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.
Explain your idea in details:
"Where social purpose is business" is what drives the idea of The SociaList. As a consumer, I have always searched for an accessible online platform where I can purchase goods, products, and/or services that are sustainably-sourced. By creating an online space where social entrepreneurs can market their goods, products, and/or services, we help bolster conscious and responsible consumerism in the world today. World-renowned brand consultant and thought leader Simon Mainwaring, in his bestselling book titled "We First: How Brands & Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World," says that most people nowadays, given every opportunity, would want to become part of something valuable and meaningful. The SociaList will enable this emergent consciousness to grow even more. Social entrepreneurship needs a solid ground to anchor on, which The SociaList can provide. Once put into operation, this proposed online platform is expected to connect social enterpreneurs with prospective clients from different parts of the world, not only to do business, but also to interact and exchange ideas, insights, and perspectives. Arranged and mapped geographically, prospective clients will have knowledge of social enterprises near them, which they can support through purchase of their goods, products, and/or services. Consequently, this mapping can provide concerned public & private institutions with spatial distribution data of social enterprises in a particular region, province, or locality, which they can use in determining who, what, and where to allocate funding opportunities to encourage more people to start their own social enterprise. Moreover, what makes The SociaList innovative is that it is pegged to be the 'Facebook' of parties interested and involved in social entrepreneurship. It is a network that aims to launch, promote, and support collaborations, knowledge-transfer, capacity-building, and collective action. The SociaList, above all, is a platform where purpose drives purchase and profit.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Sustainability, as defined by the UN World Commission on Environment & Development, is "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." The SociaList, as a proposed platform for social entrepreneurship, promotes responsible consumption by encouraging people the world over to support sustainably-sourced goods, products, and services. By purchasing more goods, products, and/or services that are sustainably-sourced, we are making a collective stand against the consumerist ideology that continues to contribute to our myriad problems today. By empowering social enterprises through The SociaList, we are redefining, rethinking, and reshaping how goods, products, and services are conceptualized, manufactured, and delivered. As more and more business leaders realize how devastating business goals have become and indifferent to the needs of the world, a new business mantra, which gives considerable attention and importance to purpose and sustainability more than profit and immediate economic gains, is gaining ground in corporate circles. This is evidence-based and needs both institutional and popular support if we truly desire to revolutionize consumerism. Moreover, climate change and global warming are problems that pose a serious threat to our planet's capacity to sustain itself. Globalization as a major driving force in today's world should embrace a consumerist ideology that does not wreak havoc on our already vulnerable ecosystems. As we enter a new decade in the 21st century, we must not only visualize a future that is safe, equitable, and peaceful, but we must work on its foundations more aggressively now. The SociaList is poised to help realize two of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals --Responsible Consumption & Production and Partnership for the Goals. This proposed platform will aid in steering the world towards a sustainable future. This is where we meet to engage in purposeful business.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The SociaList is an idea offered for implementation by others. As its proponent, I envision this online platform to be global in scope in the future. But the idea needs to take off somewhere. The Philippines could provide a good venue for launching as the country is home to many notable social enterprises. Moreover, according to Jeff Pilisuk of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, social enterprises are gaining ground in the country with an estimate of 4.7 million beneficiaries every year (2019). On this note, a comprehensive proposal that expounds on the benefits of an online platform that consolidates social enterprises will be made to get the support and backing of the Philippine national government. Funding can be sourced through its Trade & Industry, Science & Technology, and Information & Communications Technology departments. Partnerships with relevant public and private institutions will also be explored. Established social enterprises will be invited to grace The SociaList. Emerging ones will be encouraged to sign up, too. Consumers in search of an online platform to shop for sustainably-sourced good, products, and/or services will now have a 'place' to go to. Moreover, purchases will be incentivized to encourage consumers to patronize The SociaList. Consumers may earn points depending on the total amount of their purchase transactions. They can use these earned points either to support certain causes/advocacies that will also be advertised on the platform or use them as money for their next purchase. The SociaList will also feature video presentations, tutorials, blog posts on social entrepreneurship, which members can learn from.
I am Arnold "Arnie" Rosales Lapuz of the Philippines, a 32-year old social science teacher at Philippine Science High School - Main Campus. I graduated from the University of the Philippines - Diliman with a bachelor's degree in Philippine Studies and where I am also finishing graduate school in the same field. Social entrepreneurship is something that I would like to explore and pursue in the future. But, for the meantime, I just make it a point to buy more goods, products, and services that are sustainably-sourced. This way I am able to show my sincerest support for enterprises that continue to redefine business in the 21st century and promote responsible consumption & production. However, what I find missing is an online platform that brings together existing social enterprises for easy access and engagement, thus my idea. The SociaList aims to be that online platform one visits to do mindful, conscious, responsible, and purposeful shopping. To be launched in the Philippines, this proposed online platform is also envisioned to expand globally in the future. Social enterprises need a home and that is what The SociaList aims to provide. Moreover, through The SociaList, we are able to register our voices as powerful agents of change and empower our ideas in the hopes of transforming lifestyles for a more sustainable future.