Social innovation: The problem of success

The literature on social innovation is really a literature of success.  Largely missing are solutions that have failed, had unintended consequences or are contested.

While it is recognized that labeling something as new does not make it “inherently virtuous” (Bacon et al., 2008) the solutions generally seem to be treated as having positive effects (Murray et al., 2010). This can gloss over any disagreements as to their effectiveness and the values and beliefs of their proponents.

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