Rakouský patron 2020
"Taking on social responsibility is an essential component in changing our society in a sustainable and positive way. Every individual can make a contribution. All it takes is the will and an open heart. SozialMarie promotes and supports the best and most innovative social projects and makes them visible. It opens new ways and helps us to overcome barriers. It is a pleasure for me to take over the active patronage."
Dr. Herta Stockbauer studied commercial sciences at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and then worked as a university assistant and lecturer at the Institute of Economics at the Alpen-Adria-University of Klagenfurt. In 1992 she joined BKS Bank and worked in the corporate customer and securities business before moving to the controlling and accounting department. In 1996 she became head of department, in 2004 she became a member of the board of directors and in 2014 she was appointed chairman of the board of directors. She is a member of the Supervisory Boards of Österreichische Post AG and Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG, and is Vice President of respACT – austrian business council for sustainable development.
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Maďarský patron 2020
"The 1989 regime change created space for countrywide social innovation. With my friends we were involved in designing and building up a new country and civil society. The experience of acting as one of the system-changing youngsters determined my whole life and enthusiasm."
Barbara Erős is a cultural anthropologist by profession dedicated to civil society and social innovation development for the past 25 years in Hungary, Western Balkans with some sight on Ethiopia and Vietnam. She started her career at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public that fundamentally injected her with the idea of social entrepreneurship. Following she gained experience in designing CSO tailored granting systems and in impact financing at the Foundation for Development of Democratic Rights – DemNet Hungary. In 2017 she was invited to MagNet Bank, Hungary's first and only value-oriented community bank to act as the head of Civil society and Community Relations Department. As for her greater social role she is working on strengthening the Hungarian social entrepreneurial/start-up ecosystem.
Slovenský patron 2020
"We are heading to a time when the advancement of technology and artificial intelligence causes all predictable activities and work tasks that can be automated, planned and performed repeatedly to be planned, automated and executed by computer programmes and robots. However, there are activities robots cannot handle. Those are activities requiring empathy, compassion and feeling of value dilemmas. There will always be a need for humans. Therefore, we need social innovators, people who can be creative, for the benefit of all of us. I value these original people with a good heart."
Dušan Ondrušek is a senior trainer and consultant. In 1991, he founded Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia (PDCS), an oganisation he led for over 20 years. As a psychologist, he devoted himself to counseling, therapy, teaching as well as research into altruism and the effectiveness of various types of training. Since 1990, he has focused on training and consultancy in the field of community conflict relief, non-violent communication, organisational development, participatory education and decision-making process. He has extensive international experience in running conflict prevention and resolution programmes. As a trainer and facilitator, he has led over 2,000 trainings in forty countries. He has given lectures at several universities - Comenius University and University of Economics in Bratislava, European Peace University in StadtSchlaining and Danube University in Krems. He is the author and co-author of 16 books and many professional articles.
Český patron 2020
"Trh a peníze zdaleka neřeší všechny problémy. Stejně tak ani stát. Současná koronavirová pandemie COVID-19 ve které se lidé aktivně chápou různých iniciativ, je tím časem, kdy vidíme důležitost sociální inovací v praxi. Také proto se velmi rád ujímám role patron ceny SozialMarie v České republice. v tomto výjimečném roce."
Petr Šmíd vede v Googlu B2C marketing pro střední a východní Evropu. Usiluje o to, aby se v tomto regionu dostalo uživatelům Google technologií jen to nejlepší. Petr začínal v McKinsey & Company a 7 let se zabýval oblastí bankovnictví a zdravotní péče – marketing byl v stěžejní náplní jeho práce. Absolvent mezinárodní programů CEMS a INSEAD MBA je nadšencem do vzdělávání. Pravidelně vede workshopy pro studenty, startupy a businesses. Petr se angažuje také v neziskovém sektoru. Je předsedou správní rady Nadace Bátor Tábor v České republice, která pomáhá vážně nemocným dětem a jejich rodinám.
Chorvatský patron 2020
"Humans are a social species that evolved to its current global domination by being very good at adapting to changes in the environment. Adapting humans are socially innovating humans. We are now in the Anthropocene, our globalized civilization of industrial-scale consumerism is causing risky changes in the environment for our and all other species on the planet. Humans will keep adapting by socially innovating.”
Cultural creative, network weaver and permaculture designer with particular interest in social and economic aspects of permaculture, effective collaboration in groups and in virtual teams for systemic change. Born 1963 in Pula, working and living in Zagreb, Croatia. Champion of permaculture, Transition and Modern Agile principles among activists and entrepreneurs. Enabler of local, bioregional and global high-trust networks for systemic change with the motto: "towards regenerative cultures through dialogic collaboration". Currently actively contributing to European network ECOLISE and, on a local to planetary scale, to Permaculture Collaboration Laboratory (www.perma.earth), Global Regeneration CoLab (www.grc.earth) and Deep Adaptation Forum (www.deepadaptation.info).