“It’s time we initiate conversation around things that matter !”
On 20 April 2017, ‘Coffee & Conversations on Social Entrepreneurship’ was held & concluded in Indira Gandhi Delhi Technological University for Women, which was a part of a series of 8 events hosted .
The special guests of the event included Mr. Yashveer Singh, Director, Ashoka’s Youth Venture and Mr. Ajit Singh, Founder, Anant Learning and Development Pvt. Ltd. and an Ashoka Fellow.
The session started with Aastha Srivastava , President , Enactus IGDTUW felicitating Yashveer sir & Ajit Sir .
It continued with an introduction about MASH, all its models and the importance of conducting the session.
A small activity of introduction of all the team members and their reasons of joining enactus as an organisation were known.
A few expectations from this session of the team members were:
– learn how to manage various activities
– understand leadership, social entrepreneurship
– various business models
– how to sustain a project
– how to incorporate the models so as to uplift the society and provide solutions
Yashveer sir then told the students how ASHOKA came into existence.
He also discussed the 4 stages of social entrepreneurship:
1. Direct service stage
2. Implementation and scaling
3. Scaling up the idea, not only your organisation
4. Frame change when everyone starts considering the problem as there problem
As the event came into being, the students started discussing the problems faced by them in there respective projects. Some of the various problems discussed were expansion, responsiveness, revenue, etc.
We then invited Ajit sir, who emphatically talked about the struggles of being a social entrepreneur. He explained how we get so distracted by the term ‘social service’ that we completely ignore the importance of funds. It is high time we accept that every sector needs support to grow, be it in monetary terms or non-monetary terms. In a debate on profit versus not-for-profit, he personally feels that NGOs are dependent on people for grants and we don’t even get the freedom to invest it the way we want to. If we approach government for the same, they demand quick results or ask for a proof on revenue generated and this shifts our focus from social work to revenue generation. The initial basic idea of doing something for the society gets disturbed.
Ajit sir concluded by saying that we can work in any sector we want, as long as it is creating an impact because we should create a movement and not just run a business model.
I think this series of coffee & conversations enlightened not just the students of the respective enacts members but also all the members of MASH present in each session. Key tools to reach our full potential and hence multiplying the impact of social offerings was also facilitated through this event as we understood that empathy, teamwork, collaboration and creative problem solving together is a key to success in this sector. We thank Yashveer sir & Ajit Sir for taking out some time and making these budding social entrepreneurs much aware.