China has been making consistent efforts at building an innovative nation. There is an increasing realization in China that innovations are not only required in the business and government systems, but equally in the social system. Policy makers in China are looking at creative solutions to meet the gigantic social needs of a large country like China. Social innovations are increasingly perceived as being indispensable to the social vitality and participative governance in order to achieve better overall results.
While the last few years in China have already witnessed a growing role for social innovations, the trends for the future are much more noticeable. Social innovation is expected to form a critical cooperative platform for businesses, government and civilian organizations. Social enterprises are going to perform an increasingly important role in this direction. These enterprises will provide public services for larger good, and attain self-sufficiency through revenue generation.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in China are also assuming several social responsibilities to reduce the government's burden. Their influence and role is becoming enhanced beyond the narrow concept of charity. These organizations are getting increasingly involved in preserving the environment, fostering education for all ages, promoting employment opportunities, and helping develop infrastructure for sustainable housing, energy, health care, population control, climate change, wildlife protection and urban management.
While people and social mechanism continue to be the most potent forces to encourage the process of social innovations in China, modern communication technology is also making a key contribution to enhance its influence. Advanced group communication platforms such as social media networking, micro blogs and instant messaging and chat services are becoming integral to the development of social innovation opportunities.
Leaders in China are acutely aware that social innovation is fast turning into a global phenomenon that can have a positive impact on all societies of the world. The concept of social innovation has already received wide acceptance and support in developed nations such as the U.S. and Europe, and now it is the turn of developing countries such as China to apply social innovation to every sector in order to achieve maximum impact for the largest number of people.