Technology is constantly changing the way our world works. Historically, its uptake has been most evident in the nonsocial sectors. However, the social sector is increasingly recognizing the power of technology to foster innovation and solve society’s more difficult problems.
This applies in particular to four clusters of technologies with high potential and relevance for social transformation: environmental technologies (wind power, solar power, hydro power, and clean water), health technologies (accessible and affordable health-care solutions), robotics (rehabilitation and socially assistive robotics), and info-communications (from back office applications to social media).
However, technology is a tool that can also be abused. To harness the full value of technology, its use should be properly planned and integrated with the processes and the people upon whom it impacts.