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Social Innovation - What it is, why it matters and how it can be accelerated (Japanese)

Author: Kine Nordstokka
Published Date: 17 June 2011

'Social Innovation- What it is, Why it matters and How it can be accelared' has now been translated to Japanese. To access this version please follow this link. For more information about this report, see below.

Social Innovation- What it is, Why it matters and How it can be accelared

This report examines how social innovation happens in NGOs, the public

sector, movements, networks and markets. Following on from ‘Social

Silicon Valleys: a manifesto for social innovation’, ‘Social Innovation’

presents a deeper, extended analysis of the history, the theory and the

process, paving a way for social innovation to play an increasingly

significant role in society.

Social innovations – new ideas

that work to meet pressing unmet needs - are all around us. Examples

include distance learning, patient-led healthcare, fair trade, Wikipedia

and restorative justice. Many social innovations (from the Open

University to laws against age discrimination) were successfully

promoted by the Young Foundation in its previous incarnations.


energies - and resources - are devoted to innovation in science and

technology. But far less attention has been paid to social innovation,

despite pressing needs in fields as diverse as chronic disease and

climate change.

This report examines the growing importance of

social innovation and how we can improve societies’ capacities to solve

their problems.

It looks at the history of great social

innovators – from Robert Owen to Wangari Maathai - and at what can be

learned from research in related fields, including science and

technology, design, social enterprise and public policy.

It makes

the case for much more systematic initiatives to tap the ubiquitous

intelligence that exists in every society and shows the practical ways

in which successful social innovation can be accelerated.


third edition represents a work in progress and we are grateful to the

team at Saïd Business School in Oxford for earlier inputs and for

enabling us to share it with the participants in their world forum on

social entrepreneurship.

This report has been translated to Japanese.