Social Venturing – part of a series on methods and issues in social innovation – focuses on how to establish and grow a social venture.

While there is a long-standing economic and managerial literature on the market economy, and methods of operating within it, as well as a complementary body of work on public finance and public sector management, there is remarkably little on the distinctive character of social ventures and the social economy. Yet this economy and its ventures are set to play a critical role in addressing many of the most urgent contemporary problems, from climate change to chronic disease, and from social welfare to new forms of consumption.

The work is the result of a major collaboration between Nesta and the Young Foundation: two organisations that are committed to the role that social innovation can play in addressing the most pressing issues facing society today.

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Posted on: 1 July 2009 Authors: Geoff Mulgan, Robin Murray,


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