This volume – part of a series of methods and issues in social
innovation – describes the hundreds of methods and tools for
innovation being used across the world, as a first step to developing
a knowledge base.
It is the result of a major collaboration between NESTA (the National
Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and the Young
Foundation – two organisations that are committed to the role that
social innovation can play in addressing some of the most pressing
issues of our time.
The Open Book presents a varied, vibrant picture of social innovation
in practice and demonstrates the vitality of this rapidly emerging
economy. It is fantastically rich, and demonstrates the diversity of
initiatives being led by entrepreneurs and campaigners, organisations
and movements worldwide.
Together with the other volumes in this Series, we hope that this
work provides a stronger foundation for social innovation based on
the different experiences and insights of its pioneers.
Like the social ventures it describes, we want this work to grow and
develop. Your comments, thoughts and stories are welcome at the
project website: www.socialinnovator.info
Dr Michael Harris, NESTA