We live in the world of data! Almost everything we do in a modernised city creates digital footprints and it is increasingly becoming an accelerated reality in all underdeveloped parts of the world. Every email we send, every purchase we make, the bus ride to our office, the vacation we take, right down to the kind of footgear we wear is turned into data, stored, analysed and turned into business intelligence. There is a whole industry dedicated to research and development of tools so that more and more parts of lives can be turned into data. This gives companies stupendous opportunity to develop strategies and charter a company’s progress in an unprecedented way.

I work with Tomo Analytica to address data innovation for social good.

Abstract:

Social impact assessment can be defined as the process of assessing or estimating, in advance, the social consequences that are likely to follow from specific policy actions or project development. Social impacts include all social and cultural consequences to human populations of any public or private actions that alter the ways in which people live, work, play, relate to one another, organise to meet their needs, and generally cope as members of society. Cultural impacts involve changes to the norms, values, and beliefs of individuals that guide and rationalise their cognition of themselves and their society. There has been a surge in technological advances in social change praxis in recent years, and our capacity to network and crowdsourcing is now possible for any problem. However, the issue of measuring true impact remains a puzzle to be solved. This is mainly because there is a growing social complexity and a need for a framework that combines emerging technologies with emerging social change disciplines and narratives.