Best Ideas 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Solidarity economy in coping with the covid-19 pandemic
Explain your idea in details:
New technologies make it easier to connect the local to the global. Considering that life happens in place, cities and communities need to organize themselves in search of solutions. Public health depends on the connection between advances in science, public authorities and citizens. The disconnect between these three pillars, especially where there are great social inequalities, creates gaps that impair the quality of life and the fundamental rights of each person. It is proposed to create an application that connects the three dimensions (scientific knowledge, public power and community), takes health information and captures emergency demands, solving or minimizing them. The management of this mechanism considers the strong performance of the municipal public power, of local and state public and private institutions, acting also in other areas, especially the economic one, prioritizing support for associations of rural producers, seamstresses, artisans and others. Extensive campaigns should be carried out to value local and regional products and producers. This management will be carried out by a multidisciplinary supraparty committee, composed of representatives from the various segments of the community to guarantee the collective interest above the private interest. At the end of the emergency period, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, this application can be made available to city halls to facilitate the connection with citizens. As it is a mechanism of common interest, the operating costs will be sponsored by voluntary citizens and may receive contributions from the municipal or state government.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Contemporary urbanization is characterized by a large population agglomeration in large cities, however, medium and small cities are much more numerous and spread across the interior of the countries. These can offer greater tranquility to people, however, they have less equipment favorable to municipal management, hindering the efficiency of public services. In addition, science may be further from citizens. The commercialization of local products also has limitations and this makes it difficult to generate jobs. The distance from larger cities, with more health resources, is another hindrance to people's well-being. The union of supraparty efforts and the use of information technologies facilitate the identification of health emergencies, shortages of material goods and favor support for local small business initiatives in associations. United civil society and public authorities become more efficient and more agile in meeting the needs of citizens and strengthening the local economy.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Goals 1. Create multidisciplinary and supraparty commissions to identify emergency demands of local populations. 2. Create an application that connects people to public institutions responsible for health and emergency care. 3. Favor mechanisms for valuing local production, stimulating commercialization. Necessary resources 1. Human resources: community representatives from the health, social assistance, public security, marketing, marketing of local products, communication, education, legislation and others segments. 2. Technical resources: people with expertise in informational programming. 3. Economic resources: preferably, the people involved should act as collaborators, considering the emergency period of the Covid-19 pandemic. Operating costs may be sponsored by employees or by the municipal government. Strategies A coordinator (from the community, the academy or from some local institution) should expose the project to people of reference, forming a management nucleus. Those involved will appoint representatives to compose the multidisciplinary committee, whose function will be to create the action plan, operationalize it and monitor its development, with systematic and constant evaluations. The population should be widely informed and invited to participate in the development of the project, becoming co-responsible for the implementation and success of the initiative. The results will be followed up with quantitative and qualitative measurement. Deadlines Six months for mobilizing those involved and creating the application. Six months for testing, outreach and community involvement and repairing unavoidable failures. Expected results Change in the community interaction paradigm, with the implementation of resources based on information technology, supraparty management and popular participation. Wide replication potential in other locations, safeguarding the peculiarities of each one.
I am 63 years old. I am a university professor with a doctorate in regional development. I am a regional innovation agent, linked to a public technical and technological education agency. I coordinate some regional projects related to solidarity entrepreneurship, the appreciation of regional products, the creation of new products, the reframing of traditional knowledge and techniques, based on the local and regional socio-cultural identity. I encourage the formation of consumer profiles with environmental and social responsibility. I involve entrepreneurship actions in the training of high school and higher education students. I have several award-winning works, mainly linked to student guidance. They are listed in my profile, on this website, and can also be accessed in my curriculum vitae, available at http://lattes.cnpq.br/6359032111730168 I live in a small city and all my work is in a region with social and economic indicators below the state average. This reality points out the needs and also the opportunities that can be created. This same reality is repeated in many other regions of my country and the world and this motivates me to propose low-cost and easy-to-implement solutions. They have cooperation and solidarity as the main ingredients and information technology as the main means to achieve the desired goals.