Hey everyone and welcome back to the new semester! To kick it off, we all went to an event hosted by the Novomatic Forum and organised by the Julius Raab Foundation called “Unfuck the economy”. The lovely people on the panel included: State Secretary Harald Mahrer, Markus Gull, president of the Julius Raab Foundation, Johannes Lindner, founder of the Initiative Teaching Entrepreneurship, Philip Siefer, CEO and Co-Founder of Einhorn and last but not least, Christine Jama, one of our very own SEF Co-Founders (whoop whoop).
Last week we hosted SEF sparks, where this time it was all about finance, and with us we had Oliver Holle, founder of Speedinvest, Peter Vandor, founder of the Social Impact Award and senior researcher at WU, Kristina Notz from the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie and Jakob Detering, Director of the Social Impact Award. Thanks also to the Impact Hub, who were kind enough to lend us their space for the event.
Have you ever wondered what a perfect education system would look like? Which systemic changes would be necessary? What would the curriculum look like? Would there even be a fixed curriculum? What forms of teaching would be employed? Which competences would we most foster in our pupils? And most importantly: how do we ensure that every child has equal opportunities to learn, grow and prosper?
We are back – and ready to spread the love for Social Business! So to start off the semester we took part in Gründen in Wien (“Founding in Vienna”), together with FuckUpNights and The Changer, hosted by the lovely CoSpace team. Wanna know what Social Entrepreneurship is all about and how to start generating new ideas? Well, we were there to talk about exactly that.
Have you ever sat down and asked yourself: why? Why do I go to work every morning? Why do I live my life the way I am living it?
That was the question we asked our SEFsters at this month’s event, SEF connects #2, centred around our growing community.
Based on the Golden Circle Model we talked about our own “why?”, what inspires us, what drives us – a question that was also answered by our amazing pitchers during the main part of the evening. We invited our members to present their own ideas and projects, to share their inspiration and get feedback from our community:
We heard from Ulrike about her idea, called In-your-hands, to make funerals a much more personal matter, thereby helping people better deal with their grief. Markus from Root Engineering told us how he wants to make fresh vegetables accessible to a larger amount of people. Lisa-Maria founded the organisation More Than One Perspective, that supports refugees during the process of integration into the job market. Helmut talked about Option 2.0, a platform that enables the donation of money to specific people and their ventures. Finally, I got to pitch Milch für Flüchtlingskinder, a project that strives to make refugees in Irak self-supporters by providing them with cows.
At the end, we asked our guests to give feedback on SEF and what they wanted to see next semester. It showed what we had expected: our members love talking to each other – more time for Q&A was a popular demand (which I am sure can be arranged :D).
We are so happy that SEFsters are obviously inspired by each other and that our community is so alive, creative and enriching. So thank you all for an amazing semester. We are excited to plan over the summer and look forward to seeing you again in the fall!
PITCHER INFO AND LINKS:
Ulrike Reimann – In-your-hands
Markus Kraut – Root Engineering
Lisa-Maria Sommer – More Than One Perspective
Helmut Gruber – Option 2.0
Silvana Lobin – Milch für Flüchtlingskinder
After SEF rises, this month’s event was all about bringing like-minds together and strengthening our growing community. And what better way to do that than to sit down over some nice food and drinks in a great location, the WU Gründungszentrum, the Entrepreneurship Center.
SEF connects was centered around the concept of idea generation. For this, we first asked our 25 guests to write down social issues they found interesting and then break up into smaller groups. They settled on five general topics: sustainability, unemployment, mental illness, integration of migrants and systemic questions. After about an hour of narrowing down the problems and discussing potential solutions, ideas were pitched to the rest of the Forum.
Knowing SEFsters, we expected some great ideas and interesting conversation. Expectations were exceeded, however, as from the second we started, the room was filled with the buzzing sound of voices. When it came to pitching and giving feedback, the discussion could have literally gone on for hours.
Here are some of the ideas:
- A portable cultivated area as a means of reducing hunger and furthering social interaction as well as a healthy diet
- An app contacting people who suffer from dementia on a daily basis, in order to ensure their safety and make them feel connected
- A job platform for people who are unemployed, which would include social projects (in case they do not find a job right away, they would have an occupation, which gives structure to their day and helps prevent social exclusion)
We also talked about how the last idea could be used for refugees, since working can further integration tremendously (you learn the language, make social contacts, get the feeling that you are being productive). In terms of systemic questions, of which there are undoubtedly a lot, the importance of international solutions and building bridges was stressed.
Needless to say, such an amazing evening is only possible with equally wonderful and inspiring people. We feel very fortunate to have been able to host such a great group of people and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who was there, we loved having you!
We hope to see you soon at our next event, SEF connect #2, on 08.06.2016!
After “SEF involves”, this was our first major event, including guest speakers, a podium discussion, snacks, drinks – the works! We started off with our Keynote-Speaker, Walter Emberger, the founder of Teach for Austria, who gave us an insight into his journey from being a banker and consultant to becoming Austria’s first social entrepreneur of the year.
After a short session of doing the twist (yes I mean the 60s dance – gotta loosen up), we dove right into the impulse-speeches. We heard from Dominik Beron, who founded refugeeswork.at, Birgitt Wodon-Lauboeck from Projekt Bank für Gemeinwohl, and Toni Kronke, who helped start Teach for Austria. Afterwards, these three inspiring people sat down and answered our questions in a podium discussion – and here’s what we learned:
Social entrepreneurs strike new paths, not only in terms of what they do but how they do it. While expertise and hard work are no doubt part of being a social entrepreneur, the most important aspect is the motivation to effect positive change – it is what drives them and keeps them going even in the most frustrating of times.
We are proud to have hosted over 90 people – thank you all for your support and we hope to see you on 11.05.2016 at our next event, “SEF connects”!
For more pictures and a recap video please visit our Facebook page.
If you want to know more about our guest speakers and their organisations, check out their videos on our Facebook page or follow these links to learn about their projects: http://www.teachforaustria.at/
Do you feel like business needs to be more social? Do you think that our economy should serve the people in this world, and not the other way around? Then you are like me. I’m an ambassador for SEF and today I would like to tell you about my experience at “SEF involves” and how I got inspired to become a part of SEF.
The idea of “SEF involves” was to inform attendees about SEF’s activities and goals. But what I expected to be a simple presentation turned out to be much more than that.
Not only did the founders of SEF share their vision, to make social business the standard by building a community of like-minded people, but they immediately put that idea to work by inviting everyone of us to share our own motivation for being there. It gave us a chance to exchange ideas and opinions, and inspired a lively conversation right from the start.
This open and communicative atmosphere persisted throughout the entire evening and at the end I wasn’t just convinced that social business was going to be the next big thing. I also loved the idea of getting together with so many great people and becoming a part of such an inspiring community.