Social Entrepreneur: a self-motivated individual who wishes to undertake some kind of socially-minded venture.
Bridges Social Development offers training aimed at individuals and organizations that are currently exploring ways of leading positive change. People who desire a deeper understanding of social entrepreneurship and are interested in pursuing social initiatives that improve communities in which they live and work will benefit from this program. This could mean anyone from aspiring social entrepreneurs who have an idea in mind for a social initiative and are seeking further support to identify how they can move forward, to organizations that are seeking support to build the capacity of their stakeholder relations and community investment teams to do the same.
The Social Entrepreneurship Training program is grounded in our core approach of investing in people so that they might better understand who they are, what they care about, and how to create change in their communities. And like other Bridges Social Development programming, the Social Entrepreneurship Training program is flexible and will be adapted appropriately to meet the needs of invested participants. Training consists of an exploration of each participant’s individual Wisdom Story, guided by questions such as: Who am I and why do I want to lead change in my community and/or organization? The program also involves an in-depth inquiry into: Community Mapping (who/where is the community that I care about?); Change Leadership (how do I lead change in my community?); and Social Entrepreneurship (what specifically can I do to lead change in my community?). Past Social Entrepreneurship Training workshops have included an examination of additional themes such as: best practices for community‐based organizations (including governance structures and social entrepreneurship tips); fundraising resources and effective grant applications; and navigating legal matters.
For more information about Bridges’ Social Entrepreneurship Training program, or to express interest about getting involved, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.