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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.

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Geoff Mulgan on the Need for Social Innovation

  1. 1. Why, what and where next?<br />Social Innovation Europe<br />Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive<br />Young Foundation <br />
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  3. 3. Why – and why now?<br />Europe has a great history of social innovation, experiment, enterprise and action<br />But too often social creativity is punished not rewarded; what’s great isn’t grown<br />Europe is too often for the big; the incumbents; interest groups attached to problems rather than solutions<br />Social Innovation Europe<br />
  4. 4. As Europe 2020 recognised: we have no choice but to speed up our search for better solutions to the big challenges <br />
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  6. 6. What is to be done?<br />
  7. 7. The Social innovation initiative ...<br />Social Innovation Europe<br />
  8. 8. 1. A common language:<br /><ul><li>a broader view of innovation – services as well as things; the public sector and civil society as well as business;
  9. 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. 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</li></li></ul><li>2. A shared network <br />Linking innovators with emerging ideas and projects to learn faster from each other <br />
  11. 11. Better policies <br /> 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<br />
  12. 12. Better methods and skills<br /> Growing skills around finance, design, incubation, experimentation, evaluation in all sectors<br />
  13. 13. Social Innovation Europe<br />
  14. 14. 5. Removing the barriers and helping the best ideas to grow <br />
  15. 15. Raising our ambition – and prioritising action: ‘just do it’<br />
  16. 16. ‘Omniavivunt, omnia inter se conexa’ (everything lives, everything is connected) Cicero<br />Social Innovation Europe<br />
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  18. 18. ‘It’s amazing what you can achieve if you don’t care who gets the credit’ Harry Truman<br />