On the 2nd of October 2017 a Congress organized by Vagit Alekperov -president of LUKoil and founder of “Our Future Foundation”- and dedicated to social innovation and social business took place in Moscow. Indeed, the objective of Our Future Foundation is to implement socially relevant programs and projects on the principles of social entrepreneurship. The mission of the Foundation financed by Mr. Alekperov is “to act as a catalyst of positive social change in Russian society by assisting to developing of social entrepreneurship.”
Several experts in the fields of social innovation and social business were invited as speakers, among them our Director Enrico Testi.
Enrico introduced the social business and illustrated how to create an enabling ecosystem for social enterprises.

He explained to the press the importance of sharing successful examples of social enterprises that have solved in Italy some of the social problems that Russia has been fighting for years, such as the integration of disadvantaged workers. Giardineria Italiana and the ethical hotel in Asti are considered two successful models which Russia can look up to.
Many other social business models, especially those the field of new technologies, were shared to inspire change and innovation.