HMW create a culture of reading in our communities?

Wynberg, Cape Town: June 2018

Belle and Co. collaborated with AVA Africa (host), a volunteer placement organisation for unemployed youth, on their 5-day Human Centred Design Challenge Bootcamp. The session content was inspired and informed by the Cultural Entrepreneurship Hub programme and the Dive Deeper into Social Entrepreneurship Programme. 

The 50 youth participants, who are part of a larger internship placement programme in schools to assist Grade 2 learners with reading, also undertake additional self-development initiatives and problem-solving activities. The 5-day bootcamp challenge proposed was: “How Might We Create a Reading Culture in our Communities?”.

Belle and Co. was asked to facilitate Day 2 of the bootcamp, which covers the “Inspiration” Phase of the HCD approach (refer to ideo.org model). This phase essentially aims to inspire participants to research widely and to inspire empathy for the end user.

To better understand the problem statement, participants were taken through a series of analogous examples, inspiring international cases and a host of group activities related to reading culture.

Some of the topics tackled in groups, and presented in a variety of creative ways (role playing, prototyping etc) included:

1.What is a book club, and how does it work?

2.What reading spaces do I have in my community? Think out the box

3.What is an e-book? Describe format, how to get one. Share an example on your phone. What is an audio book? Describe format, how to get one. Share an example on your phone.

4.What is the difference between non-fiction and fiction. Give examples

5.What is a zine? What is the difference between a comic book and a comic strip? Give an example

6.Find 5 products in the room that have more than 3 languages written on it. Show examples and explain.

7.How many official languages does South Africa have? Which 5 languages are the most spoken? Can you name 2 missing languages?

The session was truly inspiring and set the tone for Day 3, where each group was tasked with going out into the field to interview their target groups, end users and experts to find real stories they could use to find solutions.

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Crowdfunding in Portugal

Barcelos, Portugal: June 2018

The Dive Deeper into Social Entrepreneurship Programme, run by a consortium of 9 partner countries, concluded its fourth and final training on “Crowd Funding for Social Enterprises” between 22 -27 June 2018. The Intercultural Association for All, based in Barcelos (home of the Rooster), Portugual, successfully hosted this 5-day workshop which included facilitated sessions, expert guest speakers (one of whom was Alexandre Rodrigues, Belle and Co. Associate, speaking on Investment for SMMEs in South Africa), University panel discussions and cultural city tours and exchanges among participants. The workshop ended with participants designing real crowd funding campaigns which they will “go live” with back in their home countries.

The 9 partner and participating countries were: Macedonia (lead partner), Romania, Bulgaria, Portugal (host), Greece, Turkey, Costa Rica, Peru and South Africa (through Belle and Company).

Read FULL Report Here: Dive Deeper Report – Barcelos Portugal

 

Belle and Co. 24HR Challenge Judge

Belisa Rodrigues, Belle and Co. Director, is one of the judges for the 24 HR Pitch Competition

In 2017, the Switch Social Entrepreneurship Programme (SSEP) partnered up with Startup Safari and gave one lucky Switcher the opportunity to travel to India and participate in Startup Safari. Through creating exposure on an international platform, Startup Safari seeks to grow social entrepreneurs by ‘redefining learning models and  reimagining career paths’. The partnership with Startup Safari strengthens the objectives of the Switch Programme in supporting and developing social entrepreneurs who are in various growth phases of their business, to deepen the impact of their social enterprise in their community.

Due to the success and impact of our partnership in 2017, Switch will be sending two deserving participants to India for a 10 day Eco-System Immersion Programme, where they will be exposed to global networks, innovation frameworks, and mentoring sessions, while experiencing the rich culture of India.

On the 6th of June, Switch participants will be competing in a 24 HR Challenge where they will be developing a sustainable and viable business solution to a relevant problem in South Africa. Contestants will submit a Social Business Model Canvas and a 4 minute video pitch that presents their solution to the problem. Our external panel of judges will be scoring submissions and the two winners will be announced on the 11th of June. Those winners will take off to India from 3-10 July – stay tuned as we watch their journey’s unfold!

Read about the winners here.

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.

 

Belle and Co.as Design-thinking Coach in Germany

Munich, Germany: March, 2018

The International Academic Programme for Entrepreneurship (APE) Bootcamp is run by the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE) at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. This Bootcamp is about doing, not about listening to lectures. This is why participants will spend most of their time working on a real-life business idea in
teams. In addition an experienced team of coaches and mentors will be present to guide the learners through the process.

Belle and co. has been invited to be one of the Coaches on the APE Bootcamp, mentoring 65 students from about 10 different countries. At the end of 10 days working through the Human-Centred Design Thinking Innovation Process, the teams are expected to pitch their prototype to a panel of judges.

View the APE Programme Info here: APE-Bootcamp-2018

Here are some of the method cards and tools used during the Bootcamp: Methodcards APE Bootcamp