Innovation in Social Enterprises

Are organizations overrating the value of innovation? Can social sector organizations make innovation more productive? What constitutes an organization’s capability for continuous innovation?

Christian Seelos and Johanna Mair of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society are engaged in research that aims to generate actionable insights on how productive innovation can occur in social sector organizations, and why it often does not. They touched upon how new ideas are generated or accessed, how they are evaluated, and how they are experimented with, adopted, and finally formalized as new products or services. The workshop was introduced by Mark Nelson of Stanford’s Peace Innovation Lab, and our generous host Julia Rawlins of British Council.

*Recommended reading Innovation Is Not the Holy Grail

* More event photos  here



The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We are on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries, bringing international opportunity to life, every day.

Berlin Peace Innovation Lab, as part of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab global network, focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social changes toward global peace. The Berlin Peace Innovation Lab provides design frameworks, principles and methodologies for interventions that will increase positive engagement at scale.