Social Innovation: International Practices for Diffusion and Policymaking

By Johanna Mair

While Western societies increasingly recognize social innovation, and its importance for the growth and well being of communities, there is still a wide gap between the scale of the problems we face and the scale of the available solutions. Businesses spend big money on innovation, but governments spend far less on systematically developing innovative solutions to common needs. Social innovation is not unique to the nonprofit sector; politics and government need to drive and orchestrate more systematic change. Because social disparities have become greater, creating equal opportunities and promoting strong participation in the political, social, and economic spheres is an urgent task for politicians and civil society alike.

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