Category Archives: social innovation

By @ 05/10/14 in Notes, social innovation

‘Social innovation’ is a term that almost everyone likes, but nobody is quite sure what it means. Some academics would like to abandon the notion of social innovation altogether, arguing that it adds nothing to what we know about innovation and is too vague to be useful. (Pol & Ville, 2009, Social Innovation : Buzz Word or Enduring Term?)

Perhaps it [social innovation] is one of those concepts that can only be framed and used as an analytical tool as well as one can but not exhaustively defined. It goes without saying that the concept of social innovation provides not only a seductively topical, but also a positively wholesome counterweight to more technologically orientated literature. The problem, however, is that when one presses harder to pin down the idea, its inherent appeal and the search for conceptual clarity and precision is tested by theoretical complexity, ambiguity and frustrating conceptual flexibility. (Sotarauta, 2009, Nordic View on Leadership in Regional Development Games).

Social innovation is about tapping into the ingenuity of charities, associations and social entrepreneurs to find new ways of meeting social needs which are not adequately met by the market or the public sector. It can help bring about the behavioural changes needed to tackle the major societal challenges, such as climate change. Social innovations empower people and create new social relationships and models of collaboration. They are thus innovative in themselves and good for society’s capacity to innovate. (European Commission Innovation Union, 2010)

Social innovation is about innovating creative, market-based solutions to social problems that result in high growth, profitable business opportunities. (Saul, Social Innovation, Inc.: 5 Strategies for Driving Business Growth through Social Change, 2011)

In this series of posts, I am trying here to collect a number of definitions as I am working on my book Growing social innovators – Introducing social innovation to educators. I will be posting here the definitions as I find them.



By @ 05/01/14 in Notes, social innovation

Three core dimensions: the satisfaction of human needs (content dimension); changes in social relations especially with regard to governance (process dimension); and an increase in the socio-political capability and access to resources (empowerment dimension). (Gerometta, Haussermann & Longo, 2005)

A social innovation as a significant, creative and sustainable shift in the way that a given society dealt with a profound and previously intractable problem such as poverty, disease, violence, or environmental deterioration. (Nilsson, 2003)

Social innovation refers to new ideas that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and planet. A true social innovation is system-changing – it permanently alters the perception, behaviours and structures that previously gave rise to those challenges…Even more simply, a social innovation is an idea that works for the public good. (Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto)

In this series of posts, I am trying here to collect a number of definitions as I am working on my book Growing social innovators – Introducing social innovation to educators. I will be posting here the definitions as I find them.



By @ 04/24/14 in Notes, social innovation

As I am working on my book Growing social innovators – Introducing social innovation to educators. I will be posting here various definitions of social innovation.

Social innovation is an initiative, product or process or program that profoundly changes the basic routines, resource and authority flows or beliefs of any social system. (Westley, 2008)



By @ 04/20/14 in Notes, social innovation

In this series of posts, I am trying here to collect a number of definitions as I am working on my book Growing social innovators – Introducing social innovation to educators. I will be posting here the definitions as I find them.

Innovative activities and services that are motivated by the goal of meeting a social need and that are predominantly developed and diffused through organizations whose primary purposes are social.(Mulgan, Tucker, Ali & Sanders, 2007)

The generation and implementation of new ideas about how people should organize interpersonal activities, or social interactions, to meet one or more common goals. (Mumford, 2002). New ideas about social systems and social interactions, while rare, can have a tremendous impact on our lives and world (Marcy & Mumford, 2007).

We use the term ’social innovation’ to refer to new ideas (products, services and models) developed to fulfil unmet social needs. Many are supported by the public sector, others by community groups and voluntary organizations. Social innovation is not restricted to any one sector or field. (Bacon, Faizullah, Mulgan & Woodcraft, 2008).



By @ 04/07/14 in Notes, social innovation

In this series of posts, I am trying here to collect a number of definitions as I am working on my book Growing social innovators – Introducing social innovation to educators. I will be posting the definitions as I find them.

We use the term ’social innovation’ to refer to new ideas (products, services and models) developed to fulfil unmet social needs. Many are supported by the public sector, others by community groups and voluntary organizations. Social innovation is not restricted to any one sector or field (Bacon, Faizullah, Mulgan & Woodcraft, 2008).



By @ 04/02/14 in Notes, social innovation

As social innovation is attracting more and more attention from different actors, its definition is growing more and more blurred. In this series of posts, I am trying here to collect a number of definitions as I am working on my book Growing social innovators – Introducing social innovation to educators. I will be posting as I find them.

We define social innovations as new ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs and create new relationships or collaborations. In other words, they are innovations that are both good for society and enhance society’s capacity to act (Murray, Caulier-Grice, & Mulgan, 2010, The Open Book On Social Innovation, p. 3).



By @ 03/31/14 in Notes, social innovation

(X-Post from Ioannis Ioannu)
Ground-breaking research: The Impact of Corporate Sustainability on Organisational Processes and Performance (SSRN)

Paper Summary: We investigate the effect of a corporate culture of sustainability on multiple facets of corporate behaviour and performance outcomes. Using a matched sample of 180 companies, we find that corporations that voluntarily adopted environmental and social policies many years ago – termed as High Sustainability companies – exhibit fundamentally different characteristics from a matched sample of firms that adopted almost none of these policies – termed as Low Sustainability companies. In particular, we find that the boards of directors of these companies are more likely to be responsible for sustainability and top executive incentives are more likely to be a function of sustainability metrics. Moreover, they are more likely to have organised procedures for stakeholder engagement, to be more long-term oriented, and to exhibit more measurement and disclosure of non-financial information. Finally, we provide evidence that High Sustainability companies significantly outperform their counterparts over the long-term, both in terms of stock market and accounting performance. The outperformance is stronger in sectors where the customers are individual consumers instead of companies, companies compete on the basis of brands and reputations, and products significantly depend upon extracting large amounts of natural resources.

TL;DR:  Companies who cares make more money, we can prove it.



By @ 03/28/14 in Notes, social innovation

Here are some works I have found online of different entrepreneurs, kids and educator alike, sharing visually how they understand and view social innovation. Enjoy !



By @ 03/26/14 in Education, Notes, social innovation

A very inspiring video – that remember us of the all the challenges coming on our ways, and mostly on the way of the young generation.



By @ 03/25/14 in Notes, social innovation

Defining social innovation seems to be quite a challenge in itself, as it is attracting more and more attention from entrepreneurs, investors and institutions, and its meaning seems to be slowly diluted into whatever fits. So I am trying here to collect a number of definitions as I am working on my book Growing social innovators – Introducing social innovation to educators. I will be posting the definitions as I find.

 

A novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals (Phills et al, 2008).