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Guide to Social Innovation

Guide to Social Innovation

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Published by: Jenny M. Melo on Apr 01, 2013
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February 2013
Regional and Urban Policy 
Table of contents
Foreword 5Part 1: What is Social Innovation?1. What is Social Innovation? 62. Why opt for social innovation? 9Part 2: How can public authorities support social innovation?1. Foster Social Innovation 141. How to enable social innovation: accepting risk and diffusing good practice 152. Who are the social innovators? 153. Social entrepreneurship, social enterprises, social economy: what is the difference?2. Upscale social innovation into public policies 171.
1. Evaluating social innovation 172.
Social inclusion 222.
Migration 253.
Urban regeneration 264.
The social economy 295.
Microfinance 346.
Health and ageing 377.
Incubation 418.
Workplace innovation 449.
Regional strategies 46Part 3: Guidance on programming social innovation in the Structural Funds1. The role of social innovation in Cohesion policy 482. Programming Social Innovation 55Part 4: Ten Practical Steps to Implement Social Innovation 59Conclusions: a relook at what regions can do 71 
"In the eighties and nineties, the innovation agenda was exclusively focused on enterprises.There was a time in which economic and social issues were seen as separate. Economy was producing wealth, society was spending. In the 21st century economy, this is not trueanymore. Sectors like health, social services and education have a tendency to grow, in GDP percentage as well as in creating employment, whereas other industries are decreasing. Inthe long term, an innovation in social services or education will be as important as aninnovation in the pharmaceutical or aerospatial industry." 
Diogo Vasconcelos
(1968 - 2011)Senior Director and Distinguished Fellow with Cisco
s Internet Business Solutions GroupChairman of SIX
Social Innovation eXchange
This guide was prepared by DG Regional and Urban Policy and DG Employment, Social affairs andInclusion, with inputs by various other Directorates General (DG Enterprise and Industry; DGResearch, Technology and Development; DG Internal Market; DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries; DGAgriculture; DG Health and Consumers; BEPA (the Bureau of European Policy Advisors of PresidentBarroso). The substantial expertise part came from Marieke Huysentruyt and Max Bulakowskiy of i-Propeller, a Brussels-based social innovation consultancy, and Peter Ramsden, a Regional policyexpert and practitioner.It was commissioned by DG Regional and Urban Policy (European Commission) under the supervisionof Mikel Landabaso
Head of Unit, assisted by Liesbet De Letter, policy analyst, and then completedwith DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, in particular with Olivier Rouland, Head of Unit,and Diane Angermueller and Gabor Tóth, policy analysts.

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