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Gender-equal social innovation

Published: 19 January 2014

The project explores methods for gender-equal social innovation, i.e. innovative solutions for improved gender awareness and gender equality in organizations and society.

The project is carried out in collaboration with SVID, the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation, and three innovation-promoting organizations: Winnet Sweden, Magma Nord and Leia Business Hotel. It is funded by Sweden's national innovation agency VINNOVA.

The problem identified by the participating organizations and researchers is that Sweden's innovation promotion system has primarily been able to support the realization of technical product and service innovations in male-dominated industries. The participating organizations have developed more gender-equal methods for innovation promotion that are able to support a greater diversity of actors, industries and innovations. Their experiences are brought together in the project to a common understanding of how gender-driven social innovation can change current patterns in innovation promotion.


Malin Lindberg, Professor at Luleå University of Technology


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