Within the main idea that the notion of social entrepreneurship advocates, it is the usage of innovations that are being considered sufficient enough to deal effectively with various social problems, such as for instance, to address poverty, to limit the access to healthcare systems, especially in the case of remoted or underserved areas, to provide solution plans in relation to youth unemployment, or even to reinforce the role of women in the modern societies by defending women’s rights, by maintaining women’s access to credits, etc.
For the solution of similar to the aforementioned problems, social entrepreneurs proceed to the usage of various technological innovations. To be specific, we will substantiate this argument by providing a list of examples, deriving from ordinary cases and which indicate ways in which technological applications power social innovation.
For instance, in the majority of the so-called third countries, both farmers and relative workers need to be provided with chronicle up-dates related with weather condition, as well as sowing schedules in order to design their harvest schedules, accordingly. Additionally, in the case of fishermen who live in coastal areas need to be aware of the weather broadcasting, and especially the storm forecast; for this purpose relevant mobile apps would be the most effective to accomplish this task.
Furthermore, the example of specially-designed IT kiosks which have been incorporated in many remoted (rural) areas of India, aiming at the provision of technological capacity to both teenagers and young people, in order to increase their possibilities to find a better job in the future, thus simultaneously meliorating employability levels of individuals who have brought up in rural areas. Another notable example, is the creation and usage of mobile apps, the communication between microcredit institutions and the receivers of such financial aid could be establish, therefore touching up both the processes of repayment and credit utilization.
The Mobile Break-Through
Throughout the examples that have been provided within the previous paragraph, one could investigate -even in brief- the prominent role of technology as a way of resolution of different social problems. And exactly for that reason, nowadays social entrepreneurs tend to employ technological innovations for the development of social innovation, thus leading to the creation of genuine social value. According to statistical features exhibited by United Nations, nowadays, the percentage of individuals who own a personal mobile phone has recently exceeded the percentage of those who have toilets, a fact which undoubtedly constitutes the proof on the great extent to which the mobile revolution has affected even the underserved or unprivileged social groups.
Social and Professional Networks
It is well-known that in many countries, professionals with a variety of specializations such as traders, drivers or handy persons and entrepreneurs tend to use relevant technological application as means of communication with customers or even with other professional they collaborate with, such as suppliers, sellers and administrative personnel. In this case, technology provides useful channels of communication and accomplishment of a series of tasks, thus building a chain of individuals and operations that is capable to serve the mode of working in the most beneficial way. However, there is a room for improvement when it comes to such applications, in order for them to be capable to guarantee ‘safety and security’ while using such innovations. At this stage, we would like to mention that it is a matter of the creators of such apps to set up the appropriate regulations and monitoring operations of such platforms, whilst it is up to the user to employ the abundance of technological innovations in a commonly-beneficial way.
Strong Alliances and Ecosystems composed of Organization of Various Scales
Within the operations of many non-profits organizations or social enterprises is the composition of synergies and strong alliances, or in other words, the formation of an interactive Directory composed of a whole ecosystem of domestic and global institutions -such as investors, innovators, consultants, legal advisers, influencers, influential multipliers, intermediaries, leading organizations, public and private stakeholders, simple users and target groups, etc- who are collaborating in an holistic way, as they are under an enormous on-line platform, whilst this digital umbrella could use many forms of technological and social innovation in order to produce social value, in a more transnational scale.
Also, this digital space could provide the opportunity to individuals and organizations of a smaller economical or/and operational scale, or institutions which -for various reasons- are being considered as unprivileged, to constitute a part of a huge entirety, through which they could negotiate in conditions of autonomy and equality at the same time. In this way, organization of a smaller scale could be benefited from the sharing and subsequently, from the adoption of common best practices, thus upgrading their resources, improving their capacities and modernizing their mode of operation.
Reaching Global Audiences
Consider whethersuch usage of technology provides aid to marginalized social groups of underserved individuals, thus reinforcing new social entrepreneurs to set up their own venture. With the technological revolution and digital technologies social entrepreneurs are getting able to operate in a transnational way, thus reaching international audiences and eliminating factors such as distance and scale, by giving them the opportunity to extend their microcredits, a situations that led to the creation of networks and ecosystems of organizations, thus creating both economic and social value, therefore indicating the way that technological innovation could be adopted with the aim to contribute to the formation of social capital.