The Open Book of Social Innovation

1 March 2010
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TheOpenBookofSocialInnovationThis volume – part of a series of methods and issues in social innovation – describes the hundreds of methods and tools for innovation being used across the world, as a first step to developing a knowledge base.

In other fields, methods for innovation are well understood. In medicine, science, and, to a lesser degree, in business, there are widely accepted ideas, tools and approaches. There are strong institutions and many people whose job requires them to be good at taking ideas from inception to impact. There is little of a comparable nature in the social field, despite the richness and vitality of social innovation. Most people trying to innovate are only aware of a fraction of the methods they could be using.

The Open Book presents a varied picture of social innovation in practice and demonstrates the vitality of this rapidly emerging economy. It describes the methods and tools for innovation being used across the world and across different sectors – the public and private sectors, civil society and the household – in the overlapping fields of the social economy, social entrepreneurship and social enterprise. It draws on inputs from hundreds of organisations to document the many methods currently being used around the world.

The open book was published as a collaboration between NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and the Young Foundation.

by NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and the Young Foundation. Authors: Robin Murray, Julie Caulier-Grice, Geoff Mulgan. Published March 2010.

Find out more: www.nesta.org.uk/publications/open-book-social-innovation

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