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A local approach to social innovation

Durkin, C. (2014) A local approach to social innovation. Paper presented to: Social Innovation in Cities: Challenges and Opportunities, San Sebastian, Spain, 2014-02-18.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Abstract: During the last few years the United Kingdom, like many other countries, experienced significant challenges, economic uncertainty, as well as entrenched and increasingly complex social problems. Equally the institutions that were designed to cope with these problems are breaking down. How can we provide a creative environment in which socially innovative solutions are developed? The presentation will focus on the University of Northampton’s institution wide strategy around social enterprise and how this is developing from one that concentrates on developing social enterprises to a more embedded strategy that develops creative and socially entrepreneurial students. It will use the recently launched Social Venture Builder (SVB) programme as an example of a course that aims to develop the skills of the innovators and entrepreneurs. The SVB programme adopts an approach that is interdisciplinary and focused on both innovation and commercialisation. Ultimately, as a University we have to develop a creative learning environment that nurtures talent as well as engages with communities and neighbourhoods whilst connecting us with other local, regional, national and international networks.
Creators: Durkin, Chris
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > China and Emerging Economies Centre
Research Centres > China and Emerging Economies Centre
Date: 18 February 2014
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Social Innovation in Cities: Challenges and Opportunities
Event Title: Social Innovation in Cities: Challenges and Opportunities
Event Dates: 2014-02-18
Event Location: San Sebastian, Spain
Event Type: Other
Language: English
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: No

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