‘Social Impact Cloud Computing’ refers to the intersection between the worlds of technology innovation like Cloud Computing, with equally modern policies for social change.
The challenges to overcome are detailed in this report from the Conference Board of Canada:
Social Purpose – Addressing Child and Family Poverty
The reason for this focus is to define a Social Purpose for our organization – One of our first goals is to identify and implement how new Cloud technologies can play a role in addressing situations like child poverty.
As Campaign 2000 reports despite Canadian Parliament resolving in 1989 to eliminate child and family poverty by the year 2000, twenty three years later they are still yet to report any meaningful progress:
Poverty persists across Canada with nearly one in ten people, including 610,000 low-income children and their mothers, living in poverty.
Indeed due to the financial meltdown it has increased. As the report Running on Empty (16-page PDF) highlights there is a staggering 400,000+ people having to beg for handouts from food banks in Ontario alone, a figure that has grown by 28% since 2008.
Social Crowdfunding Innovation Accelerator
Our goal is to develop new innovations to help address these issues, such as “Social Crowdfunding“.
Crowdfunding is an exciting new model for how startup businesses are financed, and presents huge potential for Canada given the nature of their innovation challenges.
The flagship program will be to develop a workflow model and business process system that enables a ‘Crowdfunding Innovation Accelerator’, a portal that enables collaborative development of new business plan ideas., where virtual teams from across government, business and academia form to collectively design new business models and fast-track prototypes.