Social Dynamo is a hub for civil society capacity building, oﬀering learning opportunities, professional support and networking to NGOs and active citizens groups. It is a collaborative initiative between the Bodossaki Foundation and the City of Athens Municipality SynAthina team, based on their common mission to support active citizens and civil society initiatives. It consists of a both physical space in Athens and a virtual space, dedicated to developing the potential of NGOs and informal civil society groups.
Why Social Dynamo?
Just as a dynamo accumulates and transforms energy, so Social Dynamo aims to empower civil society actors to increase their social impact, through providing comprehensive capacity building support and networking opportunities.
What we oﬀer:
- Learning opportunities: Social Dynamo oﬀers a diverse range of learning opportunities to civil society organisations and groups, as well as an e-learning platform that the Bodossaki Foundation has already developed as fund operator for the EEA NGO Grants Programme in Greece ‘We are all Citizens’.
- Professional support: Social Dynamo oﬀers professional support to civil society organisations and groups, through providing mentoring, consultancy and coaching. These services are provided by expert professionals, including from the Bodossaki Foundation’s pro bono network. The services cover a wide range of themes, including: ﬁnancial management, legal issues, fundraising, communications & marketing, and human resources management.
- Networking: Social Dynamo encourages networking and exchanges between formal and informal civil society actors and also functions as a meeting point for civil society, academia, and the private and public sectors, through hosting a variety of networking events on a regular basis.
- A co-working space: The physical space, located in Serafio, the city’s innovation hub, is a creative co-working space that can simultaneously host approximately 15 civil society groups. Hosted groups are selected twice a year through an open call procedure. They are supported through all services offered within Social Dynamo to build their capacity and sustainability.
In the last two years, Social Dynamo has welcomed over 2,600 representatives of civil society organisations in its events and has welcomed 54 teams in its co-working space. In total, 126 educational activities have been organised at Social Dynamo, while an extensive network of mentors and associates has volunteered 752 hours of mentoring, working closely with civil society organisations and active citizens’ groups.
Social Dynamo aims to be a dynamic and responsive hub for Greece’s civil society by sharing its initiatives, by shaping partnerships and by promoting joint projects.
A dedicated Social Dynamo website is available via the following link .