Book chapter: Networks and capacity building in social innovation

Director of SIX, Louise Pulford recently contributed a chapter towards the Atlas of Social Innovation publication. The Atlas offers a comprehensive overview of the world of Social Innovation in a lucid way. It is featuring the manifold results of SI-DRIVE as well as the perspectives of leading experts. It gives insights into the various types of social innovations in different world regions and policy areas, delivering new intelligence on the diversity of approaches used by different actors involved. To read more articles from the Atlas, please click here


The world we live in is more connected than ever, and networks are very much in vogue. Networks are no longer just for socialites; they are a powerful tool for creating societal impact. So why has this phenomenon occurred, and what does it mean for organisations of the future?

Networks are very much in vogue, and rightly so. The world we live in is more connected than ever, and networks are directly linked to productivity and capacity building. The practice of investing in relationship and building social capital is no longer seen as the territory of senior executives and socialites. The number of organisations who are building networks, or who are taking a network approach to how they work, is on the rise.

We see more foundations drawing on their alumni networks, universities aligning their approaches, and traditional NGOs working collaboratively to improve access to resources. They are all seeking approaches that are more collaborative, creative and continuous, thus increasing the sustainability of their collective impact.