In the work to develop innovative solutions that help unaccompanied minors in Sweden, Reach for Change early identified the need to bring together relevant actors in society – including the target group themselves – to innovate. In August 31st 2017, the co-creation initiative “Sammanhacket” took place in Stockholm. 180 participants from different sectors such as, municipalities, government agencies, corporates, and social enterprises – and unaccompanied youth themselves – spent an entire day developing and testing 22 pilot ideas to create a better life for unaccompanied youths in Sweden. The Swedish Minister of Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg, made a speech encouraging the development of such collaborative cross-sector forums, and announcing an increased support from the government to social innovation. The event was organized in partnership with the Swedish Aussociation of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL) and the policy lab Förnyelselabbet ,with funding from the Swedish Postcode Foundation .
Through the support of the Postcode Foundation, the learnings from bringing these actors together have also resulted a coaching guide for social entrepreneurs on how to collaborate with municipalities.