WISERD Civil Society Seminar Series 2016: Social Innovation in Italy
Thursday, 12 May 2016 from 17:30 to 18:30 (BST)
The WISERD Seminar Series reflects the rich diversity of projects comprising WISERD's Civil Society programme. The seminars are aimed at all with an interest in the key issues and policy challenges facing civil society in the twenty-first century.
WISERD Civil Society Seminar: Social Innovation in Italy
Date Thursday 12th May 2016, Time 5.30pm - 6.30pm, Main Building, Council Chamber, Cardiff
Presenter: Professor Filippo Barbara
Chair: Professor Paul Chaney
This seminar explores the role of “social innovators” in Italy. Drawing on a qualitative research design using respondent-driven sampling (including network analysis) it gives rich insights into the connections between the not-for-profit sector and for-profit sectors. This locus of enquiry is timely because social innovation points to new kinds of production and exchange markets where profit and non-profit organizations interact in distinctive ways. Many of the most successful innovators have learned to operate across sectoral boundaries - and innovation thrives most when there are effective alliances between small organisations and entrepreneurs. This presentation critiques the contemporary trend of portraying social innovation purely as a functional reaction to market and state failure. It thus engages with the analytical challenge of understanding whether social innovation practices satisfy supposedly unmet needs in new ways – and whether such interaction really differs from market-like exchange.
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