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The critical turning points database : concept, methodology and dataset of an international Transformative Social Innovation comparison (TRANSIT working paper # 10, July 12th 2017)

Authors: Pel, Bonno; Bauler, Tom; Avelino, Flor; Backhaus, Julia; Ruijsink, Saskia; Jørgensen, Michael Søgaard; Kunze, Iris; Voss, G.; Dumitru, Adina; Lema-Blanco, Isabel; Afonso, Rita; Cipolla, Carla; Longhurst, Noel; Dorland, Jens; Elle, Morten; Balázs, Balint; Horváth, J.; Matolay, Reka; Wittmayer, Julia; Valderrama Pineda, A.; Serpa, Bibiana; Rösing Agostini, M.; Lajarthe, F.; Garrido, S.; Picabea, Facundo.; Moreira, J.; Trentini, Florencia; Bidinost, Augistín; Weaver, Paul; Heimann, R.; Skropke, C.; Hoffmeister, K. L.; Tawakol, Donia; Olivotto, Veronica; Tsatsou, A.; Zahed, Y.; Moet, R.; Zuijderwijk, Linda; Renema, Jesse and Kemp, René
Publication date: 2017
Keywords: comparative analysis, critical turning points, database, meta analysis, methodology, Transformative Social Innovation

This working paper presents the TRANSIT open-access online database on Critical Turning Points (CTP) in Transformative Social Innovation. It specifies the contents of the database, comprising qualitative accounts of more than 450 ‘critical’ episodes in the evolution of social innovation initiatives in 27 different countries. Providing the theoretical-methodological context to these data, the paper also describes the theoretical background of the CTP concept and the methodology though which the CTP accounts have been reconstructed through interviews with members of SI initiatives. The paper concludes with reflections on the open access CTP database as a knowledge infrastructure, discussing its significance in terms of mapping, dissemination and framing of social innovation.


Pel, B., Bauler, T., Avelino, F., Backhaus, J., Ruijsink, S., Rach, S., Jørgensen, M. S., Kunze, I., Voss, G., Dumitru, A., Lema Blanco, I., Afonso, R., Cipolla, C., Longhurst, N., Dorland, J. Elle, M., Balázs, B., Horváth, J., Matolay, R., Wittmayer, J., Valderrama Pineda, A., Serpa, B., Rösing Agostini, M., Lajarthe, F., Garrido, S., Picabea, F., Moreira, J., Trentini, F., Bidinost, A., Weaver, P., Heimann, R., Skropke, C., Hoffmeister, K.L., Tawakol, D., Olivotto, V., Tsatsou, A., Zahed, Y., Moet, R., Zuijderwijk, L., Renema, J. and Kemp, R. (2017) The Critical Turning Points database; concept, methodology and dataset of an international Transformative Social Innovation comparison, (TRANSIT Working Paper # 10), TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.

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