The Social Ideas Podcast
The Social Ideas Podcast shares the impact of social innovation, its necessity and its capacity to challenge the status quo. Throughout this series, highly committed change makers in business, civil society, policy and academia will talk about their work, their ideas and their motivation to strive towards to a more equitable and sustainable world.
Social innovation and the military
In this episode of The Social Ideas Podcast, Dr Neil Stott, co-director of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, discusses social innovation and the military with retired United States Air Force Colonel, Professor Bill De Marco (also a Fellow of Social Innovation for CCSI) and Lt Col Brandie Jeffries from the Air University.
During the discussion, Neil suggests that militaries need a better understanding of social innovation for three key reasons: firstly, to better understand the challenges facing communities across the globe in the face of ‘wicked problems’ such as climate change. Secondly, to better understand the social purpose organizations they work with in crisis. And, finally, in avoiding conflict.
A crucial facet of our work at the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation is to build partnerships with external organisations. CCSI provides the Air University with an annual workshop on social innovation, as well as contributing to a leadership programme – LedX. Bill De Marco lectures and provides support to our Masters students during their residentials.
Contextual knowledge and relationships are key in social innovation, also in the military.