The BOOKBRIDGE MasterClass

Why? At the 2016 Summit, Bridgebuilders showed big interest in solving challenges around our existing learning centers in collaboration with the BOOKBRIDGE Team and Board. During CAP6, the idea of a Capability Program with more degrees of freedom for the candidates was born.

What? The BOOKBRIDGE MasterClass is a highly challenging, intense and stimulating leadership development program. The part-time program provides Bridgebuilders with the unique opportunity to develop both professionally and personally while contributing with their knowledge and experience to take our family of learning centers to the next level. Building up on the Capability Program, the MasterClass offers more degrees of freedom to its candidates and challenges them with issues at the heart of BOOKBRIDGE.

In our pilot program, candidates face the challenge to turn our existing learning centers into hubs for entrepreneurship, building business and leadership skills among the Community Hero and community members alike. By supporting the setup of businesses around our learning centers, the MasterClass lays the ground for deeper community engagement through additional paid services.

In this process, they closely work together with Community Heroes willing to take the challenge, our country teams as well as Monika. The BOOKBRIDGE Board acts as investor in the business idea resulting out of the program. A professional business coach accompanies the candidates on a team and individual level. For those interested, a CAS from the University of Basel can be granted.

How? Structure and process of the MasterClass follow a design attitude and evolve over the course of the program. Before start of the program, candidates only agree on the dates for the kick off module and the period of 6 months for the joint experience. At kick off, candidates define structure and process of the program by themselves, based on their availabilities and the requirements of the challenge. At the end of the program, candidates have the possibility to hand over the current status of their challenge to the next Capability Program for further implementation.

When? The MasterClass is kicked off on September 22-23, 2017 at BOOKBRIDGE in Basel. Candidates interested in a CAS accreditation may attend 3 additional course days at the University of Basel on September 24-26, 2017 and 2 more days in January 2018. The last module coincides with the kick off of CAP13 on May 3-4, 2018 in Basel.

Who? All Alumni of the Capability Programs as well as Fellows and Book Champions with experience in our target countries are eligible as candidates for the MasterClass. Nathalie Moral will accompany the team as a business coach. BOOKBRIDGE Country Teams and Community Heroes act as local counterparts for the candidates. The BOOKBRIDGE Board invests in the business opportunity with no pre-fixed amount. Carsten supports as program manager and host.

How much? Total costs for the pilot program amounts EUR 3,435 including travel costs. The optional CAS accreditation comes with an additional cost of EUR 3,200 per candidate. Each candidate may book individual coaching sessions at EUR 150 per hour. The time investment per candidate amounts 3-4 hours of virtual teamwork per week over the course of 6 months. Time spent in the modules depend on the structure decided by the team in module 1.

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Would you like to support the learning centers who are not doing well as well? 
The MasterClass focuses on those Community Heroes who are passionate about the challenge of the MasterClass and who have the time and resources to participate. We do not limit the participants to learning centers which are running well or not. The key decision criteria is the motivation of the Community Hero.

What activities are we thinking of for the learning centers?
The activities will be developed by the MasterClass candidates.

Why is the price of the CAS so high?
The price is the normal price for the 5-day intensive course as part of the CAS Global Social Entrepreneurship.

Is there any additional value of the CAS over the GMP+?
The CAS includes theoretical sessions on social entrepreneurship, impact measurement, behavioral economics and   world economy.

How many days do we need to spend besides lectures for the CAS? 
You would need to spend 1-2 more days to prepare and post-prepare the 5 days of lecture.

Is the whole BOOKBRIDGE Network open to us? 
Yes, the scope is defined by the team in module 1.

When will the country for CAP12 be defined?
The country for CAP12 will be defined after module 1 of the MasterClass. We will make sure that you are able to hand over the outcome of the MasterClass as a challenge to the next team.

Are the costs besides the CAS OK for you? 
Yes. All participants are fine with the costs involved.

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Carsten Rübsaamen
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