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Responsibility Beyond GrowthA Case for Responsible Stagnation$
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Stevienna de Saille, Fabien Medvecky, Michiel Van Oudheusden, Kevin Albertson, Effie Amanatidou, Timothy Birabi, and Mario Pansera

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529208177

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529208177.001.0001

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Innovation for Social Needs

Innovation for Social Needs

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Responsibility Beyond Growth

Effie Amanatidou

George Gritzas

Policy Press

In this chapter we explore in more detail the kinds of already-existing types of innovation which fulfil the criteria of restraint, living gently, and paying serious attention to the ethics involved in collective circulation of seemingly beneficial innovation. We draw here upon examples from both over- and under-consuming nations, and from economies in crisis as well as those which presently appear to be more stable. We make the claim that innovation needs to be viewed more broadly than traditional, Schumpeterian definitions that have become obsolete due to their inability to embrace and acknowledge social relations, as well as social, environmental and ethical responsibility in the process of innovation.

Keywords:   frugal innovation, public engagement, social and solidarity economy, social change, social innovation

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