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Conversations in the SIX office: Seminal readings on social innovation

Published Date: 7 May 2015

Earlier this week, the SIX team had an interesting conversation in the office about some of the writings over the last decade we thought had made an impact in the field of social innovation. We decided to get together a list of the books and articles that we would share with someone who is not working in the field of social innovation, to explain what social innovation is, describe some of the key themes in the field and give insight to why it is so important. 

We thought we would share our office- conversation with you. Below you can find a list of the articles we think describes well what we are working towards in the field of social innovation:

Theme: What is social innovation?
Author: Geoff Mulgan (Nesta)
Title: Social Innovation: What it is, why it matters and how it can be accelerated 

Theme: Social innovation labs
Author: Lisa Torjman (MaRS)
Title: Labs: Designing the Future

Theme: Social economy and social innovation
Author: Robin Murray
Title: Danger and Opportunity 

Theme: Public Sector Innovation
Author: Christian Bason (Danish Design Centre)
Title: Leading Public Sector Innovation 

Theme: Scaling social innovation
Author: Madeleine Gabriel (Nesta)
Title: Making it Big

Theme: Eco systems and systems change
Author: SiG
Title: Building ecosystems for systems change 

Theme: Defining social innovation
Author: Tepsie
Title: Defining social innovation

Theme: Service design
Author: Runa Sabroe and Stine Schulze (Mindlab)
Title: Inspiration for Service Design 

Theme: Design thinking
Author: Ezio Manzini (Desis)
Title: Making Things Happen – Social Innovaiton and Design 

Theme: Social innovation and resilience
Author: Frances Westley (University of Waterloo)
Title: Social Innovation and Resilience – How one enhances the other  

Theme: Grassroots innovation
Author: Anil Gupta (Indian Institute of Management)
Title: Tapping the entrepreneurial potential of grassroots innovation 

Theme: The process
Author: Geoff Mulgan (Nesta)
Title: The process of social innovation 

Theme: Government labs
Author: Ruth Puttick (Nesta)
Title: Innovation teams and labs – A practical guide