Save the date for the Hello Festival in Lisbon.


On July 2, in partnership with the High Commissioner for Migration (www.acm.pt) and SPEAK, we will be celebrating a Hello Festival in Lisbon, Portugal! The event aims to present effective citizen sector solutions from Portugal and Europe, and work on scaling plans to spread them throughout Portugal. Attendees will include key stakeholders from sectors such as foundations, companies, the social sector, government and social entrepreneurs.

Initiatives present include Welcoming International, founded by Ashoka Fellow David Lubell, which helps local communities become intentionally welcoming through a number of concrete steps that gather and articulate all key stakeholders. Already, Welcoming International has spread to over 10 countries, and is now helping municipalities across Europe. Another solution,Speak, born and based in Portugal, uses language classes to create friendships and connect people in cities will be presenting scaling ideas to continue to spread across Portugal and Europe.

In addition to presentations from the social innovators, there will be workshops on systems change and scaling, interviews and initiatives led by migrant leaders, as well as intentional networking spaces to connect participants from different sectors (foundations, corporations, social sector, government, etc.). For more information and registration, please go to https://helloportugalfestival.eventbrite.com/ or reach out to Silvia Pau (spau@ashoka.org).