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Conclusion

Moving agendas forward
ByWendy Harcourt, Kees Biekart, Peter Knorringa

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book analyses the different examples of social transformation, change actors and innovative methodologies is an evolving conceptual discussion of civic innovation. It indicates with the myriad of interests and concerns, civic innovation wherever it occurs whether in the streets, in market negotiations, intergovernmental conferences, NGO planning or in on-line forums. The book focuses on the effort to engage with, but also move beyond, the norms and known categories of the well-worn narratives of labour, institutions, movements, NGOs, class, gender, race and generation. It illustrates how feminist epistemologies have contributed to understandings of resistance and transformation, and offer possibilities for feminist theory to be a strong component of civic innovation as it marks out a new field of research. The chapter examines that conceptualise the process of civic innovation and the role of social entrepreneurs in markets.