Innovation With Equity
Innovation With Equity
Altamash Khan, Rayma Wadhwa and Shagun Gupta “Equality is giving everyone a shoe but equity is giving everyone a shoe that fits.”
If we want to succeed as a society, we need to ensure that everyone gets equal opportunities. Looking at their cultures, their backgrounds we must select the exact resources and opportunities required to reach an equal outcome for everyone. But, we must also remember that different people come from different backgrounds. You cannot assess a frog, an elephant and a rabbit on the basis of how fast they climb a tree, for all of them possess different strengths and weaknesses.
To ensure that we live in an equitable society, we must first ensure that development is smooth from childhood itself. Providing proper nutrition, healthcare, education depending on the geographical factors and history of that area. Apart from that, ensuring that every child has access to education amid the Pandemic and has access to books is the beginning of the list.
Proposing new jobs in sectors such as biotechnology, plant and animal breeding where 90% of the industry depends on manpower, as a way to include a larger sector of the working population. Providing jobs based on the physical strengths an individual possesses are just some ideas.
If we surf the internet for what this intriguing word, ‘innovation’ means, it’ll provide us with a million results with thousands of definitions. However, the very definitions aren't very helpful; “the action or process of innovating”. Using the Cambridge English dictionary to find a definition also does not lend a hand too. Here, innovation is defined as ‘a new idea or method, or the use of new ideas and methods.’ There isn’t one single definition of innovation, but one can always arch in the dark and define it as “the introduction of something new and valuable.”
Although innovation dates back to so many years ago, we need to take into consideration any social and environmental impact that a certain revolutionary mindset might create. And influence can be of both types, positive & negative. Thereby, innovators must tread lightly and restrict themselves from creating harmful social or ecological results. Moreover, they must drive innovation in the direction of benefiting coexisting humans and natural surroundings and resources.
It is not enough to desperately want to create something, anything new; it is not even enough to innovate intentionally to meet a need. Because needs could vary from the requirement of clean water to that of a more effective car service or an app. When you put those ideas side by side, it becomes clear that there is still a huge gap between what is considered indispensable in remote areas, and what entrepreneurs, lads of start-ups, and innovation teams actually provide.
Innovation is like a mold that we need to cast ideas into, and that's where the hard work really begins. It hardly suffices to come up with a new idea, to find the best start-up model, and use the newest tech to call it an innovation. Conducive to the newborn thought to be truly ingenious and impactful in the best possible way, you need to take the tangents in perspective and carefully check what we as a society need, how it’ll serve the ones who are exploited and the ecological system, and recognize all the ways our plans could go wrong, to be predicted and prevented. It is to create equality with the help of equity.
“Sustainable solutions based on innovation can create a more resilient world only if that innovation is focused on the health and well-being of its inhabitants. And it is at that point — where technology and human needs intersect — that we will find meaningful innovation.” — Frans van Houten, CEO of Philips