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Abstract Social innovation will be essential for addressing today's complex social and ecological challenges. Social entrepreneurs involved in the generation and implementation of innovative endeavours have repeatedly pointed to the critical need for financial support. However, mainstream...
Abstract Addressing society's complex problems means fundamentally challenging systems and their economic, social and environmental dimensions. Current measurement tools and evaluation approaches are grounded in conventional accounting practices, and thus tend to a focus on the outcomes of...
Abstract This paper explores social finance as a strategy for generating social innovations and, at the same time, financial returns. It explores why risk assessment for social finance is so challenging and suggests three sources of difficulty: setting boundaries, integrating heterogeneous...
Abstract A key challenge for governments faced with increasingly limited financial resources lies in finding new ways of partnering with the not-for-profit sector to deliver innovative solutions to intractable social problems. This allows government to tap into previously inaccessible resources...
Abstract This paper uses the social transitions framework to explore the ways in which foundations may partner with intermediaries to support social innovation for broad system change. It examines the efforts of a Canadian foundation to incorporate partnerships with intermediary organizations...
Abstract The political-economic limits to system innovation are explored through the Polanyian concepts of disembedding and the ‘double movement’. The Keynesian Welfare State (KWS) is examined as an aspect of the ‘counter movement for societal protection’ and the outcome of selection from a much...
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