Category Archives: Opinion

Role of innovation as society faces the ageing population

Lord Robert Winston lead a panel of internationally recognised experts at The Royal Institution on Tuesday 19th November 2013 to explore the role of innovation as society faces the critical challenge of an ageing population. I believe this is well … Continue reading

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The Flickering Light of Social Innovation

Without doubt one of the most exciting areas of innovation, social innovation, that is developing initiatives that are attempting to tackle the real societal issues, has had a very tough time in the last year or so. The need for … Continue reading

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When you’re going through hell, just keep going

I originally posted this article on my postgraduate careers blog and it generated some interest so I thought it would be of interest to readers of Societal Innovation too. I love this quote attributed to Winston Churchill – it sums … Continue reading

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Lessons Finland can learn from Nokia

In this week’s Helsinki Times David J Cord draws comparisons between Nokia and its parent country Finland. David writes… ‘FINLAND benefited greatly during Nokia’s time of success. We gained tax income, jobs, know-how, and a great international reputation. Yet we … Continue reading

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Corporate Social Responsibility and the Potential for Societal Innovation

A view from Manchester-Disruptive City How can we engage the talented ones into the fold of Societal Innovation? Later on this month the Olympic Games comes to London.  Some would argue that  without the financial support of corporate giants such … Continue reading

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Between Christmas reflection and the Future expectation

Days go and gets to year. The year running out and become points and stop in a period. Societies are built and old demolished. Today is yesterday already tomorrow. The wind of change is on-going and the past will never … Continue reading

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Declarations and Social Innovation

I always get nervous when declarations are made. Over two days in the middle of September, 2011 in Vienna a “Vienna Declaration” was made determining “the most needed social innovations and related research topics” Maybe it is the way it … Continue reading

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Social Innovation- which is closest to your definition?

In a recent paper by Andrea Bassi  http://www.esse.unibo.it/paper.pdf 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 (http://businessinnovationfactory.com) . 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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