CSI (Center for Social Innovation) is a business ecosystem developer that aims to build a culture of social entrepreneurship. Business ecosystems are spaces that are forgiving enough for social entrepreneurs to make mistakes while testing prototypes and new business models; AND spaces that are also demanding enough for them to build global Filipino brands that have real social and environmental impact.
CSI does this by engaging the Gawad Kalinga network and by leveraging on the Gawad Kalinga community platform. The first provides access to experts and volunteers from the academe, business, government and other fields. The second allows social enterprises an opportunity to achieve scale, sustainability and impact.
WHY WE DO IT
Scaling up is hard to do but there is an urgent need for social enterprises to do them. Social enterprises that achieve scale not only achieve financial sustainability but they also directly improve the lives of more Filipino families and significantly address environmental concerns. CSI therefore facilitates the transfer of resources from experts and institutions to social entrepreneurs who need them for scaling up.
The missing element in all of these is a pipeline of young leaders, potential social entrepreneurs. They have the time and the energy to immerse in communities who need to be sustainable but also have enough skills to deal with experts and build Filipino brands. CSI then partners with key institutions to ensure a steady supply of young Filipinos actually become social entrepreneurs.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Social entrepreneurs deal with a wide range of issues and not just business-related ones. You can help us build a culture of social entrepreneurship every time you:
1. Attend CSI Nights! Wednesdays at the Enchanted Farm Cafe in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. (Watch out for CSI Nights outside Metro Manila.)
2. Apply as volunteer or intern for CSI or for any of the social enterprises on its network.
3. Convince your school (present or previous) to start a course or program on social entrepreneurship. We can guide and provide templates for the school administration and faculty.
4. Share personal or business development skills via trainings for social entrepreneurs.
5. Visit the Enchanted Farm (in Bulacan and soon in Bacolod, Palawan, CamSur, Samar, and Butuan) and join the day to week-long camps. Regular trips are on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
6. Invest in a social enterprise or convince the company you are in to be a partner.
7. Start a social enterprise yourself, with your barkada, your organization or even with us!
Interested? Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org!