15 ideas for social transformation

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The digital technology revolution is changing sectors and professions, however, it is the economic crisis that is really squeezing out its true potential: collaboration. If until now, sharing resources or seeking efficiency as a sector required complete dedication of time and resources, collaborative tools such as Zyncro help keep work ticking over, while dedicating a small portion of that time towards growing together.

Such is the case of the Third Sector (or the voluntary sector), which has recently present the results of the collaboration project it started with the support of UPCnet. The Third Sector has been gradually professionalized since the beginning of the 20th century, but the loss of public support in recent years has dismantled its methodologies and habits. As mentioned in Twitter with the hashtag #DIT3S in its presentation: “In the past 30 years, the social sector has learned to mix with the administration; now it has to change paradigms.”

Learning to change

The Third Sector and UPCnet have developed a first phase of collaborative reflection on working in networks, leadership, improving internal management, social transformation and applied innovation, which they consider to be key in developing a new model for organization and intervention. Their steps included:

  1. Conversations with key stakeholders, who it has asked to provide their vision on the Third Sector today and its challenges. The synthesis of these opinions can be found in “15 ideas for social transformation” (in Catalan), a document that all sectors should adopt as a path towards change.
  2. Open dialog with public entities and administration to share and compare experiences and generate new opinions and trends, in several work sessions
  3. Participation open to society through the social channels of dit3s.upcnet.es

15 ideas for social transformation

The “15 ideas for social transformation” manual is a compendium of ideas and thoughts for the 21st century, which is worth discovering in depth, and that shares the following conclusions:

  1. Working as a network is still more a promise than a reality and must be encouraged: “We need to reinvent the Third Sector without resources with a disorientated society through social complicity #DIT3S”;
  2. Associationism needs to evolve towards social enterprise;
  3. New leadership needs to overcome personalisms and base itself on diversity;
  4. Connection with citizens is the key to the evolution today: transparency and social impact: “We must change the language, touch the hearts of the people, and commit to them socially #DIT3S”;
  5. We need to rethink how things are done to gain efficiency: “NGOs need to develop new skills, collaborate and structure, commit to #ICT, be an investment alternative #DIT3S”;
  6. We need to focus on innovation to create a different environment.

‘15 ideas for social transformation’ #DIT3S is a compendium of experience and collaboration and a call to action”. Dialogs on innovation and technology with the social sector continues now on a second phase, in which it will use working in networks and collaboration to change.