The greatest opportunity in taking part in Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is about NOT focusing on everyone starting a business.
Instead, it is about everyone exploring the personal, people and thinking skills that form the entrepreneurial mind-set, putting in place the foundations for starting something.
Businesses get started because someone sees a need, has an idea to meet that need and takes the risk on turning that idea into reality. Social change happens for the same reasons, often in the same way.
During GEW, it is possible to create an inclusive space for every young person to get involved, simply by focusing on them having ideas.
Where is the wellbeing value in that?
Getting involved in GEW like this make it inclusive not competitive; a space that cultivates the conditions for our young people to move past cynicism and know how to start being optimistic agents of change.
Go to www.flowinaction.org/shop to get your Flow In Action Activity Pack for GEW
Global Entrepreneurship Week is 13th - 19th November 2017 - use the Flow In Action activity pack and get involved.
This inclusive, easy-to-use activity pack is designed to help you get all of your young people involved as they play with ideas for solving challenges.
They will start to increase their well-being as they explore being optimistic agents of change; connecting to their strengths and developing the personal, people and thinking skills of the entrepreneurial mind-set.
The pack contains ready-to-use read-only PPT slides and notes for introductory and follow-up assemblies and read-only PPT slides for the Learning To Move Mountains activity.
The activity can be adapted for all age groups and requires no prior experience of entrepreneurship.
Click here and buy your pack today for just CHF 15.
Our role is to equip our young people to take risks and have adventures.
They are so capable of making positive changes happen around them; we believe it for them until they go out into the world and believe it for themselves.
What is the biggest adventure in each day? For each of us, it is knowing that it is ok not to know the answers.
Where is the new, unusual and exciting? It is knowing how to start finding answers; and finding those answers, by creating solutions ‘with’ people, not doing ‘to’ them.
How do you find solutions ‘with’ people?
Ask them questions. Lots of them. Be open to the expertise of the person experiencing the need and what their insights will teach you. Listen, as Stephen Covey would say, to understand not to reply.
This is the richest adventure in every day as a change-maker – to put aside your need to be ‘right’ and take the risk on creating lasting positive change by discovering solutions with others.
When you want to make positive social change happen in a community, as a leader you build a team with different strengths. It is like building a prism. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole; an abundance of creativity coming from different perspectives to generate solutions to problems.
As leader, you will hold the space for each person, believing in them until they trust and believe in themselves; guiding them to step into their strengths so that they know how to contribute their best voice to the problem-solving. This is how resilient individuals, teams and social change organisations are created.
This is you as an agent of change for your young people.
Connecting them to their strengths, will give them a platform from which to feel a sense of value in the world and a way to start navigating challenges.
This is a way for each one of them to start finding their voice.
Wayne Gretsky said, “You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.”
We need to take action to anchor our young people in the core belief that their solutions, generated from their strengths, have a place in changing things for the better: that it is worth taking the risk on having a go, rather than believing that you don’t count.
Here are two ways to hold the space for your young people and increase their wellbeing by connecting them to their individual character strengths.
1. Do the Character Strengths FREE survey
Go to www.viacharacter.org and get your students (age 12+) to complete the youth survey. Each child will discover their signature strengths.
2. Strengths Cards for all ages
Use At My Best Strengths cards. I use these with adults and young people to connect people to their strengths and problem-solve from a strengths perspective.
Flow In Action is a local supplier in Switzerland for the cards, so get in touch via email@example.com to talk about your order. Each pack is 32 CHF plus P&P.
If you are a young person looking for a meaningful project for your IB CAS in Summer 2018 or for your Gap Year, then sign up for a Raleigh International expedition.
Raleigh International is a sustainable development organisation with 30 years of expertise in working through, for and with young people to create lasting change.
Working hand-in-hand with project partners and local communities, Raleigh has supported over 42,000 volunteers in 45 countries, forming a global community that is passionate about building a sustainable future.
They offer 5, 7 or 10-week Expeditions, for young people 17-24 years old, throughout the year in Malaysian Borneo, Nepal, Tanzania or Nicaragua & Costa Rica.
Look at this overseas Expedition link to find out more
Raleigh provide online information sessions into schools, as well as face-to-face visits to share details and stories about impact, from young people who have been on the expeditions; as well as exploring the key 21st Century skills that their expeditions build for the volunteers and the communities that they work with. Email Raleigh today to book onto an online event.
Flow In Action is pleased to be a referral supplier in Switzerland for Raleigh International
UNCTAD in collaboration with WIPO, Politecnico di Milano, Youth Business International and Impact Hub Geneva, would like to invite you to attend the event Start-Up for SDGs
Young entrepreneurs from around the world are invited to pitch business ideas contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A selected panel of impact investors and experts will provide feedback on how to promote sustainable and inclusive growth through entrepreneurship.
14 November 2017 15:00-18:00, Hall XIV, Building A, (Door 13 and 15), Palais des Nations
Olivier Ferrari, Founder and Executive Director of One Creation (Chair)
Katharina Serafimova, Lecturer, University of Zürich, Institute for Banking and Finance;
Keith Tuffley, Chairman of NEUW Ventures SA
Claire Besse, Jury Member of Business Angels Switzerland
Bertran Gacon, Head of Impact Investing and SRI, Lombard Odier
Joe Leenhouts-Martin, Head of Strategic Innovation, GAVI
Matthias Kuhn, Licencing Officer, Unitec, University of Geneva
Elaine France, Founder of Flow In Action
In order to participate and access the Palais des Nations, all meeting participants are required to register online and completely fill-up all required information and upload necessary documents.
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