The Inspire Program on Social Entrepreneurship

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Social entrepreneurs are gaining international attention motivated by the desire for change and to see the world as it can be, not as it is. Participants of the Part-Time Inspire Program will learn how social entrepreneurs have developed creative solutions to address social problems. The intention of the course is to develop knowledge, appreciate the role of social entrepreneurs that create social change, deepen the understanding of the world around us, and to inspire you to use your skills and knowledge to be The change you want to see in the world.

Participants of the Inspire Program will gain knowledge about Social Enterprises, from leading Social Entrepreneurs and learn about how they are creating solutions to address societal problems. Participants will also learn how to develop creative solutions to address social problems, and be empowered to see how social entrepreneurship is a force for social change.
20 January 2018 to 28 April 2018 – Class sessions are on Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays over fifteen weekends.

The Inspire Program is a multi-sector program and designed for social entrepreneurs from nonprofit, business, and government entities. This course is designed for those participants who want to gain valuable tools to make an impact on the lives of others. This course is ideally suited for those participants who are planning to start their own Social Enterprise / Foundation / NGO / Non Profit Organisation / Charity / CSO, etc or have just started one (less than 12 months ago). All organisations represented at the program have a focus on social impact. While many of the organisations and initiatives represented in the Inspire Program are often younger and in a developmental stage they can also be associated with larger, established organisations launching a new social arm or pivoting an existing model to serve a social cause.
This program is designed to introduce the concept of Social Enterprises, as well as engage participants in a joint learning experience of this emerging domain.

Through the course, participants will:
– Be exposed to the concept of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises and how social entrepreneurs are transforming society to deliver social impact in their home communities and abroad.
– Understand the role of measuring impact and how to quantify the social impact for investors, donors, and beneficiaries to help ensure that scarce resources are utilized appropriately.
– Be aware of how to apply social entrepreneurship skills in their pursuits to address social problems.

The Inspire Program – Course Topics

– Accounting Skills
– Branding: Creating and Managing Your Non Profit Brand
– Case Studies
– Compliance for Social Enterprises
– Corporate Social Responsibility
– Developmental Landscape and Social Problems in India
– Digital Media for Social Enterprises
– Engaging Volunteers at your Social Enterprise
– Measuring Social Impact
– Proposal Writing
– Registering a Social Enterprise
– Social Entrepreneurship 101
– The ABC’s of Supervising Others
– Vision and Value Alignment
– Writing Reports and Proposals

– The weekend programme combines cutting-edge theory and practice integrated with the deep academic knowledge of Centre for Social Initiative and Management faculty and insights from expert practitioners. 
– In-class lectures, discussions and exercises led by Centre for Social Initiative and Management faculty and leading Social Entrepreneurs.
– A richer understanding of how to integrate organisational mission and strategy
– An enhanced understanding of the mechanisms, opportunities and challenges of social entrepreneurship
– A strengthened ability to grow an organisation while sustaining the culture
– Practical methodologies to spur innovation and solve real, complex problems.
– A network of brilliant social innovators across nonprofit, public, and private-sector boundaries.

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Testimonials – The Inspire Program

Priyanka Jariwala - Class of January 2017

Priyanka-JariwalaWhy did you sign up for the Inspire Program through Centre for Social Initiative and Management?

The reason that I signed for the Inspire Program through Centre for Social Initiative and Management was to understand the intricacies of social entrepreneurship considering that I had a seed in my mind about the sector I want to work in but needed refinement and a structured way of execution.
I had got a good feedback from my colleague who had undertaken the program and confirmed my participation for the program.

What is your favourite part about the Inspire Program by Centre for Social Initiative and Management?

The favourite part about the Inspire Program by Centre for Social Initiative and Management is the manner in which it is structured that is the specifics of the weekly topics, the preciseness of the subject matter and the pedagogy. It is not the conventional classroom black board teaching but more of a brain storming session and experience based teaching that makes it an enriching learning experience.

What goes on in your life outside of the Inspire Program?

Apart from the Inspire Program I work for a company in the waste management sector or volunteering for events on holidays.

What is your area of the Interest in the emerging #SocEnt Domain?

The area of interest in the emerging Social Enterprise Domain is the sustainability quotient that is how to strike a balance between making a social impact and surviving financially in an environment of stiff competition.

Which is your favourite place to hang out in Bangalore?

Any garden space near me.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

I want to be in the social space specifically in the waste management space with a focus on minimization of waste generation domain.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I like to enact funny characters from television/movies.

Dr Rafia Anjum - Class of January 2017

Dr.Rafia-Anjum A dentist by qualification, have worked in the social enterprise space for the last four years. Have been restless to do something constructive in different domains. Had discussions with like-minded people working the social initiatives domain over the last two years. Finally, decided to take the plunge, tie the knot, have the baby i.e start my own Social Enterprise. This is when my friend and mentor Mr. Ramesh Balasundaram, mentioned to me about the Inspire Program. The curriculum/modules covered in the program seemed to answer all my doubts/questions, I had about starting my own thing.

My penchant for social causes kicked in when I use to freelance as a soft skills trainer for the Bangalore City Police. Their stories and experiences lead me to understand and believe that there is so much to be done despite the combined efforts of so many individuals and organizations. There were stories about how a hardened criminal came to be or a how a girl child was sold for Rs.300 just so the father could afford his booze for the day. The stories were raw and real. I felt the strong urge to do something, but only for a while. The stories faded and so did my desire. Got busy with my role as a wife, mother of four, a facilitator at a reputed NGO and many others. I had subconsciously slipped into a comfort zone. Happy doing what I was doing, until recently.

The timing couldn’t have been better, I was struggling on deciding which domain I wanted to work with, in the #SocEnt space. Had umpteen discussions with friends, family and sometimes complete strangers. I knew I had to act and I had to act now. The Inspire Program seemed like a complete package. I love the way it has been put together. A lot of thought and understanding of the ground realities has gone into the curriculum. Everything has been factored in the fears, the hopes, the realities, expectation management, funding, just everything that a new player in the space would require to start, establish and sustain. We are not being taught hypothetical stuff by someone fancy. We are being mentored by people who’ve gone out there, worked at the grassroots, gotten their hands dirty and been through the whole journey that we are about to embark upon.

Finally, after a lot of deliberation, SWOT analysis, sleepless nights and endless cups of coffee, I have decided on working with children and education. So help me GOD.

If I can stop one heart
From breaking,
I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Emily Dickenson