Technical innovations alone have proven to be insufficient to address the pressing challenges of today such as climate change, resource depletion, economic deprivation, poverty alleviation, increased migration and improved life quality. Therefore non-technical innovations are also required to enable transitions to more sustainable solutions. Social innovations include new solutions (products, services, models, markets, processes etc.) that simultaneously meet a social need (more efficiently and effectively than existing solutions) and lead to new or improved capabilities, assets and/or relationships.
Based on academic research on social innovation, the objective of the course is to provide students with knowledge of how to explore and evaluate social innovations in theory and practice. The course will also explain and provide examples on how to transfer academic knowledge into practice in uncertain environments and how to initiate and carry out teamwork.
“The best thing about the course is the diversity” says Rebecca Dippon who’s been working on a project called ‘NLighten’ together with Martin Molin, Camille Drouin, Christie Collins, Florine Dubaut and Markus Rankka. NLighten is program on how to deal with mental health issues in schools. “We need to get better at addressing mental health issues and learn how to deal with for example a classmate or a friend going through a depression” adds Camille Drouin.
“The course gives you a great understanding of social and environmental issues. The mixture of case studies, involvement of accelerator programs and different teachers is really great!” says Jefferey Kieffer who’s been working on a project called ‘Airbnbible’ together with Natalie Langemar. Airbnbible is a travel guide with tourist information on how to act and behave when visiting new countries and cities.