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From competition to collaboration in the UK

This thesis for a Masters in Social Innovation examines the ‘collective impact’ approach to cross-sector collaboration in addressing entrenched and systemic social challenges in the UK. It explores the conditions required to make collective impact work in the UK through an analysis of barriers and enablers, drawing on international collective impact literature and two London-based collective impact projects – The Finance Innovation Lab and West London Zone. It is argued that the key to developing collective impact in the UK is a new generation of independent, third sector backbone organisations that are sufficiently funded, promoted and supported.

Definition and Theory in Social Innovation

This is a paper written by Tara and Andrew as part of their Masters in Social Innovation. It explores different definitional approaches or intentions – legitimating, theoretical, action-reflection, broad and distinctive – and considers why a definition of social innovation is important and what the crucial ingredients, informed more by practice than theory, might be. Following lessons learnt from postmodernity and critical theory, social marketing, democracy, governance and social entrepreneurship, we arrive at a definition that is value-laden, distinctive and focused – from inception to impact – on equality, justice and empowerment.

Food Junctions Cookbook

The Food Junctions Cookbook is a recipe book with a twist – each recipe comes with a story, or an insight. It encourages us to think about the ethics of food, food waste and the ways food is created and used. It explores the idea of food for thought as well as food for your body.

Some 70 contributors share their ‘living recipes’ for things to cook, things to think about and most importantly things to do. And it has some great recipes too!


Social Innovation for Social Cohesion

Social Innovations for Social Cohesion is a three year a research project about patterns and approaches to social innovation. It was completed in 2014 and looks at 77 case studies across 20 European cities. It focusses on social innovation at the local level and their successful transfer to other settings.



Common Cause Handbook

To build a more sustainable, equitable and democratic world we need an empowered and connected movement of citizens. We can achieve this by fostering intrinsic values such as care for others and concern for the natural world. By acknowledging the importance of these values and the frames that express them, by examining how our actions help to strengthen or weaken them, and by working together to cultivate them, we can create a more compassionate society and a better world. The Common Cause Handbook shows you how.


Marketing for Good Tool Kit

The Marketing for Good Tool Kit offers practical guidelines for conducting strategic and customer-centred marketing programs in a not-for-profit or social enterprise context. It’s a guide for marketing decisions in four key strategic areas: marketing strategy; market research; campaign implementation; and, marketing metrics and measurement. It was established by Dragonfly Collective Director Tara Anderson through the Australian Marketing Institute to encourage better marketing practices for bigger social impact.


The Open Book of Social Innovation

The Open Book of Social Innovation – part of a series on methods and issues in social innovation – 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; how to end poverty. Developed by Nesta and the Young Foundation, it describes the methods and tools for social innovation across the different sectors – the public and private sectors, civil society and the household – and draws on inputs from hundreds of organisations around the world.


Articles of interest:

The Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives
Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

The Six Enemies of Greatness and Happiness
Jessica Hagy, Forbes online

Why Innovation Dies
Steve Blank, Forbes online