SOCIAL INNOVATION refers to the creation, development, adoption and integration of new concepts and practices that put people and the planet first.
Social innovations resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges. Some social innovations are systems-changing – they permanently alter the perceptions, behaviours and structures that previously gave rise to these challenges.
Even more simply, a social innovation is an idea that works for the public good.
Social innovations come from individuals, groups or organizations, and can take place in the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors. Increasingly, they are happening in the spaces between these three sectors as perspectives collide to spark new ways of thinking.
~ Centre for Social Innovation