Publications

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Bridging the Divide: Social entrepreneurs and commissioners on public sector contracting

November 2013

Anna Davies,

In the last decade, successive UK governments have pursued an agenda of opening up public services to alternative providers from the private and third sectors, with the stated aim of diversifying provision in order to promote competition, efficiency and innovation. The current coalition government has made a particular commitment to “support the creation and expansion... Find out more

The Task of the Social Innovation Movement: Roberto Magabeira Unger’s Keynote Speech from Social Frontiers 2013

December 2013

As part of our TEPSIE project, we organised the Social Frontiers Research Conference in collaboration with Nesta, The Rockefeller Foundation and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). The conference took place at Glasgow Caledonian University London campus in Shoreditch, East London on the 14 and 15 of November 2013. Over the two days, Social Frontiers brought together 120... Find out more

Growing Social Ventures cover (2011)

Growing Social Ventures

Britain’s history is full of examples of forward-thinking co-ops, charities, mutuals as well as profitable businesses that have pioneered innovative ways to tackle social needs. From the rich activity of socially oriented businesses and charities in the 19th century, to forerunners of the ethical business movement like the Body Shop, and an estimated £24bn social... Find out more

Engaging Citizens in Social Innovation: A short guide to the research for policy makers and practitioners

June 2013

Anna Davies,

Public and civic engagement activities are now widely seen as critical in building trust in public institutions, developing social capital and social cohesion in local communities, and lending great legitimacy to public decision making processes. In the context of social innovation, the idea that citizen engagement is critical to the development and implementation of new... Find out more

Citizen Engagement in Social Innovation – A case study report

June 2013

Anna Davies,

Public and civic engagement activities are widely seen as critical in building trust in public institutions, social capital and social cohesion in local communities, greater legitimacy in public decision making processes and more effective use of resources, as well as community and individual empowerment. These assumed benefits are so widely believed that government and civil... Find out more

The Value and Role of Citizen Engagement in Social Innovation

June 2013

Anna Davies,

Engagement practices have particular value for the development of effective social innovations. In particular, this report argues that some forms of engagement will enable a better understanding of needs so that appropriate solutions can be developed. Participation practices can also introduce divergent thinking from unexpected sources which can help to uncover novel solutions to complex... Find out more