This glossary is a work in progress and each one of you is welcome to contribute!
Most of the content hereunder comes from the Social Innovation guide:
Refers to the truthfulness of origins, attributions, commitments, sincerity, devotion, and intentions.
A person who is equipped to and capable of making change.
A structured approach to change in individuals, teams, organizations, and societies.
Long-term alteration in global weather patterns, especially increases in temperature and storm activity, regarded as a potential consequence of the greenhouse effect.
To pursuit social and environmental sustainability within both the external process and product and the internal ones.
A complementary currency helps a community, local or disperse, to mobilize their resources for a common goal and facilitate exchanges that our conventional money cannot acknowledge.
The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement or idea in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed (Oxford American Dictionaries).
Consensus Centre is conveying research to prioritize the world’s biggest challenges from an economist’s angle using cost benefit analysis as one of their main tools.
Corporate citizenship is another term for Corporate Social Responsibility.
Corporate philanthropy is a branch of CSR where organizations give back to society, charities, and NGOs. It can also cover initiatives inside an organization that support less privileged people in that organization (See CSR).
Corporate Social Innovation
Corporate Social Innovation is when commercial companies integrate innovative solutions to a problem or a need on a society level in their core business, through core competences (Svendsen and Olsen, 2006)
Corporate Social Responsibility
Also known as CSR, corporate social responsibility is a concept where organizations and companies consider the interests of society by taking responsibility for the impact of their activities some or all of the following: Customers, suppliers, employees, communities and other stakeholders or the environment.
Cross Cultural Organization
Working inside or with an organization that reaches out and touches upon different and possibly diverse cultures.
Cross Sectoral Project
Cooperation between two or more sectors; the public, the civil or the private.
Creative Collaboration is a process through which a team can generate highly innovative ideas with excellent buy-in from the members of the creative team.
Generally refers to patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activities significance and importance (wikipedia).
See Corporate Social Innovation.
See Corporate Social Responsibility.
- 1. a. To supply with the means, knowledge, or opportunity; make able: a hole in the fence that enabled us to watch; techniques that enable surgeons to open and repair the heart.b. To make feasible or possible: funds that will enable construction of new schools.
- 2. To give legal power, capacity, or sanction to: a law enabling the new federal agency.
- 3. To make operational; activate: enabled the computer’s modem; enable a nuclear warhead.
- 1. The circumstances or conditions that surround one; surroundings.
- 2. The complex of social and cultural conditions affecting the nature of an individual or community.
Companies making sure that they will be the sole provider of services and products to a buyer through contracts.
Fourth Sector Business
Is the definition of a merger between the public, civil, and private sector that enables them to work as one.
A process that breaks down barriers and unifies the people of the globe.
Green Entrepreneurship [=GreEn]
Green: The coherent pursuit of social and environmental aims, while being sustainable.
Entrepreneurship: the ability to see and actively creates solutions and alternatives for seen needs and opportunities.
Incubators are programs designed to accelerate the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services, developed and orchestrated by incubator management and offered both in the incubator and through its network of contacts.
The generation, acceptance, and implementation of new ideas, processes, products or services (Thompson, 1965).
In this book, this term is used to describe innovations that allow the financial bottom line to stay in focus in a world that has increased its attention towards social responsibility.
Integrity comes from the Greek words ‘integritas’ and ‘integra’ meaning whole. It enters into any aspect of one’s life. It’s belief system without faltering no matter how dangerous, how unpopular the person makes themselves to others. It includes: sincerity, keeping one’s word and agreements, honesty, truthfulness, ethics, fairness and justice, punctuality and never faltering for what one believes in. A quote regarding integrity is ‘It is better to have an enemy who keeps his word, than a friend who does not.’
Millennium Goals, The
The Millennium Goals consist of eight goals developed by the UN to deal with the biggest contemporary crises that span the globe. The goals are to be achieved by 2015.
A paradigm is a world view. A paradigm shift is a change in world view.
See Non-Governmental Organization.
A Non-Governmental Organization is an organization that is run without the influence of governments in terms of organization and most commonly also financially.
Non-profit organizations or not for profit organizations work like NGOs but define themselves by not working for a profit. (See Non-governmental organization).
See Non-Profit Organization.
People, planet, profit
A state of mind where you act before a given situation evolves to a crisis or confrontation.
See Public Innovation.
Public innovation or public sector innovation is a term for innovative initiatives within the public sector.
See Social Entrepreneurship.
See Social Innovation.
A social entrepreneur is an individual who strives to find solutions to the needs of society. His/her success is measured by his/her impact on that need.
New ideas that work to meet unmet needs and/or create new possibilities that better the lives of people.
An intrapreneur is an entrepreneur working within an existing company to create positive change that serves the needs of the society.
Social Purpose Venture
Social purpose ventures invest in social enterprises to create a turnover.
Socially Responsible Investing
Socially responsible investing is an investment strategy made to ensure both economic growth and improvements of the society.
See Social Purpose Venture.
See Socially Responsible Investing.
A person or group directly connected to or influenced by something.
Sufficiency is the state of being, the state of knowing, the state or relating to the world that there is enough.
Is a pattern of resource use that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for future generations.
Is viewing problems and issues as part of one whole using this as a basis for action.
A video, image or text that has been spread through word of mouth on the web.
New trends within the web and web-design to promote creativity, information sharing, and user collaboration.
Also called people, planet, profit, covers solutions where you, your client, and the community all benefit.
Is a theory that all economic activities and policies should be oriented towards achieving a state of equilibrium, a steady state economy. The theory asserts that the continuous growth model is inherently unstable resulting in a “boom/bust” cycle, and that continuous growth in the context of finite resources is unlikely to support current levels of prosperity indefinitely.