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The Big European Society: Proposal for a European Social Innovation Act

Experience and research suggest that innovation can only flourish on a ground that is fertile. A legal act could be the right instrument for making social innovation a systematic and successful practice in our society. A legal act should suggest a definition for social innovation and a framework to overcome barriers to social innovation and enable its development.

This paper follows this approach by examining problems with existing definitions and giving some hints for a more focused one. The paper goes on to indicate possible policy areas where social innovation does apply and ends by suggesting an enabling legal, institutional and financial framework. The main conclusions concentrate on the advantages of a European act on social innovation, namely a more transparent and easier access to funding, increased awareness and more suitable governance.

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