Monthly Archives: September 2011

Social Innovation- which is closest to your definition?

In a recent paper by Andrea Bassi claims: “the term, Social Innovation, is currently riding the waves of success in the social sciences, particularly in Economics, Sociology, and Political Science; so much so that in recent years research centers, … Continue reading

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Just announced Social targets for the EU by 2020

See below for the EU social targets for 2020. Can social innovators make it happen? Can we do better? Any thoughts or reactions to these- to0 little, to late? Do these really address the REAL societal problems we are facing? … Continue reading

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Eudaimonia -human flourishing.

I have been watching the BIF sessions live ( . This is a sensational place to listen to peoples stories and simply stand back and get inspired. One word is coming up often- “Eudaimonia”. So I went over to Wikipedia … Continue reading

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The Age of Innonatives

In this blog post I want to share with you some interesting thoughts from the recently finished Aalto Camp for Societal Innovations. During the last days of August Dipoli congress center in Espoo was the place where magic happened, brilliant … Continue reading

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MOOC: A Massive Open Online Course – Societal Innovation in Education?

On the 12th of September the MOOC  (a massive open on line open course) begins. Participation is free, there is no specific syllabus and participants in the course decide when, how, what, and why the want to learn.  This … Continue reading

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The best of two worlds

Fairness is a difficult concept. Taste it and you know soon that it tastes very much different if you or I taking it in the mouth. Let me tell you about Sweden, freely recovered from a story by Troed Troedsson … Continue reading

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A call for a return to fairness

“We value effort, hard work, diligence, conscientiousness, and application; we do not value free-riders, shirkers, the slapdash, those who do the minimum or jobsworths “,  writes Will Hutton  in his latest book “Them and Us – Changing Britain – Why … Continue reading

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Innovation in Giving- a new UK fund

Innovation in Giving Geoff Mulgan through his blog as CEO of Nesta has announced a new fund that might have interest to some within this community.  Geoff commented: “Yesterday (7th September 2011) we launched a new fund to support innovation … Continue reading

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An Abundance of Sex, Drugs, and Consumerism

For the typical 50-year-old western European (do your best to conjure up a stereotype) life has been good. There has been an abundance:  abundance of food; abundance of health services; an abundance of education;  and even  an abundance of the unmentionable trio of sex, drugs … Continue reading

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Sinking and Swimming: Understanding Britains Unmet Needs

The Young Foundation ( produced a report in December 2009 called “Sinking and Swimming: Understanding Britains Unmet Needs”. This is a study of who is sinking and who is swimming in Britain. Since the study, I’m sure things have even … Continue reading

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