Reflections from the Social Innovation workshop

Social innovation as a concept has gained importance in the European policy discourse. Social innovation is about the development and implementation of new ideas (products, services and models) to meet social needs and create new social relationships or collaborations, i.e. using a more participatory approach. The aim is usually to make better use of public and human resources while preventing social exclusion.

To explore the concept further and its implications for the Nordic Countries, The Nordic Council of Minister’s Working Group on Demography and Welfare together with Nordregio arranged a workshop entitled Social Innovation: new Nordic approaches for solving demographic and welfare challenges.

Presentations from the workshop

Anna-Karin Berglund: How do we tackle demographic and welfare challenges?

Björn Hasselgren: Regional cooperation in the Öresund region

Ingrid Johnsen & Liisa Perjo: Social innovation in sight

Malin Lindberg: How to fill the notion of social innovation with empirical content?

Mikko Martikainen: How to support social innovation insights from the Finnish perspective

Jeremy Millard: What is social innovation and how can it address social need and societal challenges?

Hans Westlund: Social Innovation, Entrepreneurial Governance and Social Capital: Keys to Rural Development?

Martin Wikström: Sociala innovationer – Ett internationellt perspektiv