Day 2: Delegates sustainability projects: Action plans set
“I act, we impact!” With this slogan, all delegates at Fairleigh Dickinson University started their day with Prof. Gerard Cleaves, senior lecturer at FDU, who kicked off the day’s lectures with a session on the principles of social entrepreneurship.
“What is better than leading by example?” Prof. Cleaves made the participants learn about the principles of entrepreneurship by sharing stories of personalities from all over the world who acted and impacted.
Listening to all the stories, delegates studied the changemakers’ work and found that what they all shared is their belief in human action to create the future. The entrepreneurs are also comfortable with risk, persistent in the face of adversity, creative and happy to create partnerships. Social entrepreneurs specifically believe in a yet-to-be-made future in which an outcome for society is an essential element.
During the second portion of the day, delegates were divided into groups to work on team projects that they needed to present by the end of the seminar. Prof. Cleaves also introduced the group projects and explained how to identify resources, develop an action plan, ensure viability and measure the impact toward scalability. The introduction was then followed by a case study and a discussion.
Based on the case study, the groups of delegates worked with their peer mentors on elaborating the ideas of their projects and started transforming their ideas into action plans.
Delegates then ended their long day of brainstorming, sharing and planning with some fun games and ice cream.