This study asks the central question, ‘Are social entrepreneurs using foresight to create innovation based on triple bottom line sustainability measures?’ and ‘if so, how?’ Sustainability is the emergent criteria for evaluating many aspects of the social world, including corporate governance, health systems, economics, social welfare and the environment. All the while, innovation is one of the key factors in the constitution of our social worlds, be this legislative, organizational, social or technical change. Therefore, it appears that the drive toward sustainability should be coupled with an emphasis on innovation – in particular creating innovation toward sustainability. Yet unexamined assumptions exist behind such language. Sustainability is a concept within the context of ‘the future’, requiring one to question ‘what is the future’ – in essence a utilization of the strategic capacity for foresight. Foresight, moreover, ranges from the tacit assumed personal foresight of the ordinary individual to the specialized foresight of the professional forecaster, scenario planner, or foresight practitioner.
Proceedings of Regional Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2004, the 1st Annual Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship-Babson College Regional Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23-25 February 2004 / L. Murray Gillin, Frank La Pira and John Yencken (eds.),