The results of social innovation – new ideas that meet unmet needs – are all around us. They include fair trade, restorative justice, hospices, The Open University and up cycling. Over the last two centuries, innumerable social innovations, from cognitive behavioural therapy for prisoners to Wikipedia, have moved from the margins to the mainstream. At a time of unprecedented resource constraint we need to think creatively to foster and sustain a fair, just and caring society.
THE BBC HAS GIVEN GIVE WHAT YOU’RE GOOD AT £100 TO CREATE THE UK’S FIRST EVER:
SOCIAL INNOVATION INDEX
TEN IDEAS TO FIX BROKEN BROKEN BRITAIN
With such a tight budget, we need your help! Show us your imagination, for a chance to be included in the first publication of the Social Innovation Index. The publication will be published via Amazon Kindle and sold for £10.00 with all revenue going to Children in Need.
For a chance to have your idea featured; tell us in under 50 words:
What the social problem is?: e.g Youth offending
How you would solve it? (we are looking for ideas, not current projects): e.g Train young people in Morris Dancing and hire them out for May Day. Reinvest the money to make the project sustainable.
The outcome?: e.g reduced youth offender, higher aspirations, a love of bells = happier communities
We want bold, quirky ideas; minus the Morris Dancers!
All entries received will be judged by Allison Ogden-Newton, Head of Social Enterprise London. The ten judged best will make it to The UK’s first Social Innovation Index.
To enter e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org before midday Friday 11th May 2012 including name, phone number and answers to the three questions above. If you make it to the top ten, we will even try and support you to get funding to bring your idea to life.
Give What You’re Good At matches professionals who want to volunteer their skills with charities and social enterprises that need them. Is your organisation in need of professional services, but has no budget to pay for them? We have the solution.