Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

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Social Innovation: Global and Local Strategies for Socio-cultural Change

  • Michele Filippo FontefrancescoEmail author
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Social innovation connects the concepts of “innovation” and “society.” It indicates initiatives implemented in order to provide better solutions to social needs and problems, tackling issues in fields such as economy, education, health, policy making, and work. In so doing, social innovation supports can shape society by weakening or strengthening, dispelling or creating, new relationships between the subjects, which encompasses human beings and nonhuman beings and objects.


Social innovation is one of the keywords (Williams 1983) in the contemporary debate, in particular in the field of government innovation, nonprofit management, responsible research and innovation, social change, social entrepreneurship, and urban development. In the past decade, following the 2008 financial crisis (Helleiner 2011), the prominence of social innovation rose, as greater attention was paid to the collective...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Gastronomic SciencesPollenzoItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Lizhen Huang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of manufacturing and civil engineeringNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyGjøvikNorway