Transition towards 'New Economies'? A Transformative Social Innovation Perspective

Flor Avelino, Adina Dumitry, Noel Longhurst, Julia Wittmayer, Sabine Hielscher, Paul Weawer, Carla Cipolla, Rita Afonso, Iris Kunze, Jens Dorland, Morten Elle, Bonno Pel, Tim Strasser, René Kemp, Alex Haxeltine

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This paper was presented at the 6th International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference, Sustainability Transitions and Wider Transformative Change Historical Roots and Future Pathways, 25th – 28th August 2015, Brighton, University of Sussex Campus (Falmer), UKSPRU Working Paper Series (ISSN 2057-6668).

There are numerous social innovation networks and initiatives worldwide with the ambition to contribute to transformative change towards more sustainable, resilient and just societies. Many of these have a specific vision on the economy and relate to alternative visions of a ‘New Economy’. This paper highlights four prominent strands of new economy thinking in state-of-the-art discussions: degrowth, collaborative economy, solidarity economy, and social entrepreneurship. Taking a perspective of transformative social innovation, the paper draws on case studies of 12 social innovation initiatives to analyse how these relate to new economies and to transitions toward new economic arrangements. The 12 cases are analysed in terms of a) how they relate to narratives of change on new economies, b) how they renew social relations, and c) how their new economy arrangements hold potential to challenge established institutional constellations in the existing economy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalUKSPRU Working Paper Series
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Sustainability Transitions Conference: Sustainability Transitions and Wider Transformative Change Historical Roots and Future Pathways - University of Sussex Campus (Falmer), Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Aug 201528 Aug 2015

Conference

Conference6th International Sustainability Transitions Conference
LocationUniversity of Sussex Campus (Falmer)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBrighton
Period25/08/201528/08/2015

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