A social innovation approach to programming to address social issues

John C. Hill, Kristina Hains, Bryan Hains, Ronald Hustedde

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Social innovation can be defined as a more effective solution to a social problem that positively impacts society. The following manuscript is a conceptual discussion where the authors propose a five-stage approach to utilizing social innovation in designing and implementing innovative programming to address complex social issues. The authors provide a unique example that applies this process as the foundation, within a unique musical context. Ultimately, it is hoped by utilizing social innovation concepts within the programming foundation, it will lead to alternative perspectives when addressing complex social issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-354
Number of pages10
JournalCommunity Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022

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  • Social innovation
  • emotional intelligence
  • innovative programming
  • social change
  • solidarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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