Social innovations include changes in attitudes, social practices, institutions and structures. They pursue a twofold goal: on the one hand, they are intended to make a contribution to overcoming important social challenges, and on the other hand, they are intended to improve respect for human dignity and the respect, protection and realization of human rights.
This should enable the full, equal and self-determined participation of citizens – especially those who are at risk of exclusion with regard to their rights and social participation. Social entrepreneurship is seen as a possible way of fostering social innovations. Another important orientation framework is the social eco system, in which a broad spectrum of stakeholders with different interests and needs is involved.