The Evolution of Social Innovation: Building Resilience Through Transitions

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Frances Westley, Katharine McGowan
Edward Elgar Publishing, Dec 29, 2017 - Electronic books - 288 pages

In a time where governments and civil society organizations are putting ever-greater stock in social innovation as a route to transformation, understanding what characterizes social innovation with transformative potential is important. Exciting and promising ideas seem to die out as often as they take flight, and market mechanisms, which go a long way towards contributing to successful technical innovations, play an insignificant role in social innovations. The cases in this book explore the evolution of successful social innovation through time, from the ideas which catalysed social and system entrepreneurs to create new processes, platforms, projects and programs to fundamental social shifts in culture, economics, laws and policies which occurred as a result. In doing so, the authors shed light on how to recognize transformative potential in the early stage innovations we see today.
 

 

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Contents

1 The history of social innovation
1
2 National parks in the United States
18
3 The intelligence test
40
agency and opportunity
58
5 The legalization of birth control in North America
73
6 The duty to consult and accommodate in Canada
88
a dynamic history
116
selforganization strange attractors and social innovation
133
9 The global derivatives market as social innovation
146
10 Indian residential schools
176
Dutch joint stock companies
196
tracking transformative impacts and crossscale dynamics
218
recognizing transformative potential
239
Index
257
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