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As a network organization, the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie aims to educate and support social entrepreneurs and innovators. Established in 2010, the institution is a joint initiative of four universities from Munich, Germany. By coaching startups and helping students and professionals to gain entrepreneurial skills to solve global challenges, the SE Akademie embeds the idea of social entrepreneurship in society. Horyou blog interviewed the team spokeswoman Kristina Notz about the network and the social innovation landscape.

SE Akademie is a result of the cooperation between  four German universities
SE Akademie is a result of the cooperation between four German universities

As a social entrepreneurship supporter and accelerator, what would you say are the biggest challenges for a social entrepreneur?

Every entrepreneur faces similar challenges and there are many. We observe that some social entrepreneurs have more difficulties to think and talk about profit, since they are impact-driven. At the same time they need more time to figure out their business model, to find funding, and to convince people and supporters. In the social sector, it is a challenge to find and retain talent, even though it seems to be an attractive working environment at first sight. The ability to stay motivated intrinsically is key.

Are you committed to the Sustainable Development Goals ? Do you address some of the SDGs with your projects?

Yes, we’re using the SDGs in most of our workshops as a starting point to raise people’s awareness and give impulses towards the field they could become active in as a social entrepreneur. Many of the social enterprises we support tackle one of the challenges addressed by the SDGs.

How do you see the future of social entrepreneurship?  

My vision is that all entrepreneurship is social and we can leave out the word “social” and herewith differentiate. The future is that every entrepreneurial activity respects the triple bottom line and bears in mind people, planet, and profit. And I strongly believe this is possible but requires a certain change in mind-set.

Many social entrepreneurs supported by the institution develop SDG-related projects
Many social entrepreneurs supported by the institution develop SDG-related projects

Horyou connects on its social platform thousands of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and organizations around the world. In your opinion, what’s the importance of social networks for social entrepreneurship and, particularly, for your work?

Social networks offer powerful tools to raise awareness about social entrepreneurship and bring its idea and examples to a broader audience. Platforms like yours are very valuable to the sector since you showcase best practices and role models and inspire others, and ideally turn information into action.

In our work, Social media are our main tool to reach out to and stay in touch with our participants and alumni. We focus as well on offline networks, make people meet and experience the network face to face. They can learn from each other, be inspired by others and exchange ideas and best practices. The flux of ideas, learnings, dreams, and failures contributes a lot to the venture development and success.

Horyou is the Social Network for Social Good, which connects, supports and promotes social initiatives, entrepreneurs, and citizens who help the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals to build a more harmonious and inclusive world. We invite you to Be the Change, Be Horyou!

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Each day we see the wonderful work of our Members, Personalities and Organizations on the Horyou platform. They are always Ready to Act! This week, we highlight the work and actions of great Organizations from Switzerland, Benin and Brazil.

Taking Astronomy to the World

Organization: GalileoMobile Location: Switzerland

The GalileoMobile is a non-profit organization. It is a science education initiative with the goal of bringing modern astronomy close to young people around the world. Created in 2009 with inspiration from the International Year of Astronomy 2009 it is currently run by astronomers, educators and science communicators. The initiative is six years old this year. This action post tells the story of its many inspiring achievements over the years, mainly in connecting people across South America. Discover this action post here.

By Amma Aburam

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Le Noel des enfants pour la paix

Organisation: L’Association Défis des Jeunes pour le Développement Lieu: Bénin

L’Association Défis des Jeunes pour le Développement a été créée dans le but de lutter contre la pauvreté et surtout de soutenir les jeunes dans l’accomplissement de leur devoir de pousser le Bénin vers l’avant. L’association répond aux besoins pour l’amélioration des conditions de vie dans l’économie, l’éducation, la culture, l’environnement et bien d’autres domaines. Leur action de cette semaine est en lien avec l’approche de la saison de Noël. Le Noël des enfants pour la paix en est sur sa cinquième Edition cette année. Le but de l’évènement est de créer un lieu de rencontre et d’animation pour les enfants et les jeunes qui n’ont pas la chance de fêter Noël comme ils le devraient. Découvrez et contribuez à cette action ici.

Par Amma Aburam

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Reciclar e reutilizar são dois dos 5 R’s da Sustentabilidade

Organização: Centro Social João da Costa Localização: Brasil

O Centro Social João da Costa existe há mais de 40 anos no Brasil. A instituição busca favorecer a formação integral do indivíduo com o compromisso de garantir prioridades socioeducativas voltadas para a promoção dos direitos de cidadania às crianças, adolescentes, jovens e adultos da comunidade e adjacências. Uma das atividades do Centro Social Dom João Costa é a oficina de Puff, que tem o intuito de ajudar o meio ambiente, retirando da natureza seus agentes prejudiciais e ao mesmo tempo, levar alegria e conforto paras as famílias que utilizam o produto. Para saber mais clique aqui.

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Horyou is launching the website www.GreatDoingGood.com, a website dedicated to gathering testimonials from global citizens sharing their views on why it’s great to do good. The campaign supports the Social Good work promoted by the Horyou platform which has over one thousand non-profit organizations on the network sharing positivity everyday. The website presents 64 videos where citizens of the world in various cities answer the question: Why is it great to do good? The aim of the campaign is to inspire citizens of the world to support and spread positive actions. To encourage participation, a game has been established so that once the campaign has a global reach, a winner will be chosen to share $3000 for a personal social good project or action and a non-profit organisation or cause from the Horyou platform. Watch the promo video here !

WHY #GREATDOINGGOOD

Great Doing Good is a campaign to spread positivity and good actions. The idea is that there is a lot of different ways to make a positive impact in this world and everyone can do this through simple actions. The campaign supports the Social Good work promoted on the Horyou platform, where NGOs and members connect on a daily basis to share good news. The campaign takes this positivity beyond the platform and to the streets of different cities of the world by interviewing their citizens on the meaning of doing good. Ultimately, the game prize will serve to support the winner’s personal social good project(s) or action and an NGO of his/her choice so that concrete good actions can come from it.

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HOW IT WORKS

Anyone aged 18 and up can play. By visiting the website participants watch and Light their favorite videos. At any given moment there is a “winning video” amongst them. When the participant Lights the winning video, he/she automatically enters the draw to win $3,000. When the counter on the top left of the screen reaches 1 million Lights, a winner will be chosen from the draw and wins the $3,000. From the $3,000; 1,500 for a personal social good action and 1,500 dollars to donate to an NGO of their choice on the Horyou platform. Horyou platform members and organizations participate with their profiles and their existing Lights. If you are not yet a member of Horyou, you can participate using the five Horyou Lights available on the website. To obtain more Lights and be eligible for the global draw you will have to register to the Horyou Platform.

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THE CHALLENGE

Horyou is organizing a social media challenge in support of this campaign. The #GreatDoingGood challenge involves people sharing a good action on social media and challenging their friends to do the same. We invite everyone to participate through the Horyou App, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and show why it’s great to do good. Simply take a photo/video of a good action you witness or do, share it via the HoryouApp, Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook, challenge/tag two friends to have them post their own good actions and have them tag their friends to keep the challenge going. Finally, always include in your post #GreatDoingGood and the website www.GreatDoingGood.com.

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    Horyou lance le site web www.GreatDoingGood.com, un site rassemblant des témoignages de citoyens du monde entier sur l’importance d’agir pour le bien. La campagne soutient les actions solidaires promues sur la plateforme Horyou, sur laquelle se trouvent plus de mille organisations à but non lucratif qui partagent leurs actions positives. Le site propose 64 vidéos de citoyens du monde venant de nombreuses villes et répondant à la question: Pourquoi agir pour le bien? Le but de la campagne est d’inspirer les citoyens du monde entier à soutenir et partager des actions positives. Pour les encourager à participer, un jeu a été mis en place. Une fois que cette campagne atteindra une portée mondiale, un gagnant sera alors désigné et remportera la somme symbolique de $3’000 à partager entre un projet ou action solidaire personnel(le) et une organisation ou cause à but non lucratif qui se trouve sur la plateforme Horyou. Regardez la vidéo de promo ici !

    POURQUOI #GREATDOINGGOOD ?

    Great Doing Good est une campagne promouvant les actions positives et solidaires. A travers le monde, il y a de nombreuses manières de créer un impact positif et toute personne peut y parvenir grâce à de simples actions. La campagne soutient les actions solidaires promues par la plateforme Horyou sur laquelle les organisations à but non-lucratif et les membres se connectent pour partager de bonnes actions. La campagne va au-delà de ces actions sur la plateforme en s’étendant jusque dans les rues de nombreuses villes du monde en interrogeant ces citoyens sur l’importance d’agir pour le Bien. Le prix de $3’000 servira de moyen de financement pour un projet ou une action personelle pour le gagnant ainsi que d’un soutien financier pour une organisation que celui-ci choisira sur la plateforme.

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    COMMENT CA MARCHE ?

    Toute personne ayant 18 ans ou plus peut participer au concours. Il lui suffit d’aller sur le site Great Doing Good pour regarder et lighter ses vidéos favorites parmi celles qui montrent ce que cela apporte de faire le bien. Une des vidéos est la “vidéo gagnante” du moment, sélectionnée par un ordinateur à intervalles aléatoires. Si l’une de vos vidéos Lightées correspond à la sélection de l’ordinateur de la “vidéo gagnante” du moment, vous êtes éligible pour gagner le prix GDG. Lorsque le site web atteint les 1’000’000 lights, un gagnant(e) sera tiré(e) au sort et gagnera la somme de $3’000 : $1’500 pour une action solidaire personnelle et $1’500 pour l’organisation à but non lucratif de son choix sur la plateforme Horyou. Les membres et les organisations Horyou participent avec leurs profils et leur nombre de Lights. Si vous n’êtes pas encore un membre Horyou, vous pouvez participer en utilisant les 5 Lights Horyou disponibles sur le site. Pour obtenir plus de Lights et être éligible pour le tirage au sort final, vous devrez cependant vous inscrire sur la plateforme Horyou.

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    LE CHALLENGE

    Horyou organise un challenge sur les réseaux sociaux en parallèle avec la campagne #GreatDoingGood. Le challenge Great Doing Good consiste à partager une action positive sur les réseaux sociaux et défier deux ami(e)s qui devront le réaliser à leur tour. Nous invitons tout le monde à participer à ce challenge à travers les applications Horyou, Twitter, Instagram ou Facebook et de démontrer l’importance d’agir pour le bien. Il vous suffit simplement de prendre une photo ou une vidéo d’une bonne action dont vous êtes témoin ou que vous avez réalisé, partager la photo sur les applications Horyou, Facebook, Twitter et/ ou Instagram sous forme de vidéo ou photo. Partagez-la sur ces applications défiez deux de vos amis en les taguant. Ils devront alors eux aussi poster leurs actions positives pour continuer le challenge. Il faut toujours inclure #GreatDoingGood ainsi que le site www.GreatDoingGood.com dans vos publications.

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    Each day we see the wonderful work of our Members, Personalities and Organizations on the Horyou platform. They are always Ready to Act! This week, we highlight the work and actions of great Organizations from Switzerland, Mexico and France.

    Member: Xavier Thorens
    Location: Switzerland

    Xavier Thorens, an Horyou member from the UNDL foundation, puts forward this interesting action involving language accessibility. The UNDIL’s goal is to grant everyone access to the universal knowledge that is available on and via the Internet. It is a crowdfunding project that can be found on Indiegogo. The idea is to create the first Baatonum free dictionary. Baatonum is the language of the eponymous population in Northern Benin. The platform that will be used is Muhit, a free online harmonized dictionary that will include around 50 000 words of the language. The funds collected from the Indiegogo platform will serve to find and gather a team of local language experts, train and remunerate the linguistic team, and integrate the words into Muhit. Discover more about this action here.

    By Amma Aburam

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    Organización: Fundación Punta de Mita
    Locación: México

    En la comunidad de Higuera Blanca, un 51% de los habitantes mayores de 15 años no terminaron la escuela primaria, lo que significa que la calidad de la educación debe mejorar significativamente para así motivar a los infantes a continuar hacia la escuela secundaria. Gracias al compromiso y liderazgo de Osbaldo Osorio, director de la escuela primaria de Higuera Blanca, hoy el reto es sumar recursos para realizar el proyecto de una biblioteca escolar con un costo total de $312,000 mxn. Hasta el momento se tiene cubierto aproximadamente una quinta parte del presupuesto, lo que permitirá construir cimientos y paredes. Con la ayuda de todos ustedes, la primaria Higuera Blanca muy pronto podría enriquecer importantes áreas educativas como son: lectura, escritura (ortografía) y matemáticas, con un interesante y didáctico programa extra escolar que incluye: invención de cuentos y leyendas, concursos de aprendizaje y cálculo mental. ¡Dona Ahora! Descubre mas sobre esta acción aquí.

    Escrito por Kristopher Torra

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    Association: Atelier Logement Solidaire
    Location: France

    L’atelier Logement solidaire, association d’innovation sociale, est porteur du projet Alternativ’ hotel qui a pour but d’améliorer les conditions d’hébergement des familles avec enfants mineurs. Devant l’insuffisance d’hébergements d’urgences, et les solutions proposées par le secteur hôtelier qui sont sensées « dépanner » demeurant inefficaces, Altenativ’hotel propose à ces familles une solution moins chère qui comprend un accompagnement solidaire, un suivi social et un hébergement en appartement. Découvrez cette belle initiative ici.

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    If you read the blog post about it, you’re aware that the Horyou Team was about to take part in “The Meal.” This very concrete initiative had several goals. On a local scale, it allowed the different organizations to meet and exchange ideas. A was kind of a cocktail party for non-profits with a real coherence. The event occurred in 54 cities the same day.

    Michel Baumann is the founder of this initiative, and the Horyou Team Geneva had the opportunity to meet him while volunteering at the event. What a guy! “Thanks Life” was his favorite phrase when it came to speak about the happy coincidence of his meeting us. An interview of Mr. Baumann will be available online soon – stay tuned.

    The Horyou Team volunteered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it was a great pleasure to build our team that way. Meeting all those various local organizations in person, instead of speaking only through email or by phone, was also refreshing.

    In Yaoundé, our dear Blaise-Pascal Tanguy took over the participation of Horyou and recruited several members of the Cameroon contingent. In Paris, several members of our team participated as well. The common impression about the event was that it was truly interesting It comprised making lot of contacts and many talks, and it provided a better understanding of who’s doing what and where.

    This is reflected on the Horyou platform, which familiarizes understanding of the non-profit sector and facilitates contact between non-profits.

    Next step for Horyou Team: SIGEF 2014. Can’t wait!

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