Traditional approaches to Social, Economic and Environmental Development (SEED) have historically employed a closed, top-down model in which problems are viewed narrowly and the input of local stakeholders is rarely sought. More recent efforts to address development from a holistic, multidisciplinary perspective—while a major step in the right direction—have been hindered by a lack of appropriate tools and well-defined processes to enable disparate resources to work effectively together towards common goals.
The SEED Framework, developed by iFOSSF, is specifically designed to support locally-led innovation with self-organizing, multidisciplinary collaborations and, most importantly, to translate concepts and ideas into actions. Combining the strength of both structured and unstructured workforces, the framework employs an open, “coopetition” strategy that integrates existing standards and practices across multiple sectors, enabling a high-level, results-oriented collaboration with a deep awareness of the local culture.
We are honored to have the SEED Inaguration workshop hosted by the 7th IEEE International Digital Ecosystems and Technologies conference on July 24, 2013 at the Silicon Valley (DEST2013). The key components of the SEED Framework neatly dovetail with many existing DEST2013 tracks and the model provides an exciting and unprecedented opportunity to integrate participants’ individual contributions within a greater whole. Moreover, the six-step SEED process—incorporating needs identification, multifaceted research, team-building, investment strategy, and real-world results—both facilitates information flow and paves the way for new affiliations with businesses, NGOs, and other strategic partners.
We envision the SEED Framework having the potential to shift industry and government investments toward more equitable and productive resource distribution globally and locally.