- What or who is being connected?
- How accessible is it (especially for low-income communities)?
- Does it require specialist knowledge?
- Is it place-based or remote?
- What kinds of trusted networks do people have around work, education, food, recreation, activism?
Connections for Impact
An idea for social impact is only as good as the people and support behind it. In fact a key component of achieving impact is connection – that is, getting the right tools, information and resources in the hands of the right people in order to make change happen.
Think about the wide array of methods that can be used to take ideas for social impact forward into the real world. Examples might include peer-to-peer funding, digital and non-digital platforms, resource matching, communication tools, community networks, etc. For instance, platforms like Kickstarter, Skype, Question Box; networks like mothers’ groups; communication tools like Twitter; and community noticeboards or social connectors like Meet Up, Tweet Ups and town hall talks.
Here are a few questions to get you started:
You don't need to consider the details of what the social issue is or the impact they might deliver just yet – but let's think broadly about the options by which people can be connected and what opportunities these offer for various kinds of collaboration before we hit the Concepting phase.