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The social innovator’s journey
Note: Originally posted on the BC Ideas website.
Then, when he had flown a while longer,
Something brightened toward the north,
It caught his eye, they say.
And then he flew right up against it.
He pushed his mind through
And pulled his body after.
Something’s not right. Injustice burns bright. An idea catches your eye. Your imagination takes hold. You push through prevailing wisdom and “the way it’s supposed to be.” With few resources, and no one listening you persist. You answer “yes!” to the disinterested, the doubters, and disbelievers. You innovate.
You create a solution to a challenge faced by a friend, family member, or neighbour. You invent a successful response to a community problem. You improve how we work together. You see a way for your province, your country and your world to be a better place.
You are, in today’s parlance, a social innovator.
The social innovator’s journey begins with a new mindset. A way of thinking that questions the way things are. That asks difficult questions. That has the confidence to make mistakes. That gives the mind as long as possible to come up with something original. That makes links and connections no one thought possible. That breaks an existing logjam or spots a new one.
British Columbia, like every jurisdiction in the world, is faced with its fair share of “logjams.” We also benefit from more than our fair share of natural resources. What we often ignore is our natural creativity – creativity that could be harnessed to address what some commentators call our “wicked problems.”
To address this oversight, a group of BC activists, including business, government, foundations, universities, and community agencies have created BC Ideas. It is a web-based platform designed to attract innovative ideas that improve the quality of our lives, reduce vulnerability, and increase the resilience of our citizens, families, communities, and environment. BC Ideas is really a call to passion, imagination, and creativity.
We know new ideas are being proposed and explored in our kitchens, coffee shops, classrooms, and boardrooms. We know important solutions already exist that could benefit many more. We know great ideas from other parts of the world could be adapted and implemented here.
BC Ideas wants to create opportunities for everyone, young and old, near and far, every organization, every business, and every public servant to contribute.
In return you will:
- Join a community of passionate changemakers
- Profile your ideas and solutions to collaborators, mentors, investors, and funders.
- And perhaps most important, have the satisfaction of brightening the future well-being of this corner of the Pacific Northwest.
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