June 22, 2016

North-South Social Innovation Conference – Call for Papers


Call for Papers
The North-South Social Innovation Network is making a Call for Papers for the “Social Innovation: from Lagan to Liffey” conference to be held at the Dundalk Institute of Technology on 2nd November 2016 that will launch this new network. We are seeking papers that might  address the need for social innovation in the areas of youth, ageing, mental health and justice in particular but we are open to other areas as well. We are looking for short , ‘punchy’  presentations that can engage across the various sectors and help us push forward the NorthSouth social innovation agenda by addressing such issues as: the governance of social innovation; funding and sustainability of social innovation; protecting the uniqueness of social
innovation; public procurement of social innovation.

For us a social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or equitable than current solutions. The value created accrues primarily to society rather than to private individuals. Social innovations are new strategies, concepts, ideas and structures that meet the social needs of different groups in society. Social innovation includes the social processes of innovation, such as open source methods and techniques.

The North-South Social Innovation Network also understands social innovation as a community driven process of developing new solutions to address social needs. This means working collaboratively with communities, social enterprise and others committed to the development of
social capital in disadvantaged communities.

We are now making a Call for Papers for the conference to be held in Dundalk on 2nd November 2016 that will launch this new network. For now we ask for a title and a 50 word abstract.

Deadline: 2nd September 2016 

Please send to: Dr Anthony Soares, Centre for Cross Border Studies at a.soares@qub.ac.uk

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