Now is the Time to Build Something New - 7 Trends and Opportunities in Social Change

Sep 24, 2020

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, 

not on fighting the old but on building the new.” 


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The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the systemic inequalities of our global economic system.  At the same time, citizen and community action is increasing across the globe as our complex problems require cooperation and collective action.  Have you thought about a way that you can contribute and have a social impact right now?  Do you have an idea for a business or program or nonprofit that you have wanted to start?  On this episode, Stephanie and Traci discuss trends and areas of growth in the social change arena and why NOW is the perfect time to start that social enterprise, launch that nonprofit or social impact business that makes a contribution to the collective. 

We go through 7 current trends in social change and hope they challenge you to think about how to deepen the impact you are having in our world.  Now is the perfect time to put some of those ideas and dreams into motion.  

In our conversation, we:

  1. Talk about why now is the perfect time to pivot and start that new initiative
  2. Look at the intersection of sectors and highlight how our most challenging problems need multi-sectoral solutions including the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
  3. Understand opportunity in the area of government, policy and social innovation
  4. Discuss how the business sector is becoming increasingly more transparent about their sustainability and impact-driven practices 
  5. See how social innovation can be used to address wellness and health care 
  6. Dive into how consumer demand has driven the need for businesses to be engaged in solving community challenges 
  7. Discuss the growing ecosystem to support purpose-driven business which create benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders
  8. Highlight other factors indicating an increase in the social businesses including, generational shifts in how they view business as needing to play a bigger role in addressing social problems, the rise of benefit corporations, and the increase in impact investing and the urgent need for people across all sectors to address deep structural racism.

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