Reflection: Social Innovation

Social innovation is the process of developing and deploying effective solutions to challenging and often systemic social and environmental issues in support of social progress. Social innovation is not the prerogative or privilege of any organizational form or legal structure. it is also known as a concept which integrates various innovative solutions to address the most pressing problems that society faces, issues such as poverty, unemployment, or the environment.

A social entrepreneur is a person who pursues novel applications that have the potential to solve community-based problems. These individuals are willing to take on the risk and effort to create positive changes in society through their initiatives. While Social entrepreneurship is all about recognizing the social problems and achieving a social change by employing entrepreneurial principles, processes, and operations. The desire to do or achieve something is known as ambition.

I have come to realize that in order to make a change or a difference in the world, we need to be innovative, we need to stand out and be a light to others. Based on the definition of social innovation, it involves deploying effective solutions to challenging issues. I was inspired by the tremendous work done by the Ballard Center. They are changing lives in every possible way through the help of amazing social innovators.

Why social innovation is more prevalent today.

    A good social innovator builds upon the resilience and ingenuity of underprivileged customers, instead of treating them as passive recipients of other people’s solutions. In the world today, we see a renewed focus on partnerships and alliances within and across sectors; Rising importance of collaboration across organizations to share knowledge, resources, and capabilities; and an associated need for a new type of leadership and skills associated with new, cooperative approaches to social impact. This occurs as a result of the need to make changes and improvements in the world. There is always a need for coalition and collaboration.

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