Social Innovation News – 10th August 2010

A quick scan of the web over the last few weeks…

1. A couple of posts on what makes social innovation distinct – one by Tim Draimin (Social Innovation Generation) on the demise of Corporate Social Responsibility and heralding its replacement – Corporate Social Innovation – and another by Adil Abrar that sees social innovation as the “new rave“.

2. Lots on social innovation and technology (esp internet) as usual.  A quick scan – Social Innovation Clouds – an article on how governments can use technology to engage citizens to achieve “network-powered social innovation”, an interview with Charles Leadbeater in The Guardian, and a new crowdsourcing platform – OpenIDEO – where your contributions can build your personal DQ which has nothing to do with Dairy Queen :) (all explained in their promo video).

3. Some blogs to check out – eg Conversations for a Better World, to The Gates Notes and IDE

6. And some research articles:

Goldstein, J., Hazy, J. K., & Silberstang, J. (2010). A Complexity Science Model of Social Innovation in Social Enterprise. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 1(1), 101. doi:10.1080/19420671003629763

Biggs, R., Westley, F., & Carpenter, S. (2010). Navigating the Back Loop: Fostering Social Innovation and Transformation in Ecosystem Management. Ecology & Society, 15(2), 1-25. [Post to follow].

7. And finally, there are 11 winners of the US Social Innovation Fund.

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Social Innovation (TM): Good business?

It is not difficult to find examples of businesses that are embracing the language of social innovation.  It’s a no-brainer.  Who wouldn’t want to be associated with novel solutions that have social benefits. It’s simply good business.  In many ways it is an outworking of the “triple bottom-line” movement where a company not only recognizes its “social responsibilities” but then goes the extra mile.  This is no longer about ameloriating the negative effects of doing business; it’s about using the firm’s resources to tackle a social problem.  What could be better than companies with vast experiences of innovation and management using this energy to generate novel solutions to change the world?

Well, it depends.  Continue reading

Social Innovation: The Game!

I just came across the game of EVOKE and you can still take part :).  It’s meant for young people in Africa but it’s open to everyone and it lasts 10 weeks…it finishes May 12th (we’ve already missed a few weeks but not to worry).

Once you have signed up (16,000 people have already) – your first mission is to “Master the mindset of a social innovator”.

Social innovators invent creative solutions to the world’s biggest problems.  We don’t wait for someone else to change the world.  We do it ourselves.

It’s a very cool design and the winners (those that blog and connect to initiatives using Facebook etc) can get an invite to the EVOKE summit in Washington.

The content on social innovation isn’t so hot though Continue reading