Improving Existing Forms of SI
Capitalises on the idea that social innovation should not be solely observed in its evolutionary
pathways, or supported at the policy level, but should and can be designed, a applying a «designerly approach»
is most suitable to improve social innovation practice. It is about defining the value proposition,
underpinned business model, systematic mapping of the stakeholders, the channels and the modes of
interaction with users.
By connecting social innovation solutions with alternative economically
underpinned business models, tools suitable to improve existing forms of social
innovation will be elaborated.
To verify economically successful social innovations two dialogue workshops will be held.
Based on the identified specifics, drivers and barriers of social innovation, the first
workshop will discuss consequences and possible approaches for the application of appropriate
principles to upscale social innovation in an economically underpinned way resulting in
social and economic impact. Cards and interaction tools mainly coming from the interaction design field
will be adopted to stimulate the generation of new ideas. The workshop will be documented and
the results for business models re-elaborated and discussed in the consortium, and permuted
into a first version of the business toolbox to be used at the strategic level of the single
social innovation. Moreover the results will inform the development of
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The second workshop will, next to the consortium partners, involve external
experts and stakeholders, with the aim of verifying, assessing and improving the applicability of the toolbox.
To broaden the critical review of the models elaborated, ASHOKA's crowdsourcing platform
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will be utilised to collect views from practioners on «business models» and
«scaling of social innovations» through organisational growth.