Nesta, with Palgrave, published this recent collection of essays from a range of thinkers and practitioners about the practice and impact of social innovation.
“The definition that I have found more useful describes the field as concerned with innovations that are social
in both their ends and their means (Young Foundation, 2012). While this leaves some fuzzy edges, it captures the dual interest of the field in, on the one hand, finding better ways to meet human needs and, on the other, its interest in strengthening bonds of commitment and solidarity. It is a definition which also deliberately internalises the unavoidable tensions that are always present in any kind of social change, since all societies argue about what counts as social good or social value” (From Geoff Mulgan’s foreword)