The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is a way of bridging the gap between physical, technology, and biological spheres. It’s a combination of advances in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, genetic engineering, quantum computing and many other technologies.
It’s the aggregate power behind numerous items and administrations that are quickly getting key to present day life.
Think of the GPS framework that proposes the quickest route to a desired destination, voice-assistant remote helpers (for example, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant), customized Netflix recommendations, and Facebook’s capacity to recognize your face and tag you in your friend’s photo.
The 4IR will have an impact on every industry and it is believed by the World Economic Forum that Civil Society will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the 4IR:
- Communication: The advancement of technology and the digital times that we now live in has given us the opportunity to connect with different people from all corners of the world. What’s more, individuals in remote places are now able to keep in contact with others and access resources through connected devices. Tech has provided and an open door for nonprofits and educational institutions to keep in contact with more individuals than before and to associate them with the mission that they are a trying to achieve. Today, nonprofits can connect with their donors, volunteers, and general staff from anyplace.
- Outreach: The advancement of technology can now help even the smallest organisation in making an impact. Population and niches that many organisations saw as unreachable can now be reached without drastically increasing overhead costs. Small organisations can now collaborate with larger organisations that may assist them in have an international impact.
Nonprofits can also begin to organise communities on a more personal level, and this can result in meaningful engagements. For instance, NPOs can organise and categorize a community based on area, specific causes and commitment levels. They can also communicate with these communities or individuals in a manner that is profoundly personalized. With more profound commitment and engagements, these organisations will begin to see increased donations and volunteerism, which will impact their common goal.
Source: Rob Acker, “Five ways the Fourth Industrial Revolution will transform NGOs”