Welcome to the Innovator Journal of Collaborate for Social Impact (C4SI)!
For those who don’t know us, here is a little introduction: C4SI is a 10-week program under Just Innovate which challenges students to engage innovatively with social issues. We aim to connect multidisciplinary students and help them come up with creative social solutions to real-world challenges provided by international organisations in Geneva.
This is a space for our 45 participants to document their process into social innovation, make collaboration with fellow participants and receive public feedback!
The Nestlé team is getting super excited for Demo Day this Saturday! Lots to do before then, so our creative brain cells are working hard right now! Presenting at the Global Entrepreneurship Week has given us some precious feedback. It’s fantastic having the opportunity to present to a larger audience which does not have a … Continue reading
As we have established connections and reached out to local organizations and contacts over the past couple of months, our project has evolved with the feedback we have been given. Due to vast distances, cultural norms and a serious need for durable transport, we have shifted our focus to an outfitted motorcycle ambulance which is … Continue reading
To get people on board is a tricky challenge we would like to tackle in a diverse way. From our point of view it is important to address people not only once using one technique but several times using different approaches. Below we differ between short and long term techniques and explain in which situations … Continue reading
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Since our last blog entry there have been very encouraging developments. The “set back” by our challenge setter confronted us more than ever with the question “What it is we actually want to make out of this project?” Our conclusion was that even if we are well aware that all project propositions … Continue reading
Our team has been very busy in the past few weeks. After deciding as a group that it would be more efficient for us to cut our challenge so we could address small pieces of it at a time, we had to decide on a solution strategy. That process itself was a great challenge. This … Continue reading
Before explaining how and why our social innovation is scalable and sustainable, we think it is important to first define the nature of our product. The “product” we are working on aims to help Japanese businesses consider the best options for entering the African market through inclusive business. To put this simply, we are attempting … Continue reading
Currently the women in Gioto live mainly off of what they find in the garbage, without food security or access to clean water Our program will train the women to create planters from available materials to start gardens at their homes. At the same time, we will drill a well and install a new water … Continue reading
Our task is to design a refugee camp for approximately 1,500 people however, as social innovators our goal is to create a scalable and sustainable design that can be replicated and used in any country or social context. This is a complicated endeavor, but a challenge that we as a team are prepared to address. … Continue reading
Journal Entry – 26 October So, what is the first thing one does when offered this challenge: how can we engage the wider public into the process of supporting and advancing initiatives that strengthen human rights mechanisms and structures? For us, it was to take a step back. There were a plurality of questions that … Continue reading