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Social innovation as an alternative narrative

Van den Broeck, Pieter, Mehmood, Abid ORCID:, Paidakaki, Angeliki and Parra, Constanza 2019. Social innovation as an alternative narrative. Van den Broeck, Pieter, Mehmood, Abid, Paidakaki, Angeliki and Parra, Constanza, eds. Social Innovation as Political Transformation: Thoughts for a Better World, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 2-7. (10.4337/9781788974288.00005)

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In a world threatened by several crises, including collapse of ecosystems, hegemony of market thinking over the economy, rolling back of the state, diminution of democracy to moments of election and consensus, concentration of wealth, predominance of global corporative conglomerates, rapidly changing identities and loss of socio-cultural diversity, there is an urgent need of an alternative and persuasive narrative. Although threatened (and often plagued) by various economic-centred instrumentalizations, the theory of social innovation provides such an alternative. This theory combines a critical, profound and holist understanding of societal dynamics with a focus on socially innovative practices, responding to unaddressed needs, empowering the deprived, and changing the social relations. Social innovation encompasses collective action that succeeds in changing the world for the better, by mutually embedding social, economic and ecological systems, recreating solidarity-based community relations, stimulating a fair distribution of resources, establishing regenerative economies, and supporting socio-cultural, discursive and cognitive diversity.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Publisher: Edward Elgar
ISBN: 9781788974271
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 08:29

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