iProcure: Why is Social Innovation Important in the New Normal?
Government creates policies and implements economic strategies to boost productivity of the citizenry. Governance involves public participation as well thus, private sector innovators are needed more than ever to come up with impactful solutions, especially during the pandemic.
Impact Hub Manila (IHM) presented another learning session under the Smart Cities and Good Governance vertical, partnering with iProcure wherein innovator participants are challenged to create social innovation solutions for more efficient governance. Panelist Kevin Dela Cruz, Entrepreneurship and Incubation Manager for Innovation for Social Impact Partnership of iProcure tackled issues on good governance and the priority solutions needed in our government today.
Ces Rondario of Impact Hub Manila (IHM) introduced the learning session by saying that, “Our [Impact Hub] aim and hope is that this hackathon is able to support the country in providing innovative approaches to getting us back on our feet.”
Real-world problems such as traffic and corruption have been there for ages, and given the crisis that we are currently facing, there are established inefficiencies in the system that need improvement. In tackling these problems, Kevin Dela Cruz suggests that innovators should start their social innovation journey by first knowing the position or the root cause of the problem then ideate on solutions.
Introducing the concept of governance, which refers to the process of decision-making and process by which decisions are implemented, leads to assessing the causes of bad governance. These include the absence of voice, political instability, corruption, lagging economy and a lack of transparency. On the other hand, indicators of good governance include participation, transparency, responsiveness, being consensus-oriented, and having accountability. With the pandemic, it is crucial that private sector innovators collaborate with government in crafting solutions that would improve the system, and be able to impact all sectors of society positively.
As innovators, it is important that the focus is made on human-centered design in terms of their social innovation process as it is something that is iterative, involves continuous development and most of all requires empathy. Kevin Dela Cruz further said that, “A continuous discovery of the problem is required for you to come up with solutions involving the government and society.”
To end the learning session, some of the key takeaways for participants in this year’s hackathon were ideas on mobile applications that enable citizens to interact with government processes such as
- monitoring the budget or legislative bills,
- a consultancy service for the private sector to be able to be involved in procurement services by the government, and
- an app that monitors public complaints and how they can be better addressed.
As citizens, we are also involved in the governance process, we must remember that it is not enough for a government official to be good. There has to be a system that forces them to be good.
Impact Hackathon 2020
The goal of the Impact Hackathon 2020 is to catalyze innovation, support entrepreneurs, and create solutions for a more digitized and resilient country. It involves the collaboration of public and private institutions and organizations, communities, innovators, entrepreneurs, and the startup community. For more details, visit Impact Hackathon 2020.
About Impact Hub Manila
Impact Hub Manila is a social impact incubator and a network of impact-driven entrepreneurs and changemakers. Five years since it opened its doors in the Philippines, IHM has directly supported over 500 entrepreneurs, reached over 20,000 individuals through its events, training, incubation programs, and funneled over 1 million USD – worth of grants and entrepreneurial support. The Impact Hub network is present in 100 cities and 56 countries worldwide. The United Nations in Geneva recognizes IHM as a key driver for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Visit https://www.impact2050.com/impact-hackathon/ for more information.
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