Escuela de Negocios Sociales – ENS | Bernardo Javalquinto | Interview

Escuela de Negocios Sociales (ENS) is the first Social Business School in Chile and whose methodology, commitment and ultimate goal is to defeat poverty. They base their principles on the philosophy of Prof. Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize and recognize men and women as agents of change. ENS’ motto is: The Human is First. (el ser humano es primero). The school teaches 3 levels of continuing education. Graduates will receive a Certificate, Diploma or a Masters / MBA Global. People who enter the ENS – Social Business School, will be transformed into leaders or agents of change in their environment, jobs, businesses and society. In this interview i-genius talks with ENS Founder and Chariman, Bernardo Javalquinto, to learn more. –– i-genius: Why is there a need for ENS? Bernardo Javalquinto: The main focus of The Social Business School (SBS)/ Escuela de Negocios Sociales (ENS) is to eradicate poverty, because we must understand that there is a need to help people to recover values that have been lost through lack of Faith and Hope in different cultures in different parts of the planet everything we try to do is to return people the opportunity to dream and see that they can do things and  can succeed in any endeavor that they start. Always with a sense of peace, and focusing on the human being as the most important asset of the company. – i-genius: In what way is ENS to social enterprise? Bernardo: For us in social enterprise is one company that solves social problems within and outside the company so that everyone can benefit from the economic and financial system that exists in the world. In other words the financial or economic system serves humans not human beings at the service of financial or economic sector. – i-genius: What is an average working day like for you? Bernardo: Delivery of knowledge to vulnerable people in a simple and easy way. They can understand how they can do things without other people take advantage due to their lack of information or education. – i-genius: What have you experienced difficulties setting up ENS? Bernardo: Extremely long this question is better to answer that all the difficulties we have had have helped us to gain experience to go and transferring all the problems so people can have success stories to be able not to commit in the future those mistakes and to teach people what not to do. – i-genius: What innovative working practices have you developed for ENS? Bernardo: Trying to simplify everything we teach so that people can understand complex issues in the management business economic and financial, marketing, mixing them with values that exist in different cultures without losing their own beliefs turning us/all to understand that we are all united in the same equation and we have to live in the planet, that me must be careful in: the environment, creating jobs for young people, women empowerment, teaching mainly general culture and respect to others. – i-genius: What are the most crucial things you have done to grow and develop ENS? Bernardo: Convincing people to do the social things it is not bad and overcome the fear of change. – i-genius: How have you ensured ENS has become a sustainable business? Bernardo: ENS is totally sustainable. We have better paid professors, better infrastructure, even money to give scholarships and create a social fund to help the community’s help social problems. – i-genius: How do you best relax and detox from work? Bernardo: Seeing people smile when they see that there are opportunities to live happily in life. – i-genius: Do you have any exciting projects you want to share? Bernardo: We are working on a project in the region of Araucania must vulnerable indigenous communities to learn hot to integrate with society but with their cosmic way of seeing the world connected with nature and not by imposing what our societies believe is best for them. – i-genius: How do you measure the impact of your projects / work? Bernardo: We are currently in the evaluation process, but so far only see benefits for the most vulnerable person from the person that help to clean up to the largest shareholder of a company. – i-genius: Where would you like ENS to be in 5 years time? Bernardo: To have a strategic alliance with universities in every continent on the planet. – i-genius: What advice would you give to those starting up a social business / project? Bernardo: Never give up …. if you surrender you’ll never know if you could do something constructive for you, your family, community, country. region. “If you grow, all grow”. – – This interview was conducted as part of the i-genius ‘Innovation & Sustainability’ interview series. If you would like to develop a particular aspect of your business or address something you are struggling with, then why not take our ‘Social Entrepreneur and Business mentoring’ sessions with i-genius Academy. To find out more, click here!
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Design Thinking with Instituto Educadigital

i-genius: What is Instituto Educadigital? Priscila Gonsales: Instituto Educadigital (IED) was founded in 2010 in Brazil, by me and a group of researchers and project managers from Cenpec (the Center for Studies in Education, Research and Community Action) – a social institution that has been working for 25 years on behalf of the Brazilian public education. IED is a private non-profit organization that aims at the integration of digital culture into schools and all possible public spaces where education takes place. Our mission is to create new learning opportunities to foster the human development. IED works in partnership with social organizations, companies, and governmental institutions that are interested in contributing to the improvement of the Brazilian education quality. IED is a partner of Impact Hub, a co-working place in 29 countries for purpose-driven people to connect and build solutions for a better world. I began Educadigital after 10 years of leading a program which developed Brazil’s largest online educational platform, Educarede, that was an international project sponsored by Telefonica Foundation that runs from 2001-2010 focused on improvement of education through digital technology. Over the past 14 years, I recognized that in order to liberate teachers and students from a dependence on centralized, largely static system providing instructional materials that failed to meet the needs of Brazil’s students and teachers, I would have to engage diverse coalitions in an effort to shift the thinking and practices of an extraordinarily diverse range of educational actors, from private publishers, to local, state and national education bodies, from teachers and trainers to textbook purchasing agents. Because of that our main cause are Open Educational Resources (OER), all of our projects have a open licence (Creative Commons) and they are available for copy, distribute and adaptation. i-genius: How do you use Design Thinking in Education? And Why is it important? Priscila: Working in collaboration with these partners, I am aiming to transform two subsidiary systems within the educational establishment:  1) the training and engagement of teachers (and the institutions which support them) so that they enhance and expand their role as producers of educational content that is tailored to the needs of the diverse student population, and 2) shifting the policies, practices and procedures of the regional and national educational authorities and actors regarding the procurement and distribution of educational materials.  This latter system is comprised of a bewildering array of actors from publishing companies, elected representatives on key legislative committees, as well as multiple departments within the federal and state ministries of education and technology. DT is a good opportunity for education because it brings a teacher and student centered philosophy. It is based on three basic values: empathy, collaboration and experimentation. Empathy in the context of Educadigital’s training is the exercise of putting oneself in the place of teachers to understand the challenges and opportunities of education in a digital culture. Collaboration is centered on the free exchange of ideas and experiences, and the collaborative potential posed by the internet. Finally, experimentation means letting the group plan their own objectives for the online course they will be starting. Through this process, educators imagine what they will learn, identify their main doubts and likely obstacles, and anticipate how they will likely resolve them. Once the course is over, participants meet to share what they have learned, their new ideas about education materials, and their accumulated knowledge, before spreading these ideas to others. One of the most basic premises of my work relates to a teacher’s “digital literacy,” the proficiency and familiarity with the Web. This includes training teachers to conduct research on the internet, collaborate online, and once they start to produce materials, the responsibilities and rights due to them as authors of content. I believe that teachers and students need to learn broader, more comprehensive internet skills, which are essential to research and any content production, rather than solely learning certain specific subjects. i-genius: What difficulties has Instituto Educadigital faced? Priscila: To extend the depth and reach this shift in perspective and practice to teachers across Brazil, IED seeks to establish partnerships with public education agencies. I’ve been already working with the Centers for Technology and Education at the state and municipal levels. By inserting the concept of educators as producers not just consumers of content into existing Pedagogical Political Projects, I believe these educators will become agents of change to multiply its impacts. It is difficult to get sponsorship for the projects we wanna do! One of the main forms of sustainability of an NGO in Brazil is run social projects for other organizations, government and companies. But a NGO needs to have their mission, needs to have their purpose. Our propose is to improve education in a digital culture, using collaborative process and open educational resources. i-genius: What is the future of Digital Culture in Brazil and across the world? Priscila: Difficult to answer this question! As Manuel Castell, a Spanish sociologist, has said and written in his famous books, we are in the beginning of the changes that Digital Culture will result in the way that we live, communicate with each other and established relationships. Actually, is already to observe several changes, such as people around the word producing and sharing information, knowledge and regional culture. People can talk about their problems and looking for help (for example, the Arab Spring in 2010, the protests in Brazil in June, 2013). And for education, the ubiquity is increasingly each year, it is possible to learn and to teach anywhere and any time. i-genius: How will your time in London contribute to Instituto Educadigital? Priscila: As an Ashoka’s fellow ( it is a great opportunity to meet other social entrepreneurs in UK, to know innovative projects here, like People’s Supermarket, and looking for partnerships and awareness raising and come back to Brazil with new ideas! i-genius: What makes a good Executive Director? Priscila: A good executive director needs to engage his/her team, to think about how to plan the strategies and articulate a lot of networks. It is important to be in the most popular digital social networks and interacting with people. It is also important to attend events, conferences and travel to network with other professionals. i-genius: What is you advice for aspiring social entrepreneurs within the same industry? Priscila Gonsales: That’s another difficult question. I would say to them to believe in themselves, if you do what you really want to do, your chances of success will increase!Visit Instituto Educadigital:
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Projeto Oxentin

Brazilian Beats i-genius member Hernane Prates explains how music has the potential to help deprived children in Brazil, and what being a social entrepreneur means to him. Thanks to i-genius member Carla Jones for her help with translations! Editor: Can you explain in more detail what your school does? Hernane: Our music school is a project that aims to give poor children the chance of a better life. We don’t work at this school with simply the music, but the music is the key to the children. There are a lot of things that we use to promote change in these children. We have voluntary teachers for music in our school, which will open in June. Editor: How can music improve the lives of children in Brazil? Hernane: We believe that music is a way in which we can promote life changes in these children. Why this? Why music? Because the musical culture here in Brazil has arisen from our ‘blood’. But the access to education in general in Brazil, and to music specifically, is very limited, and when it does exist, it is of very poor quality. It is very difficult for the children who come from poor quarters, so they leave to drugs and crime, which has become a fact of life here. So from the moment we give these children the chance to learn music ‘that they love so much’, they begin to feel valued, which bridges the gap between their limited access to social education and another series of factors that promotes the changes in their lives. This is out objective, and we are really proud about this!Editor: What are the major difficulties for young people living in Brazil? Hernane: The greatest difficulties for young people living here is the limited opportunities for jobs and for studying at university, because the public universities are filled with young people who come from rich families. They study in good schools when they are children, so that they are able to enter the public universities. The opposite happens with the young people who come from poor families, who make up the majority here, and private university is very expensive, so that these young people don’t have the faintest chance of entering unversity, and so they cannot get a job. And what is the alternative? Crime and drugs…! Editor: What are your hopes for the future, both for your school and for your country? Hernane: I hope through this school we will reach our objective, to see these children with a new life! We know it’s very difficult to start a project like this, but if you want to do something, you find a way, if you don’t, you just find excuses! We want to do this because we are tired of waiting, we want to do this now. We also hope to expand this work to all “Sertão Brasileiro” and others place like it, África is a future target! I hope my country develops and begins to look at the needs of the people that they have forgotten, whose lives they are suffocating. Meanwhile, I’m trying to play my part!Editor: What does being a ‘social entrepreneur’ mean to you? Hernane: A “Social Entrepreneur” is someone who focuses their efforts on social projects with the objective of helping a particular community. He searches for resources, partnerships, sponsorship, and for a way to start his project functioning.
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