ABOUT THE PROJECT
Make it Mondays is a programming initiative designed to engage young entrepreneurs who have ideas for social innovation and need a community for support and guidance. It offers social entrepreneurs/makers opportunities to meet and learn from like-minded peers and experts through exciting, interactive short-term projects and workshops.
The project was developed through +Acumen and IDEO.org’s Human-Centered Design course across nine weeks, and was refined through a process of inspiration, ideation, and implementation. I worked as a team lead alongside 5 group members, leading our weekly workshops and collaborating on the interviewing, researching, idea synthesizing and prototyping processes.
I was very lucky…got the right cards and played them right. Resources got me thinking about interactions between public and private sectors, tools to do social activism in a way outside of politics. I wish that social entrepreneurship had more recognition.
I’ve had to seek experiences elsewhere by being open to engaging with people who have expertise in the field.
I couldn’t find non-profit work that I wanted to pursue, so I made my own opportunity.
The young part doesn’t really matter… success has more to do with hands-on experience, resources: network, financial, timing.
Upon sharing and systematically synthesizing our interview findings, several clusters of insights emerged. We came away with three key insights:
These insights provided a framework for us to craft generative questions that would gear us toward developing solutions to our challenge at hand:
How might we foster communities for people interested in social entrepreneurship that encourage knowledge sharing, creativity, and personal support?
How might we create ways to facilitate connections between people with interest in social entrepreneurship and mentors that encourage meaningful relationships?
How might we help individuals cultivate practices and skills that allow them to pursue their unique social entrepreneurial aspirations?
Make it Mondays was designed with our three key insights in mind, as it aims to provide a casual, collaborative community for individuals interested in social entrepreneurship through short, but instructive activities to allow people to expand their entrepreneurial toolkit while connecting with like-minded changemakers. Through our research, we found that drive, a strong support network, and accessibility to resources that encourage growth and learning were all fundamental instruments in entrepreneurship development. With our program geared more specifically towards social innovation, the platform connects individuals that 1.) are interested in learning more and engaging with local social innovation programs, 2.) want to expand their entrepreneurial skills through productive projects, and 3.) want to connect with like-minded individuals who can provide mentorship, collaborate on future projects, and more.