Every year the last few days of December are treated with disdain. Some people have to work, some people are still clinging onto the holiday spirit, while others are just simply attempting to survive the surprisingly cold truth that there is more winter to come. These days are special though, as they also represent the one time a year when people truly reflect on themselves, and the changes or improvement that they want to focus on in the next year. We are no different here at Evenset, and have set a very important resolution for ourselves. We hope to accomplish this goal, and continue to evolve our services to perfectly help our clients in not only for the next year, but for many more years to come.
Our new year’s resolution is to continue our socially innovative efforts. Though social innovation was one of the biggest buzzwords of 2015, we take this actionable to heart. But what does being socially innovative mean? and how do we apply that to being a software company?
The term social innovation was first used in the 1960s in writings published by Peter Drucker and Michael Young, the term was widely used to describe the process by which social changes occur. The focus on these processes was not new; the concept has been discussed since the 1700s when Benjamin Franklin describe a concept of focusing improvements for societies. Since it was first written in the 1960s, the meaning of the term social innovation has remained largely unchanged; creating processes within areas of life that have the aim of improving the greater world. The term tends to be focused on the public health industry, schools, and public policy. However, in the last few years, specifically since the technology boom of the year 2000, the idea of social innovation has spread further than those industries, and is being readily applied to the technology sector. From software as a service to web design, companies are now being socially innovative by creating new technological processes and tools that allow the progress of society.
Evenset personally interprets the idea of being social innovative as enabling citizens to reach their goals. Developing the software to the exact specifications of individual project needs enables the project leaders to achieve their goals. This helps improve the world around us, and thusly we believe we are socially innovative. Through the development of software tools for communities and other companies to use, we are not specifically helping one person, and instead enabling an entire community to continue the change that they want to achieve.
In 2016, we want to continue our efforts within this region. Designing specific tools for people to continue making a difference in the world.