Essex Startups - A Social Entrepreneurship Experience

Join this interactive workshop based on a real UNDP Partner social enterprise in India who are positively disrupting the waste management and women’s empowerment sector and addressing 14/17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Do you want to make a positive impact in the world?

There are 3 key components of the workshop:

First, you will play the role of one of several stakeholders in a complex system:

Put yourself into the shoes of others to build an understanding of their needs and concerns, through which you will understand the drivers of the current urban waste management problem.

Second, solve the problem:

Take the role of a social entrepreneur, and build a sustainable business model to address the problem you have just experienced.

Third, we invite you to help us drive innovation:

The urban waste management problem is vast and the solution needs to scale while keeping women’s empowerment the core focus.

Do you compromise on women’s income in the short term to scale the organisation for long term development? How will you deal with conflict and competition from the incumbents in this sector? What does it take to systematically solve this problem? Explore the diverse perspectives to these questions and many others.

By participating in this workshop, you will:

  • Understand the UN SDGs in the context of a real social enterprise.
  • Develop an understanding of Systems Thinking and how to tackle problems holistically by simulating a real system.
  • Become resourceful and improve decision making by responding to unforeseen issues that frequently occur on the ground.
  • Use tools such as Design Thinking, which will facilitate skill development in business model innovation, problem solving, teamwork and communication.
  • Form the foundation for you to engage further in solving complex social problems.
  • Receive a UNDP Certificate.
  • Open up internship and volunteer opportunities with social impact organisations in India.

Book via CareerHub. Please note, places are limited.