Since Bill Drayton first put the word “social” before the word “entrepreneur” in 1980 with a keen eye for how the world was going to change, the concept of social entrepreneurship has blossomed into a professional field, complete with thousands of practitioners and an ecosystem of funders, academics, policymakers and volunteers all supporting these entrepreneurs in their efforts to change the world. This birth of social entrepreneurship was sandwiched by the entry into modern society of the mobile phone and the personal computer, two inventions that have revolutionized an individual’s relationship with their devices. This has led to the current reality where digital technology influences all aspects of our professional lives. As children of the same era, it is not surprising that social innovation and technology are interacting with each other in constant, often profound, and ever deeper ways.
- Understand how social entrepreneurship and digital technology are combining and shaping each other in new, and sometimes profound, ways.
- Explore how emerging technologies are enabling a new generation of social innovations in the delivery of education, agriculture, democracy, and so on.
- Design a blueprint for their own social innovation and recruit others to their cause OR be a team member to the development of a colleague’s new social innovation.
- Create and/or further develop new “Change Shops” on the Changemakers.com platform and explore the possibilities of connecting globally to strengthen and spread a social innovation
- Reflect on the increasing potential and pitfalls with regard to the role of technology in social change