Implications of Current Research on Social Innovation in the Basque Country
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Ezponda, Auxkin G.
Portilla, Manuel G.
Abad, Ander G.
Arkaute, Natxo R.
Alfonso, Lola S.
Lizarraga, José U.
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The Basque Country's social structure is undergoing a process of transition between the gradual disappearance of industrial society and the emergence of a knowledge society. Industrial society is no longer the force that rules daily life, but neither has a knowledge society yet been fully constructed. There is no completed model to serve as a reference for societies like that of the Basque Country. This book investigates the contexts and terrain of Basque social innovation. It begins with the premise that knowledge is mobile, fluid, unstable, and never static. Human networks are primarily networks of knowledge and information transfer with the ability to sustain interactive processes of learning and innovation. The stocks of knowledge that can be found in particular places are a cultural exercise in which success is a matter above all of shared culture. Social innovation locates the basis for innovation in the ability to take advantage of a society's social intelligence in the attempt to resolve problems and build futures when it confronts things like "conflict," "diversity," "climate change," "culture," and "the city and its new spaces." Innovating means, in the final analysis, producing systems of tolerance that accept some basic aspects of the existing situation in order to modify it.