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Social Innovation – creating the future. Chris Dabbs Unlimited Potential “Making the world a happier and healthier place to live.”. Unlimited Potential. social enterprise specialises in social innovation national leader table for impact measurement (SE100 Index)

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social innovation creating the future

Social Innovation – creating the future

Chris Dabbs

Unlimited Potential

“Making the world a happier and healthier place to live.”

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unlimited potential
Unlimited Potential
  • social enterprise
  • specialises in social innovation
  • national leader table for impact measurement (SE100 Index)
  • GM Chamber of Commerce Innovation Award 2011
  • shortlisted in national Social Enterprise Awards 2011

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21 st century challenges
21st Century challenges
  • health
  • education
  • care
  • climate change
  • growing inequality
  • social / family breakdown
  • major crime
  • ageing population
  • economic change – approach, geography

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social innovation
Social Innovation
  • Social innovation is the process of designing, developing and growing new ideas to meet social challenges.
  • Societal innovation is social innovation that meets challenges across a whole society.
  • Innovation that leaves behind a stronger capacity for society to act.

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social innovations
Social Innovations
  • co-operatives
  • public libraries
  • kindergartens
  • international aid
  • Samaritans
  • consumerism
  • human rights
  • distance learning

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social innovations1
Social Innovations
  • hospices
  • environmentalism
  • microcredit
  • Fairtrade
  • open source
  • participatory budgeting
  • self-management
  • Specialisterne

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decisive role
Decisive role

Social, economic and environmental sustainability through and across:

  • social entrepreneurs
  • politics and government
  • markets
  • movements
  • academia

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social enterprise
Social Enterprise

Compared to mainstream SMEs:

  • 3 times the proportion of start-ups
  • employ more people relative to turnover
  • 3 times as many work in 20% most deprived communities
  • 58% of social enterprises grew in 2010 compared to 28% of SMEs

(Source: Fightback Britain, SEUK, 2011).

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challenges
Challenges

Need new economic models:

  • make places resilient and open to change
  • enhance happiness and well-being
  • nurture and protect environment
  • not focussed on crude materialism
  • less reliant on public spending

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barriers
Barriers
  • common assumption that innovation = science and technology
  • lack of clear policy, structures, routes and finance for social innovation
  • impeding lack of research and knowledge in social innovation

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support
Support
  • new ways of cultivating innovators
  • empowering “users” to drive innovation
  • new cross-sectoral and international approaches to innovation
  • new institutions adapting new technologies for social potential
  • institutions orchestrating systemic change

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support1
Support
  • leaders who encourage and reward innovation
  • finance specifically for social innovation
  • markets open to social solutions and outcomes
  • incubators for promising models
  • explicit methodologies for R&D in social and public sectors

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in short
In short
  • thinkers, creators, designers, activists need …
  • ‘connectors’ – brokers, entrepreneurs and institutions that link people, ideas, money and power

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solutions
Solutions
  • Social “silicon valleys” – mobilise resources and energies to tackle social problems in ways that are comparable to the investments in technology

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europe
Europe
  • Espoo – Aalto Camp for Societal Innovation
  • Bilbao – Social Innovation Park www.denokinn.eu
  • Malmö – local innovation forums
  • Warsaw – Stocznia unit for social innovation & research stocznia.org.pl

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global
Global
  • Seoul – Mayor Won Soon Park plans a global hub of social innovation
  • Singapore – Social Innovation Park www.socialinnovationpark.org
  • Toronto – Centre for Social Innovation socialinnovation.ca and MaRS Discovery District www.marssdd.com

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opportunities
Opportunities
  • local social innovation
  • local experience in science, technology, media
  • Co-operatives UK, Design Council, NESTA, RSA, Young Foundation
  • Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
  • EU Programme for Social Change and Innovation

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opportunities1
Opportunities
  • Social Innovation Exchange – socialinnovationexchange.org
  • Social Innovation Europe – socialinnovationeurope.eu
  • Global Innovation Academy – youngfoundation.org

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21 st century
21st Century
  • Greater Manchester – a global hub for social innovation? Salford as its heart?

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initial progress
Initial progress
  • Social Innovation Circle (with the University of Salford)
  • Manchester Innovation Group engaged
  • commitment from NESTA from their global experience
  • support from the Young Foundation
  • support from Manchester Science Parks
  • offer from DenokInn (Basque country)
  • link to innovation programme (Co-ops UK)

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thank you
Thank you

Any questions?

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