Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
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Edited by Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood and Abdelillah Hamdouch
Social innovation is closely related to the people-centred development (PCD) framework of knowledge production and intervention as developed by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai.2 The three features of social innovation emphasized in this handbook are satisfaction of human needs, the role of social relations, and empowerment or socio-political mobilization by people trying to fulfil their needs. The discussion of people-centred development in this chapter particularly expands on the third feature of social innovation mentioned above, i.e., the empowerment or the socio-political mobilization of people. The insistence of social innovation theory on uniting the fulfilment of human needs to active engagement and changes in social relations is based upon two fundamental goals: the aim of creating ‘a people’s democracy’ and a desire to address issues of social injustice, such that innovations target ‘the fundamental needs of groups of citizens deprived (démunis) of a minimum income, of access to quality education and of other benefits of an economy from which their community has been excluded’ (Moulaert 2009, p. 18).
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