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Read the paper on "Empowering rural social innovation in the SEMPRE project" by Malin Lindberg, Professor in Innovation Studies

Published: 2018-07-15
Read the paper on "Empowering rural social innovation  in the SEMPRE project" by Malin Lindberg, Professor in Innovation Studies

Malin Lindberg, Professor in Innovation Studies at the Luleå Technical University (Sweden) has laid out an excellent account of social innovation and empowerment, wherereby she provided an analysis on how these concepts are apporached in the SEMPRE project. Malin Lindberg has followed and supported the SEMPRE project for a long while, as she notably has provided an impulse presentation about organisational  capacities for social innovation in rural areas at the SEMPRE Mid-Term Conference in Tallinn on 14 September 2017.


Please find an abstract of her analysis below and the paper here:

Empowering rural social innovation in the SEMPRE project - Malin Lindberg, Professor in Innovation Studies, Luleå University of Technology (Sweden)



‘Social innovation’ refers to processes, which intend to promote and improve people’s life-quality and wellbeing in various social contexts. As such processes address multi-dimensional societal challenges, they require the pooling and sharing of resources (e.g. finances, relations, power, knowledge) and interactions across organisational, sectorial, disciplinary and geographical boundaries.

Rural decline and deteriorating social infrastructures are cross-border societal challenges, which SEMPRE intends to tackle by actively involving social service users in the development and delivery of services. For SEMPRE, service user involvement is one way to initiate empowering social innovation processes which include vulnerable groups in setting the agenda for societal change. Individual agency, collective representation (networking) and institutional transformation are crucial elements of SEMPRE’s project work.

NGOs, including the Diakonie and the Churches, are particularly equipped in their combined roles as advocacy actors, service providers and innovation promotors to support inclusive social innovation processes as investigated by SEMPRE. But enhanced institutional legitimacy for SEMPRE and similar projects is needed in order to ensure lasting improvements in social service provision for vulnerable groups in rural areas.

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Published: 2018-12-10

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SEMPRE results published

Published: 2018-11-27

As the Final Conference "Make Empowerment" in Riga, Latvia is starting, we are glad to announce that we have published the first results of our three years of work in the SEMPRE project: The "Empowerment Handbook" that gives practical advice on how to apply user involvement in social service design, a compilation of the micro projects that were developed and implemented in co-creation processes in the SEMPRE partner regions and a "pocket" version of the organisational roadmap.

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