In time of crisis arises a special need of rethinking and reorganizing our environment
in order to meet the social needs and deficits which are visible under the weakened
system of governance. These social deficits can be filled and that is why the Ideas
Factory started working on EMPATHEAST: Forum for empathy-driven social change
in Eastern Europe. The main objective of EMPATHEAST is to firmly put Bulgaria and
the Balkans on the world map of social innovation and social entrepreneurship. As a
region which deals with a dysfunctional political, economic and social system on a
daily basis, the Balkans are a unique ground where social innovation can solve old
challenges in a new way.
In 2014 EMPATHEAST gathered together more than 350 people from 14 countries in
the city of Plovdiv which became the setting in which seemingly foreign subjects were
transformed into inspiring and accessible starting points for reflection and
Between 13-15 November 2015 the second edition of EMPATHEAST is coming
to Sofia and will be focused on the topic of COMMUNITY-LED INNOVATIONS.
Leading speakers and practitioners in the field of social change will tell us about their
experience in order to create a space in which we will learn from each other, and
experiment with creating new models. EMPATHEAST will challenge your creativity
for social change through lectures, installations, games, concerts and performances,
stimulating collective intelligence and systems thinking. It will demonstrate the
meaning of "public visioning" (creating a shared vision) and will reflect on intuitive
and empathic leadership, self-organizing civil systems, ethical finance, energy
independence, human centered design, and many more.