Category Archives: Social Innovation Development

Lattitude Australia- Social Innovation Case Study

As part of this my Social Innovation subject, I chose a Melbourne based SI to do a case study on. I chose Lattitude Australia. I interviewed Angela and Ben from Lattitude’s marketing team to find out more about the organisation. I’ve finally edited it down, and got it up onto the wide world web, out there for everyone, including you, to see…

Check it out here….

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Social Innovation Camp

Here’s a group from England who are on similar wave lengths to my studies class. They run Social Innovation Camps linking people with ideas with people with skills to bring them into being. It’s all internet based innovations. In their words,

‘Through unusual, creative events we bring together talented software developers and designers with social innovators to build effective web-based solutions to real social problems.’

The long and short of this is that they are asking for ideas to be submitted. Either to come along and be involved in the development(bit hard when its over in the UK) or allow others to take the ideas as inspiration to develop a project of their own. There’s a few projects from our studies class that could be possible for this forum. If your keen check out the site here for details.

Del.icio.us Added

Well I’m finding out more and more about this blogging business. I’ve created a del.icio.us account on the advice of Soumitri, and also added a link to it on the side. Seems relatively easy to get your head around.

Pretty much the guist of it is instead of having folders to categorise your links you attach tags to them, and then various piles appear depending what you tags you select. So the same link could appear for a number of categories. Makes sense really…

Social Innovation Camp

This site I just came across gives a clear outline of what social innovation is and how it can be combined with technologies. They are an English based organisation, trying to ‘bring together talented software developers and designers with social innovators to build effective web-based solutions to real social problems.’

Check it out

Business Proposal

Tomorrow is our first class with RMIT business professor Peter Sheldrake. He is going to help us craft our social innovation concepts, into a real world business proposal. Something we could go to the bank with, literally! We had a brief run through last week, of where everyone’s ideas are at so far, and there’s some interesting ones in there.

My concept for a social innovation has been crafted into the following:

‘Now What?’ will be an internet based portal for recent school leavers. My inspiration comes from the existing Lattitude program (formally GAP) that offers school leavers the opportunity of volunteering overseas in various areas from caring, teaching, and environmental work. I went to Poland with GAP and taught English there in Warsaw. This was an amazing experience, especially being fresh out of school. I think I gained a lot from the experience, and personally was a much better choice then diving straight into uni.

‘Now What?’ will however target school leavers, who are looking to do something within Australia. They’ll probably have aspirations of further education, but have had enough for now, and want a year off to experience something else. ‘Now What?’ will be an agent between interested young people and community groups, NGO’s, conservation groups, who are interested in keen, engaged volunteers. ‘Now What?’ will work to establish a network of organisations that have at their core, an ethos of improving and assisting the community and area around them. This could be organisations such as Meals on Wheels, Green Corps, The Flying Doctors Service to name a few. It could also be roles such as assisting in research trips, conservation efforts and such. Applicants could either try out a field that they are interested in pursuing as an educational direction, or try something completely different to what they think they could end up doing.This opportunity would give them amazing life experience as well as a possibly valuable, relevant experience into their chosen field of further education.

The applicant could elect to either work within their own community, or apply to work somewhere else within Australia. This would be ‘Now What?’s main role, and allow young people the opportunity to travel Australia and gain a better understanding of the different environments that make up this massive country.

The money side of things I still need to develop, I don’t think a membership fee is viable, but possibly an introduction fee of some sort, or sponsorship from groups, schools, government?

Ideas, they’re exciting things!

Alright, what I’m thinking of today, developed from finding out about the government’s Solar Cities project. What I was thinking has branched off into a few directions so stick with it for a bit.

Starting point is a scheme to inform and activate students to make changes within their homes, to make them more energy efficient. If the case would be that they’re in a sharehouse, they could be encouraged/given free energy saver globes, water efficient shower heads, all that guff. Also possibly one of the power companies offering accredited green power, could be gotten on board, to offer this service with a student discount, on top of the health care benefit. If the student was at college, then they could be encouraged to get support to get the college to change its systems gradually to more energy efficient means. A case in point is RMIT Village. It seems crazy but it doesn’t have a recycling system! The amount of glass bottles and cans alone that would go through that place would be enough to make it worth doing. There’s been an effort by students in the past at least once to my knowledge, to get this changed. However management deemed it too expensive.

Another spin off this tangent, came after reading about the pension debate thats going on atm. I was thinking, what we could set up is a service where young people get trained to assess houses to improve their energy efficiencies, and then go out to eldery homes, assess areas for improvement and then help them with the installation of the new improvements. This works with the concept of learning exchanges, and helps bridge inter generational fear and ignorance.

Building on this idea, and after hearing that Mr Rudd thinks we should build up a our military to counter what he sees as an arms race(makes sense….) was that a community gap year could be established. Recently an army gap year has been established, putting school leavers through basic training for a year and giving them a tidy $30,000 odd for their troubles.

I rekon if we can put resources into something like that, we could establish a community gap year, where school leavers work on a number of community based projects through out the year, and then gain some sort of reimbursement at the end. Maybe cash, maybe credit towards education costs, automatic acceptance for youth allowance while studying… The school leavers could elect to apply for projects within different areas within the community, they could also elect to do the work within their own community or apply to go somewhere else, for a different life experience. I see it as similar to the Latitude (formally GAP) Program, but specifically within Australia.

But enough on that, its time for trivia! I’m keen to hear what people think though.

Community Gap year/arm

Social Innovation beginnings

Morning, how’s it? Had a meeting at uni today, and in it we were talking about creating a communal space for ID students. I rekon it’d be a great idea. I remembered a story of a design/art school in Gdansk, Poland, where a good lot of the students live on campus. Apparently what happens was that students would pin up concept pages for projects they’re working on, on their door, and then anyone from within the school can draw and comment on. I suggested setting up something similar at uni, but the point was raised that we don’t have sovereignty over the walls, so there was a good chance it would all be taken down. The alternative of an online wall was put forward and this concept is something that I’m going to have a bit of a think about, and see if I can develop it a bit. Don’t quite see where the business part comes into it, but I’ll just let it stew for a bit…