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Adaptable leadership and empowerment activities for engaging and motivating entrepreneurs and community leaders (Adolescents + up)

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

As many other ideas in this challenge have stated, refugees bring with them their skills, customs, and dreams. They also have an acute awareness of challenges and hardships facing their families during this time. While many vocational trainings hope to engage their beneficiaries’ perspectives and existing skills, very few acknowledge or address the psycho-social and intrinsic competencies that motivate and engage an individual’s entrepreneurial potential before beginning business or community building activities. Our idea is for an accessible suite of participatory leadership and empowerment lesson plans for use within a given educational or vocational training effort. We'd like to co-design and pilot a refugee-specific adaptation of the ‘Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook’, which our team originally developed for the Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (www.cleancookstoves.org) in support of their market and community development initiatives in the household energy sector. This idea runs the gamut of the 5 Refugee Education missions, and will thrive by the identification and alignment of diverse community and organizational needs and visions for success.

WHO BENEFITS?

This approach will benefit many levels of a refugee community, but the personal growth experienced by participants is the direct focus. It will also benefit local clean energy enterprise. It is designed to benefit students, peers, families, educators, businesses, and aid workers in their efforts to overcome the psycho-social and economic hardships facing current and future community leaders.

PROTOTYPE

The initial networking between local organizations will inform the scale and focus of a pilot project. It will depend heavily on the interested organization, their current needs and challenges, and resource constraints. If we only had 1 month, we would network with SAFE and other clean energy companies, who we know are already interested in this type of initiative. Much of the early design and feedback can be worked through virtual meetings and phone calls. The empowered entrepreneur handbook (attached) was recently piloted in Haiti as a Training of Trainers (ToT) for entrepreneurs in the cookstove value chain. Lessons learned from this will be applied to future ToT's: http://cleancookstoves.org/about/news/05-25-2015-scaling-clean-cooking-in-haiti-through-women-s-empowerment.html

SKILL SHARE (optional)

This approach requires the inclusion and buy-in from conscientious educators, role models, and organizational resources of all kinds (logistical, emotional, financial). What we lack is the local perspective, imagination, and wisdom that WE KNOW (from reading the great research and contributions here) so many refugees and aid organizations possess. We can provide expert advice in lesson planning and evaluation, as well as connections to clean energy companies and initiatives.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

TVN's consultancy team comprises professional and academic backgrounds in gender, education, leadership, development, environmental sciences, engineering, business, and economics. http://www.thevisionarianetwork.org/#!team/c1ilm

IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?

  • Yes, and I am looking for a partner working with refugee communities to implement this idea.

Attachments (1)

EE_Training Hanbook_2015.pdf

Part 1: Human Centered Design Plan Workbook (for teachers/facilitators); Part 2: Introduction & Lessons; Part 3: Participant Packet (Note: Spanish and French translations will be available for download soon)

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