Social Entrepreneurship Program

Social Entrepreneurship Program

BrazilBrazil
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Social Business Entrepreneurship Program focuses on developing a new consciousness, connecting hearts and minds in actions and business for a better world.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Young people disconnected from the needs of the world and their own needs. Young people with no voice to express their real thoughts and emotions, and without incentives from school education to become more involved in external issues. An old fashion system where teachers stand in front of the class and pass their knowledge, and there is no much space for discussions and collective learning. Need of real conversations, deep learning about others, and ourselves, about our thoughts and emotions and how do they affect our actions. Need to understand our mind, body and spirit are connected. Need to look beyond the school walls and start caring about the world issues and how our actions impact on them.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our Social Business Entrepreneurship Program is based on collective learning methodologies, such as the circle or PeerSpirit model, and Appreciative Inquiry. Such models allow participants to learn about each other individually and about the group, learn about the beauty that is in everything surrounding them and discover opportunities where others only see disgrace and, more important, discover they are capable of promoting changes. They learn how to contribute with their own thinking, focus on what really matters, speak with their mind and their heart, listen to understand, link and collect Ideas, and search for the best in people, and the relevant world around them. At the end they understand organizations are made of people and the only sustainable business are based on social business models, where you connect minds and hearts with the needs of the world.
Impact: How does it Work

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

The first program we facilitated on this model was destined to different profiles, such as social entrepreneurs, students, teachers, and institutions' personnel. It was incredible to promote deep conversations and group work into such a diverse population. We took this group to develop an Appreciative Inquiry work at a big slum in Belo Horizonte and it was amazing. People got really emotional visiting slum sheds and been received with all the openness and caring from dwellers. They were able to talk from equal to equal, listen with their heart and minds and go into really deep conversations, about their dreams and hopes. As a final task, groups were able to develop local business ideas to promote the slum development, such as a social English course and a local newspaper. Everybody was very happy and satisfied with the result. In only two weekends we were able to create a very strong sense of collaboration and empathy among participants, what gave the group the trust to work together, expose their inner thoughts and fears, get closer to strange people during field work at the slum, and develop really great and innovative solutions for their needs.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are other local programs mainly from NGO's to develop young people interaction and more diverse school learning methods, but none of them is using the same collective methodologies as we do. By the other side, there are also some colleagues from the Art of Hosting community, from which we are partners and stewards, caring works based on the same methodologies, but with different purpose and in different fields. We joined the collective learning journey to focus on entrepreneurship of a new kind of business and conscious: the social business, where you connect your heart and mind with the possibility to make money and make a difference in the world.
About You
Organization:
Virtú - The Hub BH
About You
First Name

Elisa

Last Name

Akmim

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Virtú - The Hub BH

Organization Country
Country where this project is creating social impact
Your role in Education

Other.

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

Other

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Innovation
How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Social Business Entrepreneurship Program focuses on developing a new consciousness, connecting hearts and minds in actions and business

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Learning about yourself and others, developing a collective intelligence and discovering hidden opportunities in your surroundings

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

All participants from the first program were positively impacted on the course, and started applying group and relationship learnings in their lives. Some of them are already planning to start their own business, others are still developing their ideas, others are working on implementing some positive change within their institutions.
Participants from the slum where the program was developed were also very pleased with the business ideas generated. There are still some ideas going on, some projects that started are suspended or in stand-by because there was no leader to continue the work. Our compromise is to develop more social entrepreneurs programs there, including local inhabitants on the program, so they can continue the local work after the program ends.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

With the resources to replicate the program in different schools and surroundings, we could have 10 programs a year, what could mean more than 750 participants in 3 years, plus all suburb participants during each edition that are involved and impacted by the program conduction and results.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

There is a challenge to finance the program. Our initial goal was to take the program to public institutions, universities, and schools, but there is a gap in finding their ways to finance that. We also wanted to help NGO’s members to learn how to work more collectively and learn new ways of developing their activities, on a more business oriented way. But they also have difficulty in see their need and find the ways to finance the program. And since we are not a philanthropic organization, we need to charge for our work, and sometimes it is not possible to accomplish it. We also have a challenge to monitor the result and continuity of the projects and local business ideas. If no one from the program is willing to assume the initiative it rarely will succeed on the suburb.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Execute 6 programs for school and universities related public. The program can be focused on teachers to replicate that.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Identify groups of participants for each program

Task 2

Identify deprived / poor areas on the surroundings

Task 3

Map and prepare population of these deprived / poor areas to be part on the program

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Execute 12 programs for school and universities related public. The program can be focused on teachers to replicate that.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Identify groups of participants for each program

Task 2

Identify deprived / poor areas on the surroundings

Task 3

Map and prepare population of these deprived / poor areas to be part on the program

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 my first being present on a circle from Art of Hosting community I felt deep in my heart this was the answer I was looking for, this was the right way to work as a team, the only way we could have all the world diversity together, open to have deep conversations and listen carefully to each other. So I started to apply collective methodologies like the circle in my life and work. Then, looking for some answers in ways of doing business, social business made a lot of sense to me, as an answer to our capitalism model. So it seemed natural to join both proposals and create a program to develop this new consciousness for life and business.

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

We have a partnership with the Hub BH, that is a company dedicated to social entrepreneurs and start-ups. They have a large network and a shared office where people develop their business. People on their network are potential clients do Virtú programs, and Virtú also uses the space as its own office.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

We need to guarantee our expert facilitators do conduct the program, always updated and well prepared. We also need a reinforcement to support the logistics and organization during preparation and execution of the program.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

We do have a large network of social entrepreneurs and people interested on collaborative platforms, social projects and methodologies. We need to expand our contacts to companies and institutions that are interested on these themes and can provide financial resources or be our clients. We also need more marketing to promote our programs and actions

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