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How can public and social innovation build a more inclusive economy?

As part of Nesta's interactive session, three questions were posed to participants:

Question 1: “In what ways can social innovation contribute to a more inclusive economy?”

Question 2: “How could policymakers go further to support this sort of innovation to achieve a more inclusive economy?”

Question 3: “What are the risks, limits, or hidden traps of policymakers getting involved in this way?”

Below we have collated the priority issues and questions raised during the interactive session. Please feel free to share any additional thoughts or ideas you may have had with relation to these responses.


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Policymakers should challenge the status quo.
Question 2
 
I'd argue that good ones already do. If you adhere to a good quality policy development cycle, po... more
by David Ayre
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David Ayre
Need to think through the interface between policy and operational delivery.
Question 2
 
I'd agree with this. The implementation side of policy making is too frequently overlooked - abso... more
by David Ayre
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David Ayre

Further ideas

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Social innovation is not inherently inclusive. We need to address this first before it can contribute effectively to an inclusive economy.
Question 1
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It depends on the sector, on the channel, on the innovation.
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Distinction between social innovation in ends and means. SI in means: can bring greater diversity of actors to collaborate on challenges.
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Who is in this room? Most people affected by these issues are not here. Bring more people affected by exclusion into these types of events.
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Co-create meaningfully with communities/end-users and partner stakeholders.
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Sharing knowledge and skills to equalise opportunity.
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Create good employment opportunities for beneficiaries.
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Inform policy - role of policymakers needs to change - need to deal with real people.
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Role of policymaker needs to deal with real people.
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Whose definition of social innovation? And inclusion?
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Below the radar activity not seen by policymakers.
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Make social innovation more culturally accessible.
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If innovation = inclusive growth = inclusive economy, then social innovation = key policy innovation, or social innovation values and principles = mindset, which can reframe economy and markets.
Question 1
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Shift from managerialism to user-led design - about being better for end users, not easier for staff.
Question 1
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Networking for marginalised groups.
Question 1
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Enable strategic partnerships.
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Open source government data to be used innovatively by civil society.
Question 1
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Empowering the marginalised to be socially innovative themselves.
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Social innovation can empower individuals to remove barriers within the system rather than waiting for system change.
Question 1
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Ends vs. means: redistribution and infrastructure rather than product.
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Social innovation can help build infrastructure to approach people who wouldn’t put themselves forward.
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Social innovation can generate new/different types of economic activity.
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Build capacity of community to be actively engaged in teasing out insights and reflecting directly each insight.
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Example: how Barcelona crowdsourced their policy on sharing economy.
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Build understanding of what innovation is.
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Civic-led social innovation: inclusive in means and in ends
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Innovation can be equated with a cultural/mindset change. Organisations need to commit to fostering engagement from public. There are issues of trust and yet, that change and engagement needs to happen ASAP.
Question 2
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Involve service users as well as front line staff in reviewing and developing policy (brings with it necessary cultural + organisational change).
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Reframing the role of policymakers as enablers. Removing barriers for social innovation projects who are ready to go! It’s not all about funding. We need more capacity building: loading, financial management etc.
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Policymakers could go further in collaborating with other funders/partners.
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Greater transparency on policymaking process.
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Unified digital platforms for local authorities/collaboration.
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Design for operational flexibility and adaptive/iterative capacity.
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Embedding processes for supporting social innovation with frontline staff. More small-scale experimentation - especially at local government level.
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Create mechanisms to get community involved.
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Need to change governance and legislation, mobilise action/people and co-create/produce.
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Shorter gap between idea being raised and it becoming a policy reality => drive changes from a local level. Devolution of funding and decision making to local level. Appreciate that localism is more than a tokenistic exercise.
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Tap into collective intelligence.
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A lot of social organisations have no idea how to engage - so better understand each other (supply & demand).
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Community leadership needs to be modernised.
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Local discrete pots of funding to enable seed funding to local ideas/groups.
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By recognising that policymakers are not the end users, need to learn from the ground up.
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The long-term role of the civil service in understanding and mediating some of the consequences of short-term decisions.
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Understanding that this is still public sector reform - albeit with new tools - and learning lessons of past reform.
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Recognise and address unconscious bias in the way policy is designed and implemented, such as decisions on who do we select to fund (class, gender, ethnicity?).
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Avoiding micromanagement while still building capacity of social innovation actors.
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Finding ways of increasing tolerance for risk taking and failure.
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How do we compensate those who get involved in co-design?
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We need better understanding of the different experiences and expertise policymakers bring to challenges.
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Austerity stops commissioners being innovative.
Question 3
 
Working in a local authority, I'm inclined to disagree with this. If anything, austerity has prov... more
by David Ayre
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Not testing assumptions.
Question 3
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We assume others (e.g. civil society organisations and others) have capacity.
Question 3
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Failure to test, trial and learn from things that don’t work. Lack of good evidence on what works.
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Post testing of policy ideas - adaptive approach doesn’t happen.
Question 3
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Need a clear commitment at all levels and constant monitoring, especially on the front line.
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Risk = Falling back into command and control governance approaches.
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Risk = Politicising the policy process.
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Problems in policymaking for the long term, with short political cycles. Short termism is an ongoing risk.
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We risk succumbing to policy fads e.g. social investment is the answer. Raven syndrome where shiny objects gets too much focus - not ecosystem approach or mindset.
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Inclusive/person-centred/co-productive working is a HUGE mindset change and needs to be well understood/embodied by all to be applied effectively e.g. commissioners.
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You are asking a lot of service users - but do they want to this? Do service users always know what they want? Short term and long terms needs are in conflict. And if users don’t always know what they want/need (behavioural insights) - where do you draw the line?
Question 3
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How to incentivise best practice.
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Paternalism mindset - not keeping user needs central.
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Risk aversion - reputational risk is the biggest barrier to SI.
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Lack of recognition of community-led innovation vs. lack of visibility of government work.
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Challenges of contemporary democracy - people feel left out of represented group.
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Need for alternative local decision-making process to engage and commit local resources.
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Sustainability - need infrastructure to assess viability.
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Example of local authority control of housing => local devolution not always a success.
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Structures don’t incentivise spread of skills.
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Upskilling needed on commercial and commissioning skills and how to make decisions without replicating institutional inequalities.
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Procurement/legal regulation => some contracts are not fit for purpose (too big/complex) for small organisations.
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Risk/challenge = change fatigue within public services and policy organisations.
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What is the risk of tolerance? Should the public sector bear the cost of failure inherent in innovation? Can this failure rate be reduced?
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Collaboration needs to be done well, otherwise it could be worse than not doing it at all.
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Risk = we forget the role of private sector in SI. There is an appetite.
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Breaking down silo working - necessary precondition for SI (involve whole of society) - recognising different sectors, assets.
Cross-cutting
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Managing the conundrum of mass participation - use of data + role of local government.
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Invested data + info. How to make data useful. Public data isn’t responding to need (outside government).
Cross-cutting
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People + structures to make this happen.
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