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.

Example:Business Model Canvas & Guidebook for Nature-based Solutions
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.

Customised webinars and on-site business planning workshops can be delivered on request. To receive a free copy of the Nature-Based Solution Business Model Canvas and Guidebook please send an email to:

Business Model Canvas for Nature - based Solutions workshops with teams from Pavlos Melas, Greece (Left, © Municipality of Pavlos Melas), Bologna, Italy (Centre, © Horizon Hua) and Ioannina, Greece (Right, © Horizon Nua)


We partner with other social innovators, research institutes, policy makers and implementers to devise innovative solutions to challenges facing our society today focused on healthy, resilient cities; tackling social disadvantage; supporting social entrepreneurs.

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


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.

Isobel explaining to cities how to use the Nature-based Solutions Business Model Canvas (LEFT), and Cities experimenting with the Nature based Solutions Business Model Canvas (right) at the European Urban Resilience Forum, Bonn June 2019 (© ICLEI Europe)


A collaborative network with industry leaders in the nature-based economy was launched in October 2021.


• 1500+ active users
• 11 communities of practitioners led by industry leaders/ambassadors
• 2000+ participants in community webinars and workshops
• Launch of 1st ‘Internet of Nature’ podcast series featuring nature-tech entrepreneurs
• Co-host of Connecting Nature Enterprise Summit, Poznan (June 2021)


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)