It's easy to think of using tech to drive social good via non-profits....but there's a growing movement of businesses who are becoming more tech-savvy, but who also realize that benefiting the social good isn't just a great idea, but can positively impact their bottom line.
Social entrepreneurship is the idea that business principles can be used to drive creative solutions for existing social problems. In January, Illinois will implement new legislation that recognizes benefit corporations - companies that change their bylaws in order to reflect their commitment to the social good.
In fact, the new Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise is charged by executive order to drive awareness and ultimately foster a sense of collaboration, examining factors which would help drive social change through creating new models of facilitating the social good.
(Full disclosure - I'm a volunteer on the Task Force. They did not solicit this blog post, and all opinions posted are my own).
The Task Force is not solely charged with tech innovation, but in finding and highlighting efforts across the spectrum. Hacker spaces, grassroots community organizations, cooperatives, and other entities are welcome to engage with the Task Force. Currently, the Task Force is seeking input on recommendations they can make to the Governor in January....if you wish to interact and/or contact the Task Force, you can visit their web site at illinoistaskforce.com, and the group has a presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In.
As the year comes to an end, we're seeing the groundwork for a slightly brighter future...where social good is no longer the sole province of non-profit organizations. The Task Force is the best first step towards that future.
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