Social Innovation Applications

So far, we have covered a lot of ground cumulating in the Expertise Management Methodology (EMM) with the Expertise Management ontology (EMont) at its core. In this section, we put the theory into practice by discussing EMM/EMont applications that can be used in social innovation processes in general and in particular in the Social Theory (ST) of a sustainable, collaborative society. SSM's PQR (what, how and why) formula plays a central role. However, as we shall see, the application area of the PQR formula is strongly stretched to incorporate the concepts found in other system approaches.
A word of consideration is in order here. Frequently, LoF and second-order cybernetics notions are used in this chapter. Although these notions provide valuable insights in systems thinking, they can be overwhelming for the casual reader. In fact, these notions can be ignored by realizing that the applications discussed here refer to reflexive domains in which element a and b act and react to each other thereby reshaping the domain in which they interact. This idea is sufficient to follow the line of reasoning laid out in this chapter. But again, a deeper understanding of the concept of change can be gained by reading the LoF and second-order cybenetics sections.
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