“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”  

Richard Buckminster Fuller

Social innovations, seeds of change, utopias for realists. These and other terms today signify those ways of being, thinking and doing, that stem from deep understandings of social and ecological challenges. Emphasis on the social here stems from the notion that solutions with the highest transformative and sustainability potentials are not (only) new or more efficient technologies, but new socioeconomic models and patterns, which can in many ways be supported by specific uses of technologies. These innovations by definition expand the possibilities for sustainable societies, or, possible futures, forms of economy, and forms of systemic transitions towards sustainable economies. At the same time, these innovations often have disruptive and/or transformative effects on existing structures; with which they are often in an uneasy and dependent relationship. These instances of social innovation, with the right tools, offer unique opportunities for collaborative design of economic experiments, systems transitions and radical futures.

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