Survey on Social Innovations

Survey on Social Innovations 

The research project 3-CO is looking for your support to develop a list of beneficial social innovations (SI) in various sectors, ideally in the bioeconomy, with a large geographic spread. These will be included as best practise examples in three brochures that will be communicated to consumers and civil society, private businesses and public bodies to support the switch towards socially and environmentally responsible behaviour. Based on your contribution 3-CO will also develop policy recommendations on social measures to support better-informed decision-making processes, social engagement, and innovation.

What exactly is social innovation and how does it support sustainability and social change?

3-CO defines Social Innovations (SI) as new ideas (products, services, new organisations and models) that simultaneously meet social needs (more effectively than alternatives), create new social relationships or collaborations, and foster sustainable consumption and production patterns. 

SI aim to improve sustainability and the well-being of individuals and communities, often involving collaboration between a wide range of actors (public and private sectors, civil society, enterprises), but primarily, the end-users or beneficiaries, to create positive social change. Typical examples for SI include non-profit projects such as upcycling/recycling/waste collection initiatives, sharing or donation of goods or food, mutual aid, open-source software, or business initiatives/social enterprises such as B Corp (short for Benefit Corporation), fair trade companies, social impact bonds. For more examples, an initial inventory of SI collected by 3-CO can be found here

How do you benefit from participation in our survey?

Become an active part of an innovative European research project and help us to develop valuable, meaningful and high-quality results. 

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