Creative Entrepreneurship Programme (Goethe Namibia)

October 2020

Goethe-Institut Namibia (GI), together with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), launched a Creative Entrepreneurship Programme (CEP) in May 2020. This programme is aimed at identifying and developing businesses in the creative industry to become financially lucrative and eventually create economic growth for the Namibian creative field. After an online application process and a round of business pitches, 14 businesses were selected by an independent jury to form part of the programme.

Belle and Co. was invited as a facilitator for “Lesson 5: Business Innovation” where entrepreneurs were introduced to Human Centred Design Thinking processes, put into teams and tackled a design challenge over 4 weeks.

Challenges included: Black Pride; National Pride, Reaching the hard to reach; Resilience in Creatives. The prototypes created by each group were truly mind-blowing!

Below are some excerpts from the group work:

A Global Platform for Creative, Just and Sustainable Futures

From 12-23 October 2020, the Salzburg Global Seminar series kicks off this years annual gathering of 70 selected Young Cultural Innovators from all over the world for an immersive 10 day dialogical experience on the topic “Creative, Just and Sustainable Futures”. Belle and Co.’s Director, Belisa Rodrigues, is a YCI alumni (2012), and will this year be part of the facilitation team to take this event completely online.

More information https://www.salzburgglobal.org/multi-year-series/yci/pageId/9136

Communities around the world are facing radical social, environmental, political, and economic disruption, confronting complex challenges that range from the COVID-19 pandemic to structural inequity and racism, outdated systems of education and work, and climate change. The cultural sector is essential to regenerate and energize societies but artists and creative innovators have never been in a more precarious situation.

Shaping a creative, just and sustainable world calls for action at all levels and collaboration across many sectors. We need bold ideas and innovation to build a more vibrant and resilient arts sector that can advance inclusive economic development, positive social change, and urban transformation for livable cities. The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI Forum) aims to do this by connecting, empowering and supporting rising talents in the creative sector across every continent.

Below a select screenshot of the 70+ selected innovators for this year’s YCI Session:

More information:

The mission of Salzburg Global Seminar is to challenge current and future leaders to shape a better world.

Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1947 to challenge current and future leaders to shape a better world. Our multi-year program series aim to bridge divides, expand collaboration and transform systems. 

Salzburg Global convenes outstanding talent across generations, cultures and sectors to inspire new thinking and action, and to connect local innovators with global resources. We foster lasting networks and partnerships for creative, just and sustainable change.

Over 36,000 Fellows from more than 170 countries have come together through our work, with many rising to senior leadership positions. Our historic home at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria – now also an award-winning hotel – allows us to welcome all participants in conditions of trust and openness.

View of the Lake across from Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron where the SGS sessions historically take place.

Creative Campus #2 goes online in Sudan

4 June 2020, Online Training (Sudan)

Last year Belle and Co. conducted a 5-day Creative Campus with Sudanese Creative Entrepreneurs under the Strengthening Citizens of Sudan Programme (co-funded by Goethe Institut and The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)) . This year, selected participants of the 2019 campus, have come forward with a desire to run the second edition of the Creative Campus #2 in 2020. As a result, they requested a Training-of-trainers (ToT) programme to prepare them to take over as local trainers.

Training Programme: 

Due to Covid-19, this ToT was pivoted to an online programme as follows:

2 June 2020 – Soft launch of the learning platform (via Google Classrooms)

4 June 2020 – Webinar 1: Orientation / Tech Check and ToT Launch

4 – 6 June 2020  – Self Study and assignments

6 June 2020 – Webinar 2: Designing the CC#2

6-9 June 2020 – Self -study and group work

9 June 2020 – Webinar 3: Delivering the CC#2

13 June 2020 – Final Assignment

Webinar 1: Orientation

Online Webinar 1 screenshot, Sudan (4 June 2020)

East African Creative Music Campus

Tanzania, 17 – 27 February 2020

The East African Creative Music Campus, is a programme offered by the Global Music Academy, and co-funded by EU Erasmus+ and Goethe Institut. There are 10 countries participating from 10 academies (includes Music Crossroads Academies). Countries covered include: Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique.

Previously held in Ethiopia in 2018, this year saw the campus travel to Tanzania, and hosted by local organisation Action Music Academy.

Belle and Co’s director, Belisa Rodrigues, together with Faisal Kiwewa, CEO of Bayimba, an organisation based in Uganda, were co-facilitators for the Business Development Workshop held over 8 days during the campus. The main outcome of the training was for each Music Academy to draw up a fully fledged business plan and cashflow projection for the next 2-3 years.

The intensive training covered topics such as:

  • Developing your Vision, Mission and defining your values
  • What is your unique Value Proposition
  • Who are your customers and what are their needs
  • Market research, market analysis and knowing your competition- where do you position yourself in the market?
  • Risk Analysis and risk mitigation strategies
  • Marketing Mix and Strategic direction, objectives and implementation plans to reach your objectives
  • Financial projections, costing and revenue streams

The training also covered topics such as grant writing and fundraising, advocacy and pitching.

DIVE 3 Social Enterprise and International Frameworks Debate

Belle and Co will be posting weekly Facebook Live Debate episodes exploring the topic of Social Enterprise from a South African perspective, as part of the EU Erasmus+ Supported Programme called “Dive 3: Zero to One > 1 to N”.

EPISODE 1: Social Enterprise as an International Framework or Global Movement, and its relationship to a South African context (released Monday 25th November).

This local series aims to create some discussion around the topic of SE in South Africa in a 5-part weekly series.

The DIVE programme has been running for 3 years together with 12 countries: Macedonia (lead country), Romania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and South Africa.

More information on the programme please visit the project website: http://dive.youthalliance.org.mk

Follow the debates online, Belle and Co’s Facebook @belle.co.za and posted below as they arise.

 

 

IMPACT MAKERS AND CREATORS CONCLUDES

IMPACT MAKERS & CREATORS | Belisa Rodrigues, Director of Belle and Co. and Facilitator for the Social Enterprise Academy, led the last module of the Impact Makers and Creators Programme for 2019 in Langa yesterday.

The programme, launched in April 2019, is a fully-funded, three-month business accelerator for ideation-and-growth-stage social and creative entrepreneurs. The programme will support entrepreneurs to build their businesses, make their impact sustainable and reach wider communities and beneficiaries through their work.

120 creative social enterprises (6 cohorts) completed the programme during the period April – October, in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Yesterday was the last session for the last cohort in Cape Town.

Alumni of the programme from Joberg and Cape Town will meet up for the first time altogether on the 28th November, and stand a chance to pitch their projects to an audience of investors and friends. #ImpactMakersAndCreators #DICE #SEA #Belleandco

Strengthening Citizens of Sudan

16-22 September, Addis Ababa

Belle and co. co-facilitated a 4-day Human-Centred Design (HCD) Thinking bootcamp with 22 Sudanese Creative Entrepreneurs for the “Strengthening Citizens of Sudan Creative Campus Programme”. A 2-day train-the-trainer was also conducted. Both workshops took place in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia from 16 -22 September 2019.

Participants of the Creative Campus represented a range of creative (social) enterprises such as art spaces, music studios, graphic design companies, documentary film makers, fashion designers, media companies, and creative agencies.

The HCD Bootcamp was based on Ideo.org materials and enabled participants to move from their challenge/problem statement, interact with real users and build a solution in the form of a prototype.

More about the programme and client:

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung ‘FES’ in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Sudan implements on behalf of the Dutch government the programme Strengthening Citizens in Sudan ‘SCS’. The programme’s capacity building measures target newly-established Community-based Organisation ‘CBOs’ and Civil Society Organisations ‘CSOs’ in the field of transparency as well as young creatives and cultural actors in the field of cultural entrepreneurship. Programmatically SCS includes trainings on leadership (human resource management, decision making approaches, team building and management) as well as project management and organizational development skills. In addition, SCS creates a space for its beneficiaries to participate in the current public and socio-political discourses of Sudan.

 

FUNDAMENTALS OF DESIGN THINKING – refresher course

19-20 August 2019

Belle and co. attended a refresher course on Fundamentals of Design Thinking at the Design Thinkers Academy in Wynberg this month.

The course covered the theory and practice of Design Thinking, and exposed the group to the following tools:

Stakeholder Mapping provides you with an overview of the ‘eco-system’ that you are exploring. Stakeholders are people, teams or organizations that directly or indirectly exchange ‘value’. The exchange of value is used as the basis to explore the underlying services provided by the stakeholders

Value Network Mapping creates insight in the exact values that are being exchanged between stakeholders. Using this tool, you already will get a more detailed insight into the services being provided by the stakeholders

Personas are used as the basis for Customer Journey Mapping. Finding out about the objectives, behavior, attitudes of people is very important for developing improvements or innovations of the services provided.

Customer Journey Mapping allows us to further step into the customer shoes. It shows us the customer’s perceptions and the larger context in which we play a part at the different stages of their journeys. It lets us be emerged in their world, their reality. Get a deeper insight into customer needs, objectives, experience and desired outcomes. It will answer questions like: What are people really trying to achieve? How are they trying to achieve this? What do they use and in what order? Why do they make a choice? What are they experiencing, feeling, while trying to reach the desired outcome?

A customer journey map is built up layer by layer. We start ‘above water’, with the customer and slowly dive deeper and deeper into the organisational structures and context. The tool can be used with customers or management, employees and other stakeholder.

This qualitative design research tool will provide you with customer insights to improve the customer’s experience. The toolkit will be handed out after the training so you can start applying the tool immediately in your context.

Service Scenarios are used to visualize how a (newly designed) service is being experienced from a customer point of view. Simple visualization techniques are being introduced.

Prototyping is done to be able to test a service concept in a ‘low tech’ environment with relevant stakeholders. Prototyping can be done by building artifacts from cardboard or paper or by using Lego. Also, role play is a powerful way of prototyping.