The term social innovation has become well used and well researched in recent years. There has been alot of work to try and define and undestand social innovation from various different perspectives . At SIC, we use the following broad definition as developed as part of the TEPSIE project:
'Social innovations are new solutions (products, services, models, markets, processes etc.) that simultaneously meet a social need (more effectively than existing solutions) and lead to new or improved capabilities and relationships and better use of assets and resources. In other words, social innovations are both good for society and enhance society’s capacity to act.' TEPSIE
In this section, you will find a few key resources which we think anyone working in this field should have read.
You can find more information on current (and previous) social innovation research in our context section.