24 candidates made their ways from India, the US, Japan and from all over Europe to Basel, Switzerland to kick off the 10th Capability Program. You might wonder: So many people? Yes, so many! In CAP10 we will have twice as much as in former Capability Programs. That’s why CAP10 is special: It starts with two teams in parallel. Half of the team will set up a learning center in the community of Psar Kralan, Cambodia. The other team will establish a learning center in the community of Khvod, Mongolia.
When the 24 candidates came to Basel, no one of them knew to which team they would belong and to which country their learning journey would go. Not an easy decision, but the first of many decisions which was managed confidently by the team. Only 1,5 hour after the start of the program the teams were set. From this moment on, 12 people made the first steps towards a learning center in Psar Kralan and 12 participants for another one in Khovd.
By the way – Kim from Siem Reap and Buyanaa from Mongolia joined the module in person. They will be the future Heads of Learning Centers or Community Heroes in Khovd and Psar Kralan. This way, the two teams could immediately dive into the adventure and challenge of setting up a business with the social entrepreneur that will be in charge of the business plans they make in theory.
The days were packed with intense working sessions. On day 1, the teams learnt about BOOKBRIDGE, social business theory and their business challenge. The challenge is about creating a social business model for Kim’s and Buyanaa’s learning center. The goal is to serve the people in the communities of Psar Kralan and Khovd. The teams start from different points: Buyanaa already operates a small learning center with one class and Kim is still searching for a final location for his center. On the second day, both teams worked on their vision for the learning centers and drafted a first Business Model Canvas. Day 3 was dedicated to the leadership topic. The participants reflected on their personal WHY of being in the program and drafted a personal vision.
For the upcoming weeks the teams will divide in subgroups that work together virtually only. They will prepare the investor pitch in July which – if convincing – will allow them to implement their plans in Mongolia and Cambodia in parallel in September 2017.
The teams will be accompanied by a Business Coach and a Leadership Coach. Nathalie Moral coaches Psar Kralan team and Jorge Cendales Khovd team. Boris Billing is the Leadership Coach for team Khovd and Heike Rudolph von Rohr for Siem Reap.
We are very excited and still impressed by all the people who shared so much energy and motivation with us during these three days!