What is a social innovation?

Social Innovation is an idea or activity that improves the options or choices for a group of people in the population to improve the quality of life. This group of people is the population accessing services, and people are excluded from services due to your organization’s focus. Socially innovative programs address persistent social issues that harm general groups of service users to create improved social outcomes for members of the service user group. For example, an entity might create a new housing support program that effectively reduces the average days of housing loss for people experiencing episodic homelessness. Conversely, an organization might develop a public awareness campaign to address the stigma directed towards individuals with moderate to severe mental illness.

Beyond specific service user groups, Social Innovation might include population mental adaptations. For instance, it could implement a food share program or non-profit food store to address the persistent issue of food insecurity within the defined population. Social innovations are new efforts that improve a social challenge experienced by a particular group or society. A significant social innovation, support broad may offer social outcomes by providing new opportunities for vulnerable social groups and disrupting policy niches and service delivery systems. While social innovations are often incremental, their impact can be measured by their widespread adoption within sectors or the change they create in public policy frameworks.

Emmanuel Addo

Emmanuel Addo is the founder of the Young Global Leaders Network, an international non-governmental organization registered in six (6) countries namely, Ghana, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan and has a membership strength of over 15,000 young black professionals, students, graduates, and aspiring leaders.

The organization also operates in 25 other African countries. Emmanuel also doubles as the chief convener and founder of the Young African Leaders Summit, one of the largest continental youth summits in Africa.  

Currently works at Kingston University as a Business Engagement Team Member in their Partnerships and Engagement Department. 

He characterizes energy, integrity, result-oriented, and ground-breaking service in each detail of strategic management, change management, stakeholder management, and leadership acquaintances.
Emmanuel owns a core background in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Ghana.

Leveraging his experience as a youth activist and a dynamic young man, Emmanuel founded the Young Global Leaders Network, a youth organization that comprises young diplomats, young politicians, and aspiring politicians, business/entrepreneurial business leaders with the aim of championing a mutual agenda for the African youth and promoting youth participation in governance as well as promoting entrepreneurial culture.
Emmanuel nurtures an environment of teamwork and has expertise in data collection and analysis as well as both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Emmanuel worked as an Associate Lecturer at the London College of Advanced Management where he delivered a wide range of business management courses that involved principles of marketing, leadership, operation management, and research methods. Emmanuel has always maintained high teaching and learning standards to ensure that his students’ stand out in academic achievements and successful progression. As a stout believer and passionate key player in volunteering; Emmanuel creates quality time to giving back gladly to his community what he has learned and to educate individuals with free consultancy on career development. He is a leader anyone would love to look up to and with great integrity, commitment, and passion to make the world a better place.
Emmanuel worked as Qualifications Manager at the Open University in the UK.

Emmanuel is also the founder of Kickstart Innovation Hub Ltd, the entrepreneurial hub of Young Global Leaders Network.