Program Schedule

PROGRAM STAGES

Impact Together has been designed using the theoretical underpinnings of formal thinking methods like design thinking and social change practices like social entrepreneurship and community business.

In order to enable logical thinking and a systematic approach to identifying and solving social problems, the program has been divided into five phases:

Scanning/ Problem Identification: “I am an Adventurer”

This phase will include rapport building between mentors and mentees, discussions and talks about entrepreneurship, leadership and being changemakers. The rapport building with set a momentum for mentors and mentees, and they will set out on their journey of identifying problems in their community and practically addressing it.

During this process, both the mentors and mentees will scan their communities to identify challenges, draw a mental map of the community and understand the causes and practices around the prevalence of the issues. Operating through this stage will also give them an opportunity to interact with different members of that community and interface with the established local bodies.

Search and Research: “I have become a Researcher”

In this phase Mentor Together, Ashoka and SAP intend to provide help to the mentors and mentees in progressing in the problem identification process by enabling procurement of relevant literature through different media sources. An effort will also be made to create frequent engagement opportunities with experts working in the area of mentee-mentee pair’s/group’s interest in the social sector.

Mentor Together also intends to enhance and enrich this knowledge pool by organizing workshops to facilitate knowledge exchange, brain storming and knowledge transfer.

Drawing Plan-of-Action: “I am now an Artist and a Scientist”

With the help of experts on formal thinking methods like design thinking and social change practices like social entrepreneurship and community business, mentors and mentees will be supported to etch out their own plans of action that will be best suited to counter the problem/issue identified by the pairs/groups.

At this phase, an effort will be made to help mentors and mentees perceive problems as relevant gaps in the system, and as an opportunity to make change. This paradigm shift is expected to come in by facilitating talks by experts who have done the same in the past and also by providing logical thinking tools like those of design thinking, theory of change, logic models etc. We expect that the journey through this phase will be a combination of a journey both outward and inward, that will enable these pairs/ groups to come up with plans-of-action not purely on the basis of the needs assessment of their communities, but also on the basis of their own recognition of personal talents and strengths that they can bring to the process of change making.

Prototype: “I am a profess-or”

This phase will mark the formal launch of these changemakers in the field of changemaking, as they would have gone through the process of pitching and fundraising for their project. This phase will enable them to carry out a ‘pilot’ of their project.

Execution and Scaling-Up: “I am a Change Maker!”

This last phase of this program is when the mentor-mentee pairs fuelled with knowledge, expertise and experience will launch themselves in their communities in the role of changemakers. This phase will see them scale up their actions carried out during the pilot stage.

 

THE SCHEDULE

September 15th

THEME: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

Personal, Visionary and Exponential Leadership

Through a 3-hour long journey, the mentor-mentee pairs/groups will be introduced to the concept of Social Entrepreneurship. Mentor-Mentee pairs will also be given the opportunity to understand each other’s leadership styles and their vision for their community through various breakout sessions.

This workshop will introducing the concept of community leadership by presenting to the workshop participants a talk by a citizen leader who has successfully drawn an interface between his/her professional life and social aspirations as a change maker.

September 22nd

THEME: More about Community Leadership

Introduction to Design Thinking

An introduction to Design Thinking with the help of an expert who will facilitate the session to help mentor-mentee pairs/ groups identify social issues/ problems that concern them, the exact need and an insight on how to address the need.

With the help of Design Thinking tools, mentors and mentees will take back valuable toolkits to scan the larger issue identified in their community to deduce a specific problem statement.

October 13th 

THEME: Using Design Thinking to arrive at a Plan of Action

Introduction to Logic Model, Theory of Change, Community Business and Business Models

With the help of the theoretical concepts of Logic Model, Theory of Change and Community Business, mentor-mentee pairs/ groups will be able to ground their plan-of-action into a logic model, form their theory of change or business model and identify different business variables.

Seasoned entrepreneurs will help mentors and mentees refine their plans of action.

October 27th

THEME: Pitching for fund raising for each project

Mentor-mentee pairs/ groups get an opportunity to present their plan of action in front  of  a panel of experts/ potential donors/ funders (panel to be arranged by Ashoka) in order to raise funds for executing their project(s).

November 24th 

THEME: Reviewing progress, assessing what is working and what isn’t, planning for the last stretch.

Mentor-mentee pairs/groups get an opportunity to present their findings and experiences from the prototype of their plans-of-action/ business plan. And work at improving, enhancing and modifying these plans-of-action.

December 15th

THEME: Culmination and Celebration

Mentor-mentee pairs/groups will come together to share their changemaking stories, findings and experiences with a larger group.

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