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BIDEAN Founded by Erika Renedo and Pras Gunasekera

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United Kingdom

Co-design within a group who have experienced mental illness.

Sunday Assembly

The Sunday Assembly is a joyful congregation that celebrates life. We empower people to create radically inclusive communities which help everyone.Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfil their full potential. Our vision: a joyful congregation in every town, city and village that wants one.

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Daily Meditation

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Patient Innovation

Patients and caregivers develop important innovations that are valuable in dealing with several conditions. Yet they do so for personal purposes and the diffusion of these ideas is sometimes difficult. To promote collaboration we developed Patient Innovation, (http://www.patient-innovation.com).

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Bidean

Bidean empowers people with mental distress to create design ideas to address adversities relating to mental health. Having experienced distress themselves, participants are uniquely prepared to identify their problems and ideate truly relevant design based solutions (things, places and services).

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Garden Gym

This is a volunteer program to build edible gardens for urban poor communities. Volunteers gain gardening skills and workout when they participate in weekend builds. Communities gain edible garden infrastructure overnight which provide daily physical activity, food security and social space.

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Garden Gym

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Firdaus Nisha

Last Name

Muhammad Faizal

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Garden Gym

Project Subtitle

We build edible gardens for urban poor

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

Country where this project is creating social impact

Malaysia, Klang Valley

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

This is a volunteer program to build edible gardens for urban poor communities. Volunteers gain gardening skills and workout when they participate in weekend builds. Communities gain edible garden infrastructure overnight which provide daily physical activity, food security and social space.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

our city had pockets of edible gardens that could provide food security to urbanites.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

i. Living in the boarders of the city, urban poor communities living in low cost flats lack supplementary income, access to good nutrition, exercise and social space.

ii. Middle class communities lack purposeful volunteering opportunities to share skills, time, manpower and resources.

iii. City council requires facilitators for community building and project management.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The Garden Gym provides project management services to the local City Council to engage urban poor communities in developing a sustainable long term project for urban wellbeing by building edible garden.
The project provides purposeful volunteer opportunities within different community areas around the city which require low commitment for the busy individual.
Urban poor communities gain local council approved outdoor space near their low cost flats. The value of these outdoor spaces as edible gardens improves quality of life as it provides a social space, an opportunity for food security and daily exercise.
We aspire for these community edible gardens to inspire other spin off projects focused on environmental education.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

In our pilot project phase over 12 months we have managed to establish 1 community based edible garden. We worked in our suburb
We successfully;
i. engaged 28 volunteers over 1,000 hours over 12 months
ii. worked with 10 community members in total
iii. grow 45 varieties of vegetables and herbs
iv. produce up to 240kg of vegetables and herbs for communal consumption in each garden

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The Garden Gym project has conducted 6 gardening workshops training up to 40 gardening enthusiast which have formed a gardening collective. This collective have shared seeds, cutting, tips and support Garden Gym sessions as coordinators.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

At present we are;
i. Developing processes and manuals to allow for interested individuals to be trained to execute the Garden Gym program in their chosen community areas. This may extend the project to 3 new communities a year.

ii. As a Corporate Social Responsibility project for corporate community engagement programs.

iii. Working with 2 Teach for Malaysia fellows in 2015 who are based in schools to develop science edible gardens to extend the classroom outdoors.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

At present we have a crowd funded for tools, consumable materials (soil, petrol for the grass cutter etc), rain water harvesting barrels and infrastructure materials.

In future projects we are seeking local council funding, charging a minimum participation fee and work with partners for materials.

We plan to sell gardening manuals, conduct gardening workshops and sell composting worms for the financial sustainability on a project basis.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

In Malaysia;
Permaculture collectives are very active in providing edible gardens for charity homes for children and elderly folk.

In Singapore & Australia
Community groups have edible garden movements either encouraged by local horticulture societies, gardening enthusiasts, local council and driven by restaurants interested in fresh local produce.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Ly Mun and I are both outdoor enthusiasts and used to spend our holidays traveling locally. We were both working for large multinational companies and found our colleagues apathy towards the environment was shocking. As we evaluated our unexamined assumptions and observed the mental models our colleagues were prescribing to we realized this was a common scenario. It took us 8 months to decide to set up Ecocentric Transitions, our focus; Environmental Education and Sustainable Living. We believe skill building individuals through experiential engagements is effective in raising environmental empathy. We started out developing local environmental content to assist Malaysians transition towards a sustainable lifestyle.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Loo Ly Mun co founder, Appropriate Technologist
E&E engineer and current designer, builder and researcher
Full time

Freelancers & volunteers
Pik Wah Leong, Final year psychology student
Volunteer recruitment coordinator
Project based

Huda A-Sedi, Architecture major, Teach For Malaysia fellow
Project based illustrator

We plan to have a full time coordinator in the future and a few trained Garden Gym hosts/trainers

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Ecocentric Transitions has received the following awards;

Ford conservation & environmental Grants :2014
To establish an educational and productive worm farm RM 9,750

Entrepreneurs for Good Wave 2 : 2014
To develop our social enterprise, produce education modules and enhance services RM 29,000

Where have you learnt about the competition?

we learnt of this competition from the Arthur Guinness Project coordinators in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tell us about your partnerships:

Project & content; British Council Malaysia, The Malaysian Green Building Confederation, George Town Festival, MyHarapan Youth Foundation and LA21 KL

Corporate Social Responsibility; Maybank, DHL Malaysia

Complimentary education modules & activity; International School of KL, WWF Malaysia Green Schools initiative and Methodist College KL.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

We have learnt from past projects;
Community Gardens
i. The procedures to engage with local council and resident groups in turning non productive marginal land into edible gardens
ii. We have developed edible garden teaching modules to skill build and empower community members
iii. Providing coop business model coaching

Volunteer support
Garden Gym activities to gain external assistance (funding and manpower) in building edible gardens for the underprivileged community

Industry based support
To gain credibility of each project and build community confidence and exposure

E-Mergency

This project seeks to develop a location-based caller application which connects accident or distress reporters to the nearest emergency service units so as to empower citizens to make more streamlined distress calls and facilitate rapid responses from emergency care providers.

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E-Mergency

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Enyam Saviour

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Dzage

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E-Mergency

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Improving the latency of emergency care delivery in Ghana

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Ghana, GA, Accra

Country where this project is creating social impact

Ghana, GA, Accra

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

This project seeks to develop a location-based caller application which connects accident or distress reporters to the nearest emergency service units so as to empower citizens to make more streamlined distress calls and facilitate rapid responses from emergency care providers.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if citizens in distress situations can connect to the closest emergency unit in the shortest possible time without calling a remote station

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In an emergency situation in Ghana, someone at the scene must call a service center number which then re-routes the call to a location-based substation using the information provided by the complainant. This delays the response times and usually leads to preventable deaths. However, all health facilities in the country have taken some steps in ensuring that they have dedicated emergency units. Why cant citizens access these units directly?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Our solution focuses on eliminating the barriers of communication so to enhance information relay to contribute to the general responsiveness of emergency services in Ghana by using a location-based mobile application which connects accident reporters to the nearest emergency service units so as to empower citizens to make more streamlined distress calls and facilitate rapid responses from emergency care providers. Our system will utilize geo-tagging and GPS mapping to locate emergency care units closest to the scene, and also offer first aid education services to citzens for minor accidents at home or work.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

I once witnessed an unfortunate incident in which a young man was knocked down by a passing vehicle. The driver eluded, leaving the man to his fate. There were a couple of pedestrians at the scene who tried to contact the ambulance service or the policebut failed. Eventually when they had succeeded in getting through to a remote police station, it took about an hour for the police to arrive at the scene, by which time the man had died. This is one out of many deaths that could have been avoided if only the nearest police station or ambulance service had been contacted. But since no one knew their hotlines, they resort to calling 191. Our mobile solution seeks to eliminate this barrier by contacting the nearest unit in emergency situations.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The solution uses geo tagging and location-based GPS mapping to automatically route emergency calls to the nearest emergency service unit. Almost all smart devices are GPS enabled. This feature will allow the application to pick the exact location of the user when the app starts. The app will automatically search and locate the nearest emergency unit like police, ambulance or fire service and send an emergency request to which they can respond. This in effect will reduce the latency of response to distress situations and make emergency service delivery much more efficient. Generally, the application will help to: 1) eliminate the need for the general populace to memorize 10-digit contact numbers of emergency service centers
2) eliminate where possible the need to give directions or location-based information, most of which might be inaccurate
3) Cut down the response time of emergencie

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The first capstone which involves (in)validation of the idea, extensive research, requirement and system analysis of the solution is currently underway. The team has successfully carried out technical consultations with the Natioanl Ambulance Service and some selected emergency care providers for strategic partnerships. Product development and implementation will begin immediately after. This idea can be repilcated in most developing countries where emergency response is not optimal. As a software application, geographic limitations may be minimal and will only require emergency unit mappings.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Revenue will be generated through funds payable by government. With the national budget allocation making room for emergency service delivery, we believe government shall be willing to pay for this service to enhance the national emergency system in the country, especially after key partnerships have been established with the major care service providers. Secondly, mobile adverts will be run on the educational section of the app.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, National government.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Currently, there are no specific competitors in the space aside private emergency service providers. However, they all resort to the traditional means of accessing distress situations.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

I once witnessed an unfortunate incident in which a young man was knocked down by a passing vehicle. The driver eluded, leaving the man to his fate. There were a couple of pedestrians at the scene who tried to contact the ambulance service or the police, since the man had not died as of then. After so many attempts, we managed to get through to the police. However, it took the police about an hour to arrive at the scene, by which time the man had died. I thought through the whole experience and realized if only the police had arrived on time, there would have been a solution. I also realized we could have reached the ambulance service instead of the police, if we had the right channel. I hence got inspired to drive a change in this sector.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

We are a team of three competent software engineers, a social enterpreneur and a business developer working on this in full-tim. We are all graduates from the top universities in Ghana and are passionate about social change. We have been working together for the past three years and have built mobile/web solutions for small and medium-scale enterprises in Ghana and also software solutions for social good in Oil and Gas as well as Malaria control.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Shortlisted for the Vodafone mobile for Good Challenge

Where have you learnt about the competition?

There' s currently no competition in this space besides the traditional toll free lines which citizens call in distress situations

Tell us about your partnerships:

We currently have a strong partnership with the Ghana Ambulance Service and some selected health service providers who are ready to use the application once it is ready.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The most foreseeable challenge regarding this project has to do with the shift in mindset of Ghanaians from the traditional method to our solution.

#Clean Your Country

Messy world, every one litters on living environment, severe impact on health and thus action needs to be taken to address this problem.

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project CLOTHUS

a venture dedicated to clothing the low income earners

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DAVID

About Your Organization

Venture Name

CLOTHUS

Venture Website

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, OS, ILE-IFE

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Do you work with any social organizations?

yes,

How did you hear about the competition?

through the SUSI program in the united states at UCONN

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Idea (you're ready to start)

Summary: What specific issue or problem does your Venture address?

With the fast changing world, there is no doubt that resources have become more tedious to acquire and those who are caught in this globe of inaccessibility are now faced with certain challenges in respective of where they belong - developed or developing worlds. One of these challenges includes the inability to get good and decent clothes. Either these clothes are too expensive or they have no resources. Take for instance, in Ife central area, some people can be seen wearing worn out clothes and this definitely imply that their state of health is at stake and that they have the tendency of the developing low social consciousness when confronted by social related issues. Under recent study done by the Economics department of Obafemi Awolowo University, it was evaluated that the inhabitants of Ife central live slightly above the poverty line because of the expenses families incur are more than the income earned. Only 30% are able to live in good conditions.

Project CLOTHUS focuses on how to provide decent clothes to low income earners in Ife central area of Osun state at cheap and affordable prices. The CLOTHUS store will contain clothes and clothes accessories that are mainly donated. These clothes will be re-sold to individuals who may not and cannot afford brand new designer wears and the profit made from the CLOTHUS project will be channelled toward sustenance and expansion

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

providing affordable clothes to achieve good and decent impressions on the masses

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

the project CLOUTHUS focuses on solving the societal problem of inaccessibilty to better clothing lifestyle and it incorporates four phases which include

first phase involves reaching out, identifying and understanding the problem.
second phase of the project involves planning and strategizing

third phase involves test runs.

fourth phase involves setup of project and moves to make impact after positive feedback from the third phase.
in this phase also, more activities are involved such as setting up the store, getting the clothes and organizing events to raise fund and create awereness.
by the end of the first year of business start up, there will be a 50% impact in the community.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

the community the project focuses on is a commmunity of low income earners. about 70% of the population lack proper access to good clothings

no, there are no other organisations working in the community.

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

i was in the past a not so caring person who lived his live for himself alone but all changed when i participated in an HIV/AIDS awareness program. i was amaze by the number of people living with the virus and most especially those who have dedicated their lives in helping a course of change in reducing the spread and then i realize that i could really make an impact.

Define your Venture in 1-2 short sentences

a venture dedicated to clothing the low income earners

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

the project CLOTHUS will achieve in the first year structuring of the business, surveying, observing, project test running and making plans to attain the break even point.

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

surveying the standard of living and soliciting opinions about the products

Task 2

observing the market structure

Task 3

test runs

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

survey

Task 2

get a location

Task 3

funds sourcing

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

set up a team

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

encourage volunteerism

Task 2

solicit for more business experienced experts as advisers

Task 3

build a standard business network

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

The total number of sales and Attaining half of the business cost through sales made from selling the product within this period.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

Factors such as
1.high demand
2.high sales,
3.low cost,
4.More awareness
5.More established social conscious projects will be used to measure the success of the project.

How will you measure success?

1. project expansion,
2. number of feedbacks from project subscibers,
3. successful outputs of community training on how to increase income from various sources.
4. the amount of subscribers to the project.

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How will you recruit new members for your venture?

1.invite experts from NGOs
2.allow nominations from existing members
3.call for people that share similar interests
4.seek volunteeers

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

look out for other devoted and hard working members who have worked and have had some experience in running the association then appoint and give them a chance to drive the association forward

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

1. use the profit made from our sales in the project
2. source for funds from my donors, aligning companies and seek more donations
3. apply from grants
4. personal contributions

Light Box

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Irish Men's Sheds Association

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Bringing Conscious Back

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Care Charts UK

Care Charts UK develops products which empower carers to provide dignified and consistently high quality person-centred care, by giving them access to the needs and preferences of an individual unable to communicate their own needs, whilst protecting the confidentiality of that information.

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Care Charts UK

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Zoe

Last Name

Harris

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Care Charts UK

Project Subtitle

Improving the quality of life of carers and those they care for

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Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

Year founded

2010

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

United Kingdom, WSX, Horsham

Country where this project is creating social impact

United Kingdom

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Care Charts UK develops products which empower carers to provide dignified and consistently high quality person-centred care, by giving them access to the needs and preferences of an individual unable to communicate their own needs, whilst protecting the confidentiality of that information.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Carers / nursing staff had access to potentially life-changing information about an individual without having to refer to their file.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

People with illnesses that prevent them from being able to communicate tend to have a lower quality experience in hospital or a care home than those able to express their needs and preferences. Information may be available but it is usually filed away and is not readily accessed by carers or nurses, or the many other people interacting with the individual. So mistakes are made and opportunities are missed to provide pain relief or comfort.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Remember-I'm-Me Care Charts allow an individual's needs and preferences to be made available to everyone interacting with them, whilst protecting the confidentiality of that information when it's not needed. Already in use in over 800 care homes throughout the UK it is also attracting interest from hospitals where people with conditions like dementia often suffer unnecessarily because their needs and preferences are not readily available to those caring for them. The Care Charts provide prompts to help those filling it in provide appropriate information, symbols for staff to find the information they need quickly and easily, and a wipe-clean surface so that it can be updated whenever necessary.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Nesta/Observer New Radical 2014
HSJ Top Innovator 2014
Great British Care Awards Innovation 2013

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Google

Tell us about your partnerships:

No partnerships

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Low turnover. Increase the level of sales activity
Budget restrictions experienced by potential clients. Demonstrate ROI
Lack of experience regarding export. Work with UKTI and other organisations

Creative Minds

Location

Guilford
United Kingdom
51° 36' 59.7348" N, 0° 18' 3.1968" E

Creative Minds is a social enterprise that delivers fun and engaging art sessions to care homes and residential homes.<!--break-->Their art sessions enable the residents to have fun creating beautiful artwork under the supervision of a professional artist. The residents enjoy using a variety of media to create art and spend time with their peers in a social inclusive group. The business has recently created a franchise model, for which they have received substantial interest from artists around the country.

Heroes

Heroes is a Twitter for action. An app that allow you to crowdsource any kind of help. From a small help like needing an Iphone charger to a big help, like needing CPR. We connect people in need with people who have the resources or abilities nearby (Heroes) so help can get to you faster.

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First Name

Katherine

Last Name

Motyka

About Your Project

Organization Name

Heroes Union

Organization Website

Heroesunion.com

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Heroes

Project Subtitle

Twitter for Action!

Select the stage that best applies to your project

Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Chile, Santiago

Country where this project is creating social impact

Chile, Santiago

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Heroes is a Twitter for action. An app that allow you to crowdsource any kind of help. From a small help like needing an Iphone charger to a big help, like needing CPR. We connect people in need with people who have the resources or abilities nearby (Heroes) so help can get to you faster.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

anyone can become a Hero today?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Today 50% of the people don't know their neighbours, however in an emergency or disaster situation, the people who are near you are the ones that will get to you faster than any ambulance (In Latin America the response time of an ambulance is 45 mins).

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

This is why we created Heroes. We want to make people interact more with each other and know the people around them. We do this by combining Sharing Economy with a panic button. Because with sharing economy we enhance interaction between people by making each other help with small things. That way when there is an emergency, since you already know each other, is more likely that they will go to save you.
Heroes, also work without internet connection, so that way people can communicate in Disaster situations.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Maria is having a Heart attack. Pablo her neighbour is a Doctor, they met each other the last week when Maria lend him her bicycle. Her Husband called 911 five minutes ago, and the ambulance still is on the way. He remembered that Maria told him about Heroes. So he gets her phone and by just sliding it up he sees the Heroes' button and press it.
Immediately Pablo, gets a notification and goes to Maria's house. He is there 1 minute after. Just in time to give her CPR.
The ambulance arrived 30 mins after Pablo, but now Maria is stable and can get to the hospital.
Pablo saved Maria's life.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Every minute 23 people die in Latin America due to a lack of timely medical care. We believe that by leveraging the crowd we can solve this global grand challenge. Just in Latin America the average response time of ambulances is 45 minutes. However people nearby with skills (like doctors) can get there faster. This is what we pursue with Heroes. We want to provide the fastest emergency response by connecting people who need help with people nearby with the resources or skills needed.
The future will be, a world full of everyday Heroes.

In the beginning with this project we plan to enhance interaction, empathy and trust in communities with this app, by making people help with small tasks like lending a phone charger. (In Chile 87% of the people don't trust their peers).

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We want to impact 1billion people. We will start in Chile. Creating there small but trusted communities of people. After that we want to expand in Latin America, we will go to Colombia, Brazil and so on until Heroes is used in the entire region. Our next plan after that is expand to US and Canada. For us starting in Latin America is easier because the main language is Spanish and they share a common culture. In order to expand, we are going to have country managers who are in charge of creating pilots in their own countries. While the Headquarter is in Chile.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Heroes will ensure financial Sustainability by:
Allocating ads in the app.
Elaborating and selling data reports to private companies and government institutions, because Heroes knows what people need, when and where.
Rewards-Donations that everyday Heroes receive for helping others.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Today what people use to ask for help is a panic button. (SOSME) It only notifies personal contacts. We believe that the crowd can make a difference and this is why we created Heroes. Specifically people who are around you. Because they can get to you faster than anyone else in an emergency situation.
Heroes is a mix of sharing economy and a panic button to enhance interaction between people who are near. Also it works without internet connection so you can communicate in any kind of situation.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

We met in Singularity University 5 months ago. We needed to develop a project that impacts 1 Billion people. We both got interested in how we can use crowd to solve global grand challenges and while researching about problems in our own cities, we realised that in Dominican Republic and Indonesia the ambulance never is there on time in most of the cases. There is when we came up with HEROES.

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Katherine Motyka-CEO-Full time
Industrial Engineer and UI Designer. Founder of the first crowdfunding platform in Dominican Republic.
Rizky Ario-CTO-Full time
Software engineer, more than 3 years of experience developing Software.
Founder of Dreambender, a Software company targeting social causes such as developing Sign Language applications for Deaf people.
As the project grows we plan to hire more developers and country managers.

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1) We were selected in Singularity University of all projects for the Field Innovation Exchange. A program supported by Socialab to run a pilot in Santiago de Chile.
2) We were selected among 200 projects by the Accelerator Chrysalis in Chile to be in their program.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

We understand that a Panic Button is not enough in an emergency situation. In many cases you are not around your family or friends when something happens to you. There is when Heroes comes to action, notifying the people around so help can get faster. However, people don't know most of the people around them.
This is why we add sharing economy to it. Through it we enhance interaction between people, by making them help others nearby with small things. That way in a bigger situation since they know you, is more likely those Heroes will come to the rescue!

Tell us about your partnerships:

FIX: Socialab--Accelerator targeting projects of Social Entrepreneurship, has helped us connect with other organisations in Chile. Including several universities, firefighters (Heroes of Chile) and Government Institutions.
Universidad Catolica de Chile--In order to run a pilot with students using Heroes app.ONEMI-National Office of Emergency in Chile, they loved the fact that Heroes works without internet. They are helping us to run a pilot too.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

One challenge we are aware of, is people by helping others can hurt if CPR for example is not given the right way. This is why Heroes, notifies people with the right skills or resources in every situation.
Other challenge is that people might be scared of receiving help from people they don't know. This is why we focus in building small but trusted communities of your: Job, neighbourhood and School.

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2008

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United States, NY, New York

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Philippines, Navotas City

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Semi-Finalist
2010 Forbes Boost Your Business top 5 finisher
2010 MIT Elevator Pitch top ten finisher.
2010 Brooklyn Business Plan Competition 1st place winner
2010 Queens EDC Business Plan competition 2nd Place winner
2009 Fordham Business Plan Competition 1st place winner

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Through social entrepreneurship network. Email from Supriya Mukherjee.

Tell us about your partnerships:

Philippine Christian Foundation - donation partner. They have a trifecta of opportunity for us. They have 1) raw materials (tires and inner tubes); artisans; and underprivileged children with footwear needs.

Public Private Partnership of UNICEF - assists us to find communities in need that have raw materials and artisans.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Our biggest challenge is uniformity of our products. A sandal that comes from the Philippines is different than sandals that come from Vietnam, primarily because of the non-standard raw materials.

We are overcoming these problems by hiring and placing a country manager located in the producing country who is knowledgeable about our products and who work with artisans to maintain consistency.

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The Pure Food Kids Foundation empowers more than 15,000 kids each year to be food detectives who can make healthier food choices for life. We do this by teaching free nutrition and cooking workshops in hundreds of schools in the greater Seattle area and NYC.

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Siel Bleu Ireland

Siel Bleu Ireland is a social enterprise that utilises specialised physical activities to improve the lives of older populations. Our specially designed evidence based exercise programmes counteract sedentary lifestyles, prevent illness and promote active and healthy ageing.

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2010

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Ireland, DB, Dublin

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Ireland, DB, Dublin

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Siel Bleu Ireland is a social enterprise that utilises specialised physical activities to improve the lives of older populations. Our specially designed evidence based exercise programmes counteract sedentary lifestyles, prevent illness and promote active and healthy ageing.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Ireland, we currently have an ageing population. A century ago, our life expectancy was in the region of 50 years. Today, average life expectancy for men is 76.8 years, and women 81.6 years. However, living longer does not guarantee that older populations are leading independent and active lives.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Our highly skilled trainers utilise Adapted Physical Activities (APA), which are specifically designed for those who cannot partake in traditional “one size fits all” exercise classes for any number of physical or cognitive reasons. We provide group activities for up to 15 participants (per session). The unique aspect of our work is that we adapt all our exercises to meet participants’ needs and abilities; no matter the level of dependence of a participant we have a programme that will suit.

Our work encompasses health preservation through physical activity, mental health through promoting active behaviour and social benefits through interaction with other participants and our staff.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Our success is actually the success of our participants.
Whether it is John in Drumcondra who can put his own socks on and tie his own laces for the first time in 4 years following participation in one of our community classes for six weeks.
Another example is Jimmy who lives in a west Dublin nursing home, who gained the confidence in his own abilities and progressed from a wheelchair to a walking frame. These stories and hundreds more are really our achievements.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Siel Bleu Ireland currently has a staff comprising of 5 full time and 9 part time.

Our 12 trainers currently work with over 1650 people in 16 counties on a weekly basis.

Recently we measured the effect of our programmes as part of a European study called HAPPIER. Over a 15 month period, we measured the effect of or programmes in in 32 nursing homes with 450 nursing residents. Following completion of the study, the key findings of the study were;
- An increase in residents levels of strength, coordination and flexibility.
- Increases in participants ability to wash themselves, dress themselves and use the bathroom by themselves
The wash also a notable increase in the mood of the participants in the study. Interestingly there was also an increase in the mood levels of the care staff who participated in the exercise programmes and in the control group.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The findings of the HAPPIER study confirm that Siel Bleu Ireland's exercise programmes are an affordable preventative health measure.

In the next 4 years, Siel Bleu Ireland aims to deliver exercise programmes in 225 nursing homes in Ireland, which is approximately 50% of all nursing homes currently in Ireland.

In the next 6 years, Siel Bleu Ireland aims to provide affordable and accessible exercise programmes to all members of Ireland's senior population.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

There are currently 450 nursing homes in Ireland,54 of which we work with.

Siel Bleu Ireland charges nursing homes for our services, the prices ranges between €49 and €55 per session. With community groups we charge €4 per person. Over the next 3 years, we aim to deliver programmes in over 225 nursing homes throughout Ireland which will ensure the financial sustainability of Siel Bleu Ireland and in turn provid employment to 30 people.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Businesses, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Our main competitor is a company called Fit for life that provides exercise programmes in nursing homes throughout Ireland since 1999. Certain nursing homes also employ local freelance physical trainers to deliver exercise programmes.
Our two main USP's are;
1. Our trainers are highly qualified and trained. Our trainers have a minimum of a third level college degree in the area of physical activity.
2. The HAPPIER study is an evidence based study that demonstrates the positive effect our programmes can have on nursing homes residents and reducing the workload on nursing home staff.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Siel Bleu France was establised in Strasbourg in 1997 by two university graduates; Jean-Daniel Muller and Jean-Michel Ricard. Recognizing that the use of physical activity as a preventative health tool, Jean-Daniel and Jean-Michel ran a six month pilot programme with 12 nursing homes. Today, Siel Bleu works with over 3000 nursing homes in France on a weekly basis and have expanded into Belguim, Spain and Ireland.
Siel Bleu Ireland was established in 2010 and currently works with over 1650 people on a weekly basis in 16 counties.
In the past

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

The Siel Bleu Ireland team for this project is;
Thomas McCabe - National Manager
Carla Piera FitzGerald - Communications Officer
Andrew McBride - Development Officer
Martina Carton - Senior Trainer
Darren Loftus - Senior Trainer

Siel Bleu Ireland also has 9 part time trainers in Ireland delivering programmes nationally.

Siel Bleu Ireland is also supported by a board that has been in place since July of 2014.

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I have recently been shortlisted as a finalist in the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur in the best-established business category.

In March 2014 Siel Bleu Ireland was also a finalist in the King Baudouin Foundation Social Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing.

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Tell us about your partnerships:

We deliver activity programmes in 51 nursing homes throughout Ireland and have partnered with the following organisations to deliver programmes nationwide; Nutricia Medical, Boehringer Ingelheim, Lloyds Pharmacy, Credit Unions, Irish Men’s Sheds, Fibro Ireland, Arthritis Ireland, Move4parkinsons, Alzheimer’s Ireland, Living Well With Dementia Stillorgan, COPD Ireland, Post Polio Ireland, MS Society, IWA, ICWA.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Cultural perception of APA in Ireland
Physical activity is not seen by all as an effective preventative health measure. Through the publication of the results of the HAPPIER study, we believe that we can over come this challenge

Competitors
We aim to differentiate ourselves from our competitors by highlighting our non profit and charity status and also by highlighting our effectiveness with the HAPPIER study

Lack of government funding
In France, the government provides finding for exercise programmes,we aim to lobby key government figures in order to highlight our effectiveness

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Bégué Coco est une entreprise sociale qui produit et vend des produits naturels et locales à base de noix de coco. Nous encourageons les usages divers de la noix de coco afin de promouvoir la vie saine, le design écologique et le développement durable.

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Horses Connect Enterprises

Horses Connect Enterprises aims to create opportunities for employment, education, empowerment, integration and inclusion through a range of equine facilitated and other programs and enterprises in a purpose-built training centre in the Moycullen area.

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Equine facilitated training and therapy services

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2014

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Ireland, Galway

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Ireland, Galway

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Horses Connect Enterprises aims to create opportunities for employment, education, empowerment, integration and inclusion through a range of equine facilitated and other programs and enterprises in a purpose-built training centre in the Moycullen area.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

The Equine Facilitated Training Centre in Moycullen could be the shining example globally of a successful community integrated project?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Equine facilitated interactions are widely accepted as valuable and effective means of enhancing the lives of people facing a broad range of challenges. There is no suitable venue in West Galway to accommodate these services. People from Connemara and West county Galway must travel 10 km North of the city to be able to avail of the limited services we offer in rented premises.
Rural villages like Moycullen need this kind of social investment.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Create a community integrated Equine Facilitated Therapy and Training Centre in Moycullen to serve the people of Connemara, Galway West and Galway city. This would not only provide a full time equine facilitated service but would also contribute to the community economically and socially.
By creating opportunities for employment, education, empowerment, integration and inclusion Horses Connect will ensure that this centre sets the standard and is recognised as the leading example of a community integrated project.
We would also provide training opportunities and volunteering opportunities for all members of the local community especially the most marginalised such as those with a disability or debilitating illness or injury.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The Central Statistics Office reports that 18% of our population is classified as disabled but the National Disability Authority cites that the figure is just over 20%. Half of these people will never have a formal education or paid employment. When you look at people with an intellectual disability, this figure rises to 80%. Young people with disabilities are 40% more likely to be NEET (not in education, employment or training).
One of our volunteers falls into that last statistic. Daniel is 23 and was recently diagnosed with Aspergers., so he has fallen through the cracks in 'the system' When Horses Connect is operating fully, we can offer Daniel employment, empower him to make a contribution and include him in our organisation

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Our pilot program with the young adults from National learning Network has given them a range of transferable skills, such as self-esteem, communication and team work. We have also trained them to act as volunteer leaders and side-walkers for the 8 Autistic children taking part in the Therapeutic Horse Riding program. This activity has made a huge positive impact on their physical and emotional confidence, because of the way they need to behave around horses to be effective.
The teachers that bring the Autistic children report a marked decrease in behavioural issues after their riding session. The increased physical activity has helped with eating and sleeping patterns, which has a knock-on effect of reduced 'melt-downs' and Stimming.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Horses Connect Enterprises wants to facilitate the provision of an inclusive Community Resource Centre for the people of Galway and Connemara, based in the Moycullen area, through which individuals of all ages, and community groups will have access to equine facilitated training and therapies, meeting spaces, advice, health and well-being services, information and guidance, and educational, employment, social and leisure opportunities.
This Centre would have a significant social return on investment in terms of community involvement, increased inclusion and decreased petty crime.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

All services offered will be accessible & affordable, while ensuring they are self-sustainable, through income generation.
We will ensure the longer term viability of this Community Resource by working with stakeholders to access community grants, public funds and income from fundraising as well as through the sale of services at affordable community rates in order to ensure the feasiblity and sustainability of the project over its life.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Businesses, Regional government, National government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

In the West of Ireland, nobody else is addressing the problem.
I Co Wicklow, Festina Lente (www.festinalente.ie) has been in perpetration for 20 years and Horses Connect is using this business model as a template

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

In 1976, I was working in a facility for adolescent girls and part of my job was to take them on outings. I introduce them to horse-riding and it quickly became evident that the time they spent with horses had a positive impact on their behaviour and attitude for several days. The idea for utislising horses to help people was born.
The internet opened up the world of research. I began to look for what was being done in this area and discovered that there was no formal training in equine assisted therapies in Ireland
When Festina Lente in Wicklow put together a course in Therapeutic Horse Riding, I applied and was accepted and met 3 women who shared my passion for people, horses. teaching and learning and they became co-founders.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

EILEEN BENNETT
Therapeutic Riding Coach
Horse Sport Ireland Coach
Special Olympics Equestrian Coach
MAIREAD MCDONAGH
Therapeutic Riding Coach
Special Olympics Equestrian Volunteer
Equestrian Business Owner
MARGARET WALSH
Therapeutic Riding Coach
Chartered Physiotherapist
Riding for the Disabled Volunteer
MARY MITCHELL
Therapeutic Riding Coach
BHS Coach
Special Olympics Equestrian Coach
Special Needs Assistant, Claddagh School

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Winner KBC Bright Ideas Award
National finalist Bank of Ireland Start-up Awards
Awarded Galway Sports Partnership grant

Where have you learnt about the competition?

School for Social Entrepreneurs, Ireland

Tell us about your partnerships:

Galway Sports Partnership - to help increase involvement in physical activity for disabled people, the elderly and youth at risk
National learning Centre - to provide basic Horsemanship Skills to people with a learning disability in order to increase self esteem and employability

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

At present there is no suitable facility from which to work in Galway West so we are hiring an equestrian centre in Claregalway. By involving the local community in this project we will create a purpose-built equine facilitated training centre in Moycullen, set the standard globally for best practice in such a facility, foster a sense of pride and ownership in the community and provide significant social return on investment.

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Bidean

Bidean empowers people with mental distress to create design ideas to address adversities relating to mental health. Having experienced distress themselves, participants are uniquely prepared to identify their problems and ideate truly relevant design based solutions (things, places and services).

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United Kingdom, London

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United Kingdom, London

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Bidean empowers people with mental distress to create design ideas to address adversities relating to mental health. Having experienced distress themselves, participants are uniquely prepared to identify their problems and ideate truly relevant design based solutions (things, places and services).

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if society wasn't segmented by the notion of sanity but enriched through mental diversity?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Those affected by mental distress are on the rise in the UK but funding is decreasing, which leaves many people relying solely on medication or insufficient emotional support. Also, most mainstream services focus on counselling or teaching skills, which albeit being necessary often fail to help people feel purposeful. Sometimes, these services also feed a hierarchical understanding of mental health, which hinders recovery and increases isolation.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Our workshops present a cost-effective way to provide emotional support to people in distress. It does not rely on economical means as much as on strategy and collaboration.
The workshops guide participants from identifying a problem to creating design outcomes to address them. The process transforms participants’ needs into assets, whilst giving meaning and recognition to their negative experiences. Some of the ideas will be developed further, helping the wider community greatly (i.e. a snowball effect). Our next objective is to produce a creative commons tool-kit that will allow many others to facilitate these workshops anywhere, appropriating ideas and sharing findings within an online platform, thus benefiting mental health worldwide.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Bidean offers a six-week programme of design activities that enables participants to explore their problems, identify a significant one to work from and create solutions to address them. Activities range from using everyday objects to express feelings to mapping needs within a framework, creating a common idea tree and rapid idea generation using props and role-play. The programme culminates in an exhibition where participants can showcase their final ideas and research to the wider community. The exhibition provides a platform for key stakeholders (the mental health community as well as designers, policy makers etc) to gain unique insights into mental distress and encourages further collaborative development of the ideas.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Bidean has successfully completed workshop programmes in Islington Mind and The Dragon Café (a Maudsley initiative) which has generated a wide range of ideas. Our recent exhibition displayed work with these ideas: a game and app that encourages adventure for those who face isolation, a set of rituals to externalise and deconstruct inner conflicts, a ‘Pop up Sensory Space’ to relieve anxiety and ‘Boundary Games’, a set of activities to explore boundaries within workshops. The exhibition has resulted in ‘Boundary Games’ being integrated into The Dragon Café’s service offering. Although it is too early to fully understand the psychological impact of the programme on participants, all have agreed that it positively affected their self-esteem whilst giving them the motivation to pursue the work created.The future production and distribution of the tool-kit is expected to have global impact.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Our strategy can be viewed in phases:
A-9months:Test and refine the programme structure and activities. Design and prototype the toolkit.
B-6months:Create guidelines and assign new facilitators to deliver the programme in new locations. Feedback used to refine toolkit.
C-1/2years:Toolkit produced, marketed and distributed nationally. Creative commons developed as well as an online platform to share ideas and outcomes from programmes.
D-1year: Membership levels deployed for global uptake of the toolkit. Cultural and regional amendments to toolkit employed under the creative commons license.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We are currently in the process of securing funding for phases A and B, which will enable the design, development and creation of a toolkit prototype as well as an evaluation model. For the completion of phases C and D we aim to combine venture capital / crowd funding and public funding to manufacture the toolkit based on pre order numbers. Later on, Bidean is planning to set up a design studio and shop as an additional funding avenue.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Some companies produce therapeutic products within the specialised medical market e.g. Therapyshoppe. The South London and Maudsley Trust have created the ‘DIY Happiness’ game, which gives ideas to promote mental wellbeing. We combine both strategies, thus promoting wellbeing by engaging the end users in the design process. This way, the process itself becomes therapeutic, the design outcomes more relevant and the whole system eases reintegration.
Although Art therapy is fully established and widely researched, the benefits of design have yet to be explored, making our work truly original.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Bidean was founded after Pras and Erika met whilst completing their Masters in Industrial design. Upon graduating with Mental Health related projects, they undertook a period of research and exploration, which brought them on an incredible journey to India and Nepal. Here they witnessed a wide variety of recovery approaches – rituals, temples, even a whole town dedicated to ‘freeing spirits’.
The diversity in the understanding of mental distress coupled with the current situation in the UK, inspired them to start a project to allow a more flexible system of care, based on symbiotic rather than power relationships. Then the ‘aha’ moment followed, when they realized they had the perfect platform and medium –Design- to enable this change.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Currently:
Erika Renedo: Co Founder, Director. Programme Facilitator, Researcher. MA (Industrial Design)
Pras Gunasekera: Co Founder, Director. Programme Facilitator, Researcher. MA (Industrial Design)
Eleonor Brett: Consultant in Psychology. BSc (Hons) Psychology.
Emelia Gobbe: Project researcher and project support.
As Bidean grows: Psychologist, legal advisor, project manager, online PR and marketing advisor, production manager.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Try it Fund from UnLtd UK
Shortlisted for the social and ethical enterprise awards UAL (2012)
Shortlisted for the social and ethical enterprise awards UAL (2014)

Where have you learnt about the competition?

We discovered Ashoka Changemakers through a friend who studied the MA in Industrial Design with us.
Although it is a major global challenge, not that many people seem to be focusing on Mental Health, which really encouraged us to share our project and to include it in this competition.

Tell us about your partnerships:

Advisors:
Adam Thorpe: Research and methodology mentor.
GianLuca Esposito: Financial and Business advice.
Eleanor Brett: Psychology consultant.
Organizations we work with:
The Dragon Café (Maudsley funded initiative)
Islington Mind (Mental Health Charity)
We are associated with organizations and like-minded individuals that share similar views and our philosophy and have shown significant interest to sustain the initiative.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Funding and management are the major challenges.
The health care sector sometimes finds it difficult to adopt innovation even where effectiveness has been demonstrated, which make access to public funds difficult, suggesting we should combine a wide range of alternative funding.
The efficiency of the system we have created suggests that management might become another challenge. Currently the project is creating more insights and great ideas than our structural capacity to support and manage them all, which means we will have to grow quickly to reach our full potential.

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a venture dedicated to clothing the low income earners

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With the fast changing world, there is no doubt that resources have become more tedious to acquire and those who are caught in this globe of inaccessibility are now faced with certain challenges in respective of where they belong - developed or developing worlds. One of these challenges includes the inability to get good and decent clothes. Either these clothes are too expensive or they have no resources. Take for instance, in Ife central area, some people can be seen wearing worn out clothes and this definitely imply that their state of health is at stake and that they have the tendency of the developing low social consciousness when confronted by social related issues. Under recent study done by the Economics department of Obafemi Awolowo University, it was evaluated that the inhabitants of Ife central live slightly above the poverty line because of the expenses families incur are more than the income earned. Only 30% are able to live in good conditions.

Project CLOTHUS focuses on how to provide decent clothes to low income earners in Ife central area of Osun state at cheap and affordable prices. The CLOTHUS store will contain clothes and clothes accessories that are mainly donated. These clothes will be re-sold to individuals who may not and cannot afford brand new designer wears and the profit made from the CLOTHUS project will be channelled toward sustenance and expansion

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

providing affordable clothes to achieve good and decent impressions on the masses

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

the project CLOUTHUS focuses on solving the societal problem of inaccessibilty to better clothing lifestyle and it incorporates four phases which include

first phase involves reaching out, identifying and understanding the problem.
second phase of the project involves planning and strategizing

third phase involves test runs.

fourth phase involves setup of project and moves to make impact after positive feedback from the third phase.
in this phase also, more activities are involved such as setting up the store, getting the clothes and organizing events to raise fund and create awereness.
by the end of the first year of business start up, there will be a 50% impact in the community.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

the community the project focuses on is a commmunity of low income earners. about 70% of the population lack proper access to good clothings

no, there are no other organisations working in the community.

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

i was in the past a not so caring person who lived his live for himself alone but all changed when i participated in an HIV/AIDS awareness program. i was amaze by the number of people living with the virus and most especially those who have dedicated their lives in helping a course of change in reducing the spread and then i realize that i could really make an impact.

Define your Venture in 1-2 short sentences

a venture dedicated to clothing the low income earners

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

the project CLOTHUS will achieve in the first year structuring of the business, surveying, observing, project test running and making plans to attain the break even point.

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

locate a plausible market within ife central area

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

observing the market structure

Task 2

surveying the standard of living and soliciting opinions about the products

Task 3

surveying the standard of living and soliciting opinions about the products

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

have a store ready

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

survey

Task 2

get a location

Task 3

funds sourcing

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

set up a team

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

encourage volunteerism

Task 2

solicit for more business experienced experts as advisers

Task 3

build a standard business network

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

the total number of sales and Attaining half of the business cost through sales made from selling the product within this period.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

Factors such as
1.high demand
2.high sales,
3.low cost,
4.More awareness
5.More established social conscious projects will be used to measure the success of the project.

How will you measure success?

1. project expansion,
2. number of feedbacks from project subscibers,
3. successful outputs of community training on how to increase income from various sources.
4. the amount of subscribers to the project.

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How will you recruit new members for your venture?

invite experts from NGOs
allow nominations from existing members
call for people that share similar interests
seek volunteeers

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

look out for other devoted and hard working members who have worked and have had some experience in running the association then appoint and give them a chance to drive the association forward

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

use the profit made from our sales in the project
source for funds from my donors, aligning companies and seek more donations
apply from grants
personal contributions

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P. F. Bresee Foundation

Bresee’s Los Angeles Futbol Club (LAFC) Youth Leadership Academy is a community partnership with the LA Police Department to serve South Los Angeles youth. LAFC trains and mentors 24 at-risk high schoolers to conduct soccer training and organize leagues for over 300 neighborhood youth annually.

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Serapio M.

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P. F. Bresee Foundation

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Los Angeles Futbol Club Youth Leadership Academy for At-Risk Youth in South LA

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

1982

Is your organization a

Not registered

Organization Country

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Bresee’s Los Angeles Futbol Club (LAFC) Youth Leadership Academy is a community partnership with the LA Police Department to serve South Los Angeles youth. LAFC trains and mentors 24 at-risk high schoolers to conduct soccer training and organize leagues for over 300 neighborhood youth annually.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if soccer could help South LA overcome gang violence by engaging youth in fitness, nutrition, leadership training, job skills & mentoring?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The youth and families LAFC serves face a variety of socio-economic barriers to success including 40% of households falling below the Federal Poverty Level, 17% unemployment rates, underperforming schools with dropout rates at 35%, high rates of gang violence and drug use (with youth indicating that they “often face intimidation from gang members”), and 60% of individuals being overweight or obese. (The California Endowment 2013).

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

LAFC addresses the need for positive mentors, safe alternatives to gang involvement, and healthy physical activity by offering exceptional soccer training and competitive leagues, in conjunction with mentoring and character development on campus at Augustus Hawkins High School. Soccer is the ideal sport for this as it allows opportunities for mentorship and character building, offers consistent movement supporting a healthy lifestyle, and is extremely popular among the Hawkins community. The Mayor’s recent Community Needs Assessment of the Florence-Graham/77th St Division GRYD Zone recommends that new youth programs be located at schools, as schools can become more integrated with community agencies and law enforcement.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The true measure of LAFC’s success will be the students who overcome the limitations imposed by their neighborhood, educational, economic or family circumstances and become leaders on and off the field. This is exemplified by Jasmine, a high school student, who was recently approached by her teacher for showing an improvement in her academic work, attendance, and willingness to engage. Jasmine credits LAFC for her transformation by teaching her the importance of commitment and responsibility in all areas of her life, and providing her with an opportunity to look beyond high school and towards her future. By empowering youth, like Jasmine, as leaders on and off the field, LAFC will create systematic change in the South Los Angeles community.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Since January 2014, LAFC’s weekly Friday Night Skills and Drills has created a safe hub for over 100 youth to receive exceptional soccer training from MLS teams (including LA Galaxy) and local collegiate teams (including UCLA and USC).

From that pool, LAFC selected 24 high schoolers to be youth coaches and to participate in a four-week summer training program that included soccer training, character and leadership development, college prep, career exploration, and guidelines for their year-long internship serving as commissioners, coaches, or referees.

LAFC’s long-term vision is to transform South Los Angeles by developing leaders both on and off the field. LAFC seeks to grow in the number of students served by this internship and to expand to include homework help, college prep and parent workshops.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Within 5-10 years of establishing best practices at Augustus Hawkins, LAFC's model will be replicated by Bresee to systematically transform other South LA high schools including Dorsey High School, Crenshaw High School and Manuel Arts High School. We envision current 2014 LAFC participants returning as college graduates to maintain LAFC's track record of creating leaders on and off the soccer field and to expand services in other high-need areas of South LA to empower the next generation of leaders.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Of Bresee’s annual $1.8 million budget, 40% is funded by foundation grants, 50% by government grants, and 10% by individual donors and events. LAFC is supported by Bresee’s diverse board, which raised over $200,000 in 2013, including a $20,000 CrowdRise campign and a two-year $150,000 PAT grant. Bresee’s development team has partnered with the US Soccer Foundation, FinishLine, and LA84.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, Businesses.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are only three youth development non-profits in the area surrounding Hawkins (Building Healthy Communities: South Los Angeles Map & Data, 2013), with only one offering services to high school students. LAFC provides wrap-around services for high schoolers including mentoring, career-readiness, soccer, leadership training, and college prep.

LAFC is similar to the Mayor’s Summer Night Lights program (SNL), which targets areas impacted by gang activity in the summer months, hiring and training at-risk youth to lead these programs. LAFC has expanded upon this model by year-round programs.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The creation of the LAFC Youth Leadership Academy came through a series of events beginning with the realization that despite the high interest in soccer among area youth, the only community soccer program was a 20-student high school team. Later, a meeting between Rich Orosco (LAFC Co-Founder) and Captain Robert Arcos (77th division) revealed a mutual understanding of the need to improve community relations and partnerships. Finally, after speaking with principal Tony Terry about the importance of youth leadership and seeing the newly renovated state-of-the-art, turf soccer field at Augustus Hawkins High School, the mission of creating a youth leadership academy that would transform South LA through the sport of soccer became possible.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Bresee has 40 staff members, 550 volunteers and 11 board members. Seth Eklund, Executive Director and UCLA graduate, has worked at Bresee for 18 years. LAFC Director, Anthony Cummings, has a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership. LAFC volunteers include LAPD Sergeants Brodie Seagrave and Cynthia Caudra, and MLS player of the LA Galaxy, James Riley. LAFC intends to hire an expert soccer coach to oversee player development.

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Over the last year, Serapio M. Baca (Assistant Researcher in UCLA’s Neurology Department) has volunteered with the LAFC Youth Leadership Academy. He has been instrumental in assisting Bresee’s board members raise sufficient funds to get LAFC off the ground. He has also participated in planning an adult soccer tournament with the Boys and Girls Club, with proceeds benefiting LAFC. Serapio helped guide the strategic planning process, which outlined the methods to achieve LAFC’s future objectives. Additionally, Serapio assisted in facilitating a partnership meeting between Rich Orosco (LAFC Co-Founder) and UCLA Womens’ Soccer National Championship team, which resulted in the soccer team leading the LACF’s Friday Night Skills and Drills soccer clinics. Serapio continues to seek new opportunities for LAFC by reaching out to other members of the UCLA medical community (including Christine Bower, Assistant Research Professor in Neurology, and the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars). Their partnership would produce quantitative health outcomes for LAFC by ensuring progress and completion of LAFC’s objectives.

How does your project enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and/or the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA?

Bresee’s LAFC Leadership Academy would enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine by providing the opportunity for the UCLA medical community to address critical health issues, such as obesity, in South Los Angeles. By leading on-going or one-time nutrition and health workshops at LAFC’s Friday Night Skills and Drills soccer clinics for youth and/or families, UCLA will be actively serving the community. This support will assist LAFC in creating a safe space that brings the community together by providing an opportunity for healthy physical activity and health education.

Additionally, the UCLA Health community will have the opportunity to serve as LAFC mentors, who model and teach leadership, giving students who might otherwise seek role models from gangs a positive alternative. They will be welcomed as guest speakers at LAFC’s career-readiness workshops, educating youth about STEM career paths. Ultimately, a partnership with UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine will equip LAFC to improve community health outcomes in South Los Angeles by providing positive mentors, safe alternatives to gang involvement, and healthy physical activity through exceptional soccer training and competitive leagues. After establishing itself in the South Los Angeles area, this model may be replicated by the Bresee Foundation and the UCLA Health community to systematically transform other high-need areas in Los Angeles.

UCLA PRIME Community Projects

UCLA PRIME community projects are created by entering medical students selected for a commitment to serving disadvantaged communities. Projects expand leadership and management skills by providing a hands-on experience of healthcare disparities and the communities' difficulties.

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UCLA PRIME Community Projects

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Making a difference in underserved communities

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Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

Year founded

2008

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

UCLA PRIME community projects are created by entering medical students selected for a commitment to serving disadvantaged communities. Projects expand leadership and management skills by providing a hands-on experience of healthcare disparities and the communities' difficulties.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if we could actively train all medical professionals in the realities working with the underserved.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

A significant percent of California's population lives in Health Professions Shortage Areas. The legislature mandated UC PRIME programs at each campus to test differing strategies to meeting California’s healthcare needs.UCLA PRIME’s response was to initiate a curriculum that had the eighteen students in each cohort identify a communities' particular needs and to design and begin to implement an intervention to improve those communities issues.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Having identified community needs, and negotiated a solution, each of the seven matriculating cohorts into UCLA PRIME have designed and implemented community project. Communities have included: an urban community center; a homeless clinic, an urban gardening project, an elective for medical students about incarcerated populations; the nutrition and exercise needs of day laborers; the academic support needs of teens in an institutional setting; and sex workers and sex trafficking victims.

Within the limits of a three-week introductory program and a $1,500 budget, they have been a success, several winning community and institutional awards. However PRIME needs to support the projects continuation and dissemination. The goal of this project

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The Happy Feet project came about because some of the students wanted to work with the homeless and some wanted to work with diabetic patients. They decided on clinic at a homeless center, where they enrolled other students, undergraduates, and pediatric health care professionals.
As for a difference, each student as they reached into the soapy water to wash a homeless person's feet was changed by the experience, their patients became more real, as were their problems.
The biggest change though was that the clinic's work was carried on by other medical students and then undergraduates, impacting the desire for many of these students to work with and better serve the disadvantaged, and to reduce health disparities.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The first project won an award from the City of Pomona for their efforts, and the undergraduate Happy Feet program won an institutional award from UCLA. But perhaps the biggest change in in the numbers of students who are interested in pursuing careers in healthcare for the underserved. The number of applicants to UCLA PRIME in the first year was about five to six hundred students, this year 2014, we will have more than one thousand applicants for the eighteen open positions.

The impact also is on the succeeding cohorts of PRIME as they work to devise new projects with new populations. This will be our legacy as we build an inventory of community projects and interventions, catalogue the efforts, both successful and not, the PRIME community programs are making a difference, geographically from Riverside, to Wilmington, to Lancaster, to downtown LA, East LA, and beyond.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The goal of this project is to centralize the ongoing efforts of the PRIME programs within the PRIME council which is an organization made up of all PRIME participants.

Using the award funds the PRIME council will be able to monetarily enable ongoing projects; but as importantly begin to gather information about project's their development, implementation, and success that can be shared with other medical school and undergraduate campuses across the state and the country.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

With the compilation of project plans, developments and successes, we become more attractive to Healthcare funding agencies such as the California Endowment, the California Wellness Foundation, the California Office of Statewide Planning and Development, and in the future such entities as the Human Services and Resources Administration and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

UCLA PRIME has become the largest and most active of all UC PRIME programs. Other medical schools in California and across the country are looking for unique educational interventions to respond to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education's Charge for all schools to develop health professions pipeline programs that develop health care professionals for disadvantaged and underserved communities.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

UCLA was the last of the UC PRIME programs to begin. We looked at what others were doing, but felt that none of the other schools had projects similar to what we'd proposed for the first UCLA PRIME.
The moment that our hopes became certain was during the implementation of the first project, a rehabilitation of a community center where it was rumored that both the police and fire departments were somewhat uneasy about.As the UCLA PRIME group began to find resources to be donated in terms of furniture, school supplies, and foods, there were, all of a sudden, other members of the UCR medical school and undergraduate campuses interested in taking part. We had tapped a pool of talent and resources that had not been available before that time.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Emma Ledesma, MA, Assistant Director UCLA PRIME, full time, coordinates all efforts.

UCLA PRIME council, comprised of PRIME students representing each of the PRIME cohorts, will be responsible for allocating the funding, and making decisions about project focus. Chairs: Toni Riveros and Eric Ottey.

PRIME Advisory Board, is comprised of physicians, faculty, program graduates, and serves as resource to current students.

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Dr. Lawrence 'Hy' Doyle is the Executive Director and Founder of UCLA PRIME. Ms Emma Ledesma is the Assistant Director of PRIME.
Dr. Alan Robinson served as Associate Vice Chancellor was integrally involved in the development of the UC PRIME programs and the UCLA PRIME program in particular.
UCLA PRIME council, students elected to represent all members and alums of UCLA PRIME.

How does your project enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and/or the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA?

Our seven cohorts have each reached out to a disadvantaged community in southern california, building relationships with elements of that community, and providing interventions or services that have been very well received.
As PRIME continues, each new cohort will link UCLA and UCLA health to a new community, and will also reach out to pre-professions students at UCLA, and community colleges around the Southland, to help them understand healthcare issues for the underserved.

Southern L.A. Patient Navigation & Wellness Center

The Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation and Wellness Center program serves as a resource for social support, mental and physical well-being, and care coordination to reduce disparities in cancer detection, treatment and survivor-ship in the region in and around the South Los Angeles community

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Vargas

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Southern L.A. Patient Navigation & Wellness Center

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For the Prevention and Control of Cancer

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2012

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Hybrid

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United States, CA, Los Angeles

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United States, CA, Los Angeles

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation and Wellness Center program serves as a resource for social support, mental and physical well-being, and care coordination to reduce disparities in cancer detection, treatment and survivor-ship in the region in and around the South Los Angeles community

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if being poor, being a minority, or living in an area with less access to care didn’t put you at higher risk for death from cancer?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

South Los Angeles suffers from some of the worst cancer-related outcomes in the County with a cancer death rate of 209 per 100,000 people per year compared to 165 for Los Angeles County as a whole. The region also has more challenges to good health than other parts of the County including higher rates of un-insurance, higher rates of poverty, and less access to health care resources.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We offer patients with suspicious findings for cancer, those in treatment for cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers for those at any stage support for wellbeing and help with care through Navigation and Wellness Center Activities. Patient “Navigation” is a system of care coordination designed with the purpose of eliminating barriers to timely cancer diagnosis and treatment for vulnerable populations by providing culturally competent, bilingual (Spanish and English) care coordination services. Our “Wellness Center” activities include support groups, yoga, meditation classes, physical fitness programs and linkages to psychological and social service resources. All services are free.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Our first Patient Navigation case was a woman, who two years earlier had received a diagnosis of breast cancer. At the time she had been given a referral for surgery to a center outside of South LA. She had not gone. A combination of fear, home stressors, other medical conditions and distance to care were barriers we identified. With support to connect her to social services and assistance with coordinating care she made her appointment and had surgery within a month.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Excerpts from an email from a Wellness Center participant: “thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Ultimate Transformation for cancer survivors…It’s hard to express what a blessing the last 40 plus days have been to me. When I began this journey…I could not walk more than a couple of blocks….neuropathy in my feet was so unbearable I only wore flip flops…Fast forward to today. I’ve lost about 7 pounds. I’m walking 2 miles 5 days a week. I’m able to wear shoes again… In short my health has improved in ways I didn’t think was possible for me in this short period of time…Thank you all for your commitment to improve the lives of women and men of color in our community.”

We have had direct outreach contacts with over 1,500 community members and within the past 8 months have served over 120 unique wellness center participants and navigated over 80 patients or caregivers

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Much of our early efforts involved developing protocols, training staff, obtaining partnership agreements and raising awareness. We are now poised to increase our impact through expanding partnerships with other local wellness centers and by aiding safety net provider partners in their referral and post discharge care for South LA cancer patients as they respond to health policy reform related patient centered medical home and reduced re-admission goals. These efforts are bringing us closer to our goal of serving as a permanent fixture of support for South LA survivors and caregivers.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Although we will pursue continued renewal support from our primary funder new accreditation standards for hospital cancer programs released by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons include identifying a patient navigation process to address health care disparities and barriers to care and screening patients for psychosocial distress which are both components of our navigation program and wellness center respectively.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Currently there are four other patient navigation programs targeting cancer care in underserved patients; however we are the only program serving South Los Angeles. The other programs at City of Hope, Oliveview, Harbor UCLA and County USC Medical Centers have all been supportive in our development and often serve as points of cross referral as the dearth of full cancer care resources in South LA dictate that many of our patients need care at some of these sites. Similarly the three other cancer focused free wellness centers are all outside of South LA but have aided us in our efforts.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Patient Navigation is a concept pioneered by Harold P. Freeman, M.D., which was implemented in Harlem, New York in response to cancer disparities not unlike those seen in South LA. Co-lead Dr. Roberto Vargas having practiced in Harlem knew the value of navigation in reducing disparities. Having also worked with co-leads Pastor Rhonda Santifer and Ms. D’Ann Morris on other public health programs and with their added perspective of both survivorship and local knowledge of South LA public health issues they recognized the need for a Wellness Center component in addition to navigation support for care which led to this collaborative effort to reduce cancer disparities in South LA

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

This effort is co-led Pastor Rhonda Santifer, who is the founder and executive director of the Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry, a cancer survivor support group located in South LA; Ms. D’Ann Morris, the health officer for the Los Angeles Urban League and has developed health and wellness programs in Los Angeles; and Dr. Roberto Vargas an Associate Professor at UCLA who has conducted research on cancer disparities and patient navigation.

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This effort is co-led Pastor Rhonda Santifer, who is the founder and executive director of the Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry, a cancer survivor support group located in South LA; Ms. D’Ann Morris, the health officer for the Los Angeles Urban League and has developed health and wellness programs in Los Angeles; and Dr. Roberto Vargas an Associate Professor at UCLA who has conducted research on cancer disparities and patient navigation

How does your project enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and/or the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA?

The Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation and Wellness Center program serves as a resource for social support, mental and physical well-being, and care coordination to reduce disparities in cancer detection, treatment and survivor-ship in the region in and around the South Los Angeles community

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"Know Your Basics" Community Health Initiative

The "Know Your Basics: Beauty & Barbershop Health Initiative is to empower communities, families and individuals to take responsibility for their health and wellness so they can choose to live healthier Lifestyles. We do so by reaching out to men and women in trusted community settings.

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UCLA Urology

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Helping U Know Your Basics by Going to the Barbershop & Beautyshop

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2012

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

United States, CA, Inglewood

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, Los Angeles county

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The "Know Your Basics: Beauty & Barbershop Health Initiative is to empower communities, families and individuals to take responsibility for their health and wellness so they can choose to live healthier Lifestyles. We do so by reaching out to men and women in trusted community settings.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if Every Beauty & Barbershop was a Community Health Resource Center - Everyone would have resources

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

African Americans have the highest risk of manageable chronic diseases with limited access to resources within their communities. In most low income communities there is no access to groceries with fresh fruits and vegetables and no healthy restaurant alternatives. In addition due to limited healthcare facilities, individuals have to wait for hours to get medical help and decide to leave or not go at all because they don't want to loose a job.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

To provide additional educational and health access and resources in low income communities. To empower and encourage area residents and communities to know their basic health information and to promote the resources available within their communities. Help them communicate and share the information within their community in places where they are comfortable and spend time. Provide health screenings and access to Free programs that will help entire families to make lifestyle changes ultimately taking responsibility for their individual and their families health and well-being. To develop Resource Centers in local business that people frequent where they can have access to basic information and assistance.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

A person visits it local Beauty or Barbershop on a specific day and the shop has medical volunteers providing basic screenings such as Diabetes, BP, Cholestoral and HIV or STD Tests. A customer is hesitant, but the stylist encourages them to get a screening an because of the relationship with the stylist and comfort of being at a salon gets screened. They find their glucose is high, but has no insurance. The volunteer provides them with a Resource Guide listing the low cost.no cost clinics in their area to get health services. Also, the customer can get their glucose/BP checked each month to monitor if it has improved. There is also literature that is provided at the Wellness Station for Managing Diabetes and other diseases.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

To develop on-going partnerships with Beauty & Barbershops especially in the low income areas that do not have access to care or resources.
to partner with medical schools that would adopt specific shops and provide the screenings each month. By doing this, it gives both the students and the schools a much needed community program which helps students learn to work within their communities.
Multiple partners working together and providing much needed services and resources as a collective body and not individually which will ultimately provide more services to the community. Educating Stylist and provided simple Health Tip Cards on specific chronic diseases that provide help and solutions for their customers. Having a local Resource Center in your neighborhood that could provide you Health and Wellness information on-going that impacts your ability to live a healthier lifestyle.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Turn 50 Shops into permanent Community Resource Centers in LA County
Provide ongoing health education & screenings each month in specific shops
Service & update shops with educational & resource materials monthly
Tie into National Health Initiatives to educate customers on basic health risk.
Provide and update a local Resource Guide Book
To have 500 stylist as partners year round promoting "Know Your Basic"
To reach, assist and educate 100,000 community residents annually.
Replicate this program Statewide to over 250 shops as resource centers.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Secured Sponsorship support from AHFoundation, PhRMA Caremore LA Care, Blue Cross of CA. Partnered with AHF, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Prostate Cancer Foundation. Currently working with MLK Com Hosp. in a 6 month project to expand the Resource Center Pilot in 25 Beauty & Barbershops, and Community Centers. In addition we are submitting on-going grants to further the development of the program.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are several organizations in multiple cities doing outreach in Beauty and barbershops, but usually it is a once a year community health event. There are several Barbershop Initiatives specifically for training barbers to take BP's and one that provides prostate screenings and outreach. However there are little or no specific Beauty Shop Programs and women make 85% of the household decisions. Also, know one is working with these shops to develop them into ongoing Community Resource Centers by partnering with the shops in a collaborative effort to help the community.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

While sitting in a black barbershop one day, the men around me were engaged in their typical conversation about sports, women, and politics. At one point in the conversation turned toward prostate disease, often pronounced "prostrate" in the barbershop. There were a number of comments flying back and forth, "prostate cancer killed my brother, father and uncle." "I lost my father to prostate cancer." It turns out that many of the men had relatives who were affected by prostate cancer and never discussed it. But men, while in the barbershop, are willing to talk. So, now we push them to talk about their health.

Women spend hours at the salon socializing discussing everything - Let's give them something to really talk about-their health.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Margo Wade LaDrew - Executive Director of the Black BeautyShop Health Initiative. Formerly the National Program Director for the National Black Barbershop Health Initiative. National Board Member for the National Council of Negro Women. Serves on the the following local Los Angeles Committees: American Diabetes Association, Susan G. Komen African American Committee.

We currently have over 200 volunteers to assist with the program.

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Starting in 2008, Dr Frencher, Assistant Professor-in-residence in the Department of Urology began engaging with the Greater Los Angeles community as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. After several presentations in the community at churches and in barbershops, he was introduced to Dr Bill Releford. Dr Releford had developed the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, with three specific goals: educate, screen and refer. Educate about healthy lifestyle choices; screen for diabetes and blood pressure; and refer to local health resources. Through Dr Frencher's engagement with the program, educating men about prostate cancer was added. Additionally, Dr Frencher worked to bring new community partners (e.g., Prostate Cancer Foundation, Prostate Health Education Network); resources ($2 million from a variety of funders); and visibility to the program through its nationwide tour. Through this partnership, Dr Frencher was able to in concert with community members, barbershops and research collaborators to conduct an investigator-initiated study of prostate cancer decision aids in barbershops. To date, the Black Barbershop Heath Outreach Program reached over 10,000 African American men and led to the development of an analogous program, Black Beautyshop Foundation. Dr Frencher continues to work with Margo LaDrew, Founder of the Black Beautyshop Foundation and former program coordinator for the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program. He provides technical, funding, data analysis, and health education expertise. Ms LaDrew leads the community outreach efforts and program coordination. Other partners include:

American Diabetes Association - began working with them as a partner with the
BBSHOP
Serve on their African American Committee
Develop a BeautyShop Program and Training Guide with them - executed and trained Directors in 5 cities - NY/LA/Atlanta/DC/Baltimore

AIDS Healthcare Foundation - National Partner with the BeautyShop Program and was title sponsor in 5 markets - Atlanta, DC, Baltimore, MD, New York and Los Angeles

Susan G. Komen - Los Angeles County African American Committee Member - Help to develop a BeautyShop Program to promote Breast Cancer Awareness

LA Care/CareMore/PhRMA/Blue Cross of CA/American Heart Association - Sponsors of the BeautyNBlack Fitness Expo - 2013-2014

National Council of Negro Women, Inc./ National Board Member
Terms - 2011-2014 - Re-elected 2014 - 2016
Develop Local Red Ribbon Affair Fundraiser Event - HIV Awareness Campaign for Women & Girls

MLKCH - Consultant to design Community Outreach Program " Know Your Basic" which includes Beauty & Barbershops / Community & Senior Centers / Malls

How does your project enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and/or the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA?

Through this project, UCLA Health and the School of Medicine has a unique reach into the community of South Los Angeles and other communities of color. Barbershops and beauty salons have been proven to be a platform for research, health outreach and community organizing. Furthermore, this project builds upon community outreach and reengagement of the new Martin Luther King, Jr Community Hospital. By tapping into this network through an establish community partnership, UCLA has the potential become a grassroots community partner both answering important research questions regarding health of minority communities and reducing health disparities.

Caza Sonrisas

Caza Sonrisas fights improper handling of emotions in children, for it creates toys and board games highly effective and fun to train emotional skills, which are easy to use by the family, professionals in education and mental health.

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Caza Sonrisas fights improper handling of emotions in children, for it creates toys and board games highly effective and fun to train emotional skills, which are easy to use by the family, professionals in education and mental health.

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Caza Sonrisas

Project Subtitle

Emotional Education

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Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

Year founded

2008

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Mexico, YUC, Mérida

Country where this project is creating social impact

Mexico, YUC, Mérida

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Caza Sonrisas fights improper handling of emotions in children, for it creates toys and board games highly effective and fun to train emotional skills, which are easy to use by the family, professionals in education and mental health.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

All children of the world learn how to feel good and to cope with adversity

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The problem we want to solve is the inadequate management of emotions in children and therefore future adults. In Mexico, the 10 diseases that cause premature death and more days spent without health, 3 are mental and emotional, this issue is of great social importance, for long term entails great economic costs to health systems and development social.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Develop toys, games and apps of emotional education highly effective and fun, strongly supported in theory and empirical evidence, designed so that they can be used independently, in the company of family or professional education and mental health.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We recruit and train volunteers to give emotional support to hospitalized children. Learn how to use our games and create emotional education toys from common recyclable materials and stationery. in session 1 they used 3 toys: 1) a paper toy type doll with movable gestures, with thought balloon with different gestures is basic emotions and the thought balloon has phrases that correspond to the emotion of the face; 2) a story with the doll is created and difficult situations are simulated and causing emotions and consequences are identified; 3) A toy is created with boxes and wooden sticks, with which mental shortcuts to make positive memories that are behaviorally reinforce recollection is created.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

To date, more than 2000 children have benefited in Yucatan with our toys and games. Children reported a statistically significant 50% decrease in negative feelings and an increase of 25% of their positive feelings. 89% identify emotions, manages includes the mutual influence between thought, emotion and behavior and fail to implement emotion regulation strategies.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

To ensure that more children have access to the benefits of emotional education, we plan to develop apps of emotional education within one year, market national and internationally, our current toys (in 3 months and 3 years, respectively) and create a course to share online volunteer groups around Mexico and the world our methodology of emotional education.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

In the next month will begin the marketing of our toys in the local market, we will advance to national distribution in the next 3 months and in 3 Years Internationally. We are developing an educational app to exercise emotional skills, marketing in the app store and playstore of Mexico represent another source of income. Donations in exchange for advertising schemes for companies that supports Caza Sonrisas

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

TEA Ediciones distributed in Mexico and Spain therapeutic games, Creative therapy store in the United States, reach unaffordable prices and another language. Because of this, our toys are sensitive to culture, have strong theoretical and empirical support, and tested for 6 years with children in high vulnerability. Official figures show that the market potential in Mexico has 4,311,779 women between 20 and 39 who completed high school and have at least one child, there are 5,083,885 households with family heads of household between 20 and 39 years and more income to 8000 pesos

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

In 1998 he was in the sixth grade and I was preparing my admission to high school, when at the end of the year I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. During the duration of my treatment I was hospitalized several times as a child that was in the transition to adolescence, this experience led many emotional upsets. I learned what it are to be a pediatric oncology patient and the costs that this has in life when you're a child and then a teenager. Upon entering high school I was on temporary leave and that's where the groundwork for what would be one year after the start of the project and an experience that would end giving a new meaning to what for me was the cancer down .

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

All positions are occupied by members of our part time staff interns or graduates in Psychology.

General Coordination of Quality (Coord. Evaluation and Monitoring, Coord. Welfare and Coord. Administrative).
Coord. of Development (Coord. of Financial Sustainability and Development Team Toys).
We want to incorporate other disciplines to achieve increased exchange than that currently achieved.

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State Youth Award 2009
University Academic Merit 2010
Social Development Award 2011 UVM
Laureate Global Fellows YouthActionNet 2012

Primary Target Age Group

3 - 5, 6 - 12.

Your role in Education

Other.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

None.

Intervention Focus

Products or Services.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Putting Children in Charge: Giving children a voice and cultivating agency via experiential learning, project-based learning, and civic engagement.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Whole child development is undervalued: Essential parts of development get left behind as children get older, such as healthy habits, executive function, and social and emotional learning.

Need

Offer

Creation of Workshops, Impact Measurement

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

Ability to adapt to adverse situations healthily.

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PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details

Social Business: 2 people make development and marketing of toys for emotional education aimed at the general public. Includes 1 weekly meeting with business incubator, with "project mentor" and weekly installation of three points of sale. // Social Action: At Year 1 recruitment / selection / training is done, The course lasts 30 hours and 20 people are trained to use toys on a Do-it-yourself framework. Weekly 4 sessions of play with our toys are made in pediatric wards in 4 hospitals in Merida Yucatan. The session lasts 3 hours and serves 12 children on average. Services are provided by trained volunteers in teams of 6 and are supervised by one coordinator. Activities are followed by 2 monitors who randomly verify quality criteria. Two psychologists give emotional support to volunteers.

INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.

In the past 15 years the lowering of prices and massification of computer technology has exponentially questioning traditional instruction. Sugata Mitra showed that children can learn independently and cooperatively without an adult with his Hole in the Wall experiment, by going viral in 2007 coincides with the growth One Lap Per Child and the incipient Raspberry Pi, parallel, exploiting the popularization of the Massive Open Online courses and learning Gamification, the world has continued to question and propose, it appears that living a learning revolution.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?

All mammals build their knowledge and acquire skills by playing, learning playing means being consistent with our evolutionary design, is to embrace the way best harmonizes with the progression of our biological, cognitive and social development. Play to learn is to turn into pleasure and joy the act of discovering, understanding and transforming the world. Means ensuring the provision of a human being towards the acquisition and construction of new ideas for life. Who learn by playing sees into the unknown and ignorance a source of inspiration for lighting

SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.

Two investors provide 100% of the capital of commercial development of the toys (to democratize access to emotional education) and Foundation Televisa pay incubation with Tec de Monterrey Santa Fe. Our nonprofit activity is covered 80% by government sources and 20% of donations.

MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?

We use a hybrid model, we develop / commercialize toys that develop emotional management skills from early childhood to modify cultural patterns and create self re-inforcible behavioral alternatives, while we use part of the proceeds to democratize access through the creation of classroom bootcamps online training and emotional literacy.

FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?

55% to create a minimum viable product for tablets that will allow to raise capital and to climb up. 30% to create a MOOC about creating DIY toys, which democratizes access to emotional literacy. 15% by strengthening fundraising for the social part.

PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.

Facultad de Matemáticas y Psicología de la Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán:Asesoría y apoyo técnico para investigación Faculty of Mathematics and Psychology at the Autonomous University of Yucatan: Technical Assistance and Support for scientific research into the functioning of toys.

International Youth Foundation: Continuing education in the areas of organizational development.

Incubator Tecnologico de Monterrey Santa Fe: Incubation for the formation and development of the toy business of emotional education.

Foundation Televisa: Links with the business world

COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.

We would like to partner with Terrabilis or Blocks to Solve It for advise in design and distribution of toys. with Kiddify or Illumina we would like guidance on virtual platforms also would like to contribute to the needs of these projects may have.

VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?

Our products are in toy stores in the world competing with big brands, its impact has been such that became a meme that defines childhood for generations and have toys that have adapted to different cultures. Furthermore our training program for creating emotional DIY toys are a hit in the MOOC and played in the most spoken languages in the world; Chinese, Hindi, English and Spanish

IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time

Percent of children with the toy that acquire the corresponding emotional skill.
Annual percentage of children with the toy that have significantly increased their ability to manage emotional difficulties.
Number of people trained annually in our methodology of emotional DIY toys.
Children with toys have less likelihood of emotional problems.

Annual sales

IMPACT - REPORTING SAMPLE: Please attach any examples of your impact reporting. [optional]:

4th_international_congress_on_emotional_intelligence_.pdf

RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE: Please link or attach any research or evidence resource you are open to sharing more widely [optional]. Building research and evidence is a key aim of this initiative, and the resources you share may be chosen for listing in the Center for Education Innovations library:

SOURCE: If applicable - who created the research or evidence you are choosing to share? :

efecto_psicologico_de_una_intervencion_de_apoyo_emocional.pdf

IMPACT - REACH: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

500 to 1,000

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?

Yes

Other (please specify)

Number of Employees:

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers:

10-100

APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

Play with Objects, Symbolic Play.

Other (please specify)

AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.

There is none

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Prosthetics For Kids as a Creative & Learning Tool

La Fundación Cirec ha planteado una prótesis especializada para niños en la cual estos tienen la capacidad de crear su propia prótesis con fichas de Lego. Esta herramienta es una forma potente de desarrollar habilidades de aprendizaje a través del juego y así integrar los círculos sociales del niño

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Project Subtitle

Empowering children to improve their learning through gaming and creativity

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Colombia, Bogotá

Country where this project is creating social impact

Colombia, Colombia

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

La Fundación Cirec ha planteado una prótesis especializada para niños en la cual estos tienen la capacidad de crear su propia prótesis con fichas de Lego. Esta herramienta es una forma potente de desarrollar habilidades de aprendizaje a través del juego y así integrar los círculos sociales del niño

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Las prótesis actuales están pensadas para suplir necesidades físicas. Sin embargo en los niños éstas no cubren el espectro de necesidades que el menor tiene, limitando su crecimiento personal y su interacción con nuevos contextos sociales. El Autoestima es algo difícil de construir en un niño más aun cuando éste está siempre apuntado por ser anormal

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Inventar una prótesis que permita a los niños (usando componentes LEGO) crear, aprender y expresarse por medio de la construcción de elementos donde tanto el amputado como los demás compañeros o familiares van a compartir experiencias de juego y aprendizaje a través de la creatividad.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Ejemplo 1: El impacto se da cuando el niño amputado en su día a día arma su prótesis según el diseño que éste quiera utilizar ese día. Así las cosas, lo anterior estimula constantemente el cerebro del niño y lo invita cada día a aprender y a desarrollar distintas habilidades ya sea con sus maestros, padres o compañeros.

Ejemplo 2: Durante la rehabilitación que hacemos a cada paciente, la rehabilitadora podría estimular el aprendizaje del niño mezclando la rehabilitación física con enfoques pedagógicos. Ejemplo: vamos a contar y sumar el número de piezas que tenemos para armar tú restroescavadora u hoy vamos a identificar los distintos colores de tú protesis o vamos a identificar figuras geómetricas en tu protesis.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Ya hicimos el primer prototipo con "Dario", un niño de 9 años con el cual hubo grandes descubrimientos alrededor del aprendizaje y la autoconfianza:
1) Siguió instrucciones complejas presentadas en un computador para el desarrollo de su "juguete" donde aprendió con prueba y error 2) Su prótesis se volvió el centro de atención con sus compañeros, los cuales interactuaron y aprendieron con él 3) al construir un "set" en este caso una retroexcavadora, despertó la creatividad de Dario encontrándonos en una situación en la que él sugería muchísimos nuevos "sets" o cosas que él quisiera construir y así identificamos que efectivamente se estimuló su cerebro para crear cosas 4) Generó empatía y aceptabilidad de su prótesis y su condición. A futuro puede llegar a ser una herramienta de aprendizaje continúo para cada niño amputado, pues es un jugete con el cual interactúa todo el tiempo.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

La principal estrategia es entender que otras aplicaciones didácticas y académicas puede tener una prótesis con la cual el niño interactúa constantemente.

Queremos ser jugadores globales en la producción de prótesis enfocadas en cambiar el aprendizaje de los niños a través del juego y con esto lograr impacto psicosocial positivo tanto en el paciente como en la sociedad

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

El proyecto necesita capital para desarrollar los primeros prototipos y la puesta en marcha del mismo. Estos recursos se piensan conseguir empezando por esta convocatoria y demás tipos de convocatorias futuras. Una vez obtenidos los recursos iniciaremos nuevos prototipos para llegar a un producto final y así iniciar ventas con los clientes y pacientes actuales de la fundación Cirec.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, National government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Globalmente no existen prótesis especializadas para niños que busquen estimular el aprendizaje y el autoestima de los niños.

Así nuestro proyecto se diferencia en lo anteriormente mencionado y en que nos basamos en la filosofía de la Fundación Cirec de la rehabilitación integral, buscando atender al paciente tanto en sus necesidades físicas como sociales, psicológicas, emocionales y de aprendizaje.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

La idea nace a través de la observación de casos de estudio de nuestros pacientes (niños).

Se realizó un seguimiento en sus diferentes ámbitos, encontrando como resultado que evidentemente las necesidades de los niños sobrepasan la tradicional barrera física y que las interacciones sociales, la autoestima y la creatividad, pueden ser iguales o aún más importantes que la misma carencia de una extremidad.

Por lo anterior, quisimos realizar un producto que supliera estas necesidades y que además estimulara el aprendizaje y desarrollara distintas habilidades en los niños durante sus primeros años de aprendizaje.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

En la Fundación existe un equipo interdisciplinario de 50 personas que apoyan para que el proyecto sea un éxito.

El equipo se compone de: Médicos Ortopedistas y Fisiatras, Fisioterapeutas, Terapeutas Ocupacionales, Fonoaudiólogos, Psicólogos, Técnicos Protesistas, Diseñadores, Vendedores, Director de Proyecto y demás equipo administrativo; los cuales todos son de tiempo completo y dedicación al proyecto.

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Primary Target Age Group

1.5 - 3, 3 - 5, 6 - 12.

Your role in Education

Administrator.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

None.

Intervention Focus

Childcare, Products or Services.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Putting Children in Charge: Giving children a voice and cultivating agency via experiential learning, project-based learning, and civic engagement.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Whole child development is undervalued: Essential parts of development get left behind as children get older, such as healthy habits, executive function, and social and emotional learning.

Need

Obtaining resources to make this idea a reality

Offer

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

The results that we seek to improve in children are: Learning through play, develop the right brain hemisphere, promote concentration and attention, learn to build things using concrete objects, solve basic problems, learn to follow directions, develop mathematical and spatial logic through design, stimulate memory, develop fine motor skills by fit chips and finally take the child to a mental process where you understand that you are making a product seen as a whole, with logic start to finish

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To date no user activity performed with this product, it is a new product, which has a first prototype.

INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.

It is clear that today's children are not learning to conventional learning schemes, they are dynamic and demanding. A clear example is the ipads, the children not knowing what is an ipad handle it perfectly. Is because of this argument that creating a prosthesis with the child to interact and learn at the same time is different to change a winning apprenticeship scheme and especially Skills Development

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?

Es aprender de una manera didactica, pero con un objetivo y un propósito puntual, es además un juego dirigido no un juego libre, busca afianzar y estimular diferentes área(s) del desarrollo a través de un aprendizaje significativo donde el niño se convierte en su propio protagonista

SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.

Is learning in a didactic manner, but with an objective and timely way, is also a game aimed not a free game, and seeks to strengthen and encourage different area (s) of development through meaningful learning where the child becomes his protagonist himself

MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?

It is closely related, as the Cirec Foundation for 38 years has impacted socially disabled people and low resources rehabilitating them and making them inclusive educational processes. Now with the innovative concept of developing a prosthesis aimed at stimulating the children's learning and social impact this will power further highlighting functionality + design + learning

FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?

Would be used on the first working prototype (materials, printer 3d small myoelectric sensors and technology). It would invest in this because is necessary to have a prototype or several prototypes to test market and thus make adjustments to define the final product.

PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.

There are many partners:
1. The insurers of the health system would be willing to conduct pilot tests.
2. Major manufacturers of prosthetic components may be interested in exploring the possibility of prosthesis aimed at children

COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.

We are not interested at the moment

VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?

Being the first global player to develop prosthesis focused for children, and stimulating learning functionality. This would serve a market globally of 65.1 million children amputated

Secondary form tab…Impact-Key metrics
1. Motivation and happiness marker
2. Positive results before the child learning at school
3. Development of creativity and logic
4. Sales of Prosthetics

IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time

1. Indicador de Felicidad y motivación
2. Resultados positivos frente al aprendizaje del niño en el colegio
3. Desarrollo de creatividad y lógica
4. Ventas de Prótesis

IMPACT - REPORTING SAMPLE: Please attach any examples of your impact reporting. [optional]:

business_plan_presentation.pdf

RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE: Please link or attach any research or evidence resource you are open to sharing more widely [optional]. Building research and evidence is a key aim of this initiative, and the resources you share may be chosen for listing in the Center for Education Innovations library:

SOURCE: If applicable - who created the research or evidence you are choosing to share? :

IMPACT - REACH: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

Not Applicable - yet! (we are at the idea stage or start-up)

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?

Other (please specify)

Other (please specify)

Nuestra institución ha sido la evaluadora del proyecto. Hasta ahora ninguna institución educativa lo ha hecho.

Number of Employees:

10-100

Number of Volunteers:

Please select

APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

Play with Objects, Games with Rules, Adults Participating (Ensuring adults are able to play alongside children), Challenging Play (play that disrupts - where rules are disregarded and levels of imagination are high).

Other (please specify)

AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.

no

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