Stronger SI Concepts
Unfolding social innovations'
potential for smart and inclusive growth necessitates increasing their economic and social
impact. This in turn, calls for their improvement for spread and growth.
On the micro-level, the economic underpinning of a social innovation shapes its capacity, direction,
impact and potential for scaling and diffusion. An overview of social innovation in Europe, however,
suggests that it often takes the form of small initiatives generated by individuals,
interest groups, creative communities, collaborating actors, and so on.
SIMPACT's proposition is that these small, local social inventions and their working prototypes
can be scaled-up, consolidated, replicated, and integrated with larger programs to generate large-scale
sustainable transformation where favourable conditions are created by strategic actors.
SIMPACT will use «Design Thinking» to identify the economic enablers supporting social innovation
to overcome the constraints of their own origins and settings to generate stronger and more widely
distributed impacts. Addressing the strategic level, developing stronger social innovation concepts
is expected to facilitate and resource new forms of entrepreneurship based on alternative business
models of financing, distribution and employment.
- Differentiating SI from other types of innovation
- Identifying drivers and barriers of SI
- Improving existing forms of SI