Social Innovation

Mumbai's Innovation Hub

Innovation in the developing world, as many people may tend to think, comes from either large conglomerates or small entrepreneurial communities which have had the good fortune of venture backing. Especially in a free market economy, such as India’s, innovation is often thought of as the mandate of thriving businesses equipped with the know-how. In Mumbai, India’s economic powerhouse, the ...

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Creative Capitalism + Social Innovation

New Social Enterprises That Make Money and Change the World by Idris Mootee We need more (and more innovative) social enterprises and I really want to see a top tier MBA programs with specialization in Social Enterprises. Call it B-school needs S-school. There are so many problems out there and sometimes we feel we are almost giving up. Our capitalist ...

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Smarter Cities – Smarter Planet

IBM recently launched its Smarter Cities initiative. Part of its overall SmarterPlanet project, Smarter Cities is an effort to find solutions to the problems that will occur due to our ever-increasing population growth in urban centers around the world: “In 1900, only 13% of the world’s population lived in cities. By 2050, that number will have risen to 70%. We ...

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Social Innovation as Smart Business Strategy

Businesses Can Be Good Stewards Of Our Societies by Idris Mootee Innovation takes many forms, but social innovation is the least understood form, and today there are pressing needs and urge for the creation, adoption and diffusion of innovations. Innovation’s several forms include: technological, organizational, product, service, business model, etc. The term ‘social innovation’ has come into common parlance in ...

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What is Government's Role in Innovation?

Recently a number of bloggers and Tweeters have linked to an interview with Greg Bialecki, who works for the governor of Massachusetts on economic development. The question posed to Bialecki was “What is the appropriate role for state government in accelerating innovation?”. Bialecki does a good job of straddling the many sides of the question, noting that many businesses are ...

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Identifying Innovation

I want to return to an issue that sparked some healthy debate a few weeks ago but didn’t go far enough in my opinion. When Michele Obama first announced the Office of Social Innovation, bloggers like Allison Fine posed some really important questions about what is meant by innovation and how to ensure that the government doesn’t just reward the ...

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Is Crowdsourcing a Fad or a Foundational Element?

Much has been written about ‘crowdsourcing’ and the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ over the past couple of years, including “Crowdsourcing” by Jeff Howe – a contributing editor at Wired magazine, and “Wisdom of the Crowd” by James Surowiecki – a staff writer at The New Yorker. Crowdsourcing – “The act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent ...

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Social Innovation Camp II

I love to support causes like Social Innovation Camp by doing what I can to help raise their visibility. Social Innovation Camp is an organization in the United Kingdom that selects and brings together social entrepreneurs with ideas to help the participants for an intense 48 hours to help move their ideas forward into web application prototypes. Check out the ...

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