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Niches for Social Enterprises: How hybrid-model social enterprises cluster in Kenya and Vietnam

Authors: Darko, E. & Avis, W. (ODI)
Publication date: 2014

In this blog post, the authors reflect when social enterprises can best offer solutions to intractable social problems, based on ODI reviews. 

Innovation in institutional collaboration. The role of interlocutors.

Author: Fowler, A.
Publication date: 2014, In: ISS Working Paper Series / General Series , Volume 584 p. 1- 29

The world is said to be confronted with complex issues working against the long term well-being of people and planet that can only be effectively addressed through (hyper) collective effort. Past approaches to collaboration are however not good enough for operating in tomorrow’s conditions.

Drawing on Actor Network Theory, this paper explores a category of actant – an interlocutor – as potentially crucial in committing to, arranging and holding together complex collective action engagements. 

A vote of confidence: retrospective voting in Africa

Author: Ellis, E.
Publication date: 2014, In: Afroboarometer, Working Paper No 147

This study asks attention for the importance of retrospective voting in Africa, through which voters offer positive reinforcement for good presidential behavior. The author argues that the African electoral fortunes denote a vote of confidence, and tests that contention by regressing vote intention against performance evaluations.

Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Alliances in Agri-Food Chains: A Framework for Multi-Disciplinary Research

Authors: Dentoni, D. & Peterson, C.
Publication date: 2011 In: International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 14 (5)

This study provides a definition of Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Alliances (MSSAs) based on describing the platforms formed and/or joined by the fifty largest food and beverage multinational corporations (MNCs).

Dialogic Approaches to Global Challenges: Moving from “Dialogue Fatigue” to Dialogic Change Processes

Authors: Pruitt, B. & Waddell, S.
Publication date: 2005

This working paper of the Generative Dialogue Project looks at dialogic change processes, which involve people coming together seeking to make positive change through conversation and agreement as an answer to the challenges of globalization.

It zooms in on the case of climate change, followed by an analysis of global change initiatives. It concludes that this new model of organizing will not supplant the existing international system but it is an essential complement to it.

Embracing change through art, design and new leadership

Authors: Forte, I. & Everts, P.
Publication date: 2013

The radio reporter couldn’t suppress her amazement when she heard that Dutch entrepreneurs successfully ran a school for creativity in China. “But China was already a very creative society more than thousand years ago”, she argued. 

Her guest politely reminded her that in the middle of the 20th Century, Communism took power. Since then, creativity was erased from the collective mindset. During the conversation, it became strikingly clear how vulnerable any system becomes when creative expressions or contributions are banned.

Innovation that sticks (in Dutch)

Author: Stenden Hogeschool
Publication date: 2012

In deze publicatie van Stenden KennisCentrum Sociale Innovatie belicht de rol van sociale innovatie in een reeks activiteiten en bedrijfscases uit Nederland.

A local vision of climate adaptation: Participatory urban planning in Mozambique

Authors: Broto, V.C., Boyd, E., Ensor, J. & Allen, C.
Publication date: 2014

This article shares the findings of the project "Public Private People Partnerships for Climate Compatible Development (4PCCD)". It was a small project (£114,000) that ran from 2011 to 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique. It investigated whether local views be represented fairly in national and municipal planning processes through a partnership approach.

By experimenting with different forms of participatory planning, 4PCCD aimed to identify local priorities for climate-related action, along with the key actors and resources needed to make it happen.

How do governments become great? Ten cases, two competing explanations, one large research agenda

Author: Andrews, M.
Publication date: 2013

Governments can play great roles in their countries, regions, and cities; facilitating or leading the resolution of festering problems and opening new pathways for progress. Examples are more numerous than one might imagine and raise an important question: ‘how do governments become great?’.

Civil society - BRICS engagement: opportunities and challenges

Authors: Tandon, R. & Bandyopadhyay, K.K.
Publication date: 2013

This paper reviews the emergence of BRICS and its perceived potential and limitation. More importantly, it critically examines how it matters to civil society. Does BRICS as an alliance of the 'rising powers' hold any promise to address the shared interests and concerns of civil society in these countries nationally and globally?