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Innovation that Breeds Innovation

What is the difference between Social Innovation and just plain old innovation? The key is the way in which processes of social innovation do more than just provide solutions to individual problems. They also build skills, social networks and local ressources that makes a society more able to respond to future challenges.

In our Exhibit A, Amy Smith's pointer that we need to "Provide skills, not just finished technologies.
" captures that perfectly. I've pasted the rest of the quote at the end of this entry. Agents wanting to know more about other techniques for practicing and encouraging social innovation should see this post, and the new Open Book On Social Innovation that it talks about.

The virtuous circle of solutions that empower people to create new solutions is so important as we enter a period where change and uncertainty will test all of our abilities. Structures that concentrate knowledge and problem solving skills, only allowing access to finished technologies, will prove to be increadibly inefficient at dealing with this new reality.

From Amy Smith:
"The current revolution in design for developing countries is the notion of co-creation, of teaching the skills necessary to create the solution, rather than simply providing the solution. By involving the community
throughout the design process, you can help equip people to innovate
and contribute to the evolution of the product. Furthermore, they
acquire the skills needed to create solutions to a much wider variety
of problems. They are empowered."

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Comment by John Evans on March 9, 2010 at 6:14pm
It looks like you need to edit your link a bit, because it doesn't work as written. Maybe this will:

Open Sourcing Climate Change, Health, and Poverty: An Open Book On ...
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 9, 2010 at 6:27pm
Do you think networks like Evoke could help make this a reality?
Comment by openalex on March 9, 2010 at 6:32pm
In terms of building links and encouraging innovation I think Evoke could do a lot. If we are here, it's because we are all hopeful about how it will turn out. It seems like a good mix of information, imagination and encoragement. Could be a great catalyst.

Thanks John, I fixed the link.
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 9, 2010 at 7:15pm
Lets just hope there's enough critical thinking to balance out myopic tendencies that unfettered encouragement fosters...
Comment by John D. Boyden on April 24, 2010 at 5:07pm
The brain and attitude put together with dedication and perserverance . What evoke has initially completed is a forum of possibility that will certanly lead to action orientations that will help people and set an agenda of achievement in locales arpound the world. +1 local insight


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