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We want to develop innovative ways to promote savings so more Americans can save for their future, but first we need to reject privatization schemes and work together to strengthen Social Security.

— Debbie Stabenow

Practical Social Innovation quotations

Social innovation quote Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will neve
Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.

Until society can be reclaimed by an undivided humanity that will use its collective wisdom, cultural achievements, technological innovations, scientific knowledge, and innate creativity for its own benefit and for that of the natural world, all ecological problems will have their roots in social problems.

I want to be remembered as someone who put India on the scientific map of the world in terms of large innovation. I want to be remembered for making a difference to global healthcare. And I want to be remembered as someone who did make a difference to social economic development in India.

Social innovation quote Don't use social media to impress people; use it to impact people.
Don't use social media to impress people; use it to impact people.

The Internet has become a remarkable fount of economic and social innovation largely because it's been an archetypal level playing field, on which even sites with little or no money behind them - blogs, say, or Wikipedia - can become influential.

I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.


The real work of social innovation is to fix our broken human systems.

Social innovation quote Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.
Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.
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Transparency may be the most disruptive and far-reaching innovation to come out of social media.

Corporate globalists and the corporate empires they serve may be at the cutting edge of technological innovation, but socially and environmentally they are relics of a bygone era of imperial colonial rule, elite privilege, and state-sanctioned plunder.

If people who have to work together in an enterprise trust one another it is because they are all operating to a common set of ethical norms....such a society will be better able to innovate...since the high degree of trust will permit a wide variety of social relationships to emerge.

Social innovation quote Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists.
Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists.

Philanthropy is involved with basic innovations that transform society, not simply maintaining the status quo or filling basic social needs that were formerly the province of the public sector.


When you prohibit failure, you kill innovation.

If you kill innovation in fundraising, you can't raise more revenue. If you can't raise more revenue, you can't grow. And if you can't grow, you can't possibly solve large social problems.

Innovative, bottom-up methods will solve problems that now seem intractable—from energy to poverty to disease. Science and technology, powered by the fuel of entrepreneurial energy, are the largest multipliers of resources we have to solve our many social problems.

Social innovation quote The only people who get paid enough, get paid what they're worth are people who
The only people who get paid enough, get paid what they're worth are people who don't follow the instruction book, who create art, who are innovative, who work without a map. That option is now available to everyone to take it.

Costa Rica remains peacefully and firmly committed to the well- being and safety of our population. We promote a model of development based upon harmony with nature; solidarity and social inclusion; economic and trade opening; development of our human resources, and innovation.

Innovation-the heart of the knowledge economy-is fundamentally social.

Contradictions, most of all, a balance between chaos and order.

It needs neighborhoods vibrating with energy just as much as cozy little corners and parks; well-tended, middle-class sections as well as an alternative scene; technology centers for innovative youth and social facilities for older people.

Social innovation quote There's too much talking in Social Media and too little listening and learning.
There's too much talking in Social Media and too little listening and learning.

Philanthropy is often seen as society's risk capital.

That means the onus is on philanthropists, nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs to innovate. But philanthropic innovation is not just about creating something new. It also means applying new thinking to old problems, processes and systems.

If you open up the mind, the opportunity to address both profits and social conditions are limitless. It's a process of innovation.

What is needed is both a New Deal in terms of mission-oriented investments but also a new deal in terms of a modern social compact - one that allows the state to socialize not only risks but also rewards. Maybe then innovation-led growth will also become growth that includes all of us.

Social innovation quote I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you're going to innovate
I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you're going to innovate.

When your focus is social change and not financial change why wouldn't you want to share that openly? Innovation only succeeds when it's shared.

Any attempt to break with the past, or with existing social structures, is a failure if it leads to a bored, listless, and colourless style of life; assertive and enduring innovation, like the mastering of a new environment, requires the confidence and discipline which are founded on exuberant emotions.


Move fast and break things.

Social innovation quote Music is the original social media.
Music is the original social media.
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All over the world, social innovation is tackling some of the most pressing problems facing society today - from fair trade, distance learning, hospices, urban farming and waste reduction to restorative justice and zero-carbon housing. But most of these are growing despite, not because of, help from governments.

I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all for fear of being carried off their feet. The prospect really does frighten me that they may finally become so engrossed in a cowardly love of immediate pleasures that their interest in their own future and in that of their descendants may vanish, and that they will prefer tamely to follow the course of their destiny rather than make a sudden energetic effort necessary to set things right.

We need to build on the success of Social Security by developing bold and innovative ways for Americans to build wealth and save for retirement. I believe we can work together in a bipartisan manner to accomplish these goals.

Social innovation quote Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.
Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.

Social monocultures suppress the wild growth that is possible in the untamed forest of innovation without limits.


I believe strongly that social change isn't just about demonstrations in the street against the wrongs in society. There is also the path of the social innovator who creates new institutions and the path of the reformer who goes within an institution and makes incremental changes.

I want to be remembered as one of the great innovators among social justice advocates of the 21st Century.

Social innovation quote Doing your best is not the answer. Having a network that allows you to be your b
Doing your best is not the answer. Having a network that allows you to be your best is far better.

We [with Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa] wanted to draw people in with a dialogue - whether it's a creative process or a social issue or innovation of some kind; whether it was how we told the stories or what stories we told. We produced some online videos.

In the late 60s, 70s and possibly early 80s, social scientists were interested in researching the diffusion of innovation and studying the link between applied research and policy and program development. Recently there has been less interest in these issues and we feel that this interest must be rekindled.

I like to think that Not For Sale is the Juniper Networks of the social section, a disruptive innovator.

Social innovation quote Complacency is the death of innovation.
Complacency is the death of innovation.
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Smaller companies are often more homogenous.

Don't simply increase your diversity because of the social pressure to do so. Instead, realize that hiring a more diverse team will give you a whole new repertoires of innovative ideas. And then develop a strategy for effectively using the diversity of your team.

Our Government understands that local, community organizations are essential in addressing social issues like economic development, poverty, education and integration in Canadian communities. The Community and College Social Innovation Fund will connect the innovative talent of researchers and students at colleges and polytechnics to meet the research needs of local community organizations to build stronger, safer, healthier communities.

Any system, biological, economic, or social, that gets so encrusted that it cannot self-evolve, a system that systematically scorns experimentation and wipes out the raw material of innovation, is doomed over the long term on this highly variable planet.

We are the leaders that we have been waiting for.

We are the social innovators and entrepreneurs that we have been seeking.

The best innovations - both socially and economically - come from the pursuit of ideals that are noble and timeless: joy, wisdom, beauty, truth, equality, community, sustainability and, most of all, love. These are the things we live for, and the innovations that really make a difference are the ones that are life-enhancing. And that’s why the heart of innovation is a desire to re-enchant the world.

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