social innovation

Process innovation at Torbay hospital

In these videos medical staff from Torbay Hospital UK, talk about their work in trying to make improvements to service quality and patient experience Video 1   Video 2   Video 3   You can find transcripts of the videos here

Red Button Design

This is a case study of an entrepreneurial venture established to try and solve problems of delivering fresh drinking water in developing countries.Red Button Design Case Study


MPESA case  This is a case study of the development of mobile money in Kenya, a social and commercial innovation which is transforming the way in which the financial system operates. There is a good case study describing the use of M-PESA in a humanitarian context in Kenya available here.  The abstract of this case appears

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Lifeline Energy

This case describes the emergence of a social enterprise.  The origin of the organization was in providing low cost radios to improve education and communication amongst disadvantaged populations and this was reflected in the earlier name, Freeplay.  Currently the organization provides a wide variety of support in the field – see their website for more

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Self-test quizzes

These are some quick interactive self-test quizzes covering various themes. Introduction to innovation Social innovation and entrepreneurship Globalization Building innovative organizations Sources of innovation Discontinuous innovation Searching for opportunities Innovation networks Developing new products and services Starting new ventures Knowledge and intellectual property Creating value and growing ventures Learning to manage innovation      

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Arunachalam Muruganantham – user innovation

This TED Talk video offers a good example of user needs driving innovation in low income contexts.  When he realized his wife had to choose between buying family meals and buying her monthly “supplies,” Arunachalam Muruganantham vowed to help her solve the problem of the sanitary pad.

Jane Chen and the Warm Embrace incubator

In the developing world, access to incubators is limited by cost and distance, and millions of premature babies die each year. In this TEDTalk video Jane Chen shows an invention that could keep millions of these infants warm — a design that’s safe, portable, low-cost and life-saving.