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10 world-changing social innovations

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As named in the Young Foundation publication Social Silicon Valleys, A Manifesto For Social Innovation

1. The Open University - and the many models of distance learning that have opened up education across the world and are continuing to do so.

2. Fair trade - pioneered in the UK and USA between the 1940s and 1980s, and now growing globally.

3. Greenpeace - and the many movements of ecological direct action which drew on much older Quaker ideas and which have transformed how citizens can engage directly in social change.

8. Linux software - and other open source methods such as Wikipedia and Ohmynews that are transforming many fields.

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