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Social Innovation Hubs Supporting Social Entrepreneurs: Strategically Adopting the SDGs towards Sustainability
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development. (MADS)
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development. (MADS)
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development. (MADS)
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development. (MADS)
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a well-known and comprehensive framework for sustainable development. However due to the overlapping and interrelated nature of the goals, action towards one goal can positively or negatively contribute to another.Social innovation hubs including Impact Hub and Centre for Social Innovation use the SDGs to support social entrepreneurs to have a positive impact. Document analysis and interviews with 15 practitioners from these hubs informed the research on how the organizations perceive and contribute to sustainability, how they integrate the SDGs, and the challenges and benefits with using the SDGs. Based on that, this research has developed five recommendations for social innovation hubs to: 1) Define Sustainability; 2) Enhance Visioning; 3) Design co-creative programs; 4) Define Impact;and 5) Communicate Impact. While other elements of the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) could be used to complement the SDGs, the Sustainability Principles (SPs) of the FSSD are recommended as a definition for sustainability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 65
Keywords [en]
Sustainable Development, Impact Hub, Sustainable Development Goals, Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, Social Innovation.
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Other Social Sciences Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-18253OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-18253DiVA, id: diva2:1333645
External cooperation
Centre for Social Innovation Spadina; Impact Hub Vienna; Impact Hub Yangon; Impact Hub Jakarta; Impact Hub San Francisco; Impact Hub Montreal; Impact Hub Yerevan; Impact Hub Basel; Impact Hub Bern; Impact Hub Budapest; Impact Hub King's Cross; Impact Hub Inverness
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SL2538 Master's Thesis in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
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SLASL (Master programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
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Available from: 2019-07-01 Created: 2019-07-01 Last updated: 2019-07-01Bibliographically approved

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