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Social Innovation in Latin America
Maintaining and Restoring Social and Natural Capital

ISBN 9780367722654
Published September 26, 2022 by Routledge
256 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Latin American continent contains an incredibly rich diversity from which humans derive a range of ecosystem services (e.g. material goods, cultural benefits, climate regulation, etc.) that contribute to livelihoods and well-being. It has become critical to reconcile social and environmental issues in the region to ensure that development is sustainable and aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

To ensure the sustainable use and management of social and natural capital in the region, business, government, social enterprises and NGOs are engaging in different forms of social innovation that account for social, ecological and environmental values. This requires the integration of social and natural capital into decision-making at all levels. Latin America presents a useful scenario to explore social innovation in relation to social and environmental values and the management of local human and natural resources. This book presents social innovation initiatives that incorporate social and natural capital into decision-making processes in Latin America. This book aims to provide the reader with an insight into the relevance of social innovation for maintaining and restoring social and natural capital in Latin America.

Using case studies from Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Mexico, this book provides an insight into the interactions between social innovation and social and natural capital in Latin America and will be of interest to researchers, academics and students in the fields of social innovation, management studies, environmental economics and sustainability.

Table of Contents

PART 1. Conceptual frameworks to understand social innovation and natural and social capital in Latin America

1 Buen Vivir, a decolonial approach to development

Andrés Morales and Sara Calvo 

2 Global governance to address local ills: the Universal Periodic Review aiding the creation of a Third Space in pursuit of land rights that support social innovation, biodiversity and natural capital in Latin America 

Louisa Ashley

PART 2. Social Innovation and Natural Capital 

3 The environment through the regulation of emissions resulting from the automobile journeys in Peru

Jose Carlos Soldevilla Saavedra

4 The Purepechas of Cheran: Community solidarity, public security and environmental conservation in Mexico

Karol Gil-Vazquez 

5 The Sustainable Innovation of Salinerito in Ecuador

Fabián Vargas and Mario Cadena López

6 Socio-technical regimes to understand grassroots innovations and natural capital in Chile

Nancy Saravia and Jordi Peris

PART 3. Social Innovation and Human Capital 

7 Entrepreneurship, associativity and social technologies in rural communities: a reading from the Papal Encyclical Laudato Si in Colombia

Marietta Bucheli and Juan Fernando Álvarez

8 Cooperativism in Acapulco, México

Roberto Cañedo Villarreal; María del Carmen Barragán Mendoza and Daniel Francisco Nagao Menezes

9 Social, economic and environmental factors and the relationship with the knowledge, skills of entrepreneurs (KSE) and companies’ internal factors (CIF). Findings from collective enterprises in a context of crisis in Colombia

Ana Milena Silva Valencia

10 Fair trade focus of social joint and engine for the sustainable local development: experiences in Quito-Ecuador with the American City of Fair Trade

Cesar Augusto Marcillo Vaca, Laura Angélica de la Cruz Guerrero and Jaime Ramiro Figueroa Fraga

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Sara Calvo is the co-founder of Minca Ventures and the Director of the Master’s in Cooperation and International Development at Universidad Internacional de la Rioja in Spain.

Andrés Morales is the co-founder of Minca Ventures and an Associate Professor of International Development and Social Enterprise at Universidad Internacional de la Rioja in Spain.