Social Innovation is emerging as an alternate interdisciplinary development pathway of knowledge and practice that aims to understand and address contemporary complexities and multi – dimensional social realities. BEPA (2011) defines social innovation as, ‘innovations that are social in both their ends and means’. However, though Social Innovation is a widely-used term; its conceptual understanding and the specific relation to social change remains under explored.

People Centered Social Innovation: Global perspectives on an Emerging Paradigm attempts to revisit and extend the existing understanding of Social Innovation in practice by focusing upon the lived realities of marginalized groups and communities. The emerging field of people-centered development is placed in dialogue with theory and concepts from the more established field of social innovation to create a new approach; one that adopts a global perspective, engaging with very different experiences of marginality across the global north and south. Theoretically, ‘People Centered Social Innovation: Global Perspectives on an Emerging Paradigm’ draws upon ‘northern’ understandings of change and improvement as well as ‘southern’ theory concerns for epistemological diversity and meaning making. The result is an experiment aimed at reimagining research and practice that seriously needs to center the actor in processes of social transformation.

chapter 1|16 pages

People-Centered Social Innovation: An Emerging Paradigm with Global Potential

Edited BySwati Banerjee, Stephen Carney, Lars Hulgård

chapter 2|25 pages

Social Innovation Learning From Critical Social Entrepreneurship Studies

How Are They Critical, and Why Do We Need Them?
ByLuise Li Langergaard

chapter 3|27 pages

Arenas for Gendering Social Innovation and Marginalized Women’s Collectives

ByLinda Lundgaard Andersen, Swati Banerjee

chapter 5|21 pages

Ethos of Social Innovation

In Search of a Decolonizing Analysis
ByAdriane Vieira Ferrarini

chapter 6|18 pages

Informal Entrepreneurship as Adaptive Innovation

Strategies Among Migrant Workers in Indian Cities
BySunil D. Santha, Devisha Sasidevan

chapter 7|28 pages

Buen Vivir as an Innovative Development Model

ByAndres Morales, Roger Spear, Michael Ngoasong, Silvia Sacchetti

chapter 8|23 pages

Indian Diasporic Communities

Exploring Belonging, Marginality and Transnationalism
ByRashmi Singla, P. K. Shajahan, Sujata Sriram

chapter 9|16 pages

Innovations in Multistakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Fostering State–University–Community Nexus
ByAbdul Shaban, Prashant B. Narnaware

chapter 10|30 pages

Social Innovation in Africa

An Empirical and Conceptual Analysis
ByJeremy Millard, Mohamed Wageih, Bev Meldrum

chapter 11|14 pages

Social Innovations as Heretical Practices

BySilla Marie Mørch Sievers