End of October, we successfully kicked off our 8th Capability Program to Sri Lanka. 20 candidates from 8 countries set out for their learning journey as entrepreneurs in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. 6 months of agility and entrepreneurial leaderships lie ahead of them. At the very core of the team lies a compelling vision: to create a life-long learning eco-system.
As with all of our experiential learning programs, our 11th Capability Program brought together many first time moments: it was the first time that candidates from the target community Batticaloa as well as from Colombo joined the local Sri Lankan Team; it was the very first program for our new Country Manager Saradha; it was the first time that a Sri Lankan Community Hero came to the kick off in Europe and it was the very first time for Rega, our Community Hero, to touch snow and ride on a boat ;-). The team was joined by 24 candidates of our 10th Capability Program who shared their key lessons learnt.
The moment of magic happened on day #2. The team of 20 candidates from 8 countries developed a joint vision for their social enterprise. As a team, they aim at creating a lifelong learning ecosystem by empowering individuals to reach their potential. WOW! What sounds like a fantastic vision meant hard work for the team which was split up into two, conducting their kick off modules in Männedorf, Switzerland and Batticaloa, Sri Lanka in parallel. The teams first developed their own vision statement and then shared it via video conference. To celebrate this magical moment, an oil lamp was lit on both sides.
Over the next 6 months, they will work on creating Rega‘s learning center for the community in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. Until mid December, candidates will work in virtual teams to understand and map the needs of the local community. In our virtual module 2, they will finalize the business plan for their venture and prepare to pitch it to their investor. If the pitch is successful, the team is bound to meet up in Batticaloa in March to implement their business plan. This will also be the first time when both teams meet physically after four months of virtual teamwork. Finally they will assess their first impact and key learnings from the program during module 5 in May 2018.
The team includes 20 candidates from companies like Swiss Re, Hilti, Swisscom, Roche, HILTI, Post, Swisscom, Swiss Re, Stiftung Jugendsozialwerk Basel and CPU AG. Their roots are in Switzerland, Germany, United States, Australia, Denmark, Singapore, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. The team is supported by Jorge Cendales from HumanSpirit, Boris Billing and Eranda Ginige from Social Enterprise Lanka as coaches.
The next Capability Program is scheduled to start in May 2018. Feel free to read more or contact Carsten at carsten [at] bookbridge.org if you are interested in participating.