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!
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.
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disruption, confronting complex challenges that range from the COVID-19 pandemic to structural inequity and racism, outdated systems of education and work, and climate change.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:
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.
20 Creative Hub Managers from Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa ended their 9-month Connect.hubs2.0 journey over a 2-day Virtual Retreat weekend. Belisa Rodrigues and Mutsa Samuel, designed and co-facilitated the virtual retreat, which ended on an emotional high and strengthened the connections across geographies in a real way.
30 JUNE 2020 LIVE WEBINAR | Local trainers from Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa share their experience working with over 50 social creative hubs, and discuss their role during crisis times. Follow the recorded session below!
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.
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
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.
Belle and co. discusses the South African social economy policy and role of social enterprise from a South African perspective in the second episode of the Dive 3 debates. DIVE is a EU Erasmus+ supported social enterprise programme involving 12 countries around the world.
Live Video below (went live 2 December 2019)
Extract from the Social Economy Policy consultation invitation (30 October 2019):
The South African government, through the Economic Development Department (EDD) is developing a policy to strengthen and stimulate the social economy so that it can grow and thrive.
The social economy is a people centred approach to economic development, based on principles of sustainable activity that stimulates socially and environmentally responsible growth through solidarity and social inclusion. Examples of social economy organisations include stokvels, co-operatives, social enterprises and non-profits organisations.
After several consultation sessions in 2018, a draft Green Paper has been written which frames and makes recommendations on the following themes:
– Support Framework – Sizing and Scoping the sector: What is the social economy, and how do we define and measure it?
– Financial Inclusion and resourcing: How do we innovate existing mechanisms to better fund and resource the social economy?
– Access to markets: Where are the gaps and opportunities in supply chains that can be strengthened to support the social economy?
– Legal and regulatory: What is the best legal and regulatory environment? Do we need a legal form for social enterprises?
– New Economies and Innovation: What can we do to position the social economy to be innovative, and respond to future needs?
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.
Creative Hubs Academy is a learning programme provided by Nesta, British Council and Hivos. The programme is for leaders of “Creative Hubs”that serve communities and create change in the fields of creative, digital and social innovation. The core of the learning programme is a 3-day capacity building workshop, followed by a period of Learning in Action, and a 2-day Coaching Retreat.
Belle and co. is one of two local trainers for Southern Africa who will go on to deliver future programmes under the connect.hubs programme.
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