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Geoff Mulgan on the Need for Social Innovation


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Geoff Mulgan of the Young Foundation speaks about the Big Issues social innovation faces in Europe today.

Geoff Mulgan of the Young Foundation speaks about the Big Issues social innovation faces in Europe today.

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  • Today we plant a small seed that will hopefully grow into something big
  • How we do that follows the essential characteristics of any evolution – first we need to creative options, more and better;then we need ways to determine what works; then we need methods for growth. In our social space this is missing – insufficient investment in creativity; insufficient tools and metrics to determine what works; and poor systems for growth
  • Europe has the ideas, the creativity, the will: but we need to get better at orchestrating, amplifying and mobilising, and inject into Europe the spirit of SI which is made up of practitioners who move fast into action, just to it
  • This initiative will connect some of the most living things in Europe – our social creativity and help it to achieve the greatest impact
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    • 1. Why, what and where next?
      Social Innovation Europe
      Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive
      Young Foundation
    • 2.
    • 3. Why – and why now?
      Europe has a great history of social innovation, experiment, enterprise and action
      But too often social creativity is punished not rewarded; what’s great isn’t grown
      Europe is too often for the big; the incumbents; interest groups attached to problems rather than solutions
      Social Innovation Europe
    • 4. As Europe 2020 recognised: we have no choice but to speed up our search for better solutions to the big challenges
    • 5.
    • 6. What is to be done?
    • 7. The Social innovation initiative ...
      Social Innovation Europe
    • 8. 1. A common language:
      • a broader view of innovation – services as well as things; the public sector and civil society as well as business;
      • 9. a shared understanding - SI is not just about NGOs, but all innovations that are ‘social in their ends as well as their means’, that meet needs, but also leave behind a stronger capacity for societies to act
      • 10. a 21st century view of growth – a world where the biggest industries will include health, education, environment, and where the economic and social will be entwined in the next generation of systems for care, food, energy
    • 2. A shared network
      Linking innovators with emerging ideas and projects to learn faster from each other
    • 11. Better policies
      For investment, regional growth, R&D, employment, social programmes, public procurement, the internal market for services - and how to get the biggest impact for each Euro spent
    • 12. Better methods and skills
      Growing skills around finance, design, incubation, experimentation, evaluation in all sectors
    • 13. Social Innovation Europe
    • 14. 5. Removing the barriers and helping the best ideas to grow
    • 15. Raising our ambition – and prioritising action: ‘just do it’
    • 16. ‘Omniavivunt, omnia inter se conexa’ (everything lives, everything is connected) Cicero
      Social Innovation Europe
    • 17.
    • 18. ‘It’s amazing what you can achieve if you don’t care who gets the credit’ Harry Truman