Headquartered in Malaysia since 2007, Scope Group’s mission is to create impact by design through harnessing the power of social innovation and partnerships for social good and leveraging technology and cross-sector collaborations to deliver.
Scope Group’s expertise lies in supporting the “people” element of change and impact creation: engaging stakeholders, facilitating processes, coaching, leading and challenging the change process within organisations big and small. This often involves working in and between sectors to craft strategies, form synergy partnerships, and implement projects.
In 2015 and 2016, Scope Group managed an ASEAN-wide social innovation competition in 10 countries, with 1,200 social innovators. Scope Group worked with over 30 impact partners including corporations, governments, multilateral agencies and philanthropic organisations interested in investing in innovations for sustainable communities and resilient nations.
The ASEAN Impact Challenge winners for 2016 were Siam Organic, who created an organic rice product, which benefits local farmers and the environment, and water filtration solutions by Water Roam, which are designed to bring about the quickest access to clean drinking water at disaster-hit locations, and help to promote social change in rural development areas.
Scope Group also runs Impact Hub KL, a community and creative space for those who want to join together to make a difference. Their diverse community consists of impact driven individuals and organisations which include entrepreneurs, social businesses, freelancers, corporates, start-ups, creatives and many more.
VEIL – Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab
The Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) seeks to identify and promote emerging technical, social and organisational innovations that could form part of future sustainable systems. VEIL creates conditions to research, envision, innovate, create and test, ideas and concepts for sustainable, desirable and realisable products, services, built environments and lifestyles.
Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (J.C.DISI)
Initiated by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (J.C.DISI) convenes university expertise, curates cross-disciplinary projects, and constructs partnerships for social well-being and positive systemic change.
Wellington, New Zealand
Enspiral is a network of professionals who cooperate to guarantee they do meaningful work. Each of their ventures tells a story of collaboration sparked from like minded people coming together. Their strategy, structure, funding model (a portion of profits goes towards projects for social impact) and the products and services that they develop, has been designed to ensure positive social outcomes.
DESIS-lab Melbourne is a space to talk, share ideas, approaches and opportunities. This enables to think differently, be inspired, be excited and hopefully tackle the various ‘wicked problems’ we encounter in work/lives in a more effective way.
Ground Up Initiative
GUI – the Ground-Up Initiative, is a non-profit organisation located in Singapore. It began as a small group of people bound by the desire to be the change that they want to create. The aim is to search for answers in how people can live within urban landscapes and adopt a social and ecological harmony with the Earth.
Osaka, Japan & Yamagata, Japan
Studio L undertakes approximately 80 design projects aimed at rejuvenating communities ranging from villages of just a few dozen residents and regional cities to some of the biggest commercial facilities in Japan. In contrast to other approaches that aims to reverse the population exodus or revive local economy, the co-founder Yamazaki tackles these issues through ‘community design’
The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)
The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) exists to help find new ways of tackling big, persistent social problems like child abuse and neglect, Indigenous disadvantage, and the challenges of ageing and caring. They use the best of design, social science and business thinking to develop new programs in the community, and to build the innovation capability of the social sector.
The 5000+ Project
The Australian Government in partnership with IDCSA (Integrated Design Commission of South Australia) funded The 5000+ project through an integrated design strategy for inner Adelaide. The aim is to be a national model for designing, planning and building Australian communities in a more unified way for better living.
Centre for Social Impact
The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) is described as an “organization of system thinkers and creative innovators”. It creates positive, meaningful and sustainable systems change for the benefit of the Australian community and particularly for those disadvantaged as a result of complex, long-term systemic issues. The CSI takes a holistic, adaptive and systems-led approach to creating sustained and meaningful social change.
InSTEDD’s Innovation Labs
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
InSTEDD’s (Innovative Support to Emergencies Diseases and Disasters) Innovation Labs undertakes innovation, research and consultancy with a focus on collaborative technologies for social good. Each iLab promotes cross-sector collaborations that bring people together to explore solutions to regional health, safety and development problems.
Peace Innovation Lab
Rural Innovation Lab set up a technology lab in Tansen, Palpa. The lab is equipped with basic prototyping tools and other relevant resources to enable community members (and entrepreneurs) to design low cost technology solutions that directly increase the impact of their enterprises.
Dhaka, Bangladesh & Cotabato City, Philippines
BRAC is a development organisation dedicated to alleviate poverty by empowering under-resourced people, and helping them to bring about positive changes in their lives by creating opportunities. Their priorities focus on women, health and education, farmers through empowerment and inclusive financial services and self-sustaining solutions. BRAC’s main strength is thinking local, acting global.