Society is in a spin. The disruptive power of innovation is increasing exponentially, yet not always “for the best”. Now is the time for a new social contract that puts innovation back at the service of society.

To help shape the future of social innovation, we are conducting a new study on the Vision and Trends of Social Innovation for Europe.

Through state-of-the-art research, expert interviews, and an online consultation open to the public, we will explore a human-centred approach to innovation. The consultation is open until 8 September, 2017.

Our approach focuses on three interrelated dimensions of innovation:

People

Innovation as source of empowerment and disruption for people. People as agents of innovation, both as users and producers (‘prosumers’). Psychological capabilities to deal with change and uncertainty.

Institutions

Catalysers and shapers of innovation institutions are tasked with channeling the disruptive power of innovation for public good.

We call it 'innovability' plus resilience.

Complex Systems

Building a comprehensive framework to systematize related strands and manifestations of innovation, offering an ordered vision for the future highlighting synergies, conflicts, benefits, and externalities.

Our study aims to push the boundaries of innovation theory and practice, going beyond linear “problem-solution” approaches, instead championing a human-centred, networked, complex systems approach to innovation for a better society.

The study will be completed in October 2017.

The results of our study will feed directly into the European Commission’s next Research and Innovation programme post 2020. This study is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Project Number 30-CE-0871322/00-54.