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.
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.
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.