The practice of community innovation requires us to learn how to think differently – together.

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The promise of community innovation is the belief that we do not need to remain a powerless recipient of the whims of change, but rather that, together, we are capable of shaping and guiding the changes unfolding around us in ways that help to orchestrate a better future for all.

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The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.

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I invent nothing, I rediscover.

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Social innovation is not just new ways to fix old problems. It’s bringing old ways forward into a new context.

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You don’t have to be disabled to be innovative, but it sure helps.

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Innovation doesn’t just mean technology. It means upheaval, metamorphosis and revolution.

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Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.

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Chance favors the connected mind.

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Inuit had to be ingenious, well-organized, have ability to learn everything by memory to thrive.

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Successful social innovation should be seen as something like a social movement, orchestrated collective action.

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Every innovation has two parts: the first is the invention of the thing itself; the second is the preparation of expectations so that when the invention arrives it seems both surprising and familiar -something long awaited.

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A tablet replacing an exercise book is not innovation, it's just a different way to make notes.

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It is the duty of the inventor to build a new gestalt for the old one in the framework of society. And when he does, his invention calmly and equitably becomes part of everyday life and no one can understand why it wasn’t always there.

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It’s in my stars to invent; I was born on Madame Currie’s birthday. I have this need for originals, for innovation.

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Originality is dangerous.

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That is how innovation happens. Chance favors the connected mind.

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Creativity plus iterative development equals innovation.

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To invent is to choose.

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Nearly every social and environmental problem has been solved by someone, somewhere.

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I am resolutely opposed to all innovation, all change, but I am determined to understand what’s happening.

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There is no innovation without disruption, but there is no progress without stability.

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Originality often consists in linking up ideas whose connection was not previously suspected.

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When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty........ but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

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Novelty is a new kind of loneliness.

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..for social innovators…flow occurs not so much internally as externally – in the relationship between their own activity and that of others…The division between audience and actors seem to dissolve and all are brought into a world made anew…When social innovations take flight… the innovators are influencing their context while their context is influencing them in an endless to and fro.

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