Strengthening Tech & Entrepreneurial Thinking for Positive Social Change
Technology and “entrepreneurial thinking” are powerful forces that can power transformations that improve lives, reduce inequality, and improve our environment.
But technology is value neutral, and just as it can be a powerful force for positive change, it can also lead to destabilizing lives, increasing inequality, and harming the environment. Let’s make sure we use it effectively for positive change, and we work to mitigate the negative impacts on people, communities, countries, and our natural environment.
At Pitchworthy.org, we work build a brighter future through working on three inter-related pillars:
1: Inclusive Growth,
2: Social Entrepreneurship, and
3: Public Sector Innovation.
1: Inclusive Growth
We believe that economic participation in all realms should reflect our broader and beautiful diversity, including in the realms of technology and entrepreneurship. We focus on three elements of Inclusive Growth:
Geographic Distribution: The top 10 innovation ecosystems own more tech than the rest of the world combined. This is an incredibly dangerous scenario, and we’re working to expand entrepreneurship and tech opportunities worldwide.
Gender: We aim for balanced participation in our programs, and we’re part of broader efforts to push to have 50% participation of women in tech and entrepreneurship fields.
Marginalized and under-represented groups: Including youth, migrants, refugees, and other marginalized communities.
2: Social Entrepreneurship
Embracing the SDGs and Development Innovation
We’re working to bake development innovation and SDG support right into the platform. We also sometimes use, and welcome others to use, other development priority frameworks, and are particularly interested in exploring ways to address root causes of the challenges we face, including issues around culture, inequality, education, governance (and public sector effectiveness more broadly), and civic engagement. From our perspective, most of the SDGs already have known solutions, and we could fairly easily find solutions for the others, so the deeper question is why are we not implementing them.
3: Public Sector Innovation
ENGAGING THE Public SECTOR IS ESSENTIAL FOR POSITIVE TRANSFORMATION
At Pitchworthy, we work with governments, international organizations, non-profits, and education providers to improve entrepreneurship skills and supports for the people who need it most, and to improve entrepreneurial skills and process inside public sector institutions.
While the worlds of tech and innovation are moving at lightspeed, and still accelerating, most of our public sector institutions are stagnant, bureaucratic, and slow-moving. These include many of our national and municipal governments, multi-lateral bodies, and international agencies.
The challenge, though, is that those institutions are essential and irreplaceable if we are to build a brighter future for our communities and our world, and if we want to have any chance of achieving those SDG goals we’ve set out for ourselves.
The exciting part is that we are firm believers in the potential of strengthening and transforming our public sector institutions, and helping them become as dynamic, as innovative, as efficient, as the leading global tech companies. The question is not “is that possible”, because of course the answer to that is a resounding yes. The question is do we collectively do what we need to do to make that happen.
We believe there are four critical areas that we need to focus on to improve public sector effectiveness in guiding us through the challenging waters of the years ahead:
Internal Public Sector Innovation
Public-Private Joint Innovation
Public Sector Frameworks for Private Sector Innovation
Built on Decades of Deep Experience
We have substantial experience implementing highly successful programs with donor and public sector partners such as the UN (UN FAO, UNICEF, UNHCR, UN-GFMD (Global Forum on Migration and Development), UN innovation programs, and more); governments and embassies (EU, Lebanon, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, US); and international organizations (World Bank, OECD, Mercy Corps, etc).
We also have substantial experience with successful programs and partnerships with universities; community organizations, and leading national, regional, and global innovation leaders (Techstars, GAN - the Global Accelerator Network, Google, Cisco, Creative Commons, and others).
Our experience in entrepreneurship, education, and public policy goes back even decades further.
Pitchworthy is a registered non-profit organization in the US and Lebanon.