Social Innovation and Transformation

For many, what distinguishes social innovation from other types of innovation is in its commitment to transform (e.g., Mumford, 2002; Goldsmith et al., 2010;Westley et al., 2006).

While there is no consensus on a universal definition, there is agreement that social innovation can bring about transformative change (Goldenberg et al., 2009, p. iv).

The idea of transformation is used differentiate social innovation from those that only result in “incremental gains” (New Zealand Social Innovation Centre, 2010).

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