“To inspire, prepare, and support a community of innovative, entrepreneurial, and adaptive leaders who apply a human-centered and interdisciplinary mindset and skillset to systemically address the urgent social & environmental challenges
in our rapidly-changing world.”
SIE @ FSU
Defining Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Social innovation & entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary approach to creating systems-level change that applies the best thinking and practices from across the nonprofit/civic, private, and public sectors. It aims to address a complex problem or “unjust equilibrium” through which the value created is targeted primarily to a segment of society experiencing marginalization or to society as a whole.
This approach includes:
Understanding a social/environmental problem through a lens of empathy, including its social, political, economic, cultural, environmental, and personal dimensions.
Identifying an opportunity; ideating, testing, and refining an innovative, impactful, and systemic approach to the problem through a human-centered process that is iterative and collaborative; and ensuring that its social value proposition is realized for the key stakeholders.
Implementing and scaling that approach or social innovation through a sustainable social impact model—via a mission-driven, triple bottom line-focused organization or partnership such as a social enterprise, high-impact nonprofit, socially-responsible business, or cross-sector/collective impact initiative.
Director, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship @ FSU
Social Entrepreneur in Residence
Interdisciplinary Social Science Program
College of Social Sciences & Public Policy
Faculty, Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship
Program Leader ~ Bali SIE Immersion, FSU International Programs
Florida State University
This definition draws upon key concepts from the seminal literature in the field, particularly articles by Dees; Martin & Osberg; and Phills Jr., Deiglmeier, & Miller, as well as Human-Centered Design, Social Innovation Framework, and Design Thinking material from IDEO and others.