Social innovation – how to begin with this?

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Social innovations are new social practices that aim to meet social needs in a better way than the existing solutions, for example improving working conditions, education, community development or health. These ideas are created with the goal of extending and strengthening civil society. Let’s recap on the potential for social innovation for cities, click here.

Sarah A. Soule, Neil Malhotra, Bernadette Clavier (From Stanford GSB)

There are many context when we talk about social innovation, one of it is stakeholder engagement.

However, what are the context for stakeholder engagement to bring forward social innovation?

Stakeholder engagement is the systematic identification, analysis, planning and implementation of actions designed to influence stakeholders. A stakeholder engagement strategy identifies the needs of key groups and the sponsor plays a vital role in ensuring those business needs are met.

Example of stakeholder engagements:

  • Public participation
  • Meaningful participation
  • Civic engagament
  • Civic leadership
  • Stewardship for change
  • Legitimacy
  • Inclusive participation

Stakeholder engagement helps to proactively consider the needs and desires of anyone who has a stake in their organization, which can foster connections, trust, confidence, and buy-in for your organization’s key initiatives.

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The 5 Global commons, and what are they?

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What is Global commons?

Global commons is a term used to describe international, supranational, and global resource domains in which common-pool resources are found.

Global commons include the earth’s shared natural resources, such as the high oceans, the atmosphere and outer space and the Antarctic in particular. Cyberspace may also meet the definition of a global commons.

The 5 Global commons (earth shared natural resources) and avoiding the Tragedy of the commons:

  • High seas/deep sea bed
  • The Atmosphere
  • Antarctica
  • Outer Space
  • Subsurface (energy resource)

Key challenge of global commons

The key challenge of the global commons is the design of governance structures and management systems capable of addressing the complexity of multiple public and private interests, subject to often unpredictable changes, ranging from the local to the global level.

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Apple stopped giving chargers with iPhones – is that really for environment sustainability?

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In 2020, Apple announced that they will no longer be giving out charging adapters along with iPhones upon purchase. This decision had caused a massive outcry among buyers.

Let’s face it, iPhones are expensive and the least Apple could do is to provide a charging adapter along with the smartphone.

Here is what’s the response from this tech giant:

Apple response by stating that this move was for the benefit of the environment.

In the Apple 2021 Environmental Progress Report, it was stated:

In 2020, iPhone 12 and Apple Watch Series 6 devices
shipped without power adapters in the box. The change allowed
for smaller, lighter packaging. It also allowed us to fit up to
70 percent more products on a shipping pallet—which, in turn,
helps reduce emissions associated with shipping. This change
also eliminated the need for significant quantities of plastic
and zinc since power adapters comprise our largest usage
of these materials.

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However, there are some arguments on this.

´The charger is essential for the use of the mobile device´

According to Entrepreneur.com, The Procon-SP Foundation says that the charger is essential to be able to use the phone, they also mention that Apple has not shown that old chargers meet the same charging experience as a new one would offer. Nor has it been proven that the use of third-party chargers is not used as a way to evade the warranty by the company.

In addition, due to being a significant and important change in the way said product is marketed, since this device is usually sold with the charger, this modification should have been reported – which never happened – mentioned in its analysis by Procon-SP.

The Question remains, is this really for environmental sustainability?

What are your thoughts on this Apple’s move towards environmental sustainability?

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