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This study aims to determine the best way of implementing social innovation. Specifically, it investigates whether the established theory up to this point and a proposed hypothesis based on that theory can be backed up by the experience of working social innovation projects. In this context, social innovation projects are defined by being projects that implement social innovation in any of the forms that it can take.</p> <p>To test the various theories and hypotheses and see what factors should be taken into consideration for the implementation, a series of predetermined questions were asked to social innovation projects. Candidates were given the opportunity of answering through a face-to-face interview or via an online questionnaire. Out of 15 selected projects, answers were collected from Venvirotech, Ampros, Helpsy and Solar Ear. These responses were later analysed by dividing the answers into their 5 different categories based on the theoretical framework. However, the results obtained differed from what was expected, and it could therefore be seen that a part of the theory and the hypothesis did not align with reality.</p> <p>These results suggest that establishing a concrete methodology on implementing social innovation is not only difficult but counterintuitive. Nevertheless, there are key factors and steps that will ensure projects are moving in the right direction. Based on this, social innovation projects should ideally take into account the key factors and steps mentioned in this paper and tailor each to suit their own implementation.</p> Jane Alice Sánchez-Cruzado Ryan Copyright (c) 2021 Jane Alice Sánchez-Cruzado Ryan https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-12-01 2021-12-01 10 From Service Delivery to Capacity-Building: a Scalable Approach to Legal Empowerment https://socialinnovationsjournal.com/index.php/sij/article/view/1907 <p>This case study highlights the experience of a legal services social worker and her clients using a method for legal empowerment. It explores a simple way to integrate capacity-building into practice at the micro-level as part of a systemic change strategy at the macro-level.</p> Naomi Campbell Copyright (c) 2021 Naomi Campbell https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-12-01 2021-12-01 10 Transformative Social Innovation in Latin America https://socialinnovationsjournal.com/index.php/sij/article/view/1944 <p>This article seeks to analyze how social innovation in Latin America has evolved as our societal problems have changed in nature, depth, and scale. Today, social innovation in Latin America reflects the current social territorial transformation at the local level. As a response to the climate emergency and the political, economic, humanitarian, and health crisis, the region has made progress in articulating its innovation ecosystem and equipping actors with the essential knowledge to create a common understanding of our problems. Despite that, the challenge of making significant inroads in addressing the region’s pressing socio-environmental problems is greater. In the coming years, the acceleration of our understanding of the processes and impact we generate will be more crucial than ever before.</p> <p> </p> <p>On the one hand, this article offers a historical analysis of social innovation in the region and of its ecosystem of actors. On the other hand, it analyzes several recent experiences that illustrate three core principles that are emerging in response to the socio-environmental crisis. These core principles include interdependence, co-creation, and democratization of the change agenda. The analysis contributes to a theoretical-practical reflection in the current global context and points to a paradigm shift in social innovation. This, in turn, gives us a new perspective through which we can analyze future changes and proposals that are emerging from local innovation ecosystems towards creating a sustainable future for the region.</p> Sebastian Gatica Catalina Ramirez Francisca Petrasic Copyright (c) 2021 Linda Peia, Sebastian Gatica, Catalina Ramirez, Francisca Petrasic https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-12-01 2021-12-01 10 MapBiomas: How Open Data Can Unlock New Solutions to Address Climate Change https://socialinnovationsjournal.com/index.php/sij/article/view/1922 <p>The lack of reliable, timely, and accessible information makes some of our most intractable social issues difficult to solve. MapBiomas, a collaborative network incubated by the Climate Observatory in Brazil, is demonstrating that open data can unlock new solutions to address climate change at scale. Its historical land use and change in platform is enabling leaders across all sectors to better understand land use in Brazil and design effective actions. With 70% of Brazil’s greenhouse emissions being generated by land use, the potential impact is huge. MapBiomas is the most complete, up-to-date, and detailed spatial database of land use in the world and has been rolled out in several countries in Latin America and in Indonesia.</p> Linda Peia Hanae Baruchel Konstanze Frischen Copyright (c) 2021 Linda Peia, Hanae Baruchel, Konstanze Frischen https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-12-01 2021-12-01 10 Nuup: Emergent Blueprints for the Regenerative Economy https://socialinnovationsjournal.com/index.php/sij/article/view/1921 <p>Our climate crisis requires a new economic model that aligns economic growth with social and environmental well-being. Social entrepreneurs are envisioning new solutions that integrate economic and environmental objectives. Mexico-based organization Nuup is enabling the shift to regenerative production while ensuring their economic well-being for small-holder farmers. The work is pointing to emerging blueprints that can solve multiple problems, also known as multi-solving. An essential element is the creation of economic incentives for farmers to shift to sustainable practices. Central to Nuup’s holistic approach is the engagement of diverse coalitions spanning the private sector, civil society, the public sector, and academia to collectively design and implement solutions on the ground.</p> Linda Peia Copyright (c) 2021 Linda Peia https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-12-01 2021-12-01 10 REDIM: Promoting Civic Participation of Marginalized Groups https://socialinnovationsjournal.com/index.php/sij/article/view/1932 <p>The article examines adult-centrism as a cause that prevents children and youth from exercising full citizenship. It further discusses the role of young people's participation in solving complex social problems. It details the approach proposed by the Network for the Rights of Children in Mexico (REDIM), based on the principle of ‘human equality’. In this, people are deemed of equal value while recognizing that diversity requires differentiated conditions for participation. A new search protocol for forced disappearance of children and youth, which was promoted by REDIM in Mexico, is analyzed. It highlights young people’s contributions to improving success in finding victims quickly. This case confirms that enabling the participation of diverse stakeholders—especially those most affected by the problem—leads to more relevant, innovative, and effective solutions. At the same time, it shows that diversity is not sufficient; achieving authentic inclusion requires challenging cultural frameworks, creating enabling conditions to encourage full participation, translating across perspectives, and investing in long-term collaboration with different stakeholders.</p> Vanessa Vargas Maria Cerdio Juan Martín Pérez García Copyright (c) 2021 Vanessa Vargas, Maria Cerdio, Juan Martín Pérez García https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-12-01 2021-12-01 10 Ayni – Communities of Systems Change https://socialinnovationsjournal.com/index.php/sij/article/view/1936 <p>To address some of today’s most pressing problems, we must organize differently. Transformational change now begs that we collaborate with others to make sense of our interconnected, complex problems and envision new solutions that might not be feasible if we act individually. Systems thinking is a framework that can help us understand complex problems. ‘Ayni – Communities of Systems Change’ is an initiative that convenes leaders of change to develop their system leadership and advance systemic changes in collaboration with others. The initiative is currently supporting 80 teams of social entrepreneurs and local government leaders on co-creating systems change solutions. As these teams apply systems thinking to specific problems in their cities, they also engage a broader group of actors to build solutions grounded in diverse perspectives and collective change-making.</p> Linda Peia Copyright (c) 2021 Linda Peia https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-12-01 2021-12-01 10 Alter Terra: Building Capacity for Community-led Transformative Change https://socialinnovationsjournal.com/index.php/sij/article/view/1931 <p>In vulnerable communities with limited public infrastructure, the strongest asset is usually organized citizens who mobilize to solve local problems. This article analyzes the case of Alter Terra, the Mexico-based civil society organization that developed a methodology for participatory governance that helps to build capacity for community organizing. Starting with an assessment of the social and environmental context, the organization then strengthens grassroot leadership to develop lasting solutions to local problems. They involve the wider community to create an enabling environment for this process and facilitate connections with authorities to lobby for support and collaboration. The article illustrates this methodology in action through the example of Los Laureles, a community in Tijuana, Mexico supported by Alter Terra to develop solutions to curb waste pollution in the river basin. Five principles are drawn from this case to advance citizen-led transformative change. These include positioning citizens as leaders through capacity-building; involving local authorities from the start; promoting multi-stakeholder collaboration; understanding root causes; and acknowledging the inter-dependence of people and the environment.</p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> Vanessa Vargas Maria Cerdio Copyright (c) 2021 Vanessa Vargas, Maria Cerdio https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-12-01 2021-12-01 10 The Future is Now: Supporting Children and Youth as Changemakers for Sustainable Cities https://socialinnovationsjournal.com/index.php/sij/article/view/1933 <p>This article advocates recognizing and catalyzing children’s participation in advancing sustainable development. This is not only because young people’s actions for improving their communities are rarely taken seriously, but also because their status as minors makes their participation different from that of adults. The analysis is based on the experience of ANIA – a Peru-based civil society organization – and the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima in implementing institutional changes to engage children and youth as changemakers. This is to help them build a sustainable city, as well as to support their contributions and making them visible. This case demonstrates that participatory processes need to be adapted to target audiences. For young people, this means changing the mindset of public servants to overcome their bias and be open to diverse views. This includes designing processes that enable them to express their views in unique ways, while allowing adults to translate responses into policy implications, as well as defining clear pathways for action. Considering that which is accessible to children is likely accessible to everyone else, the article ultimately proposes that young people’s participation and quality of life can be used as a powerful indicator of sustainable development.</p> Vanessa Vargas Copyright (c) 2021 Vanessa Vargas https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-12-01 2021-12-01 10 Co-meta’s Collective Impact Strategy to Promote Women’s Economic Rights in Jalisco https://socialinnovationsjournal.com/index.php/sij/article/view/1963 <p>Gender inequality is a systemic social challenge related to multiple causes and the intertwined relations of public, private, and social actors in the ecosystem. This article proposes a social innovation called Co-meta, inspired by the collective impact of equity and justice lens. Co-meta is a collective impact initiative that has united actors from private, public and social sector in Jalisco since 2018. The common goal of this initiative is that of helping women access quality economic empowerment opportunities (education, accompaniment and network support). These are expected to reduce the gap in gender economic participation in the Jalisco from 30.81% to 25% by 2030.</p> Ana Magdalena Rodriguez Romero Copyright (c) 2021 Ana Magdalena Rodriguez Romero https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-12-01 2021-12-01 10 Can We Be Better Allies and Advocates? https://socialinnovationsjournal.com/index.php/sij/article/view/1317 <p>I’ve often asked as a Black woman and a college president how to be a better ally and advocate –- for people of color, for women, for our students. I’ve also watched as institutions in higher education, K-12, the non-profit sector and corporate America have struggled to find their footing. In this piece, I explore the difference between allyship and advocacy, define systemic racism through the lens of institutions of higher education and offer a roadmap for social impact sector organizations of all kinds to address these challenges.&nbsp;</p> Tuajuanda Jordan Copyright (c) 2021 Tuajuanda Jordan https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-12-01 2021-12-01 10 Collective Impact: Homelessness and Unemployment in Coatesville https://socialinnovationsjournal.com/index.php/sij/article/view/1947 <p>The Alliance for Health Equity began a three-phase process to implement a Collective Impact model for the <em>Homelessness and Unemployment in Coatesville Collective (Coatesville Collective). </em>This was after the successful completion of phase one and two, a six-month training and nine-month planning processes on the adoption of the model respectively. This was done to address community-identified local complex problems. Building upon phases one and two of Collective Impact Multi-Sector Community Engagement Process, the Coatesville Collective then used the model for phase three: implementation. Implementation focused on building capacity and setting strategic direction for Coatesville’s Collective with the intent to streamline, integrate, and reduce redundancy among service providers by addressing inequities in within homelessness, unemployment, and case management services. Three primary goals were established to guide the work of the Coatesville Collective by using an evidenced-based model and tools. This article outlines processes, strategies, adjustments, and the evolution of the Homelessness and Unemployment in Coatesville Collective. It summarizes how the process intentionally addressed inequities. Further, it elaborates on the Collective’s movement beyond the creation of societal impact through the utilization of data to drive collective discussions and influence on service models, systems, policies, and anticipated funding allocations.</p> Nicholas Torres Vanessa Briggs Copyright (c) 2021 Nicholas Torres, Vanessa Briggs https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-12-01 2021-12-01 10