The four-year research project TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory), supported by the EU FP7 program has published the first results.
Over the past year, we have interacted with and studied twelve transnational networks. The first results suggest that the social innovations that the networks engage in are broad and cover examples of all the dimensions in our working-definition of 'social innovation': new social practices, new ideas, new models, new rules, new social relations and new products.
Most of the social innovations are combined innovations, for example combining a practice and idea (i.e. design thinking) and applies it to other kinds of questions (i.e. societal challenges). The Center for Global Change and Sustainabilty (Dr. Iris Kunze) is the BOKU partner in TRANSIT.
Reports on the twelve studied networks can be downloaded on our website:
The characterization and comparison of case study findings you can find here: http://www.transitsocialinnovation.eu/downloads
TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory) is an ambitious international research project that studies how people are empowered to work towards social innovation and societal transformation. With 13 partner universities it is co-funded by the EU and runs for four years, from 2014 until 2017.
TRANSIT uses a research method which encourages feedback from social entrepreneurs, innovators and policy makers to develop a theory with practical relevance. In this project we study social innovation initiatives that are locally active and globally connected, by carrying out in-depth case study analysis of 20+ transnational networks across Europe and Latin America. One of those case studies will be on the Ecovillage Network.
More information about TRANSIT: http://www.transitsocialinnovation.eu/