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What does it really mean to be a social innovator? Is it more than introducing something new?


The dictionary has a number of definitions for "social", the one that stands out most to context is: "noting or pertaining to activities designed to remedy or alleviate certain unfavorable conditions of life in a community, esp. among the poor." Simply put, we fix things. So how do we do it? One of the first clues lies within the word innovation itself: "the act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods." Our very title explains what we do. We fix social problems by coming up with new answers to old issues and putting them it to practice.


The website: [ http://designinafrica.wordpress.com/2008/10/23/innovation-in-africa... ] gave us 33 clues on what it means to be a social innovator, but the one I thought most important out of those 33 was: "What you have matters more than what you lack." Essentially think simple, when working in a community they are not going to have everything, "using what you have is better than building with air." Be logic, cool headed, and creative. Innovate.


Regards, Clayton Wilson.






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Comment by Amanda Jeffrey on March 5, 2010 at 4:48pm
People frequently don't want 'new' they want improvements in what they already understand. Sometimes, the real creativity is in making something new and couching it in terms that people already understand.
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 5, 2010 at 7:29pm
When I did earthquake relief work in Peru, the most important thing we could do was impressing on the locals who thought they'd lost everything how much they still had. People were constantly apologizing to us for the state of their community, dwelling in the past and refusing to move forward. Sometimes it takes some outside perspective to point out how much people still have, even if what they have is just a blank slate...

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