Social Innovation is emerging as an alternate interdisciplinary development pathway of knowledge and practice that aims to understand and address contemporary complexities and multi – dimensional social realities. BEPA (2011) defines social innovation as, ‘innovations that are social in both their ends and means’. However, though Social Innovation is a widely-used term; its conceptual understanding and the specific relation to social change remains under explored.
People Centered Social Innovation: Global perspectives on an Emerging Paradigm attempts to revisit and extend the existing understanding of Social Innovation in practice by focusing upon the lived realities of marginalized groups and communities. The emerging field of people-centered development is placed in dialogue with theory and concepts from the more established field of social innovation to create a new approach; one that adopts a global perspective, engaging with very different experiences of marginality across the global north and south. Theoretically, ‘People Centered Social Innovation: Global Perspectives on an Emerging Paradigm’ draws upon ‘northern’ understandings of change and improvement as well as ‘southern’ theory concerns for epistemological diversity and meaning making. The result is an experiment aimed at reimagining research and practice that seriously needs to center the actor in processes of social transformation.
Swati Banerjee, Stephen Carney and Lars Hulgard
Social Innovation Learning from Critical Social Entrepreneurship Studies: How Are They Critical and Why Do We Need Them?
Luise Li Langergaard
Arenas for Gendering Social Innovation and Marginalized Women’s Collectives
Linda Lundgaard Andersen and Swati Banerjee
Genealogy and Institutionalization of People-Centered Social Innovation in Kudumbashree, Kerala, India
P. K. Shajahan and Lars Hulgård
Ethos of Social Innovation: In Search of a Decolonizing Analysis
Adriane Vieira Ferrarini
Informal Entrepreneurship as Adaptive Innovation: Strategies Among Migrant Workers in Indian Cities
Sunil D. Santha and Devisha Sasidevan
Buen Vivir as an Innovative Development Model
Andres Morales, Roger Spear, Michael Ngoasong, and Silvia Sacchetti
Indian Diasporic Communities: Exploring Belonging, Marginality and Transnationalism
Rashmi Singla, P. K. Shajahan and Sujata Sriram
Innovations in Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Fostering State-University-Community Nexus
Abdul Shaban and Prashant B Narnaware
Social Innovation in Africa: An Empirical and Conceptual Analysis
Jeremy Millard, Mohamed Wageih and Bev Meldrum
Social Innovations as Heretical Practices
Silla Marie Mørch Sievers
List of Contributors
Over the last decades, in parallel to major changes towards privatization in the welfare regimes of advanced industrialized countries, social innovation, social enterprise and social entrepreneurship have gradually become "à la mode". They are interpreted in policy documents in market-economic terms, making social enterprises a valuable partner for policy makers looking for innovative ways of addressing social and societal problems, among which bringing the excluded back into society and increasing social cohesion. However, balancing active citizenship and empowerment, on the one hand, and market-based social service delivery and innovation in a sustainable manner, on the other, represents a daunting challenge.
In this context, social innovation is conceived as creative solutions to existing wicked social problems, at the level of both concrete outcome and process; and social enterprises are heralded as vehicles for such societal improvement. However, beyond the superficial approaches to social innovation, its relationship with social enterprises and social entrepreneurship remains to be better understood and systematized. Therefore, the series invites contributions that are committed to understanding the complexity of these transformations by engaging in new dialogues within and among all regions of the world, each with its specific historical, cultural, social and political contexts, as well as among disciplines, as these evolutions must be tackled in their multi-dimensional nature.