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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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Looking out on Social Innovation

Recently, Rahim Kanani sat down with Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, to discuss, in great depth, the evolution and promise of social innovation, and the role that the foundation is playing to systematically advance the field moving … Continue reading

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Changing how (parts of) society thinks

How can we change how society thinks? We can take the radical path, promoting radically different ideas, demand changes, impose different laws, force change on society but that often does not work.It often alientates even more. If society or the … Continue reading

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My hope for the ongoing EU Social Innovation debate

The adoption of social innovation had a launch event for the Social Innovation Europe initiative in Brussels earlier this year in March, 2011. (http://bit.ly/eJ09d5 ). This event ‘kick started’ the discussions in a first attempt to put a face on … Continue reading

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Social Innovation Europe, 2014

The aim is by 2014, Social Innovation Europe will have become the meeting place – virtual and real – for social innovators, entrepreneurs, non-profit organisations, policy makers and anyone else who is inspired by social innovation in Europe. This can … Continue reading

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SIX- Social Innovation eXchange

SIX- Social Innovation eXchange (www.socialinnovationexchange.org/) This is a very global meeting place for the social innovation community. SIX is a global community of over 1000 individuals and organisations – including small NGOs and global firms, public agencies and academics – … Continue reading

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The emerging social economy

We need to shift our thinking away from just ‘innovation’ into ‘societal innovation’. Why? Social issues will dominate our thinking in 2011 and beyond.It simply has to as we struggle to manage in ‘depressed’ economies.  Social based solutions are very … Continue reading

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The next big challenges lie in Societal issues.

I think the recent global economic crisis has raised society issues far more. Social innovation will begin to move from the margins to the mainstream to tackle a range of these society challenges. It will inevitably need more structural support; it certainly … Continue reading

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The Renewing of the Societal Innovation Agenda

The challenges are growing in their social dimension across Europe, the United States and a host of other countries, both developed and developing, that are all needing urgent, fresh new responses to pressing social challenges. Innovation has to play an … Continue reading

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Breaking free in turbulent times and seeing with new eyes.

I recalled an article by Ingar Skaug, the board chairman of the Center for Creative Leadership when he wrote this, back in 2007. It has, for different reasons, kept in my mind and I have just come across it again … Continue reading

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