ScaleForth - A Framework for Scaling Social Impact

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ScaleForth is a 7-point framework that provides a holistic approach to effectively scale impact.

[ Seven tools and strategies that social enterprises can deploy to achieve more with less ]

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ScaleForth - A Framework for Scaling Social Impact

  1. 1. ScaleForth Framework for Scaling Social Impact A holistic approach to Impact @Scale Sumantra Naik, Floyd DCosta January, 2014 Co-Founders, Investrata Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
  2. 2. 2 The socio-environmental challenges of this century demand nothing less than turnkey futuristic solutions The Need A set of modern tools and strategies to radically amplify social impact The Have Solutions to many of the pressing challenges are already available in some form or the other, somewhere on the planet We need to go beyond simply ‘scaling what works’ and take a more comprehensive approach to scaling impact Investrata Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
  3. 3. 3 ‘ScaleForth’ is a 7-point framework that provides a holistic approach to effectively scale impact Seven tools and strategies that social enterprises can deploy to achieve more with less Deploy modern management tools and best-practice techniques to develop new Business Models that are social, sustainable and agile at the core Leverage Technology: including social, mobile and cloud computing to improve efficiencies, enhance processes and expand operations Invest in Learning and Development: in both, hard as well as soft skills including leadership, management Examine the Data: Take a close look and exploit data to understand underlying patterns, develop fitting solutions and improve outcomes Establish / participate in Networks to develop new value chains (create new markets), advance social innovation and spawn ‘collective impact’ Blend Advocacy and Activism with product and service development to elucidate value propositions, proliferate new thinking and garner support for change programs Engage Intermediaries: Intermediaries play a crucial role in linking initiatives, catalyzing efforts and magnifying effects Investrata Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
  4. 4. 4 Leverage technology to enhance communication, improve collaboration and expand operations The confluence of emerging technologies – cloud, mobile, opensource, social - is transforming the business landscape Social 4 The world is becoming hyper-social. Social networks allow people to maintain an online identity, connect, comm unicate, and collaborate globally OpenSource 1 Cloud computing provides the underlying infrastructure to quickly build, deploy and scale-up digital platforms at fraction of the original cost The Result: For small and medium as well as social enterprises, this creates a level playing field required to succeed in business 3 Based on the principles of universal access, the open source movement continues to gain momentum Investrata Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Cloud 2 Mobile With varying degrees and capabilities, mobile technology provides access to platforms anytime, anywhere
  5. 5. Closely examine the data to understand underlying patterns, develop fitting solutions and improve outcomes 5 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Eleven Employ analytics to develop, simulate and validate theories of change, take data driven decisions and accelerate impact. Investrata Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Twelve
  6. 6. 6 Include advocacy and activism in go-to-market plans to proliferate new thinking and accelerate support for change Social entrepreneurs should understand the broader environment in which they operate and proactively shape the ecosystem to support and sustain their desired impact Investrata Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
  7. 7. 7 Engage and collaborate with Intermediaries where available and appropriate Intermediaries play a crucial role in linking initiatives, catalyzing efforts and magnifying effects Investrata Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
  8. 8. 8 Establish networks to develop new value circles, advance social innovation and spawn ‘collective impact’ Harnessing Network Effects The scale and complexity of challenges we face today is daunting. And, this necessitates a host of entities to come together, pool complimenting knowledge and skills and collaborate effectively to develop the innovative turnkey solutions required to address our most pressing challenges Investrata Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
  9. 9. 9 Invest in learning and talent development – people are the most valuable asset in any social enterprise Technical Soft skills Community Soft skills, including leadership, communications, negotiations and management, are equally vital for building and scaling successful social enterprises Investrata Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
  10. 10. 10 Take innovation beyond products and services to develop new business models Social Agile Sustainable Employ proven methods and approaches as well as modern tools and techniques to design novel business models for sustainable success in the 21st century. Some examples: Systems Thinking, Ecosystem Approach, Human Centered Design, Business Model Canvas, Blue Ocean Strategy Investrata Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
  11. 11. 11 We, at the Investrata Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, deploy the ScaleForth framework ourselves We’re developing a taste for our own medicine  ScaleForImpact Our ‘Impact Amplifier’ provides social entrepreneurs with a Scale-Up toolkit as well as a platform for communication Investrata Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship SocEnt Forge A web-based social enterprise business model repository built on the principles of universal access and open-source development ChangeOverCoffee An online publlication where we chart entrepreneurial journeys, celebrate social ventures and highlight breakthrough impact. Investrata Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
  12. 12. 12 If you have a query, suggestion, request or comment, we’d like to hear from you! www.investrata.org Reach Us facebook.com/Investrata We are social! @ImpactIN info@investrata.org Investrata Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

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