Interest in social innovation continues to rise, from governments setting up social innovation 'labs' to large corporations developing social innovation strategies. Yet theory lags behind practice, and this hampers our ability to understand social innovation and make the most of its potential. This collection brings together work by leading social innovation researchers globally, exploring the practice and process of researching social innovation, its nature and effects. Combining theoretical chapters and empirical studies, it shows how social innovation is blurring traditional boundaries between the market, the state and civil society, thereby developing new forms of services, relationships and collaborations. It takes a critical perspective, analyzing potential downsides of social innovation that often remain unexplored or are glossed over, yet concludes with a powerful vision of the potential for social innovation to transform society. It aims to be a valuable resource for students and researchers, as well as policymakers and others supporting and leading social innovation.
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Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables
The Study of Social Innovation - Theory, Practice and Progress by Geoff Mulgan
Notes on Contributors
Dimensions of Social Innovation Alex Nicholls, Julie Simon and Madeleine Gabriel
Researching Social Innovation
Social Innovations as Drivers of Social Change - Exploring Tarde's Contribution to Social Innovation Theory Building
At the Root of Change: The History of Social Innovation
A Relational Database to Understand Social Innovation and Its Impact on Social Transformation
Blurring Boundaries and Reconfiguring Relations
Social Innovation: Redesigning the Welfare Diamond
Social Innovation for Social Cohesion
Collaborative Services in Informal Settlements: Social Innovation in a Pacified Favela in Rio de Janeiro
Producing Social Innovation through New Forms of Collaboration
Enhancing Public Innovation through Collaboration, Leadership and New Public Governance
Seoul City's Social Innovation Strategy: New Models of Communication to Strengthen Citizen Engagement
Can Collective Intelligence Produce Social Innovation?
The Usefulness of Networks: A Study of Social Innovation in India
The Task of the Social Innovation Movement