He shares a thought from Nelson Mandela: ‘it almost seems impossible until it’s done’.
“We are on the journey heading towards a more sustainable world which is supported by a huge consumer demand to make the shift.”
Sophie Benoit says, “After every crisis in our history, communities got back together to create something new. People are looking to have an impact now too. But it can be difficult to know where to start and what to do. They need to be part of a group to make that work”.
There is huge value in people coming together if we see this as an investment for innovation and a way of creating our future.
Benoit adds, “With hackathons or any other forms of collaboration events, you just don’t know where the change is going to be. You could come up with an idea that is never going to be implemented but one person is going to inspire another person that will put that idea into action or use it to design something else. It does not mean that you have no impact”.
Time is the true enemy here and community intervention is key.
“I think when it comes to these community interventions or the interdisciplinary collaboration, what I find is key is inspiration and we should not forget that. You get the opportunity to meet truly wonderful people.
It’s not about separation any longer, it’s more like what can I contribute to the community and humanity in general”, says Loeser. We require social innovation and we need to change the entire economic system.
Norman Thompson adds,
“If we’re considering economic development, or entrepreneurship or innovation, all of these things thrive on social capital.
In order to build back better, we need key metrics such as social capital because what gets measured, gets done."