Special issue on unfolding new social innovations for a new digital era

Published 09 September, 2021

A new digital era is changing the dynamics, nature and forms of social innovation. Unstoppable advances in emerging and converging technologies, and the “next normal” environment, are adding complexity, opportunities and risks to social innovation. This special issue will feature papers that advance research on how digital transformation is shaping pathways to develop new social innovations and a more comprehensive understanding of innovation.

Topics covered:

  • How do organisations from all sectors generate social innovations facing fast digitalisation and the “next normal” environment? What new capabilities are required?
  • What shifts occur in social needs in the “next normal” and how can they be addressed with the support of digital technologies? What are the differences between developed and developing economies?
  • How do high-tech, emerging and converging technologies interrelate with social innovation? (E.g., social fin-tech, blockchain and innovation commons, digital social innovation and free innovation.) What is their impact on the measurement of social innovation? (E.g., use of big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain.)
  • Which novel social innovations are being created across formal and informal economy sectors? (E.g., blockchain and social economy; emerging technologies in sharing, green, blue, silver, orange and GIG economies.)
  • How is digitalisation affecting cross-sectoral collaboration, social innovation processes, scaling and governance models?
  • What is the role of policy regulations relating to digitalisation and future social innovations? (E.g., IP rights, health, safety, labour market and privacy.)
  • How can digitalisation contribute to new forms of power and democratic participation? (E.g., decentralised internet and private blockchain, digital social currency.)
  • What is the impact of emergent digital cultures and institutionalisation of digital socio-cultural practices?
  • How is social investment changed by digitalisation? (E.g., digital social incubators and accelerators, blockchain in crowd-funding and peer-to-peer lending.)

Important deadlines:

  • Submission deadline: 31 December 2021

Submission instructions:

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. All articles should be submitted online; please select Social innovations on submission. Authors should specify that they are submitting to the special issue in their cover letter. If the manuscript is accepted, the article will be published open access with no fee payable by the author

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