Thirty exciting ideas which use technology to give opportunities to the most vulnerable and excluded people across Europe were explored and developed this week at the European Social Innovation Competition academy in Madrid.
The spotlight shone on a plethora of life-changing ingenious ideas at the inaugural Digital Agenda Impact Awards on 2 March. Innovations are improving the lives of people with disabilities and saving the environment.
We probably ought at least to allow the possibility that social innovations can be more harmful than beneficial, and stop seeing them as good by definition, write Madeleine Gabriel and Julie Simon of Nesta.
"Health is wellness, not absence of illness," says Gemma Self of healthcare consultancy Reimagine Health. Self is striving to get the NHS to take a more holistic view of patient care, with intervention before people become ill.
"Social enterprises are shaping the future of the 21st century and Amsterdam wants to be in the middle of it." This week the European Commission launched its 2016 Social Innovation Competition in the Dutch capital.