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The Process of Social Innovation

Author: Willie
Published Date: 20 February 2008

The Process of Social Innovation draws on a Young Foundation report titled Social Silicon Valleys: A manifesto for social innovation. Much of what we now take for granted in social life began as radical innovation. A century ago, few believed that ordinary people could be trusted to drive cars at high speed, the idea of a national health service freely available was seen as absurdly utopian, the concept of “kindergarten” was still considered revolutionary, and only one country had given women the vote. Yet in the interim, these and many other social innovations have progressed from the margins to the mainstream.

Geoff Mulgan is Director at the Young Foundation. This article appeared in MIT Innovations Journal (June 2006).