If you want to know what students of the “Master of Arts in Social Innovation” at Danube University Krems are thinkinig about definitions and theories in Social Innovation, have a look on this paper from three of them! I am sure, they will appreciate your feedback on this blog!
“Social innovation is a term used globally to describe and identify quite different activities. While it’s a term that everyone likes to use, what it refers to not clear. This paper explores different definitional approaches or intentions – legitimating, theoretical, action-reflection, broad and distinctive – and considers why a definition of social innovation is important and what the crucial ingredients, informed more by practice than theory, might be. Following lessons learnt from postmodernity and critical theory, social marketing, democracy, governance and social entrepreneurship, we arrive at a definition that is value-laden, distinctive and focused – from inception to impact – on equality, justice and empowerment.”