What are social innovations? | Civitas on Air & PASSION #1

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What defines social innovation? Who can become a social innovator? How many social innovation initiatives are in the UK? How should we shape future social innovators? Why is social innovation not something we can teach in a classroom? Can innovative behaviours impact people’s environmental actions?

According to Prof. Richard Hazenberg, social innovation is how we develop new products, processes, or services in society, which have to be aimed at supporting the disadvantaged and trying to come up with new solutions to existing social problems: education, puberty, etc. We have so many social issues around the world that we need to fix; in some ways, our societal structures are broken, and social innovations are those things that come in and help us to change or improve those social structures.

Prof. Richard Hazenberg is a director and research leader of the Institute of Social Innovation and Impact at the University of Northampton and a team member of the PASSION project.

This podcast was produced in Collegium Civitas as part of the PASSION project: “Partnership for Sustainable Development and Social Innovation” and was financed by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange as part of the “Academic International Partnerships” Program, based on Decision No. PPI/APM/2019/1/00096/DEC/01.