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Social innovation in an unsustainable world

Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research

Abid Mehmood and Constanza Parra

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Holistic research methodology and pragmatic collective action

Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research

Frank Moulaert and Abid Mehmood

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Frank Moulaert and Abid Mehmood

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Abdur Rehman Cheema and Abid Mehmood

A place-based social innovation model called ‘business-in-a-box’ (BiB) espouses a micro-franchise programme in rural Pakistan. Initiated as a community-based scheme, the model closely aligns with the approach relating social innovation for human and community development to three key aspects: satisfaction of basic human needs; improvement in social relations; and, socio-political empowerment. BiB is run through women Community Resource Persons, who are recruited through citizens groups called the Village Health Committees. The BiB participants are provided a kit comprising contraceptives and household items. The programme invokes transformative and sustainable potential removing perceptions and barriers to family planning, building capacity of rural women, bridging the gender gap, empowering women and establishing sustainable supply chains. As a model of place-based social and institutional innovation it can be adapted and implemented in various local and regional settings to achieve behavioural changes along with financial sustainability besides reducing the burden on public health services.

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General introduction: the return of social innovation as a scientific concept and a social practice

Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research

Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood and Abdelillah Hamdouch

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The International Handbook on Social Innovation

Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research

Edited by Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood and Abdelillah Hamdouch

The contributors provide an overview of theoretical perspectives, methodologies and instructive experiences from all continents, as well as implications for collective action and policy. They argue strongly for social innovation as a key to human development. The Handbook defines social innovation as innovation in social relations within both micro and macro spheres, with the purpose of satisfying unmet or new human needs across different layers of society. It connects social innovation to empowerment dynamics, thus giving a political character to social movements and bottom-up governance initiatives. Together these should lay the foundations for a fairer, more democratic society for all.
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Saeed Ud Din Ahmed, Abid Mehmood and Alison M. Brown

This chapter analyses the role of informal power structures, such as those social bonds involving identities (ethnicity, religion, etc.), political affiliation and neighbourhood relations, in terms of control over urban spaces. It is based on a case study comprising of a section of a formally developed neighbourhood called North Nazimabad and its adjacent informally developed settlements located in the central district of Karachi, inhabited by a variety of social groups. It looks at property control mechanisms forming the basic tool used by local power elites to control space and place and to secure or threaten land tenure, as well as access to goods and services. The findings suggest that in the absence of an active formal governance system and service provision, informal structures around identities (social, religious or political) fill the gap and create parallel power structures to make up for the lacking goods and services. Such bonds on one hand ensure tenure security for the subscribing groups while on the other these are found as the proponents of threats to the non-subscribing groups or individuals. The chapter also highlights that settlements, irrespective of their formal or informal status of tenure, often face a lack of formal goods and services provision, leading to spatial segregation on identity basis. In such contexts, contrary to the accepted notion that security of tenure depends on formal land titles, it is found that informal power structures tend to ensure security of land tenure and service provision for communities.

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Edited by Pieter Van den Broeck, Abid Mehmood, Angeliki Paidakaki and Constanza Parra

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Pieter Van den Broeck, Abid Mehmood, Angeliki Paidakaki and Constanza Parra

This chapter introduces the edited book ‘Social Innovation as Political Transformation. Thoughts for a Better World’, which covers the work of a collective of academics on social innovation and socio-political transformation. The book offers a critique to the dominance of market-based logics and extractivism in the age of ‘caring neo-liberalism’. Calling for systemic change, the authors invite the reader to engage in the analysis and practice of socially innovative initiatives and, by doing so, contribute to the co-construction of a sustainable, solidarity based and re-generative society. As such, the book intends to offer various interpretations of the interconnectedness of social innovation and socio-political transformation, which are part of a more or less coherent socio-scientific project expressed in shared publications, pedagogies, research projects, training through workshops and summer schools, exchange visits, action-research, and pro-activist practices.