Music Crossroads Creative Campus

Mchinji, Malawi

20-24 March 2019

Workshop Activity #3  // Dive 3 “Zero to One > 1 to N”

Music Crossroads International runs a Creative Campus annually in Africa that enables local Music Crossroads Academies across Africa (namely  Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe) to focus on a number of modules including:  train-the-trainer of music teachers on curriculum development, audio-engineering training including live music training, instrument building and repair, as well as cultural management training for musicians, students and managers of the various academies.

Belle and Co, was tasked to co-facilitate the 10-day Cultural Management training component of the Creative Campus, and within this devised a 5-day Cultural Entrepreneurship module focusing on social enterprise development and business modelling using various design-thinking techniques and tools.Teams within the workshop came up with various solutions to some of the challenges faced by Academies which includes : Decreasing donor dependency, mitigation of drop out rates at Academies, influencing the accreditation process at a governmental level as well as the challenge of shifting mindsets when it comes to the value of music in the community. All of these activities, projects and solutions were framed within a social enterprise mindset, ensuring that there is a balance between profit and purpose, money and meaning!

The module was developed based on Belle and Co.’s years of work in the creative and cultural industries, including international exposure garnered through the Erasmus+ supported programme called “Dive in Social Entrepreneurship programme” which has been running for the last 2 years with over 12 countries.

 

 

 

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Creative Social Enterprise Train-the-trainer

5 March 2019

National Workshop Activity #2  // Dive 3 “Zero to One > 1 to N”

On 5th March 2019, a 7-day programme funded by the Department of Arts and Culture and co-hosted by the Craft Design Institute and Social Enterprise Academy focused on cross-sectoral capacity development of local and governmental facilitators within the creative social enterprise space.

The training took place in Langa Township at the Guga S’thebe Cultural Centre.

Day 5, led by the Social Enterprise Academy tutor (Belisa Rodrigues), took the participants through the Academy’s “Intro to Social Enterprise” module, and focused specifically on the creative and cultural sector, as well as through its unique learning methodology of peer-led exchange.

This short but intense introduction covered:

  • Social Enterprise Spectrum
  • Social Enterprise Definitions
  • Triple Bottom line dilemmas as it relates to the cultural field
  • Business model elements and recognizing at least 5 different revenue models
  • Real case studies of successful creative social enterprises with videos
  • Reflecting on starting or enhancing one’s own creative social enterprise

The participants overwhelmingly stated that they gained more clarity on what a social enterprise is, and were especially enlightened around various revenue models.

The workshop was led by Belisa Rodrigues, and observed by Belinda Guillot of the Social Enterprise Academy.