Social innovators need to redirect their efforts towards more transformative economic solutions that resonate with more traditional communities, says Dan Gregory Over the last few years, the idea of social innovation has gained significant currency. It has become an increasingly popular term in the UK and the US in particular, as policymakers, politicians, trusts and foundations have weighed in with rhetoric and resources to champion the idea. Its stock has soared, swept upwards like an edible humanitarian aid drone carried in the beak of a passing mountain eagle. Innovation has also become a key criteria for funders. The UK government has funded a rash of social innovation hubs, labs, accelerators, incubators and catapults, and former President Obama established an Office of Social Innovation while Stanford, Duke, Oxford and Cambridge Universities each have their own social innovation research centres. ‘Would Brexit and Trump have happened if we hadn’t had our heads … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Dan Gregory leads Social Enterprise UK’s policy work and directs the Social Economy Alliance. He also works as Common Capital, supporting the funding and finance of social enterprises.