"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."
(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.