Social Innovation Workshop
This workshop discussed various areas of social innovation and future transatlantic collaborations in this field.
Translating creative ideas into practice has increasingly become a top priority for stakeholders and communities to enhance their capacity for sustainable innovation in areas such as education, environment, energy, employment, health, social care, and mobility.
While in the U.S. the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation was created at the White House in 2009, the High-Tech Strategy of the German government has recently been redefined as an interdepartmental innovation strategy comprising not only technological but also social innovation. In both North America and Europe, increasing attention is being paid to social innovation initiatives at the national and local levels.
But what are the conditions under which social innovations flourish in different countries and regions? Who are the stakeholders and in what capacity do they understand and develop social innovation? How do social innovations diffuse and lead to social change? How can science better contribute to different steps of the social innovation process? What are the success factors for assessing social innovations in communities, cities, regions, and states? By engaging experts from both sides of the Atlantic, this workshop discussed these questions and mapped areas of future collaborations.