This paper provides a first output from a major study, funded and in partnership with Nesta on the methods being used to generate and grow social innovation around the world. It sets out the context for the methods project, analysing why social innovation is coming to be seen as an important issue for government, communities and businesses. It also describes the growing social economy and its distinctive approaches.
This study takes a systemic approach looking at social innovation in all fours sectors – the household, state, market and grant economy and the intersections and interfaces between them. The paper also provides an initial list of methods and enabling conditions for social innovation.