13 Sep '11, 12pm

Social Innovation Does Not Have to be Complicated | Social Enterprise via @justmeans

Social Innovation Does Not Have to be Complicated | Social Enterprise via @justmeans

Social Innovation Does Not Have to be Complicated We are always hearing about social innovation making a difference. Yet what happens when things don't quite work out? For years, many hospitals in the developing world have been forced to rely on inappropriate hand-me-downs from richer countries. One example is a hospital in sub-Saharan Africa which was recently built with infrared sensors to turn the taps on in the operating theatres. Fantastic idea, but even I can see that it would not work in a country where there is probably no constant electricity supply. Moreover, there are no other infrared controlled taps in the region, along with no engineers to repair things; unfortunately, within a year most of the taps had failed. This is not an isolated example of social innovation gone wrong. The World Health Organisation believes that nearly three quarters of all medical devi...

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