99 days have passed since 99 enthusiastic bridgebuilders met for 4 days in the Black Forest. In this blog article, we review what has happened since then.
99 bridgebuilders from around the world gathered at EOS Allerheiligen in the Black Forest for our 4th BOOKBRIDGE Summit, among them 11 Community Heroes from 3 countries. Find a sum-up of the summit in this blog article.
100 days after… the results
In several workshops led by BOOKBRIDGE team and bridgebuilders, we discussed our impact, ideas for improvements and new initiatives. As usual, it was a colorful and inspiring mix of different topics ranging from our strategy and mission to the capability program and our learning centers:
- The future of BOOKBRIDGE
Since our workshop at the Summit, we have started to get active in South Africa with our CAP Alumni Christina and Dorah, in Malaysia with our CAP Alumni Julia Frei as well as in India and Tanzania with our CAP Alumni at Swiss Re. Expanding to new countries with new models does not mean that we loose focus. The learning centers in Mongolia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka remain at our core while we embrace opportunities that others want to learn from us. To strengthen our communication in this regard, we are about to setup a new website around our key value proposition. The new website will be launched until end of 2018.
- Challenges in our countries
Mongolia: The two big challenges, negative attitude of some Community Heroes and missing discipline in sending monthly reporting on time, were adressed by stronger support from the country team, asking feedback from fellows and providing intensive English training. Emphasizing the fact that many bridgebuilders support the Community Heroes and are interested in the learning centers’ development has helped to understand the importance of timely reporting.
Sri Lanka: A major challenge is the selection of Community Heroes and the country organisation’s role in empowering them to set up learning centers.
- Ecological footprint
In the workshop at the summit, we made a decision to run projects at our LCs in order to create awareness as well as educate the communities.
In Mongolia, we’ve done the first workshop on Ecological footprint at the Summer camp with over 100 students from four learning centers. We asked students to reflect on which footprint they leave on the planet through their daily habits. The second workshop was held at the all staff training in Mongolia. We encouraged the CHs to run the workshops in their communities.
Accordingly, the CHs are going to run the project within in two months and with the result, we’re planning to create the very own ecological footprints. The process and result will be shared with our LCs in Cambodia and Sri-Lanka by December this year so that they could create they own Footprints and integrate them into their daily lives.
- No boss. No hierarchy. No plan.
The workshop gave ideas to participants on how to implement self-organization in order to foster organizational development in their organizations. To support this process, we include concepts of agility and self-organization in our Capability Program.
- Social Business Fund
The rules of the Social Business Fund have been revised. Carsten will follow up with Curdin and Barbara from BOOKBRIDGE Board on the agreement on the revised SBF Regulations
- MasterClass and Learning Partnerships
Community Heroes and Alumni showed great interest in extending the learning centers’ offerings and to develop alternatives to improve their centers and move towards a social enterprise mindset. MasterClass is an opportunity to do so. MasterClass 2 will start in 2019 with the goal to create jobs in the communities around our learning centers. The 6-month part-time action learning program supports local entrepreneurs in setting up worthwhile tangible businesses. The on-site module in Asia takes place in February 2019. Four Community Heroes applied to host a MasterClass in their learning centers:
Nangaa (Mandalgovi, Mongolia): Support young adults to set up small businesses
Ravy (Salariin Kampuchea, Cambodia): Work with parents of the students in the Learning Center to improve their small businesses
Sampath (Kekirawa, Sri Lanka): Work hand-in-hand with entrepreneurs such as an orchid farmer, a caterer, a tourism agent, and a cd shop owner
Sothika (Ang Tasom, Cambodia): Coach teachers, who depend on several jobs, to achieve financial independence. Co-create employment opportunities for young adults
There is also a light-weight online program that addresses Community Heros and entrepreneurs from the Global South: Learning Partnerships