I’ve been working in and around social innovation for over a decade. From community development to design thinking to social investment, I’ve seen a lot of great work but also a lot of false starts. As interest in, and the application of, social innovation grows, there is an increasing discrepancy between the rhetoric and the lived experiences of practitioners. There’s also a danger in that moving so fast, we’re missing the benefits of thinking slow.
‘Slow Social’ looks at research and theories which challenge long-held assumptions of social innovation, and how these can be incorporated in to practice to help the wider social economy become a real and viable alternative for tackling the UK’s and world’s social issues. These posts form the main body of this blog.
During 2013 I also posted blogs under the heading ‘Fast Social’ – each a brief, slightly irreverent overview of interesting news and views from across the social enterprise sector. These have now been archived under the heading of the same name.