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Rabu, 13 Januari 2010

Social innovation

I dont have the luxery of time to think and write my thought here but from my reading I  found something for you all  to consume. I extract this from Social Edge artical, one of many social media interaction flatform that I join as a member. Hopefully KIKer can benefit from what our friends in Africa thinks about.....

Gen-Y: The Social Innovation Generation
by Social Edge — last modified Nov 17, 2009 11:07 AM Hosted by Saul Garlick (November 2009)

My generation doesn’t want to “paint a wall” or “pile bricks” in the developing world. Generation Y wants to do more.
Generation Y’s thirst is to create something lasting that works – sustainable projects that will continue to affect the lives of those in rural communities for years to come. My generation is creating a daycare center in South Africa that will attract students by providing lunch that it grows in its own garden.

My generation wants to create something from conception to completion – from design to implementation. My generation is creating a demonstration farm complete with a solar drip irrigation system that connects rural Kenyan farmers with modern farming technologies to replicate on their own land.

My generation wants to incorporate what it learns from its experience abroad about leveraging community resources to create sustainable development into its careers – as policymakers, as entrepreneurs, as eventual philanthropists.

The Associated Press this month reported: “Parents in some of Africa's poorest countries are cutting back on school, clothes and basic medical care just to give their children a meal once a day.”

To address these issues, funds abound, but social change does not. Young people provide an untapped resource to redirect this ineffectual course. Their idealism and open-mindedness to new solutions create opportunities to empower communities to develop and own solutions to poverty. Generation Y is the generation of social innovation.

When I started ThinkImpact, an organization that has connected American college students and recent graduates from dozens of campuses nationwide with rural villages abroad to help reduce poverty through designing and implementing innovative projects, everyone had doubts that we’d be able to attract the best and the brightest to leave home for a year, to live in what are sometimes literal mud huts and to succeed in creating something sustainable. But there’s no shortage of young people – members of Generation Y – who want to alleviate poverty – as a career.

How can the next generation of funders better meet the demand for funding long-term projects, instead of short-term experiences?
How can we provide real opportunities for career development for these recent graduates when they are living in some of the most remote locations to help them go from their experience abroad to a career in development and social innovation?
How can we improve the “paint a wall programs” that currently exist and integrate them into new programs that allow more ingenuity and a longer term commitment, and thereby better suit Generation Y?  
 Dont just enjoying you reading but thinks of something in smilar line for our one and the only 1Malaysia - jeragang 

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