This knowledge synthesis examines how investments in higher education research and development can be leveraged through social innovation and knowledge mobilization as integral components of innovation strategies that strengthen industry, governments, community organizations, and members of the public as professionals and citizens. The authors provide an overview of an emerging literature on social innovation, drawing in part on the literature on the social economy and social enterprise, evolving understand- ings of innovation, and social innovation as an ecosystem that can create economic and social value. Discussed in some detail is the key role of knowledge mobilization between universities and other sectors to facilitate social innovation, the importance of collaboration among sectors with a focus on community-campus collaborations, and con- siderations for research, policy and practice. The authors close by briefly presenting con- clusions and recommendations for leveraging investment in higher education through knowledge mobilization and social innovation as part of Canada’s innovation strategies.
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