Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Hasibe Akın is leading design and project management of UPP. She developed a special project for Maslak Campus of Istanbul Technical University with the purpose of applying UPP to university campuses in cities. She pioneered to express the permaculture to the university administration and had necessary permissions and acceptance from them to apply the project in the campus. She convinced the mall’s administration to begin UPP on the rooftop of the Akmerkez Mall. She did permaculture design and coordinated the application from the start to the end. She undertook to manage community who occurred around the project including mall’s staff. She led non-violent communication methods for participation of community as volunteer. Nowadays, she contributes to manage sustainable strategic planning of realty company project ‘DKY ON’ to actualize UPP. Additionally, she continues leading to structure community building and partnership relations process for DKY ON concept with her team.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
She got support to apply UPP at university campus from Emet Değirmenci who was our first permaculture instructor in the process of designing the project. We got opinions of the coordination team of UMASS (University of Massachusetts) Permaculture Initiative which put a similar project into practice already. Our professor Nüzhet Dalfes from ITU, facilitated between university administration and us for acceptance of the project by the university. Mentors who came to the finalist retreat of Bilgi Young Social Entrepreneurships Awards shared with us their knowledge and experiences about marketing, law, finance, business model, accounting, social entrepreneurship etc.