The concept of social innovation offers an alternative perspective on development and territorial transformation, one which foregrounds innovation in social relations. This volume presents a broad-ranging and insightful exploration of social innovation and how it can affect life, society and economy, especially within local communities. It addresses key questions about the nature of social innovation as a process and a strategy and explores what opportunities may exist, or may be generated, for social innovation to nourish human development. It puts forward alternative development options which variously highlight solidarity, co-operation, cultural-artistic endeavour and diversity. In doing so, this book offers a provocative response to the predominant neoliberal economic vision of spatial, economic and social change.
Jean Hillier, Associate Dean, School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, Editor Planning Theory, RMIT University, Australia
'The concept of social innovation brings an important and timely perspective on societal organization and governance with and within communities. The chapters presenting case studies and narratives sit alongside multidisciplinary explorations of social innovation. This book weaves together significant strands in debates about economies and communities.' Nola Kunnen, Curtin University, Australia 'As we emerge from three decades of divisive neo-liberalism, four leading thinkers have assembled this inspirational book. It is both a shrewd theorization of development from below and an encouraging set of case studies showing how social needs and community resources have been the formative influences in local actions in a dozen countries. The book is an excellent and timely resource for local practitioners, civil servants, teachers and students.' Michael Edwards, University College London, UK