Research:  At Horizon Nua, we undertake research into social innovation – new and existing methodologies for social innovation, what is best practice and how methodologies can be translated and implemented into organisational culture and with and for society.

We look at the challenges facing decision makers e.g. local government and policy makers and how work practices can be adapted to adopt a more socially innovative approach.

Through our research we create toolkits and guidelines for policy makers and practitioners to facilitate their transition towards the full integration of social innovation into their work practices.

The Business Model Canvas and Guidebook for Nature-based Solutions is an example of our toolkits.  Developed from research undertaken in association with Trinity College Centre for Social Innovation as part of the Connecting Nature project, Horizon Nua is delivering workshops with 8 city municipalities to  devise business and financing models to implement large-scale nature-based solutions.

To receive a free copy of the Nature-Based Solution Business Model Canvas and Guidebook please send an email requesting same to:

Customised webinars and on-site business planning workshops can be delivered on request. 


Isobel finalising the Business Model Canvas for their Nature - based Solutions with the team from Pavlos Melas (a municipality of Thessaloniki) at their Financing and Business Model Workshop (August 2019)    © Municipality of Pavlos Melas


Team Ioannina working on the Business Model Canvas for their Nature - based Solution at their Finance and Business Model workshop facilitated by Horizon Nua's Isobel.   © Horizon Nua

Working with Bologna to identify the key resources and activities required as they develop their Business Model for their Nature - based Solution (July 2019)   © Horizon Hua

Innovate:  We partner with other social innovators, research institutes, policy makers and implementers to devise innovative solutions to challenges facing our society today.  Challenges in our society like creating healthy, resilient cities; tackling social disadvantage; supporting social entrepreneurs.

Connecting Nature is one example of a research and innovation project we are involved in.

Isobel explaining to cities attending the European Urban Resilience Forum how to use the Nature-based Solutions Business Model Canvas, Bonn June 2019.   (© ICLEI Europe)


Cities experimenting with the Nature based Solutions Business Model Canvas at the European Urban Resilience Forum.   (© ICLEI Europe)

Communicate:  We act as Communications Partner in research and innovation projects focused on social innovation.

We organise events, launches, conferences, meetings, training in the area of social innovation.  We do this both in-house, with and for other social innovators, research organisations and external agencies.

We reach out across social media to share our ideas, examples of social innovations that inspire and excite us, interviews with social innovators and to talk about our work.

Train:  We create and deliver training programmes to equip local authorities, policy makers and other up-takers of social innovation with the tools necessary to integrate social innovation into their work practices and plans.

Running a training workshop with Bologna city to develop their entrepreneurship strategy for nature - based solutions (©: Horizon Nua)

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