I heard about Orange Sky Laundry this morning on the Radio. It made my day!
This is a social innovation that provides a service – clean clothes – that is crucial to an individual’s self respect. What the founders of this enterprise speak about is – how their idea of the mobile laundry has changed their thinking – about how they had initially visualized the ‘need’. While the project had been about clean clothes, what they were hearing from the homeless was how the project was providing for conversation. “I have not spoken to a single person in three days” said one of the people they were talking to.
Thats a crucial difference for me between social and technical innovation. You make a thing – people and buy and use it. You make a social ‘thing’ – people are transformed by their own humanity.
For more on Social Innovation – Take a look at this RESOURCE PAGE in this site (circa 2008).
When you have done that – if you have an idea, of a social artefact that you would like to construct, I would love to hear from you.
And for some great music and a build – as you sip your coffee. Take a look at this.