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Social Innovation Online

Social Innovation Online

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What does it take to do good while doing well?

We would like to highlight some of the successful doers that have al-
ready travelled the path to social innovation. Read about where they
came from, what they brought with them, and what they strived to-
wards in their endeavours.
Innovations like theirs have gone beyond their creators and rev-
olutionized the world we live in. They stand as a testament to the
power of open eyes, minds, and hearts, and the willingness to de-
fy the risk of failure. In all of the examples shown, the people behind
went forward because of a belief in the need for their idea. They in-
spired others to join them in their efforts (individuals, organizations,

and networks) and by combining skills they reached the peaks of

their ambition.27

Other people travelling the world of social innovation are the ex-
perts, the researchers, the students, educators, and explorers who
tell the story of this age-old phenomenon. They are change-makers
that shed light on creating social change through passion, dedica-
tion, and alternative channels in our societies.
Let yourself be inspired. What would it take for you to become a

social innovator?

If you already feel like getting started, sneak a peak at the tem-
plate “starting with me” on page 72.

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FAMOUS TRAVELLERS

FAMOUS TRAVELLERS

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Who, where, when?

Their Innovative

Solution

The Need

Robert Owen

Wales,

United Kingdom

Early 1800’s

www.robert-owen.mid-

wales.com

He is considered one

of the founding fathers

of the cooperative

movement.

He was upset with the

living conditions in his

community, especial-

ly the way that the mill

workers were being

treated and he was

determined to make

a change – alleviating

poverty through so-

cialism.

Florence Nightengale

Europe

Mid 1800’s

www.forence-nightin-

gale.co.uk

She was a pioneer

of modern nursing

through compassion,

commitment to pa-

tient care, and diligent

and thoughtful hospi-

tal administration.

Through a rebellion to-

wards her family and

status, she chose to

become a nurse which

was considered a job

for the poor. Her work

during the Crimean

War made her fght to

better the standards

of hygiene as many

soldiers died from in-

fections.

Saul David Alinsky

Chicago, USA

The 1930’s

http://en.wikipedia.org/

wiki/Saul_Alinsky

He was a main fg-

ure of community or-

ganizing. He led new

ways to organize the

poor and powerless

and created a back-

yard revolution in cities

across America.

As a slum kid raised in

Chicago he decided to

make a change in his

own backyard, begin-

ning locally. Through

creating neighbour-

hood communities, he

realized that the citi-

zens could stand up

for themselves and

gain better living con-

ditions.

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