Professor Dr. Adalbert Evers
Social innovation for social cohesion. Challenges for mindsets
and institutional architecture...
1. background: The WILCO project
task: (a) Looking at innovations from twenty cities in ten EU-
countries (b) Looking for ...
2. Innovations analyzed: What makes them
different
modes of organizing and financing mostly third
sector- based, but as we...
3. Observations on innovations and welfare
systems
openness to change and innovation varies much by policy
fields
SIs in n...
4. Routes to innovation-friendly ecosystems
Institutional and regulative reforms will not do it – innovation -
friendly sy...
Thanks for your attention!
18/04/2014 6
Presentation based on already accessible results from the WILCO
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Wb Adalbert Evers - Social innovation for social cohesion. Challenges for mindsets and institutional architectures

  1. 1. Professor Dr. Adalbert Evers Social innovation for social cohesion. Challenges for mindsets and institutional architectures Input for OECD LEED 10th Annual Meeting Forum: Ecosystems for Social Innovations Stockholm, 24-24 April 2014 -
  2. 2. 1. background: The WILCO project task: (a) Looking at innovations from twenty cities in ten EU- countries (b) Looking for ways of taking up innovative nudges by established systems Social innovation: meant projects and practices that are seen as “promising” while being path-breaking with respect to given policies Social cohesion: operationalized (a) with respect to young people at risk, immigrants, lone mothers; (b) with respect to housing/urban revitalization, labour-market and care services Results: (a) cross-nationally recurrent approaches and instruments have been found that make a difference; (b) welfare system are open to various degrees, - from including innovative “apps” over to attempts for mainstreaming 18/04/2014 2
  3. 3. 2. Innovations analyzed: What makes them different modes of organizing and financing mostly third sector- based, but as well by inter-sectorial networks and intra- preneurs/policy entrepreneurs ways they design their services: trust- based rather than control-based, group-building instead of singularizing approaches, linking occupational goals with social support and issues of local and community development Ways of governance at place: cross-sector networking with partners and stakeholders; looking for local embeddedness Rights and benefits: new ways of activation and support e.g. by ad-hoc microcredits, social contracts rewarding pro-social attitudes 3
  4. 4. 3. Observations on innovations and welfare systems openness to change and innovation varies much by policy fields SIs in need of “space” meet special difficulties in EU- wide workfare culture marked by hierarchical, uniform and closed services and systems SIs get often supported just as “apps”, tools for filling gaps in trouble zones Casual emergence of “bridging” policies, that prepare reforms not only by debate but as well by pilot-programs that put innovative ideas and projects to a test 18/04/2014 4
  5. 5. 4. Routes to innovation-friendly ecosystems Institutional and regulative reforms will not do it – innovation - friendly systems need as well changes in concepts and mindsets Need for welfare policies, that reduce the gap between dispersed innovatory changes and central state policy interventions – e.g. by devolution, pilot-programmes, by up-grading the impact of „intrapreneurs“, by cross-sector-networks and hybrid organisations A sole focus on obstacles by welfare traditionalism is misleading; the impact of managerialism & privatization on chances of path- changing innovations has to be counted in Need for rebalancing the room to be given to diversity and to central control and standard setting in welfare systems Facit: „Social Innovation“ has yet to get a place in the vocabulary of up-to-date public and welfare policies 18/04/2014 5
  6. 6. Thanks for your attention! 18/04/2014 6
  7. 7. Presentation based on already accessible results from the WILCO research project, namely: Evers/B.Ewert 2013:Social innovation for social cohesion. Findings on communalities of innovation from a new transnational study. Paper given at NESTA conference “Social Frontiers. The next edge of social innovation research, London 14.-15.-11.-2013 http://www.nesta.org.uk/event/social-frontiers B. Ewert/A. Evers 2014: Blueprints for the Future of Welfare Provision? Shared features of Service Innovations across Europe, in: Social Policy & Society Vol 13/3 (about to appear) Evers/B. Ewert/T.Brandsen (eds.) 2014: Social innovations for social cohesion – Transnational patterns and approaches from 20 European cities (ed. with Benjamin Ewert and Taco Brandsen) http://www.wilcoproject.eu/ereader-wilco/ 18/04/2014 7
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