I see this list of Social Innovation
not as a starting point, but the end of a very long line of human development. Years ago, when a person wanted to raise their standing they had to work hard for it. Now we can find many paths on the Internet to share wisdom. Every DAY I find something new and when I think of an Idea that I don't find on the Internet, then, well... THAT is something you can DO!
Just stop surfing and start contributing. Start something new. :-)
I helped start a foundation
that puts solar panels on schools. We all knew there was so much to do, we just picked something and started running. All of our progress is logged. All of our resources shared. I'm not saying that it was easy, or quick, or that it will work in the end (were still figuring it all out), it will sure feel good once it DOES work out!E3 Council - Education * Energy * Environment
Everyone knows that the cost of education is the BEST investment in future returns. When you look at how much money is being diverted for energy, particularly electricity -- it's astounding. Even a 1% drain on our education results in a much higher drain on the return on that education. If we can get schools to be free, and on line, and power provided by the sun -- then we could share SO MUCH MORE!
What we do is hold small fund raiser events that raise small amounts that add up to some big potential. Our first goal is a small 5kw solar installation and "lab" that provides resources to teach about solar energy. It's great fun holding the events and we raise allot of good will from the neighborhood. It draws people together for a good cause and it is very easy and FUN!
I say social innovation is dead because it is here NOW... We are the products of this innovation. It's no longer up to the big and the famous. We will apply what we learned and continue...