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Definition of social innovation aboundand a casual observer can quicklybecome entangled in a debate overmeaning and nuance. We’re not toohung about it so we’ve adopted asimple working definition:
Social innovation refers to new ideas thatresolve existing social, cultural, economicand environmental challenges for thebenefit of people and planet.A true social innovation is systems-changing – it permanently alters theperceptions, behaviours and structuresthat previously gave rise to thesechallenges.
Even more simply, a social innovation is anidea that works for the public good.Social innovations come from individuals,groups or organizations and can take placein the for-profit, nonprofit and publicsectors. Increasingly, they are happening inthe spaces between these three sectors asperspectives collide to spark new ways ofthinking.
Challenging whatit means to be ado-gooderDo good better.This is SiG@MaRS
Most simply, social innovation is about new ideas thatwork to address old social problems.Poverty, homelessness, violence are all examples ofsocial problems that need dedicated solution-seekingspace. Social innovation addresses these challenges byapplying new learning and strategies to solve theseproblems.Social innovation is an initiative, product or process thatprofoundly changes beliefs, basic routines, resource andauthority flows of any social system in the direction ofgreater resilience. Successful social innovations havedurability, impact and scale.
What is a Social Enterprise? product “social” orentrepreneur service Social Enterprise market business idea Financially sustainable businesses with financing measurable social impact non-profit business expertise
"Social entrepreneurs identify resources where people only see problems. They view the villagers as the solution, not the passive beneficiary. They begin with the assumption of competence and unleash resources in the communities theyre serving.”-- David Bornstein, author of How toChange the World: SocialEntrepreneurs and the Power of NewIdeas
SOCIAL INNOVATION - ROLE OF GOVERNMENTCreate the enabling environmentDevelop supportive policies for tax and regulatory environmentEnable social finance tools to mobilize capital
THE OWNERSHIP STATENew model of public sector deliveryServices provided by social enterprisesLed by frontline workersOwned by them and their communitiesNew power of civil associationNew civil company = social enterprise