Resource on Innovation and Scaling

Robin Murray of the London School of Economics and Political Science

Robin Murray of the London School of Economics and Political Science

The Open Book of Social Innovation

by Robin Murray, Julie Caulier-Grice and Geoff Mulgan.

Mike Lewis recommends this book as a critical primer that places ‘scaling and diffusion’ into the broader context of the social innovation process beginning with prompts, ideas, prototypes and pilots, sustaining a core innovation, scaling and diffusion and, lastly, systems change.  There is plenty of food for thought and a lot of guidance relevant to each of the SIS research clusters in this book. Robin Murray, the lead author of this volume, is a collaborator with the SIS project from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the U.K.

This book is about the many ways in which people are creating new and more effective answers to the biggest challenges of our times: how to cut our carbon footprint; how to keep people healthy; and how to end poverty.

It describes the methods and tools for innovation being used across the world and across different sectors – the public and private sectors, civil society and the household – in the overlapping fields of the social economy, social entrepreneurship and social enterprise. It draws on inputs from hundreds of organisations to document the many methods currently being used around the world.

The book is published by Nesta, a U.K. charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life.

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