The British Council in partnership with the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) is happy to announce the call for applications for this year’s I am a Changemaker Social Enterprise Ideation Camp from 19 – 25 October 2014. This year, we are looking for changemakers for Resiliency, Reconstruction and Recovery.
Development gains are often punctuated by incidences of disaster and conflict, resulting in a declining physical environment, weakening social fabric, and scarcity of resources. With the Philippines experiencing three major natural disasters since 2010 as well as the developments in the peace process, the country is faced by a number of challenges that impact on development and sustainability. An increasingly fragile world forces us to think using new perspectives and mindsets. Communities must look for ways to live in harmony with diverse populations and the larger environment whilst looking for solutions to mitigate a multitude of risks and challenges.
The Camp aims to bring together 40 young people from ages 18-30 who would like to be leaders of social change in their communities. The camp will enable the changemakers to tap into their creative side while offering a space to exchange, foster thinking and collaboration about groundbreaking social innovation through social enterprise. Ideas generated during the camp that best fit the Changemaker criteria gets seed funding of Php 100,000 each for implementation.
Camp Programme and Trainers
The Camp programme includes workshops and training sessions under British experts from the University of Northampton and Vince Rapisura and Edwin Salonga from the Social Enterprise Development Partnerships Inc (SEDPI).
The University of Northampton is the first in the UK and Europe to be awarded the international accolade of ‘Changemaker Campus’ by the Ashoka U, the world’s leading network of social entrepreneurs. This is in recognition of the university’s commitment to social enterprise and the excellence of the opportunities this commitment gives to its students. There are only 24 universities globally that have been awarded the ‘Changemaker’ recognition. Aside from playing a leading role in developing social enterprise in the higher education sector, the University of Northampton also helps boost social economy through its various initiatives.
Vince and Edwin are social entrepreneurs with a goal to change the way organizations manage and handle their money. Together they manage the SEDPI Group of Social Enterprises, which provides innovative capacity building and alternative finance services to microfinance institutions and social enterprises.
They have a reputation for turning around ailing organizations and creating solutions for their growth. Vince and Edwin’s broad exposure here and abroad make them experts at developing targeted interventions that are necessary for any organizations’ growth and survival.
With their leadership, SEDPI grew its investment portfolio to PHP 125 million since its establishment in 2004 (not bad when you’ve started with just less than a hundred thousand pesos!)
As trainers, they both receive excellent marks for creating a fun learning environment through their infusion of real-world insights.
Aside from training sessions, camp participants will also get the chance to visit existing social enterprises and hear talks from young people who have put up their own businesses.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
25 September 2014 Application deadline
01 October 2014 Announcement of participants
19 October 2014 Camp starts
25 October 2014 Camp ends
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