The Micro-Success Experiment
In December, I posted to the Internet4Change blog about Micro-Success - a collaborative support group for social enterprise start-ups that I have initiated offline in Brussels and that I intend to also mirror with an online-only group here at Ned.
This is a 6 month experiment, undertaken for specific reasons, and to achieve specific objectives that merit explaining.
- I hold an intuitive belief that collaboration can be highly beneficial to social enterprise start-ups, and that more collaboration between organizations can enhance the impact of the social change "sector" at large.
- My professional intent over the next several years is to work toward creating ways to facilitate and promote increased collaboration on a global scale, between organizations that seek to create social impact.
- The primary purpose for initiating both an online and an offline collaborative support group for social enterprise start-ups is to model and observe the dynamics of collaboration in action, with the aims of identifying what works or doesn't work well, what needs or doesn't need support and facilitation, and how collaborative interaction differs in online and offline environments.
- My active hope is that by the end of the 6 month experiment, the enterprises involved will have benefited from the interaction with each other, and that we will all have learned some insightful lessons about how to effectively encourage and enhance fruitful collaboration on a broader scale.
- My personal reason for focusing this experiment on social enterprise start-ups is that I am also a social entrepreneur, in the throes of starting a(nother) new social enterprise myself. I have experienced the powerful (positive and negative) impacts of formal and informal collaboration on my own work in the past, and have a heartfelt desire to help myself and others maximize the benefit of those many lessons learned.
Over the course of the past few months, I have spoken to a number of online colleagues about initiating a group for social enterprise collaboration online here at Ned.com. At a gathering in November, a number of fellow HubBrussels members with start-ups in progress indicated a desire to work together in a more structured way. I stepped forward to voluntarily organize that group as well, for the comparative insight it might provide.
The group in Brussels has already met for the first time to discuss objectives and modalities for working together; a write up of what happened at the introductory session is in the MicroSuccessOffline workspace. In February (after the ned.com unconference) I'll be starting the online Micro-Success group here at ned.com.
In this discussion thread you're invited to comment, share observations, discuss, help shape and ask questions about the Micro-Success experiment. I would really love to hear your thoughts.
If you are currently starting a Social Enterprise and would like to join the online Micro-Success group in February, please contact me here on Ned to let me know a bit about your project.
Sooooo... whaddaya think about all this?
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