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We are developing a theory on Transformative Social Innovation that is a process of change in social relations, involving new ways of doing, organizing, framing and/or knowing. 

Transformative Social Innovation challenges, alters and/or replaces dominant institutions and structures.

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Experimenting with alternative economies: four emergent counter-narratives of urban economic development

July 11 2017

Cities are often seen as critical sites for societal change and sustainability transitions, but attempts to steer these transitions can create difficulties. How do such transitions relate to the role of cities as sites of economic production, consumption, exchange and innovation, shaped by neoliberalism? This paper reports on four nascent counter-narratives that challenge the neoliberal logic and open up a wider set of possibilities... More

Transformative Social Innovation and (Dis)Empowerment

July 11 2017

Both public and academic discourses argue that the welfare state is being redefined – and share, in relation to the search for more sophisticated welfare models, a growing interest for ‘social innovation’ (SI). Considering the persistence and complexity of current societal challenges, however, the empowering and transforming potentials of social innovation are not self-evident. Therefore, the relations between social innovation, transformative change and empowerment are unpacked in this article... More

Transformative Social Innovation & New Economies

July 11 2017

The ESEE 2017 conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics took place in Budapest from 21st-23rd of June, bringing together diverse scholars to discuss critical insights on economic, socio-ecological challenges, degrowth and social movements. .. More

TRANSIT Facing Societal Challenges #1: The Contribution of TRANSIT: Addressing an uncertain future

May 10 2017

We are living in turbulent times with economic, ecological and social challenges, and significant political turmoil. In recent months, there has been a flurry of public debates on the increasing divides in society, manifested in intercultural tensions, anti-elitist sentiments and ‘post-truth’ media wars around ‘alternative facts’. More than ever, there seems to be a need for researchers and other actors in society to exchange ideas on how to respond to such societal developments. In this series of blogs, we share ideas and reflections on what we can learn from TRANSIT research for facing the current social and political climate. .. More

Social Innovation and the Blockchain

April 21 2017

Is it “the new internet” or just “the new google”? The Blockchain is a digital technology which holds immense potential for social innovation. The first blockchain brought into existence is the Bitcoin. It`s cryptographic security features allowed for the attribution of value to pieces of data. This made a single bitcoin worth practically nothing when it was created, while now it is worth up to a 1000$. .. More



Learning for Change: A Journey through Transformative Social Innovation

September 14 2017 at 09:00, Rotterdam BlueCity More


Transformations 2017

August 30 2017 at 01:00, Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) University of Dundee, Scotland, UK More


Innovation Growth Lab Global Conference (IGL2017)

June 13 2017 at 09:00, Cosmo Caixa, Barcelona More

TRANSIT highlights

Social Innovation

Social innovation refers to new social practices, including new ideas, new models, new rules, new social relations, new services and/or new products. More


(Dis)empowerment is a process in which people gain (or loose) the feeling (or idea) that they can influence their surroundings and the direction of events. More

(Transnational) Network

A (transnational) network is a collection of initiatives that are somehow linked to each other. This network may be crossing national borders. More

Social Entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs are actors using business skills and knowledge to create an enterprise that is commercially viable while also accomplishing a social purpose. More

Game Changers

Game changers are macro-trends that are perceived to change the 'rules', 'players' and the 'game' of societal interaction. Think about the ICT-revolution and the financial ‘crisis’. More

Societal Transformation

A societal transformation is a fundamental and persisting change at the level of societies. Examples are the industrial revolution and European integration. More


Monitoring is the process that actors use to evaluate or assess the impact/progress of their initiative/network. More


Resourcing is to the process by which actors acquire the resources they need. These may be financial resources, but also artefacts, information or ‘human resources’. More


Governance refers to broader processes of governing (regulating, decision-making, steering) by all types of actors. This includes, but is not confined to government. More

Social Learning

Social learning refers to the process through which people and groups learn from each other in varying social contexts. More

System Innovation

System innovation is change at the level of societal sub-systems, meaning institutions, social structures and physical infrastructures. More

Narrative of Change

A narrative of change is a discourse on change and innovation, i.e. a set of ideas, concepts, metaphors, narratives and/or story-lines about change and innovation. More

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