Walking through the city a few weeks ago, Michelle Williams and I were discussing the current paradigm of social innovation in Australia; a mindset that echoes the mentality of ‘charity’, where everyone seems focused on improving the lives of others.
Of course this is a completely worthwhile aim, but what gap is created when we don’t include ourselves in these social innovation solutions? And how many of the issues that we try to address through social innovation are actually systemic problems flowing from the manner in which we all live? Perhaps if the word ‘social’ became the focus of ‘social innovation’, it would become more apparent that these solutions shouldn’t simply become a bubble around a group identified as ‘in need’. Rather, they should be inclusive, holistic solutions that shift the underlying social norm, however slightly, thus improving life for all in the community. Continue reading →
Technology, the web, our phones, our laptops. All of these devices and platforms have become such a major part of our lives that we forget the impact they have.
But then it’s not about the tools, it’s about how we use them.
Our uses have adapted over time from being merely functional, serving a minimal purpose, to revolutionising the way we connect, allowing a constant state of being plugged in to the biggest pool of information and people ever known thus creating a type of global consciousness.
People like Ezio Manzini, a leading thinker in sustainability and collaborative project design, states that technology and the web is now allowing collaboration on a local level, and once successful, a scaling of these social innovations on a country and global level.