I am partnering with UNCTAD, the UN’s Trade and Development section www.unctad.org and I am delighted to invite students from your school, to take part in the UNCTAD Empretec Women in Business Awards 2018 – Student Ideas Challenge.
The Student Ideas Challenge is FREE to participate in and calls on young people from 8-18 years old, as the next generation of innovators, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs, to share their incredible, innovative ideas by 3rd October 2018 on how to solve five of the Sustainable Development Goals which are specifically linked to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
This easy-to-use pack, sponsored by impact investor Symbiotics SA, complete with lesson plans, challenge questions and research links, is designed for educators to use with students to engage them in the Challenge. It can also be used for self-directed learning by older students.
The pack has three simple steps:
The posters and videos will be displayed at the Women In Business Awards 2018 event, 25th October 2018 in the General Assembly at the UN, Palais des Nations, Geneva. They will act as a call to action from young people to event attendees and a global audience, inspiring action for gender equality through innovation and entrepreneurship.
Find out more about the WBA Awards 2018.
The Schools Pack is designed to be adapted to the time you have available, whether 30 mins or 3 lessons. You can use it as a whole school activity or incorporate it into a specific lesson as service learning, or as part of tutor time or an after-school club.
The pack is designed to develop creative thinking skills and growth mindset, as students explore, take risks on ideas and gain an overview of how learning, practice and effort enables people to achieve their goals.
Get in touch via email email@example.com if you would like a pack. Even if you cannot meet the deadline, you can still use the pack to generate awareness of achieving gender equality through entrepreneurship.
An invitation from the Universe herself.
Because you are extraordinary, unprecedented.
No-one like you before.
Demanding that every part of you shows up. Nothing less. No settling.
Risk it all and fall into the essence of your whole life.
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Empretec Women In Business Awards 2018
Thursday 25th October 2018, 18.00 – 20.00 CEST, General Assembly, UN, Palais des Nations
The Empretec Women In Business Awards take place on Thursday 25th October, 6-8pm, during the World Investment Forum (WIF) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
These awards, hosted in the General Assembly, are celebrating the crucial role that women entrepreneurs play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in their communities.
Here are 3 easy ways to get involved using Sustainable Development Goals which all play a significant role in women’s empowerment globally:
Ideas To Change The World Posters: Get your children and youth to draw and describe their innovative solutions to achieve either of these Sustainable Development Goals #4 – Education and #13 – Climate Action. We’ll provide an Ideas Canvas template and instructions to generate the incredible ideas, using Flow In Action’s learn to move mountains® approach. The posters will be used to create a display inside and outside of the General Assembly at the UN, Palais des Nations.
1-minute Films: Get your children and youth to create a 1-min film of their creative interpretation of women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship using spoken word poetry. The films will be shown during the event itself and used as a call to action to policymakers and changemakers following the event.
3-min in-person: There are 2 places for a 3-minute in-person performance by individuals or a group on stage in the General Assembly through singing, dancing, musical performance, drama.
The event is organised by UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade & Development) together with UN Women and the Commonwealth Business Women Forum.
The Empretec Women in Business Award are granted to women-owned businesses that have benefited from the business development services of the Empretec programme – a pioneering UNCTAD programme for the promotion of entrepreneurship that operates in 40 developing countries.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org today to register your interest and to receive an event pack.
Start-Ups for SDGs during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018
Thursday 15th November 2018, 15.00 – 19.00 CEST, General Assembly, UN, Palais des Nations
The Start-Ups for SDGs is a pitching event organised by UNCTAD, taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Ten candidates from developing countries pitch their enterprises to an Expert Panel of impact investors for feedback, guidance and the opportunity to secure funding.
Here are 3 easy ways to get involved:
1.Ideas To Change The World Posters: Get your children and youth to draw and describe their innovative enterprise solutions to achieve Sustainable Development Goal #13 – Climate Action.
We’ll provide an Ideas Canvas template and instructions to generate the incredible ideas for enterprises, using Flow In Action’s learn to move mountains® approach.
The posters will be used to create a display inside and outside of the event at the UN, Palais des Nations.
2.Flash Mob for SDGs: Come along with your children and youth and take part in the youth-led Flash Mob for SDGs.
Whilst the Expert Panel are evaluating the pitches, the young people in the audience will lead the audience in a ‘flash mob’ singing/dancing activity with the theme of celebrating positive action.
3.Be Part of the Audience: Inspire children and youth by coming along to the event, to hear and see young entrepreneur’s sharing their ideas. Use it as a platform for encouraging them as innovators and entrepreneurs as they view the ‘entrepreneur’s journey’ inside the United Nations.
Email email@example.com to register your interest and receive an event pack.
Delighted with this feedback from James, age 10 yrs, from one of my last workshops run @softspacegeneva inspiring kids as #agentsofchange using #innovation thinking
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The learn to move mountains workshops empower kids to be strengths-based problem-solvers.
One of the things I do, is to get kids to choose a minimum of 3 strengths that they see in themselves from the At My Best strengths cards pack. It is really special to have them recognise their strengths and know that they are using them to imagine amazing solutions.
I love it when they choose lots of cards! It's like watching flowers bloom!
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Sign up for Flow In Action Key Influencers Workshop at Soft-Space Geneva on 13th June.
Identify the key players who you need to build relationships with to achieve your goals for a self-sustaining business making positive impact.
Sign up at: https://keyinf.eventbrite.com
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It is 5th June! Today is World Environment Day! #worldenvironmentday
What are you planning to do with your youth to inspire them to #beatplasticpollution today?
First, give them hope by taking this global campaign and exploring how to make it local. Knowing how you can take action in small, practical ways in your own community is always a positive starting point.
For example, celebrate the bring-your-own reusable bottles, cups, plates and cutlery! Celebrating what is being done right is a key part in making sure it keeps happening, connect it to their lives.
In the trailer for Anote’s Ark, you see Anote, the President of the Kiribati Islands at the time in Paris for the Climate Accord. He is speaking to the conference. You can see that everyone has in front of them a single-use plastic water bottle! Argh! The irony!
Start a #bringyourown campaign for local events, as well as the big events that you see on the TV.
Second, build children and young people’s key thinking skills by playing with ideas for products, which support taking action. This is enabling them to become natural problem-solvers and to think with an entrepreneurial mindset – exactly the skills needed in today’s world for ‘career-security.’
For example, make cloth bags for fruit and veg from old clothes and kit. Make it, sell it, reinvest the income into social change projects in your community. Use these to replace single-use plastic bags in the supermarket.
Start today. Watch the video. Make it a project!
Awesome learn to move mountains workshop on Saturday 2nd June at Soft-Space Geneva with amazing kids.
Here are just a few pictures from the warm-up game, to get their incredible imaginations going before moving onto innovative ideas for protecting wildlife.
Check out Santa photo-bombing!
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Market research with teenagers is showing that “the defining issue facing Gen Z is social equality.”
Beyond being just concerned about it, it is a real motivator in their actions. It is a defining issue that they believe they can solve to shape how the world works and how business is done.
In a few years, they are the voters and consumers. They genuinely have the capacity to make change happen to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their communities.
I’m finding when I chat to teenagers that there is a wonderful openness and inclusion around gender, race, sexuality; a hope for communities to be whole and a puzzlement that they are not. For some, the community spaces on the internet are real contributors for promoting this equality.
Ask your children and youth about their thoughts on equality – globally and in their community?
What does it mean to them? What do they want to see happen? What are the causes that they see occur most commonly in their community? Make a discussion wall.
The SDGs come to life when we recognise them at the most local of levels in the places that we live; opening up the opportunities to solve them.
You will also be opening up the spaces of empathy and compassion – key elements of the problem-solving mindset that we need to empower our young people with.
#resilience #adventurers #agentsofchange #grit #creativity #happines #sdgs
Beat Plastic Pollution in our Mountains and Lakes: let’s reinvent snowsports to leave no trace.
The workshop empowers children (7 -12 years old) to be happy agents of change!
Every child's creativity counts in this inclusive, fun workshop where all ideas count. They bring their brilliant, beautiful, unique imaginations and we play with ideas to change the world.
It is a ‘change-maker space’ where we take on a Sustainable Development Goal, exploring how we can solve it with incredible inventions.
We dream big, mash-up all of our creativity, riff on innovative solutions to big challenges, build prototypes from trash, tell the story of our inventions – everything is possible when we play like this!
We empower children to make a positive impact on their communities, building their resilience, wellbeing and entrepreneurial mind-set, equipping them with the skills for solving real-world challenges now.
After the workshop, Elaine shares a montage of the prototypes to innovation experts such as Professor Jonathan Rossiter, Professor of Robotics at the University of Bristol.
Your kids will leave the workshop as happy, hopeful, confident adventurers, believing in their problem-solving creativity.
Playing, inventing and laughing: what better way to spend a Saturday as a kid?
Sign up via: https://ltmmeco.eventbrite.com
Looking for something fun for your kids to do on Saturday 2nd June? Get them signed up to this creativity and innovation workshop with me.
Find out more and sign up
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Are you a social entrepreneur just starting to grow your team?
Learn powerful, practical skills to create a positive culture within your social business.
Make more social impact by developing a trusted team that is resilient and optimistic.
In the workshop you will explore a Resilience Toolkit to build relationships and increase collaboration, so that you trust everyone to pull in the same direction.
You will practice and build tools and strategies that you can use immediately. Learn how to:
Being a happy team that makes social change happen comes from actively building behaviours, skills and relationships so that you can evolve and flourish together.
Get started with this workshop!
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I’ve been digging into market research on Generation Z (13 -18 years) to understand more about what they care about, what makes them hopeful and what is fuelling their disengagement and rise in mental health issues.
There are some common themes in their views:
Not everyone needs to be an entrepreneur, but we do need to equip all our children and Gen Z’s with entrepreneurial mindset – the life skills, leadership skills and strategic thinking skills – that make them resilient, hopeful problem-solvers.
If you truly want to build their wellbeing and prepare them for today’s world, you need to build this mindset with them, drawing on everyone’s unique creativity.
Here’s how you can do it.
1. You can set up a learn to move mountains® hub in your school or organisation (think youth NGO, youth club, after-school club, library...)
It is designed to build the mindset and skills that Gen Z’s need by exploring the causes that they care about, making an inclusive space to engage all of them. Find out how here. Get signed up for the next online training course starting in June, so you can set it up.
2. Give them a voice by asking them to name the causes that they care about as a community. Are they the same as this list?
3. Discover what they think about equality and how to achieve it within their community. Use At My Best Strengths cards to aid the discussion through a celebration of strengths - you can get a set in the Flow In Action Shop.
Get all of your youth included and engaged as problem-solvers in the 21st Century.
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How do you pick the right partners?
Building good partnerships with other providers is directly connected to being part of strong, sustainable supply chains that make real social change happen.
If you are a social business – particularly a solopreneur, micro or SME – building these partnerships is a vital part of you being able to win business, secure income, flourish and achieve your social impact.
Not being in a good partnership is going to cost you time, money, credibility and wellbeing.
As with all relationships, it takes time to build them; you want and need to put your energy into building the right ones.
Speed up that process. Know your own criteria for who you want to partner with and why. Ask the right questions.
Wondering what those questions are? Come to the Partnering Checklist workshop on 23rd May at Soft-Space Geneva to find out and create your decision-making framework.
Last weekend I was at the Good Festival in Lausanne. I spoke on the Friday about how to create a Resilience Toolkit as a changemaker.
On the Saturday and Sunday, I had the pleasure and privilege to sit on the judging panel, listening to and feeding back on the ideas from the people pitching.
It was an incredible, humbling experience to hear so many ideas, in all stages of development, for doing good. People were using the things that they love to do, combined with their experiences and skills, to take action…not knowing if they would succeed and taking the risk on trying.
If you do one thing this week to build the resilience of the children and young people around you, make sure that you create a level-playing where everyone’s ideas for doing good count.
It’s so simple, that you may think it’s not worth doing. You will go into ‘Dragon’s Den’ mode and start applying judgements and making it a competition.
STOPPPP! Don’t do that.
Instead, open the space, make a ladder, invite the ideas and dreams of every kid as steps up it for doing good.
Before the businesses, before the solutions comes the risk-taking on the ideas.
As adults we need to remember not to inadvertently crush creativity because we’ve lost touch with our imagination and are bound by our rules.
Make a ladder!
…and also watch Anote’s Ark with them. This beautiful, moving film about the Kiribati Islands brings home why we all need to take action as changemakers.
#resilience #flowinaction #pureenergyofcreating #grit #wellbeing #innovators #weareallconnected
If you can get to Geneva on Wednesday 25th April, I’m running a workshop at Soft-Space about knowing who the people are that play a role in your success and where to start in building a relationship with them.
Relationships sit at the heart of your happiness. Your happiness comes from being able to stay on track with your social change mission as you put it together and deliver it; from creating a business that sustains you, to making real impact for the communities you care about.
This connectivity builds the foundations of your personal, professional and organisational resilience and wellbeing. It’s a have-to-have rather than a nice-to-have.
By resilience, I mean being able to adapt to challenges from a core of deep creativity and strengths; not pushing harder until you break. If you break, you cannot make positive impact for anyone, so the seeing yourself as a stakeholder in your own success is top of the list!
If you are an individual or micro social businesses and NGOs get signed up.
Whether you’re just transitioning into this space, starting up or established, the relationships you build are vital for the good times and the bad. It’s work in progress.
This is a practical session, a valuable (and often neglected) exercise in downloading and prioritising who you need to be talking to, so that you can invest your energy wisely.
That means not just talking to the people who ‘like’ your social mission but definitely the ones who don’t ‘like’ it, or don’t ‘get’ it or simply don’t care yet.
I’ll admit, it can be un-nerving to take time out to see things as they really are. You might discover that you haven’t paid enough attention to people or building relationships as you’ve been spinning other plates.
At this point you can either beat yourself up and feel like you’ve failed.
Or…you can consider yourself human, realise that blame is pointless and use this insight as a powerful lever for taking action.
It’s never too late to build bridges and as soon as you do, you are giving yourself room to adapt, respond and succeed in making positive change happen.
Click here to sign up for the workshop
We work in social change, surely everyone gets along? From my own experience, I know that this isn’t always true, sadly.
It’s always a bit of a shocker when someone you work with really seems to act as an obstacle. Across the spectrum of bad behaviour, they might deliberately block your way with power games designed to hurt or just ruffle feathers through well intentioned micro-management.
When it happens, your need to feel credible and respected goes onto red alert. It becomes an emotional battlefield, where your energy goes into protection through anger and anxiety, rather than achieving the social mission that gives you fulfilment.
You might think that these are your only options…you can dig in and hope that they leave your space. You can dig in and hope that karma happens. You can avoid them and leave the space.
All of these are disempowering you and get in the way of your work for others.
“The last thing you need after someone has done you an injustice is to do a greater injustice to yourself. Getting angrily upset over a frustration does not usually remove the frustration and always adds to your discomfort.” (Hauck, P. 1980: 122. Calm Down. London. Sheldon Press)
The only way to get your choices back and find a way forward, is your own mindset and behaviour.
Reconnect with your signature strengths, consciously come back to knowing and living your life values in your interactions, celebrate who you are. No-one can take these things away from you. Build that relationship with yourself, as your own best stakeholder.
Taking action from this place of self-compassion, opens up the actions you can take. Whether that’s via HR, deciding it’s time to start your own business, having a conversation with the person, choosing a new direction…it’s all within your power to decide.
Sometimes we don’t take action for ourselves because we don’t feel we ‘should’ have to. We’re so angry at the injustice of it all.
The moment you look to yourself, the moment you learn an empowering way to deal with the conflict, is the moment when you are free and flourishing as a changemaker.
Get in touch about 1-1 sessions either face-to-face or online so that you can get back to living your purpose passionately.
It seems fitting on International Mother Earth Day to be looking ahead to World Environment Day on 5th June too.
The theme for 2018 is Beat Plastic Pollution. You can check it out here http://worldenvironmentday.global/
I’d like to think that in less than 12 years the themes have a radically different and joyful focus because we have solved the problem.
Ask your kids and youth what they’d like the theme to be for World Environment Day 2030. Get them to make that a long-term goal.
In the meantime, let’s build your kids’ resilience and wellbeing by empowering them as the eco-social innovators now.
Which really means getting them involved in sustainability now by playing with ideas…it’s a level playing field for every child’s creativity and the pathway to action.
Start by by triggering their imagination and engagement with this game.
Plastic Free SuperMarket
I used this game with my amazing students from Lemania-Verbier International School, as part of my Agents of Change Programme activities. We explored, imagined and then walked over the road into the local Coop to look around the shelves and see how much single-use plastic was around.
They were stunned and what came next were all the questions about how to solve the problem…which sets things up very nicely for playing with ideas.
More on that next time!
Think about doing the learn to move mountains® hub training so that you set up an innovation hub for engaging all of the kids and youth in your community. You can read more on that here.
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I'm really excited to be speaking at the GoodFestival in Lausanne next Friday 27th April.
My topic? A Resilience Toolkit for Social Innovators in today's world.
I'll be giving a snapshot into how to build your resilience, so that you're equipped for the journey as an ecosocial innovator and -preneur for good. You need to flourish yourself so that you can create incredible solutions for others. Creativity, wellbeing, play, mindfulness - all part of your mindset for taking action.
Find out more and register for free at the website: https://www.goodfestival.ch/
If you’re a kid being bullied, marginalised, sad, cutting yourself, depressed…talking about achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can’t seem that relevant or probable.
Why care about these huge challenges when your own life hurts like hell?
It’s not that you’re unsympathetic…it’s just so abstract, it may as well be another Universe.
Leave the plastic packaging in the supermarket? Buy local produce? Set up your own business because there won’t be any jobs? Use a refillable cup or water bottle?
You must be thinking, “Seriously, how could that possibly matter to me?”
You’re wishing that all of those people around you taking action for others, would notice that you feel like s**t too.
When you’re making a difference for them, you’re wishing for a you to blitz in on roller-skates (it's a retro moment) and save you too.
You do the activity for a bit because it feels good to be good. For a while, you don’t feel like you can’t breathe because of the sadness pressing in on your heart-space.
What can I tell you that isn’t trite or glib self-help?
A different perspective. A candle in the window.
I know that YOU matter and you can tell me different, but I will not change my mind.
Those SDGs are for you too because we are all connected on this blue dot.
Pick this goal #3 Good Health & Wellbeing.
Start with your life.
When you ask for help for you, you know how to find the answer for them.
I could drop you into a refugee camp in Greece, or a remote village in India, or your school corridors, or a playing field, or the school bus; and you would know exactly how to talk to the kid who is feeling what you are feeling. Your story is their story too.
So, if you’re a kid being bullied, marginalised, sad, cutting yourself, depressed…take one step towards loving yourself. Each breath you take is the future You now.
Step out of your silence; disrupting the darkness has the power to change the course of history. Make today the day, when by being in the everyday moments of your life, you are as we say, "achieving those global goals."
Write it, speak it, find a Youtube video that says it for you…tell someone so that they can take action for you too.
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Are you a woman working in social change? Learn to flourish in your life by caring for your wellbeing.
As a purpose-driven adventurer intent on making positive impact in ways meaningful to you, you need a resilience and wellbeing toolkit that enables you to live a flourishing, fulfilled life.
This 1 day restorative retreat reconnects you to knowing, loving and being your unique, magnificent self, so that you live your purpose as a force of nature, creatively, mindfully and with self-compassion.
You'll celebrate your unique blend of creativity, strengths and values as the source of your impact;
You'll reconnect with what makes you happy, so that you can do more of it, now;
You'll discover new ways of thinking so that you get choices back.
There will be time for talk, play and stillness as you greet yourself again, as a woman who moves mountains.
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