If social innovation is to be considered a process that spirals outward, as proposed in The Open Book of Social Innovation by The Young Foundation & NESTA (2010), then the EU has been caught spinning its wheels at the centre for more than a decade.
Filippo Addarii examined some of the reasons why this may be occurring, and considered the next step of unravelling the spiral and replacing it with a simpler picture, in his address to the European Commission Research, Innovation, Science and Policy Experts (RISE) High-Level Group in Brussels on April 27th, 2017. On the purpose of his speech, he says:
Understanding the missteps in the EU social innovation agenda up until now is crucial in helping governments, policymakers, public and private institutions, and individual citizens avoid repeating mistakes. From focus on the commodification of public goods, to globalisation and digitalisation of life and emphasis on chJunckerarities, associations and entrepreneurs, Europe’s path toward developing a society of social innovation has been diverted multiple times by red herrings that have each been unable to create a total systemic change. With a renewed interest in placing social innovation at the heart of the EU agenda, it is time to evaluate the steps taken so far and whether what is needed instead is a great leap.
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