This article reviews concepts of social innovation and some Japanese cases. Social innovation seeks to provide a broad perspective on innovation that is not only premised on technology, and offers much potential for tackling complex emerging social issues. Evidenced-based discourse on social innovations and a more detailed policy framework are urgently needed to enable positive changes in the society we live in.
The article deals with development of social enterprise in the Czech Republic after 1993 and it describes the current main attitudes, including the examples of “best practices”. By means of the correlation and causal analyses, it assesses its situation. It emphasises the importance of social enterprise as a factor of safe regional development.