All literature on social innovation emphasises that social innovation can happen in, and across all 4 major sectors - Private, Public, Community/NGO,and Academia. In particular, the Open Book on Social Innovation ( 2010), emphasises the importance of connecting across these sectors.
The challenge for Academia in social innovation is two-folded. It includes both how academics change mindset and practice but also how the surroundings learn and improve the collaboration with universities. Challenges can be relating to tempo and pace and the ability to deliver research fast enough for society and organisation in practice to use the knowledge. Relating to this challenge is the challenge of how we translate research for e.g. policy makers to ‘understand it’. During the last five years more and more innovation units (social innovation labs, social entrepreneurship programs or university innovation strategies) have been initiated globally as a response to these challenges. The increase in innovation units within Academia occurs at the same time we find an increase a number of Think Thanks offering research based input to societal development and decision making. SIC's Academia network will therefore be the first network to specifically support Academia's lead and role for social innovation.
Meet your Network Facilitators...
Julie Munk and Lorna Reed are facilitating this network on behalf of Social Innovation Exchange (SIX).
Julie is an experienced innovation manager. Throughout her career, she has passionately been exploring how to most effectively run innovation labs, enable collaborative learning environments and co-design solutions to deal with complex social challenges. She has been doing this from multiple platforms – including in public institutions (e.g. engaging in innovation projects at Danish innovation unit MindLab), business (e.g. fostering start-up environments at Copenhagen Fintech Innovation and Research), academia (e.g. leading research platforms and labs at the CBS Public-Private Platform) and NGOs (e.g. directing Social Responsibility programmes at Roskilde Festival or as board member at Transparency International)
At SIX Julie is responsible for developing strategic content, collaborations and projects.
Julie holds an MSc in Political Communication and Management from Copenhagen Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Organization studies. She is a Prince 2 certificated project manager and a trained research fellow.
Lorna has a Bachelor in History from the University of Nottingham and an MA in European Urban Cultures. Prior to joining SIX, she was invited to be the UK representative at the 19th ASEF Summer School in Pune, India, looking at sustainable urbanisation in heritage cities. Lorna is responsible for curating content for the website, managing communications and the overall managment of the SIC networks.