Why should we care about the dark side of social innovation?
15 March 2021, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Join us for this talk as part of the IIPP Seminar Series, as Martin Fougère of the Hanken School of Economics discusses his research on why we should care about the dark side of social innovation.
This event is free.
Social innovation (SI) is typically defined as new ideas that are more effective than existing alternatives in addressing social problems. As such, we cannot be against SI since any SI is by definition better than alternatives – but that is precisely why we can be blind to the possible dark side(s) of SI. Namely, in accepting that SI is always good for society, we run the risk of not being able to think critically about both the assumptions behind SIs and their possible adverse consequences.
In line with the two articles linked below, I set out to discuss three dark sides of social innovation. By doing so, I hope to inspire a discussion about whether policy makers and other innovation actors should be made more aware of the potential adverse effects of innovation.
- Discussant: Ville Takala (IIPP)
- Chair: Rainer Kattel (IIPP)
Background material for this seminar
- A critical reading of the European Union’s social innovation policy discourse: (Re)legitimizing neoliberalism
- Exposing three dark sides of social innovation through critical perspectives on resilience
About the Speaker
Associate Professor at Hanken School of Economics