1.1: Defining Terms

Unit 1, Chapter 1.

Defining Terms

In this chapter:  
Social Innovation | Social Entrepreneurship


SII @ Brown - What is Social Innovation?  (webpage)
Social innovation as "the pursuit of innovative, transformative, and sustainable solutions to social problems." Intrapreneurship & entrepreneurship.

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) - Rediscovering Social Innovation (article)
"A novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals."

Centre for Social Innovation - Social Innovation (webpage)
"...refers to new ideas that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and planet. A true social innovation is systems-changing – it permanently alters the perceptions, behaviours and structures that previously gave rise to these challenges."

Babson College - Define Social Innovation (webpage)
Crowdsourced definitions of social innovation from students, practitioners, and interested voices around the world.

Social Innovation Notes - Definitions (webpage)
Catalogues the diverse working definitions of social innovation.


Ashoka - What Is A Social Entrepreneur? (webpage)
Sees the social entrepreneur as the social counterpart to the business entrepreneur - "the change agents for society" who "find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to move in different directions."

SSIR - Social Entrepreneurship: A Case for Definition (article)
Building on historical definitions of entrepreneurship in the business sector, Roger L. Martin and Sally Osberg decompose social entrepreneurship into "the provision of direct service in order to move society to a new and more just equilibrium."

Yunus Centre - Social Business (webpage)
A for-profit brand of social entrepreneurship that maintains a social mission but achieves this in a way that leverages instruments, legal structures, strategies and market forces normally associated with the business world. 

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