To ensure our work has the greatest positive impact, we try to understand where technology has the greatest potential for social innovation. We are active in exploring this topic in a number of ways – through research and evaluation; playful experimentation and focussed investment, and engaging with communities of researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators.
At the heart of our work is understanding the ‘triple helix of social tech innovation’ – the interconnected development of a venture’s social, user and financial value. By building our understanding of these values, we aim to provide better support for the ventures and partners with whom we work.
In addition to this focus, our Development Research programme focuses on four key elements of innovation:
"...the application of new ideas, generated at the intersection of insight and invention, that leads to social or economic value."
Every investment we make is part of a cycle of research and discovery. We aim to learn from each of our partners, and the ventures we invest in, and use this knowledge to shape the partnerships we build, the investments we make, the areas in which we work and the types of support we offer.
By sharing this knowledge, we hope to drive positive change and demonstrate how using digital technology can generate wide-scale positive change.
In our latest provocation paper, Aleks Krotoski discusses the importance of understanding how digital tools are created, in order to recognise how they afford, constrain and mediate our everyday actions. more >
Big Data can provide social organisations with opportunities to improve and reshape their services. - See more at: http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/knowledge-centre/articles/big-data-and-social-organisations#sthash.XBuLFMjJ.dpuf
No single path to digital learning
The new computing curriculum alone won’t deliver necessary digital skills young people need. New State of the Art review by Julian Sefton-Green suggests parents, teachers and business leaders all have a role to play. more >