CRESSI Project publishes first reports

11.05.2015 Blog

The CRESSI Project is a four year project funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme that was initiated in February 2014. CRESSI explores the economic underpinnings of social innovation, with a particular focus on how policy and practice can enhance the lives of marginalized and disempowered citizens. Further information on the project is available here.

CRESSI’s conceptual framework is inspired by three sources: 

1) We approach social innovation as a question of an interelated grid of actors, institutions and cogntive frames drawing on Jens Beckert's social grid model of social change.

2) We analyze the complex ends and means of social innovation drawing on the capabilities approach. This approach, pioneered by Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen, takes people's capabilities - their real opportunities to do and be what they have reason to value - to be of primary importance for ethical evaluation.

3) We further analyze the ends and means of social innovation as embedded in redistributions of distributive and collective power in historical context, as pioneered by Michal Mann's work on the social sources of power.

The CRESSI Project consists of ten work packages.Further details here.

In April 2015, Work Package 1 - Economics, Institutions and Social Innovation: Theory and Practice in Terms of the Vulnerable and the Marginalised - was successfully concluded. The following WP1 publications can now be downloaded from the CRESSI website:

  • Deliverable D1.1 “Report on institutions, social innovation & system dynamics from the perspective of the marginalized”:

- A preliminary synthesis of our discussion so far is available in the CRESSI working paper, "An extended social grid model for the study of marginalization processes and social innovation", by Alex Nicholls and Rafael Ziegler. Available here.

- This preliminary synthesis is based on several in depth working papers, accompanied by an introduction and summary prepared by Christopher Houghton Budd, C.W.M. (Ro) Naastepad and Cees van Beers. Access the reports here.

  • Deliverable D1.2 “Re-assessing social innovation to tackle marginalisation” - a policy briefing prepared by Alex Nicholls and Dan Edmiston, based on the main findings of the D1.1 reports. Download report (pdf) here.
  • Deliverable D1.3 "Report Contrasting CRESSI’s Approach of Social Innovation with that of Neoclassical Economics" – a series of reports edited by Christopher Houghton Budd, C.W.M. (Ro) Naastepad and Cees van Beers. Download report (pdf) here.
  • Deliverable D1.4 "CRESSI’s approach to social innovation: Lessons for Europe 2020" – a policy briefing prepared by Alex Nicholls and Daniel Edmiston, based on the main findings of the D1.3 reports. Download report (pdf) here.

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