The impact of challenge prize Ratkaisu 100 three years on

Teams, idea journeys and lessons for future organisers

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This report examines the impact of Sitra’s challenge prize Ratkaisu 100 three years after it took place in 2016–2017. The report is based on qualitative in-depth interviews conducted in June 2020 with each of the 15 teams that participated in the six month incubation phase of the challenge prize.

By mobilising the concept of an ‘idea journey’, we examine evidence of first, the direct social impact made by the teams and their ideas, and second, individual and team-level learnings resulting from the challenge prize.

We begin by offering four contrasting (anonymised) case narratives to demonstrate the various paths that teams and their ideas have progressed through in the period after the chal­lenge prize. We then explore the team decisions behind quitting owing to lack of funding, to lack of incentives to leave a comfortable pre-existing job, and perceptions that prevailing social structures are too resistant to change.

We conclude by examining obstacles to achieving change, and offer six critical questions concerning how future prize organisers can move from triggering new teams in the short term, to supporting resilient social innovation teams and transformations over years, even decades.

Publication details

Title

The impact of challenge prize “ratkaisu 100” three years on

Subtitle

Teams, idea journeys and lessons for future organisers

Authors

Tuukka Toivonen, Emma Nordbäck and Ville Takala

Place of publication

Helsinki

Year of publication

2021

Publisher

Sitra

Outlook

32 p.

ISBN (PDF)

978-952-347-212-9

ISSN (PDF)

1796-7112

publication_subject

society, societal change, societal effects, innovations, entrepreneurs, business enterprises, brainstorming, competitions, challenge prize Ratkaisu 100 , networks, evaluation, yhteiskunta; yhteiskunnallinen muutos, yhteiskunnalliset vaikutukset, innovaatiot; yrittäjät, yritykset, ideointi; kilpailut; ratkaisu 100 -haastekilpailu, arviointi

Series

Sitra studies

Publication number

179

TOPIC

Sitra Lab

The future needs its makers. Sitra Lab is a training programme and a community of change-makers. It is Sitra’s own future laboratory.

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