Why Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship?

Why are social innovation and social entrepreneurship important in today's society? Why should these concepts and ideas be embedded in higher education? How can social enterprises contribute to sustainable development?

In this section, we provide answers to the questions above, exploring the benefits of social innovation and entrepreneurship, based on official research and policy.

A number of policies exist at the national, European and international levels, which highlight the importance of social innovation and social enterprise in today's society. They include:

Many wicked problems exist in today's society. That is why the UN developed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, in order to deal with the world's most pressing social and environmental issues.

From Passion to Action encourages academic staff and students to look at the Sustainable Development Goals differently - to go beyond understanding what they are and why they exist, and move towards thinking about how we can contribute to the goals through social innovation and entrepreneurship.

We ask educators to consider the following:

  • What wicked problems are challenging society today? How do these relate to the SDGs?
  • What skills and competencies do your students have that could contribute towards creating socially innovative solutions - and thus contribute towards the SDGs and positive social change?
  • How can you best support your students to deliver these solutions?
  • What resources and networks do you need to guide students in developing solutions?

More information about SIE and the SDGs coming soon!