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10 principles to address the most pressing social problems

Through design you can create infrastructure that allows you to address and provide solutions to the most pressing social problems, such as climate change. Here the recommendations that were given during the Latin American Impact Investment Forum.

10 principles to address the most pressing social problems

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10 principles to address the most pressing social problems
10 principles to address the most pressing social problems

MERIDA, Yuc. The problem of Climate Change requires new solutions. There are 200 trillion dollars in capital looking for projects, but they are not placed to move capital and innovation where it is most needed, warns Astrid Scholz, founder of Zebras Unite, an initiative to create a more inclusive and ethical culture in startups.

During the tenth edition of the Latin American Impact Investment Forum (FLII), held in Merida, Yucatan, the entrepreneur explained, “almost all the problems have been solved by someone, somewhere. The challenge of the 21st century is to find what works and expand it. ” And it is that Climate Change is a complex problem that requires a complex response, and that cannot be solved in the way we have been addressing it.

“The systems change in both a marathon and a sprint. With Climate Change we must move faster, there is no way to isolate it: we need to work better and together, ”he said.

That is why he highlighted the need to collaborate exponentially and to design a system that allows us to create an infrastructure to address the most pressing problems during his presentation Capital mobilization and innovation to accelerate the response to Climate Change.

The design of the systems

We can build solutions to the most pressing problems if we share the infrastructure, Scholz said by highlighting the need to collaborate exponentially and design a system that allows us to create an infrastructure to address the most pressing social problems, such as Climate Change. Next, the 10 principles:

  1. Focus on the citizen. Design for the needs of individual participants and recognize both their sovereignty and their agency. By placing the human individual at the center of the design experience, we ensure that the resulting system transcends organizational and political boundaries, and serves the common interest of all humans, everywhere. Data sovereignty is essential for resilient systems.
  2. Equity. All participants in the system are duly recognized, attributed and valued.
  3. Adaptable We must focus on the development of minimum viable agreements and minimum viable products, and iterate based on the comments.
  4. Distribution. The centralization of data is one of the main causes of dysfunction in the world of social impact. A distributed approach to both data exchange and system interactions uses technologies such as Holochain to validate value creation.
  5. Ubiquity. People should be able to interact with the system regardless of physical or digital location, technology, bandwidth or other factors unique to their context.
  6. Modular. By developing an infrastructure that mobilizes through the aggregate capacity of an entire network, we are building a system that is highly resilient, adaptable and scalable. Modularity allows individual tools, applications and services to function independently, collaboratively and cooperatively, ensuring the viability of both the system and its individual components.
  7. Scalable For the system to be scalable, it must work in low bandwidth configurations and allow asynchronous operation and offline activity.
  8. Interoperability Platforms and data must be interoperable with all other adjacent platforms and databases. Here, the most important thing is to solve the problem of data sovereignty.
  9. Measurable The system must be designed in such a way that the value flow is quantifiable, supporting better decision making and capital flows.
  10. Reversible It must be possible to assign a monetary value at least to part of the value created within the system. This is the only way in which the necessary level of financial capital can be applied to perverse problems.

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