Atlas of Social Innovation

A World of New Practices

The Atlas of Social Innovation is a unique knowledge repository for the global community of practitioners, policy makers and researchers. With contributions from Jo Barraket, Taco Brandsen, Tim Draimin, Benoît Godin, Carlos Guaipatin, Lars Hulgård, Johanna Mair, Frank Moulaert, Frank Pot, Johan Schot, Klaus Schuch, Judith Sutz… and our own CIO, Chris Vanstone.

Social innovation has increasingly been attracting attention. Countless approaches and initiatives illustrate the dynamism and potential of social innovation to address the most urgent societal challenges and develop continuously new solutions for pressing problems. At the same time, social innovation is gaining importance in coping with the fundamental socio-digital transformation by increasing the innovative capacity and future sustainability of society. It is regarded as an important factor to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by creating repeatedly new sustainable social practices in production and consumption.

The book series Atlas of Social Innovation aims to provide a comprehensive overview on the multifaceted manifestations, contexts and perspectives of social innovation. After the successful first volume, the second volume Atlas of Social Innovation –A World of New Practices, again compiled and realised by a research team of TU Dortmund University brings together the leading experts of the field.

In 43 articles, the Atlas opens up new insights into current trends of social innovation research and its connection to other schools of thought and research traditions. The conceptual underpinnings draw upon the experiences of a variety of disciplines contributing to the rich, multi-layered nature of the phenomenon. By building up a knowledge repository for a growing community of practitioners, policy makers and researchers, the book opens up new avenues to unfold the potential of social innovation.
The articles will be published online at by the end of October. The website invites its users to download selected articles and to propose future articles for a more complete global picture of social innovation.

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Read Ten Years, Nine Patterns

Chris Vanstone shares nine practical patterns for social innovation, drawn from 10 years of practice.