Session set 2

Parallel sessions on social innovation topics: Second session set on 18.11., 14.00 – 15.30

Session title Speakers, discussants and moderators Central questions and session topics
Social innovation impact assessment: Approaches, methods and tools David LANGLEY, TNO, The Netherlands
Rene WINTJES, UNU-MERIT, University
of Maastricht
Georg MILDENBERGER, CSI, University of Heidelberg
Alfonso UNCETA, Javier CASTRO SPILA, Alvaro LUNA and Egoitz POMARES, SIMPACT project, Sinnergiak Social Innovation, Donostia-San Sebastian
Social Innovation does not possess a stabilized framework (concepts and methodologies) and its impact evaluation is still a pending task. In this context what should be the suitable measurements and methodologies to evaluate social innovation and its impact? The question does not have an easy answer because of the multidimensional dimension of the social innovation concept and the multisectorial scope of its impact. In addition to this and stimulate the meeting turning more dynamic, provocative, invigorating and short inputs will welcome from participant and attendants under the topic of social innovation frameworks and assessment experience.
Social innovation & workplace innovation Peter OEIJ, SI-DRIVE project, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, The Hague
Deborah AKUOKO, DreamOval Foundation and GIMPA Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana
Audrey CHIA, NUS Business School and Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Rosemary EXTON, UK WON and Workplace Innovation Limited, London
Andreas LOHFF and Katharina LOCHNER, cut-e GmbH, Hamburg
Peter TOTTERDILL, UK Work Organisation Network, UK WON and Workplace Innovation Limited, Kingston University London, London
Longfei YI, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
Recently, Eurofound has performed a 51-case study research into workplace innovation across Europe. This research will be a stimulus to explore how workplace innovations and social innovation can inspire each other. In this session a discussion will be held on the basis of submitted research papers, about questions like these:
– How can we design workplace innovation in such a way that this will enhance the capabilities of both the employees (and employee representatives) and the (innovative) capability of the work organization?
– How can employees play a role in designing such workplaces?
– How can organizations and employees be supported to develop workplace innovation?
– How can we link workplace innovation within organizations with social innovation in the environment of organizations?
The Economic dimension of social innovation Alex NICHOLLS, CRESSI project, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford
Judith TERSTRIEP, Maria KLEVERBECK and Dieter REHFELD, SIMPACT project, Westphalian University Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen
Rafael ZIEGLER, CRESSI project, Social-ecological research group GETIDOS, University Greifswald, Greifswald
Gudrun SCHIMPF and Thomas SCHEUERLE, CRESSI project, CSI Heidelberg, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg
Christopher HOUGHTON-BUDD, CRESSI Project, TU Delft
Sharam ALIJANI, SIMPACT project, NEOMA Business School, Reims Campus, Reims
So far, the economic dimension of social innovation is a largely unexplored research field lacking theoretically sound approaches. The economic foundation should not be interpreted as economisation of social innovation and is not limited to questions of market efficiency.
In particular, the session aims to sensitise the understanding of the economic dimensions of social innovation with regard to the theoretical framework of the two projects. One part will refer to the theoretical approach of components, objectives and principles. The session should emphasise the dilemma of effectiveness of addressing social problems and efficiency of resources allocation plus balancing cost and revenues. A further contribution to this session will explore how economic sociology offers a novel way into exploring the structural drivers of marginalization as a means to identifying new policy agendas that develop a fairer and more balanced European economy.
Participation, motivation and responsibility Teresa SCHÄFER, SOCIENTIZE project, Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna
Maria SCHWARZ-WÖLZL, CASI project, Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna
Anette SCOPPETTA, SI-DRIVE project, Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna
Social innovation involves manifold stakeholders form the private, the civil society and the public. The session aims to present interim and final results of ZSI-SI research projects with regard to participatory aspects and governance structures that motivates for engagement in SI and responsible actions:
– motivation of agents involved in citizen science processes (SOCIENTIZE project),
– governance structure and actors of social innovation (SI-DRIVE project project)
– responsible research and innovation, sustainability and social innovation (CASI project)
Narrative of change and social innovation Flor AVELINO and Julia WITTMAYER, TRANSIT project, Dutch Research Institute For Transitions, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam In this session we would like to share different narratives of change that people engage with when working on social innovation. What are the concepts, metaphors and story-lines that are used in practice to realise social innovation and envision transformative change? What are the theories of change that social innovation initiatives themselves have? How are those theories of change shaped discursively? This is an interactive session in which participating researchers share and compare their empirical observations on discourses on social innovation.
Interpersonal relational qualities of social innovations: perspectives for the service sector and public policies Carla CIPOLLA, TRANSIT project, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Social innovations are manifested in changes of attitudes, behavior or perceptions, resulting in new social practices to promote social change. It includes the interpersonal relationships involved.  The analysis of some social innovation cases reveals that participants may collaborate in an intensive interpersonal manner to achieve commonly recognized results. Trust, intimacy for example are some requirements.  In parallel, industrialization and rationalization processes have increasingly produced services based on unpersonalized and anonymous interactions between agents and clients.  Our hypothesis is that social innovations can be an important source of a new knowledge about innovative service architectures and interactions and encounters, based on collaborative forms of interpersonal relations between participants, able to bring about some form of change or transformation. As social innovations are new ideas that challenge existing paradigms, the innovative service models they may present can also shed light on the constitution of a theory and practice of service design towards transformative change. This section includes the analysis and discussion of  some social innovation cases in terms of their service encounters and interpersonal relational qualities, the changes they bring about, and what would favor their creation, consolidation and diffusion.

New directions in theory on social innovation and (transformative) social change Alex HAXELTINE, SI-DRIVE project, University of East Anglia, Norwich
Jürgen HOWALDT, SI-DRIVE project, TU Dortmund University, Dortmund
This session will report on, and build upon, the joint SI-DRIVE project, TRANSIT and Waterloo Institute workshop help in Stockholm in May 2015. The workshop provided an opportunity to share and discuss recent progress on theory development on social innovation and transformative social change. The session will present some of the key findings of this workshop back to the conference participants, as the basis for a panel discussion and debate on recent developments in theory for social innovation.