• Upoznavanje – Džeklin Novograc

    Džeklin Novograc (Jacqueline Novogratz) je američka preduzetnica i autorka. Osnivačica je i izvršna direktorka Akumena (Acumen), neprofitnog globalnog venture fonda koji koristi preduzetnički pristup u smanjenju siromaštva. Akumen je dugoročno uložio preko 90 miliona dolara u 80 preduzeća koji su uticali na više od 125 miliona ljudi. Sav novac koji se vrati u Akumen se reinvestira u biznise koji služe siromašnima.

    Džeklin je rođena u SAD, najstarija od sedmoro dece. Diplomirala je na Univerzitetu Virdžinija gde je studirala ekonomiju i međunarodne odnose, a masterirala na polsovnoj školi  Univerziteta Stanford. Naslov njene knjige Plavi Džemper: Premostiti jaz između bogatih i siromašnih u međupovezanom svetu inspirisan je susretom koji je imala u Kigaliju u Ruandi. Tokom jutarnjeg džogiranja, Novograc je ugledala dečaka koji je nosio njoj poznat plavi džemper i nakon što ga je bliže pogledala, ispostavilo se da je to isti plavi džemper koji je donirala pre nekoliko godina u humanitarne svrhe. Ovaj susret je naveo Džeklin na razmišljanje o međupovezanosti sveta, koje i danas utiče na njen rad.

    “I believe that we have a chance to build a world in which all human beings can live with dignity, freedom and choice. It starts with imagining that world and then working together.”

    Karijeru je započela u Čejs Menhetn Banci kao analitičarka međunarodnih kredita. Posle tri godine, nappustila je bankarstvo kako bi istražila kako da napravi veću promenu u svetu. Ovo je dovelo do rada u Africi, kao konsultantkinje za Svetsku Banku i UNICEF. Kao konsultant UNICEF-a u Ruandi kasnih 80-ih, pomogla je osnivanje Duterimbera, prve institucije za mikrofinansiranje u Ruandi. Takođe je osnovala i vodila programe Radionice filantropije i Liderstvo za nove generacije Rokefeler fondacije, pre nego što je osnovala Akumen 2001. godine. Pored ovoga, nadgledala je nastajanje Akumenovog jednogodišnjeg programa stipendiranja koji ima za cilj da izgradi narednu generaciju lidera u civilnom sektoru.

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  • Volunteering is developing yourself without any cost – meet Jovana

    Jovana Cedomirovic was a part of SIA Serbia volunteers team. During the four-month period she has shown a tremendous passion and dedication and has certainly improved the project’s visibility in Serbia. She believes that volunteering is an opportunity to learn about yourself and your abilities, meet interesting people and learn something new each day.

    How did you become a part of Social Impact Award?

    Due to the fact that I had a some free time, I looked for new volunteering opportunities. One day, I found out about an opportunity to volunteer on a project that involves social entrepreneurship. I was very curious to know how the entrepreneurship world actually works and I decided to apply. After a few days I was invited for an interview. I honestly did not expect that my application will even be reviewed. A couple of days after the interviews, I received an email saying that they are happy to announce that I will be part of their team as volunteer.  I was so happy that I got the opportunity to learn and to get introduced to the world of social entrepreneurship. Soon we had a first work meeting and so it all began. 🙂

    What has been your role in the project?

    13320514_1002289089890671I was part of the communication team. Therefore my assignment has been communication with media and via social media channels. I was in charge of getting important announcements shared via media, websites and on social media networks. This meant that I had to communicate and address on daily basis a large number of people. Also I was taking care of communication with external press partners, such as newspapers, TV and radios. Even though this was my primary task, I was participant on few different workshops in Belgrade and other cities because we were sharing our tasks as a team.

    Because of all of this, I had a chance to see what is happening behind the scene in a project as big as this one is. So, not only have I gained experience in the field of communications, but I have also learned a bit about event and project management.

    You also learned more about social entrepreneurship. How do you plan to use this knowledge? Are you thinking of becoming a social entrepreneur yourself one day?

    I am planning to stay in Serbia and try to work on my skills and knowledge that will help me to better understand social entrepreneurship. At the beginning of the project, I had a chance to see people developing their ideas and building projects out of them. Seeing people who notice the issues in the society and work towards solving them was quite impressive for me. Things like that make you think about your steps, your ideas and how you can influence the world you live in. Those are the things that I had a chance to see during my volunteering experience, and I hope one day I will take steps that will impact our society in a better way too.

    Have you gained some skills that will be important for your future career? 

    I had a chance to do the things I love and I am most interested in, which is in the field of communications. However, I gained more than that. The most important thing that you can have during your volunteering experience is to grow as an 1individual, while being a part of the team. I loved having the freedom to ask anything I was unsure about, which only enabled me to learn more and perform better. I was working with a great project team, a sort of workaholics, who were working day and night in order to create a better society for all of us. During the time I was working with those people, while I was looking how they work and how passionate they are, I got motivated to do the same. I had the chance to learn how to start challenging myself, especially in those areas I never had a chance to work before. When I take a look at the past few months, all of those moments, minutes, and hours I spent working on SIA – it was completely worth it.

    Volunteering is becoming increasingly popular among young people, but there are still those who see it as “free work labor”. What message would you send to them?

    „Volunteering is developing yourself without any cost. Long term looking, that is something that is for free but most expensive and valuable thing you can do for yourself.“

    Everything that we go through, each experience we get, each person we had a chance to meet – influence who we are now. I think that everyone of who went through volunteering experience knows that decision made his or hers future better. I think that volunteering helps you develop your skills and knowledge in practice, which make us aware of who we are and what we can do. I truly believe that volunteering makes our society a better place to live. Besides, meeting new people and learning something new cannot be a bad thing.

    My message for all young people would be that they should invest time in themselves and use all the opportunities in front of them, especially those free of charge but priceless for our lives. Volunteering brings you a different view on the world!

     

  • SIA finalisti 2016

    Osam ideja koje menjaju društvo su prošle u finale Social Impact Award 2016. Tokom leta, ovih osam timova dobijaju podršku kako bi svoje ideje razvili kroz mentorski program i radionice. Četiri najbolje ideje će biti nagrađene – ideja izglasana od strane zajednice osvojiće put na međunarodnu konferenciju u Beču i mentorsku podršku, a tri nagrade dodeljene od strane žirija će pored toga dobiti i 1.500€.

    Došlo je vreme da vam predstavimo Social Impact Award 2016 finaliste!

    Ketering radionica „Studenti zajednici“

    Ideja koja je nastala kao studentska vežba na strukovnim studijama Menadžment u ugostiteljstvu iz Sremskih Karlovaca. Kroz ketering radionicu studenti bi pripremali obroke po pristupačnim cenama za starije sugrađane iz Sremskih Karlovaca i  za njih vršili besplatnu dostavu na kućnu adresu. Pored pomoći starijima, ova radionica služi kao edukativni centar i prilika za praksu za studente.

    P[r]ozorište

    P[r]ozorište ima za cilj razvijanje kritičkog mišljenja kroz pozorište, kao i promociju kulture. Ideja će biti sprovedena kroz kreiranje jedinstvene internet platforme koja će okupiti sva pozorišta u Srbiji, organizovanje pozorišnih tribina, kao i kroz kreiranje kulturnih ekskurzija.

    Prezalogaj

    Prezalogaj ima za cilj da ekonomski osnaži žene koje su preživele porodično nasilje. Prezalogaje (ukusne i zdrave sendviče, tortilje i kolačiće) proizvodile bi žene iz Sigurnih kuća, a oni bi se zatim distribuirali u kafiće i markete.

    Retoy

    Ideja koja utiče na društvo na tri načina – upošljava osobe sa invaliditetom, reciklira prirodne materijale i kreira prirodne i zdrave igračke za decu.

    Sa problemima na ti

    Želja da pomognu mladima da se izbore sa emotivnim problemima pretvorila se u ideju Sa problemima na ti. Kroz psihološke radionice, ali i karijerno vođenje i savetovanje, dve mlade psihoterapeutkinje žele da pomognu mladima. Sve ove usluge bile bi besplatne za mlade Rome i Romkinje.

    Srce za ptice

    Udruženje Herc je pronašlo način da dodatno pomogne svojim korisnicima sa neurotskim poremećajima. Kroz radno-okupacionu terapiju pravljenja kućica za ptice, žele da pomognu svojim korisnicima, ali i doprinesu rešavanju problema izumiranja vrabaca i ostalih ptica u urbanim sredinama.

    Teillor

    Brend papuča Teillor je već počeo sa radom, ali sada žele da nadograde svoje poslovanje kroz kreiranje Uber-like platforme. Stvaranjem ove platforme pruža se prilika krojačicama u zrelijim godinama, koje nedovoljno zarađuju ili su ostale bez posla, da rade iz svojih domova i tako obezbede sebi sredstva za život.

    Zeleni krovovi

    Uočivši sve manje zelenih površina, ovi mladi Novosađani odlučili su da stvaraju zelene oaze i bašte na ravnim krovovima stambenih zgrada. Na ovaj način pomažu stanarima da uštede čak jedan mesečni račun za električnu energiju tokom godine, ali i da kreiraju zajednički zeleni prostor za druženje, relaksaciju i različite aktivnosti stanara.

  • Commensurate education programs for the next generations in Serbia – Kliker

    IT sector is on the rise in Serbia, as the emerging and creative startup scene has generated a lot of interest. However, the classroom is not following this trend. Kids in schools are learning about outdated programming languages and the use of technology in classrooms is minimal.
     
    Miomir, the brain behind Kliker – Center for creative thinking has noticed this, and decided to use his knowledge and passion in order to create an impact. He was the finalist of Social Impact Award Serbia 2015, and even though he hasn’t won the award, his perseverance and determination led him to start business on his own and change children’s lives.

     The concept is to offer commercial courses and part of that money is used to finance courses for underprivileged kids and social groups and to hire students and young engineers who want to teach kids and help with developing our programs 12672209_10153148378761887_2661189746391631781_o(1)

    “Idea about Kliker – Center for creative thinking started as a combination of two things: social entrepreneurship model that was suitable for applying on Social Impact Award 2015 contest and necessity to show kids in Serbia that everybody can learn at least basic concepts of computer programming and, more importantly, that everybody deserves a chance to learn.

    12792221_1089919674373460_4612051956052603193_oKnowing that in developed countries kids as young as seven years old are learning how to code, and in Serbia they don’t start until they are 13 years old, it was clear to us that we have to offer that kind of education here. We also want to include robotics, 3D printing and electronics in our curriculum, because we think that this kind of education is also lacking in our school system and it’s becoming more important in 21st century.

    The concept is to offer commercial courses and part of that money is used to finance courses for underprivileged kids and social groups and to hire students and young engineers who want to teach kids and help with developing our programs.

    Nearly six months since first course started we now offer our program in one more city, teaching courses in one private company for kids of the employees, developing new courses and have seven motivated team members. Approximately 200 kids attended and still attend our programs and more than 150 kids attended our free workshops.

    Our goal in the future is to start our programs in several cities in Serbia, to develop more courses and to make a web site that will provide material, tutorials and advice for parents and kids who are interested in IT and new technologies in general.

    We think that our biggest achievement so far is getting scholarship from private IT high school for one of many underprivileged kids that we teach. It will set an example that everybody can learn coding and that hard work will pay off.

    Going through SIA experience validated and improved our idea and gave us chance to meet amazing people that inspired and motivated us. Thanks to that positive impulse we now collaborate on several projects with NGOs, private companies, Hubs and other individuals who want to support our mission.”12029774_1089919047706856_2412745154003881712_o

  • Idea Generation Niš

    Prve tri Idea generation radionice održane su u prostorijama bioskopa Kupina u Nišu. Mladi delegati, pokazali su se kao inovatori, spremni da se suoče sa društvenim problemima u njihovoj zajednici. Kroz radionicu, stekli su teorijske osnove o društvenom preduzetništvu, naučili kako se socijalni problemi mapiraju, kao i koji su prvi preduzetnički koraci koji vode ka rešavanju istih. Na narednoj radionici Business modeling, koja će biti održana 23. 02. na istom mestu, delegati će se upoznati sa narednim koracima uz pomoć kojih će uspešno moći dalje da razvijaju i budu bliži konkretizaciji postavljenih ideja. Više slika možete da pogledate ovde.

    Vidimo se na narednim radionicama.

  • SIA Srbija Kick off 2015

    U prostorijama Impact Hub-a održan je Kick off, uvodni SIA događaj, na kom su se budući učesnici radionica upoznali sa tokom i pojedinačnim događajima, koji će se održati u okviru celokupnog projekta. Kroz SIA motivacione priče i govor podrške budućim preduzetnicima, polaznici su saznali kako će, putem radionica, moći da se pripreme za SIA takmičenje i primene moguća kreativna i inovatina rešenja u cilju preduzetničkog rešavanja društvenih problema. Ovde možete da vidite još slika.

    Vidimo se na radionicama!