DIVE 3: ZERO to ONE is bigger than 1 to N: INTERNATIONAL SE CONFERENCE

Skopje, Macedonia

24-27 October 2019

For 3 intensive days, youth workers, social entrepreneurs and policy makers convened in Skopje, Macedonia, from 16 different countries, came together to discuss cross-sectoral collaboration in social entrepreneurship.

See conference programme here.

Belle and co.’s director, Belisa Rodrigues, was a panelist on the “Zero Poverty + Social Enterprise” session – see presentation here.

The title of the conference “DIVE 3: Zero to One > 1 to N”, refers to Peter Thiel’s premise, that doing something someone is already doing which takes us from 1 to n, is familiar. However, when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1 – this enables leaders to emerge with unique solutions and businesses to rise above competition. The DIVE 3, refers to the third edition of the EU Erasmus+ programme called “Dive into Social Entrepreneurship” started in 2017.

So the conference played around with this “zero” theme, to extend the conversation further around social innovation in a future “zero” world: zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero carbon emissions.

The conference programme was divided into morning sessions focusing on the local Macedonian context; and then the early afternoon sessions focused on international contexts; with the late afternoon/evening sessions focused on group work and policy recommendations borne out of the inspiring sessions that day.

Watch this space for the full report and outcomes of the conference.

 

 

 

Dive Deeper into SE: Youth Policy presentation in Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria: May, 2018

Belle and Co. Associate Phokeng Setai and Director Belisa Rodrigues, participated in the Dive Deeper Programme focused on Youth Policy and Social Entrepreneurship. Belle and Co. presented an overview of South African youth policy, and learnt about youth policy initiatives in 8 other countries (Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Costa Rica and Peru).

Training course focused on increasing the understanding of the participants on the importance of cooperation in youth sector and developing quality youth strategies, the participants developed their skills needed to prepare quality youth strategy, to network with various bodies representing youth, to effectively use manuals, guidelines on social entrepreneurship in youth field, to adjust tools, methods etc.

Belle and Co. participates in Creative Activism Workshop

Tshisimani Activist Centre, Mowbray, Cape Town: March 2018

We were exposed to various forms of creative and cultural activism, read case studies, had a guest speaker from SWEAT sharing live campaigns, and we formed teams to pitch our activist campaign to others.

Our project centered around “community safety and security” where we came up with an innovative idea on how to utilise public spaces (especially street corners) to claim back or occupy the streets into productive community spaces.

We called it “The Triangle Project”. See video here.

Dive Deeper into SE: Social Enterprise Legal Training in Romania

Iasi, Romania: March, 2018

Belle and Co. Associates, Sicelo Mbonani and Adelaide Cupido, represented South Africa at the Dive Deeper into Social Entrepreneurship Programme focused on Legal Forms for Social Enterprise. Belle and Co. presented a comprehensive overview of legal forms in South Africa.

“Deep gratitude for #divedeeper South African consortium project partner @Belle & Co . for generating this opportunity to share learning and connect with 9 countries, 3 Continents. Ready to come back and multiply the impact through the public sessions we discussed. Awesome connecting with Sicelo as well and looking forward to collaborating with the team on SAcan soil. #we shared #we learned #we played #we grew” – Adelaide Cupido, Belle and Co Associate.