That’s why, over the last five months, we’ve been developing and trialling a new Foundation Course in Social Innovation
The course will consist of 10 modules that introduces key concepts, and will be a precursor to three more detailed courses that will delve deeper into three different topics: social innovation in services; social innovation and systems; and creating the organisational conditions for social innovation.
To begin with, we’re testing it on ourselves and our new TACSI folk, before rolling the curriculum out more broadly as part of a new set of resources, courses and networks focused on building social innovation capability for all kinds of organisations.
Our starting point for creating this course is a definition that appeared on the very first TACSI website, which stated that social innovations are ‘innovations that are social both in their ends and in their means’1, as well as a more recent reflection by my colleagues that defines TACSI’s particular flavour of social innovation as work that’s ‘systemic, human and experiential’.
1The Open Book of Social Innovation, 2010, p3 pdf