Dive into Social Technology

Examples of inspiring applications of social technology abound, and due to the fast paced nature of development, social innovators are leveraging the best ideas today to set about changing some of the most entrenched social systems. Let’s start with some Canadian social technology leaders and hear their thoughts on the opportunity to take your learning to the next level.

In this video, Kirstin Beardsley from CanadaHelps.org highlights where social technology and fundraising intersect—and how non-profits can engage their constituents, work on their mission and inspire philanthropy. Matt Thompson, Chief Storyteller at the Mozilla Foundation discusses social technology with regard to advocacy and social movements and Peter Deitz, CEO of GrantBook probes the opportunity social technology offers to be more open and collaborative in program creation and implementation.

One of the topics raised in the video above was open data:

Open data is the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.

The Open Data movement has been particularly engaged in working with governments who collect reams of data on citizens and the systems that make up the city/region/country under their governance. Even with all of the data, governments are sometimes unable to make active use of it. The Open Data movement has been asking for access so that they can see opportunities to improve the systems that we all rely on, like transportation, parks, citizenship and so on. Don Tapscott, Open Data advocate and author of Macrowikinomics, puts it this way:

Innoweave is an initiative of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, in collaboration with SiG, thought leaders, academics, and prospective partners from the private and public sectors. Through this initiative, the Foundation aims to help community organizations explore and implement new tools and approaches to enhance their impact.

The first Innoweave learning module focused on a theory called Platformation, developed by Framework and supported by McConnell. Platformation serves as an online resource for members of the charitable sector interested in implementing free and low-cost online and mobile technology into their IT infrastructure.  For more on Platformation, connect with them here.

Note: A complete list of all SiG educational resources can be found in our publicly-available document library. We hope you’ve found this curated pathway to learning in social technology helpful.