Social impact as a plan of action 1

Social impact as a plan of action

Social impact is any practical plan of action that addresses or solves a social injustice or global challenge, while publishing gathers information, literature, or even music and makes it available to the public through either sales or free. Although publishing is a field in the literature world, it plays a pivotal role in initiating social change while addressing different problems affecting the lives of human beings. Publishing is not exempt from the consequences of social impact, nor is it innocent in promoting it.

While social impact aims at addressing several global challenges and formulating ways to execute plans to solve them, publishing can help create awareness over the same and aid in disseminating information on the need to solve such problems. For most strategists, publishing has an irreplaceable role in disseminating information about the various problems affecting people, the need to solve them, and the ways to solve them. For Aspesi, publishing helps in the open sharing of educational materials to accelerate discovery, ease access to knowledge, and promote change in cultural and educational activities.[1]

Publishing helps initiate innovative ways to handle injustices and global problems. A study explores that with educational publishing, individuals are open to vast knowledge, enabling them to examine the most appropriate ways to handle problems and ensure the most beneficial outputs are achieved.[2] While social impacts work towards addressing a problem, publishing through analytical research predicts the feasibility of the paradigm set to solve that problem.

Publishing plays a significant role in the cultural and creative industry. As the oldest means of passing information, publishing books have cultural and educational implications.[3] Publishing opens many ways to create innovative ways of addressing problems. While comparing ancient times with the contemporary ways of solving problems, publishing can help create compatible methods that, when appropriately used, can effectively address social injustices without offending any party.

While social impact aims at addressing a problem faced by a majority, and finding a solution to it, publishing with a broad audience can help pass such information to many people. Similarly, publishing makes it easy to hit specific targets of the information being passed.[4] A problem can be easily solved through broad audience coverage, and the awareness spreads quickly. For example, when the COVID-19 pandemic was severe, the publishing industry played an essential role in ensuring that people were adequately and timely updated on the new variances of the virus, its symptoms, how to avoid it, and what kind of lifestyle recommended during the pandemic. During this time, the lockdown forced many people to work from home, and publishing was one of the prime sources of information for most people. Without publishing, many people would have remained in the dark.

Many organisations have used publishing to initiate change against the discrimination against girls, women, and other vulnerable groups. Publishing has helped communicate the need for assistance in the marginalized communities where new reporters hardly reach. Primarily, organisations championing human rights have found information regarding such marginalised communities from published materials.

In summary, publishing and social impact are related aspects that work together toward achieving similar goals. While social impact addresses a problem, publishing helps scrutinize the problem, analyze the available data on the extent of the problem, and provide possible solutions for implementing the change required to solve the problem.

Reference

Aspesi, C. (2019). The changing academic publishing industry–implications for academic institutions. Landscape Analysis, SPARC.

Tomašević, N., & Ljevak Lebeda, I. (2014). Role of publishing in the cultural and creative industry. Knygotyra62, 47-59.

[1] Aspesi, C. (2019). The changing academic publishing industry–implications for academic institutions. Landscape Analysis, SPARC.

[2] Aspesi, C. (2019). The changing academic publishing industry–implications for academic institutions. Landscape Analysis, SPARC.

[3] Tomašević, N., & Ljevak Lebeda, I. (2014). Role of publishing in the cultural and creative industry. Knygotyra62, 47-59.

[4] Aspesi, C. (2019). The changing academic publishing industry–implications for academic institutions. Landscape Analysis, SPARC.