Defining social innovation

11.01.2013 Blog

In this short paper we outline our working definition of social innovation. This definition was developed as part of the TEPSIE programme. It is very much a working definition and we welcome comments and feedback. We define social innovation as ‘new solutions that simultaneously meet a social need (more effectively than existing solutions) and enhance society’s capacity to act (by creating new relationships, developing capabilities and/or providing better use of assets and resources.’ We also outline what we believe are core element of social innovations. These are features which must be present for a product, process or practice to be defined as a social innovation.

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