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Boston College School of Social Work
Center for Social Innovation

                                                            

 

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What is Social Innovation?

In the face of persistent and increasingly complex social problems, leaders are utilizing innovation to support the development, implementation, and sustainability of transformational responses to social needs. 

 

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Thoughts:
Creative ideas, paradigms, and concepts about solutions that respond to social needs

 

                                                                                                                                            

 

 
Action:
Sustainable approaches, strategies, products, policies and/or programs that develop comprehensive capacities to address social problems

 

                                                                                                                                            

 

 
Structures:
Alternative processes, practices, and/or organizations that meet social needs and strengthen social justice