Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds [Music] Bill, the other day we visited the Community Garden in Tarland, in North-East Scotland We had it described as social innovation. What actually is social innovation? Well, for me, social innovation is all about reconfiguring social practices These practices could be about creating new networks, new institutions, new government’s arrengement to address some of the grand societal challenges of our time and in our MOOC we are looking at social innovation and trying to build it around good practice examples and we would love you to join us on this course to learn all about social innovation But learn by engaging with real examples on the ground. Rose, what are the characteristics of social innovations?
Skip to 0 minutes and 58 seconds There are many ways in which we can characterise social innovation For example, the geographical location where the social innovation develops, or the sectors that are true involved, whether that be forestry, agriculture or health A particularly important characteristic of social innovation is the way that social practices are changed For example the way that civil society may become involved If you would like to find out more about the characteristics of social innovation and its diversity, we would like to share this with you in Activity 2 of this course. Marijke, can you tell us about social innovations with the characteristics about which we have now learned? Sure we can!
Skip to 1 minute and 36 seconds There are different good and interesting examples of social innovation in practice, in different countries, on different themes, at different levels and scales… And we, as SIMRA, give you an inside in this, and you can reflect upon this from your own perspectives Elena, from your work with social innovations, have you got any guidance on how best operationalised them? Yes, the processes of social innovation design and implementation are presented in the course with some examples and practical recommendations Laura, once social innovations are up and running, are there any ways in which we can monitor and evaluate their success? Yes, in SIMRA we believe we can.
Skip to 2 minutes and 24 seconds We developed an innovative and flexible set of methods to evaluate social innovation and its impacts in rural areas in this module we will show you how to apply it Alice, is there support from public policy for these types of social innovations? Yes, policies can support social innovation and we, in SIMRA, have examined the question on how policies can foster social innovation, how take and handle social innovation, and we have developed recommendations for policies in support of social innovation We have heard of different aspects of social innovation all studied in the European Union funded project SIMRA (Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas) Sign up for this course and learn about concepts, methods, best practices or join for examples in over 15 countries and over 30 different aspects and contexts We look forward to getting your feedback and learning from you as well.
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