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Marco Meneguzzo - 1+1=3: How Can Social Innovation Change Cultures and Create shared value ? A Mediterranean Comparative Multiple Case Study

Tuesday, 21 January, 2014 - 12:15
Faculty: Social Sciences and Solvay Business School
ULB
Solvay Building (Solbosch Campus); Room R42.4.118
Faculty ES
seminar

In recent times the term “social innovation” has been used by politicians, academics and professionals in a number of different ways reflecting a general fashion which is far from capturing the true essence and meaning of this concept. 

But what actually is social innovation? To avoid the distortions of their common sense – “social” is often associated to the nonprofit world, “innovation” to technological advances – a theoretical framework for understanding their meaning is provided. In order to analyse the whole phenomenon of “social innovation”, we will start by separately investigating what “social” and “innovation” mean.

Once recognized its relevance,  in this paper some different experiences of social innovation in three Mediterranean countries have been provided as case studies  ( the ESADE Institute for Social Innovation - Spain; the Hub network - Spain and Italy; Nova School of Business and Economics (SBE) - Portugal) 

These experiences, which can be considered as social innovation incubators, have been analysed through a comparing model composed by a dedicated set of variables (Networking, Relational governance, Self-financing, Knowledge ateliers).

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