We should challenge universities to engage much more with social problems, as Geoff Mulgan has, so students graduate with practical experience of social innovation. The government should extend its support of public service grad schemes like Teach First, Frontline, Think Ahead and Police Now to ensure that participants remain in social impact work, becoming social entrepreneurs, policy-makers or expert practitioners. And for those with an entrepreneurial flair, we should aim to make it as appealing to start a social venture as it is to start a tech venture, as I’ve argued before.
Want to know what’s actually happening in your neighborhood? Or the problems that actually need your attention? One of the best ways to do that is through serving your community. Service doesn’t just allow you to know what’s going on, but it allows you to be a changemaker in your community: to affect what’s happening as it happens.