Social innovations can be described as innovative solutions to address societal challenges. Examples of social innovations in Norrbotten are BeChange, which supports people's efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, and Write Your Self, which guides people in the restoration of their voices and stories after a trauma.
Sweden's innovation agency Vinnova has now granted 1.5 million for a cooperation project between Mötesplats för Social Innovation (MSI) and five universities, including Luleå University of Technology. A preliminary study will be conducted with the aim of developing forms for establishing and further developing a national knowledge platform for social innovation.
"Important recognition of our research"
– The formation of a national knowledge platform, with Luleå University of Technology as the northernmost node, is an important recognition and scaling up of the research we have built around social innovation in collaboration with social actors in Norrbotten, Sweden and internationally, says Malin Lindberg, assistant professor and innovation researcher at Luleå University of Technology.
Malin Lindberg and innovation strategist Marita Holst are Luleå University of Technology's researchers involved in the preliminary study. The collaborative project also includes Mötesplats för Social Innovation (coordinator), Gothenburg University through GU Ventures, Jönköping University, Malmö University and Umeå University.
– At Vinnova, we see a major need to strengthen the social innovation system by increasing the development and dissemination of knowledge and research as well as the opportunity for practitioners and potential social economy practitioners to meet and share experiences, says Andreas Netz, who works with social innovation at Vinnova, to Mötesplats för Social Innovation's website.