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Exploring Impact

"Social impact" means different things to different people. Share your thoughts on what social impact looks like in your community, or interview friends, family and experts to get their opinion.

The purpose of this Mission is to develop a collective understanding of what impact means to our community. If the end goal of this challenge is to identify ways to increase our impact, how will we know when we’ve succeeded?

To figure this out, start by asking yourself what social impact means to you in your local area. 

  • Are there different kinds of impact? 
  • Can it be something bottom-up, top-down and side-to-side? 
  • Which kinds matter most to you? 
  • How do you know when you’ve achieved impact?

You can also think about how you might source other people’s opinions and experiences on social impact. For instance, you could sit down for a video interview with friends or family to get their opinion on impact. You could also dig deeper on an initiative or person that you believe has achieved social impact through their work. The more variety, the better!

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The story of Rachel Beckwith who wanted people to donate to a charity that provided clean water to an African village rather than give her presents for her 9th birthday. Tragically she died before she got to see how she inspired people.

The story of Rachel Beckwith who wanted people to donate to a charity that provided clean water to an African village rather than give her presents for her 9th birthday. Tragically she died before she got to see how she inspired people.

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Design For The First World is a competition that allows for the "developing world" to design solutions for "first world" problems. What if more people outside the digital space could contribute to OpenIDEO challenges and create cultural diversity?

Design For The First World is a competition that allows for the "developing world" to design solutions for "first world" problems. What if more people outside the digital space could contribute to OpenIDEO challenges and create cultural diversity?

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why is that when a baby who grows up to be a successful adult and writes a biography - never acknowledges the significant things he learnt as a toddler at day-care? that too when we believe that life skills are mostly learnt as a toddler?

why is that when a baby who grows up to be a successful adult and writes a biography - never acknowledges the significant things he learnt as a toddler at day-care? that too when we believe that life skills are mostly learnt as a toddler?

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Sometimes, we are so cut off from parts of the world in need that we don't feel the need to help. Just by making these stories visible and accessible to people, we can start to create empathy and awareness around the issues

Sometimes, we are so cut off from parts of the world in need that we don't feel the need to help. Just by making these stories visible and accessible to people, we can start to create empathy and awareness around the issues

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When considering, designing for, and evaluating social impact, it's important to take both depth & breadth into account. We aim to 1) significantly improve people's lives, and 2) broadly reach as many people as possible.

When considering, designing for, and evaluating social impact, it's important to take both depth & breadth into account. We aim to 1) significantly improve people's lives, and 2) broadly reach as many people as possible.

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In his book, The New Capitalist Manifesto, Umair Haque talks about a new form of capitalism: constructive capitalism. It is a capitalism that truly serves the key stakeholders: people, communities, society, the natural world and future generations.

In his book, The New Capitalist Manifesto, Umair Haque talks about a new form of capitalism: constructive capitalism. It is a capitalism that truly serves the key stakeholders: people, communities, society, the natural world and future generations.

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What is social impact? To me it's all about people. And reaching every single one of them.

What is social impact? To me it's all about people. And reaching every single one of them.

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You have to be a bit brave to contribute here. You also have to know how to read and type. How do we make Open IDEO accessible to people we would not typically look to for ideas? How do we create a community to make all opinions equally valuable?

You have to be a bit brave to contribute here. You also have to know how to read and type. How do we make Open IDEO accessible to people we would not typically look to for ideas? How do we create a community to make all opinions equally valuable?

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Many of us have likely been shocked by the outburst of riots in the UK. And many of us are in de middle of it. Of course, rioters used social media to organise themselves. But those willing to stand up do so as well!

Many of us have likely been shocked by the outburst of riots in the UK. And many of us are in de middle of it. Of course, rioters used social media to organise themselves. But those willing to stand up do so as well!

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The RiotCleanUp inspiration is excellent, but I also wanted to highlight @riotrescue and http://riotrescue.com/ It is especially geared towards helping UK businesses, but importantly it breaks down needs into specifics and matches them with help.

The RiotCleanUp inspiration is excellent, but I also wanted to highlight @riotrescue and http://riotrescue.com/ It is especially geared towards helping UK businesses, but importantly it breaks down needs into specifics and matches them with help.

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I posted the question on my Facebook, and look forward to hear the response and get the conversation going with people who are not already using OpenIDEO!

I posted the question on my Facebook, and look forward to hear the response and get the conversation going with people who are not already using OpenIDEO!

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