcing projects in the region. She is the CEO of Urban Workshop (Pracownia Miejska) – a social enterprise specialising in sustainable urban development and future studies for municipalities. Their flagship project is Miasta2050 [Cities 2050].

Speaker: Erika Widegren


Erika is Chief Executive of Re-Imagine Europa (RIE). She has been working in the field of connecting science, society and policy for over a decade. She is fellow at PlusValue, a UK-based European company focusing on social innovation; she is board member of Citizen Communication Platform, a Swedish project to promote stronger communication with citizens; and member of the committee supporting the work of Luc Van den Brande, Special Adviser to President Jean- Claude Juncker, for the Report on the “Outreach towards Citizen” Strategy.

Speaker: Kuba Wygnański

Kuba Wygnański President of Board,Unit for Shipyard – Centre for Social Innovation and Research

Jan Jakub (Kuba) Wygnanski is sociologist by training. He started his public activity as Solidarity activist in Poland. He was participating in historical Round Table talks. After 1989, he became deeply involved in numerous initiatives aiming to support civil society in Poland and other countries. In 2003 he was Yale University – World Fellow. He has started several NGOs including KLON/JAWOR Association (main support, research and information center for Polish non-profit center http://www.ngo.pl) and Forum of Nongovernmental Initiatives (FIP) which plays a key role as representative of Polish Third Sector. Kuba was initiator and coordinator of a multi-year systemic project of Polish Model of Social Economy. For over 25 years Kuba is deeply involved in the research field of the non-profit sector in Poland. For several years, Kuba was a Board Member of Civicus (Global Alliance for Citizens Participation). Since 2018 he is Senior Ashoka Fellow. Currently, Kuba is a President of Unit for Social Innovation and Research SHIPYARD