What Is an Impact Opportunity?
Impact opportunities may also be known as social entrepreneurship, changemaking, intrapreneurship, sustainabiltiy or a host of other names. Learn more.
Whether you are passionate about bringing social change to the environment, poverty, education, immigration, healthcare, human rights or any large-scale challenge- an impact organization understands that true solutions must begin with a deep understanding of the issue.
What Makes Up an Impact Opportunity?
With a clear understanding of the history, the system, and the shaping factors, and problem-solving solutions-- enterprises address the following 5 elements:
- Disruptive nature - An innovative solution is a game changer. It springs from the very core of a problem, system or structure and tries things a different way. It displaces past precedent and the status quo to bring greater affordability, accessibility and long-term success.
- Inclusivity - Real problems are complex, diverse and deep...and so must be their solutions. Effective resolution collaborates across sectors, cultures and comfortable boundaries to guarantee an authentic and effective approach.
- Self-sustainability - For something to have lasting impact, its design should be economically and ecologically self-sustaining, long-term and efficient.
- Scalability - Global change is not a one-man, one-woman or one-organization job. In order to truly impact society, an idea must have the ability to be replicated and applied on a greater scale.
- Creativity - True entrepreneurship involves a level of ingenuity that ventures down uncharged paths and explores unique possibilities.
High-Impact social change careers approach societal inequities and inadequacies with innovation for the purpose of developing creative sustainable solutions. Impact-Opportunities appear in every sector of the world of work. The differentiators for Impact-Opportunities have to do with social and environmental change opportunity, particularly on a large scale basis. Many start-up organizations have potential to scale their model for larger benefit, it is the potential to effect a society at the basic human level that determines, in part- whether or not the opportunity is considered.
For example, Ashoka
is a network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has activated multi-sector partners across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems. Many look to Ashoka, who awarded our Changemaker Campus status, to find definitions in this vast new horizon of work.