Workpackage 4 description


To provide interpretations of various ‘readings of social innovation’ dynamics in various community contexts and at various scales of society, as covered in various scientific fields, public management systems and practice communities. The objective is to develop a ‘shared language’ on social innovation which will cover the various problematics, theoretical developments, methodological tools and policy/collective action practices.

Description of work

Preparation, running and reporting on a workshop (WS5) on ‘Social Innovation’ as a scientific category and a practice-oriented Leitmotiv to analyse and guide various innovative strategies to combat social exclusion. Reports from the following scientific disciplines will be provided: (i) business administration; (ii) social economy; (iii) political science; (iv) arts and culture; (v) anthropology. These reports will focus on particularly two dimensions of socially innovative inclusion strategies: (i) satisfaction of alienated human needs; (ii) transformation of social relations of cooperation and governance at various spatial scales in society. Inputs will be used from all WP1.i, from WP2, WP3 and from the Lille workshop on Social Innovation (1-2 March 2005). Other dimensions to be covered in WS5 and serving the pursuit of shared language to deal with social innovation can be found in table 7.5.

The report (D4) will be prepared by P2 (UNIMIB, Bicocca), together with P1(GURU/UNEW) as well as partners 9 (MU-Brno) and 14 (CRISES-UQAM, Montreal), particularly knowledgeable in social innovation analysis, as representatives from Lawaetzstiftung, Hamburg, Groundwork NI, Belfast and BOM, Antwerp.


D4: report on: WS5 on ‘Social Innovation’

D4DISSEM: results of WP4 useful for dissemination (publication, user groups, training)

Milestones and expected result

An integration of disciplinary approaches to analysing social innovation: scientific and policy/action – oriented.

The development of a shared language to discuss social innovation research, practice, policy as well as their coordination.