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What is Social Innovation (SI)

Handbook of Research on Smart Territories and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems for Social Innovation and Sustainable Growth
SI is new ideas that meet social needs create social relationships and form new collaborations which can be products, services or models addressing unmet needs more effectively (by European Commission)
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Social Innovation as a New Social Policy Tool for Regional Government Institutions in Smart Territories
Muradiye Ates (Haci Bayram Veli University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2097-0.ch004
By aiming at improving social welfare and well-being, social policies, social innovation, and smart territories are closely related to each other. Local authorities are in direct contact with citizens and regional needs, which makes them an important actor in overcoming challenges ranging from housing, spare-time activities to education to improving democratic standards. There are many successful examples of social innovations, including, participatory budgeting, and Open Government Vienna, which are supported by local governments that can contribute to the formation of smart cities and territories. By elaborating related examples from various perspectives, this chapter highlights the relation between social policy, social innovation, and smart cities.
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Digital Social Innovation: Fundamentals and Framework of Action
That innovation that generates new ideas destined to solve social problems, that is to say, innovation in the social economy.
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