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What is Social Innovation?

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. 

SIC has also developed a list of key EC funded projects all looking at Social Innovation in Europe. Have a look below!

SI DRIVE - 1 January 2014 - 31 December 2017- Research project to broaden knowledge of social innovation 

DOLFINS - 1 March 2015 - 28 February 2018 - Distributed global financial systems for society

TEPSIE - 1 January 2012 - 1 January 2015 - Foundations for developing social innovation in Europe

CRESSI - 1 Feb 2014 - 31 January 2018 - Creating economic space for social innovation 

SONNETS - 1 March 2016 - 31 August 2017 - Using new technology in the public sector

InnoServ - 1 February 2012 - 31 January 2014 - Social Services innovation

BENISI - 1 May 2013 - 30 April 2016 - supporting the scaling of 300 innovations

EFESEIIS - 1 December 2013 - 30 November 2016 - Enabling the flourishing and evolution of social entrepreneurship 

SEFORIS - 1 January 2014 - 30 April 2017 - Research into the potential of social enterprise

Transition - September 2013 - February 2016 - Developing a network of incubators to scale social innovation

Third Sector Impact - 20 January 2014 - 19 January 2017 - Research into third sector and its potential impact

IMPROVE - 2006 - Now - Innovation support management 

SIMPACT - 1 January 2014 - 31 December 2016 - Boosting the impact of social innovation through economic underpinnings

ITSSOIN - 1 March 2014 - 28 February 2017 - social innovation and civic engagement

You can find more information on current (and previous) social innovation research in our context section