What has been the impact of your solution to date?
OSEAM has helped until now over 100 families recognize, trust and value the qualities of their children, in their diversity, with their perceived limitations, shortcomings and competencies. It has helped children to better understand themselves, to have a voice, to be able to express an opinion and be willing to accept “the other”. Listen, share, learn and develop.
OSEAM offers a holistic and systemic approach to communicating and accepting oneself and the other through the illustration and practice of tolerance and empathy.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
While continuing its work accompanying children in their family environment OSEAM is planning to expand and begin teaching this holistic hands-on experiential learning approach to encourage empathy and understanding within the school system.
A pilot project in a school in Bulle in the canton of Fribourg, is scheduled to begin during the 2nd quarter 2012 for a class of students in middle school(Cycle d’orientation) for a six month period. Based on the results of the pilot project, OSEAM will distill the lessons learned and approach the various cantonal educational authorities to create awareness for this approach and begin discussions for its inclusion in the curriculum throughout the French speaking schools in Switzerland.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The greatest barrier relates to fear. Fear of change, fear of speaking out, fear of the unknown, fear of trusting and trying new and different approaches to learning, on the part of the children and to a greater extent that of their parents and teachers. This challenges their ways of thinking and creates tension and uncertainty.
This type of deep change takes time, energy and patience, building awareness about OSEAM's approach and creating relationships with stakeholders based on trust. In order to be able to continue this work OSEAM must ensure it has sufficient financial resources available. In November 2011, it became possible to support OSEAM activities by investing in a currency fund - investors agree 50% of performance results go to support the foundations activities.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Double the size of the currency fund in 6 months, and triple in 12 months
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Tripling the investment fund size, recruitment & training of 5 counsellors, expand outreach to meet needs in France & Cuba
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
During a weekend retreat on the topic of realizing one’s full potential, respect and active listening in 2001, Alain Jaquier came to the conclusion that the absolute power of empathy is the most effective means to self realisation and to understanding our fellow man. Alain knew then that he wanted to create a foundation dedicated to realising this. His vision and financial acumen combined created a foundation and an innovative funding mechanism to ensure the activities would offered to children at no cost.