Technology and social innovation: From laptops to a new social economy

Technology and social innovation are often used in the same breath. New technologies are deployed to solve social problems – from lightweight solar-powered laptops for children without electricity to new vaccines to halt the spread of a disese.

But the relationship with technology is a complex one (as always :)).  Social innovations are sometimes the means by which new technologies can become established and at other times the prompt for new technological solutions (Mumford, 2002).

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