Exploring the Innovation Ecosystem from Social Innovation: A Case Study of Taiwan Zhushan Town
|關鍵字:||創新生態系統;商業的反都市化現象;社會創新;區域發展;社會企業、;Innovation ecosystem,;commercial counterurbanisation;social innovation;social enterprise;rural development|
This research presents a new model of social innovation ecosystem by examing Taiwan Zhushan Town. The economy of Zhushan Town was flourished in the past. With young population moves to cities and the economy becomes worse, the town faces ageing, poor and several social problems. However, the town becomes popular in news media recent years including youths went back to town and run their business, and the number of tourists increases etc. This is phenomenon is called social innovation which is aim at meeting the beneficiaries’ needs and improving the people’s life quality. Therefore, this study would exam how the social innovation could be achieved through the lens of the innovation ecosystem. A single case study approach has been used to understand the how the ecosystem is composed and who are the important characters. Data was collected from secondary sources, observations and in-depth interviews with key actors in the area. The data was analysed by Nvivo. A novel social innovation ecosystem has been defined with five features and the key components. The research also indicates that five factors to achieve successful social innovation and the phenomenon of young immigrants and commercial counterurbanisation. Both the finding and insights may be as a guideline for policy makers and social innovators.