Successful seminar on Social Innovation Futures
On January 15th, TIK hosted a seminar by Paul Bennoworth on social innovation and Grand Challenges.
Can small-scale social experiments lead to the solution of pressing societal problems? The first TIK Seminar of 2015 explored the processes of social innovation - and what this type of innovation processes might be lacking.
Social innovation and Innovation studies
Social innovation assumes that ideas can be created in protected Spaces, and then upscaled to the level of society without addressing the vested interests in the status quo that have created a market for the social innovation. It therefore seems useful to use the multi-level perspective of sustainable socio-technical transitions to better theorise the issues of upscaling involved in social innovation, so there is not just an implicit assumption that good ideas travel deservedly.
Through a subtle critique of the current policy conception of social innovation, it is possible for Innovation Studies to help provide better insights into social innovation processes and ultimately to lead to better support frameworks and interventions for promoting solutions to the Grand Challenges (as formulated by the EU).