Inspiring, educating and connecting people with social innovation in order to create positive social impact
A massive thank you from the 2019 SINZ team. We hope you have come away from this year, a little more innovative, a little more passionate and little more hopeful. We have tried to make impact as accessible and tangible for all of our members so you can go on to make the world a better place. Arohanui from the 2019 Team and we will see you next year for even more SINZ.
What is Social Innovation?
For us, social innovation means to solve social issues with innovative solutions. Why don’t we just do innovation? Because the social problems are what we care about. Poverty, educational inequality, climate change, mental health… we want to do better. Why don’t we just do social? Because innovation helps us reach our goals faster.
So social innovation is more like a way of doing things, it is an approach, a mindset. It doesn’t matter who you are, you can be the government, a community leader, or you can be a working professional, a student, but when you see big or small social challenges that concern you, think about, why is this happening? How can I make this better? What opportunities are there that can transform these issues? – and that is social innovation.
Why do we need it?
Social innovation is essential in creating a future wherein which solutions nurture the development of society, exploring the fundamental nature of our progress to create an attainable vision of our future. Sometimes social issues and systems have been stagnant, sometimes traditional models have been failing, so we need to understand the roots of the problems, and discover new, creative ways of doing things, to turn them around.
One of the core tenets of Social Innovation New Zealand that we pride ourselves on is our push to combine the passion and values of social impact with the pragmatism and feasibility of the innovations and systems that will allow this impact to be realised.
What we do
At Social Innovation New Zealand we are strongly committed to positive social impact through the empowerment of today’s youth as the agents. We recognise that many of today’s rangatahi are aware of and care about the pressing social problems such as climate change, inequality and poverty yet without an idea of how they can contribute to the solutions.
Therefore, believing in the power of collective action and the importance of the roles young people play in our community, Social Innovation New Zealand is dedicated to our overarching purpose - accelerating students’ journey of tackling pressing social issues they are passionate about with creative, innovative solutions.