Publications

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How to Grow Social Innovation

September 2013

Anna Davies,

How to grow social innovation: A review and critique of scaling and diffusion for understanding the growth of social innovation. Paper presented to the 5th International Social Innovation Research Conference, 2-4 September, 2013, Oxford.  

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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

A Steak in the Economy (Podcast)

This podcast is a recording of the seminar “A Steak in the Economy” held at The Young Foundation on Thursday, 15 August 2013.  From job creation to revitalising the high street, and even boosting British exports, Cynthia Shanmugalingam explains why the new food economy can deliver more than just a great meal. For further details,... Find out more

Social investment in Education COVER

Social Investment in Education

A public educational system, free at the point of use, should be our greatest tool for delivering equality of opportunity. But this is not happening. When pupils from poorer backgrounds enter the education system they are already behind their peers. Instead of catching up at primary and secondary school, this gap widens as they progress through their school career... 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

To Market, to Market: How community shares work (Podcast)

May 2013

This podcast is a recording of the seminar “To market, to market: How community shares work”held at The Young Foundation on Friday, 17 May 2013. Simon Borkin of the Community Shares Unit introduces the concept of community shares, illustrates where the model is being used currently, and sets out how new and existing community-based enterprises... Find out more

Rural Social Enterprise: How Housing Associations Can Help (Podcast)

April 2013

This podcast is a recording of the seminar “Rural Social Enterprise: How Housing Associations Can Help” at The Young Foundation on 11 April, 2013. In this seminar, Paul Smith, Head of Enterprise & Intelligence, and Charlotte Weedon, Social Enterprise Development Manager of Aster Group asked if housing associations are doing all they could to support rural social enterprise, and what... Find out more