In this episode of the Impact Podcast, Innov8social founder talks to Monica Kang, the founder of InnovatorsBox. Monica has done impactful work, in the nuclear non-proliferation area for the government. Neetal talks to Monica about her career and her inclination towards creativity space, which led her to create the InnovatorsBox.

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Meet Monica

Monica started InnovatorsBox, as she felt she wanted to do something impactful that brings in a change. She was not very happy with the fact, that her career was progressing well and her job title was growing on paper. Monica instead wanted to do something that she would love, rather than a run of mill job. She always wanted to do things on her own, rather than being instructed by a boss. Monica realized that with so much of talk, about creativity and innovation, it is still being misled. She was involved in a not so creative field, like nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security, and always wanted to bridge the gap between creative and non-creative field. It was this urgency, that has led her to create the InnovatorsBox.

Innovators Box

Innovators box is a education smart business, pasturing creativity and innovation for professionals and organizations. InnovatorsBox provides various platforms like creativity workshops, trainings, talks, seminars for the public as well as private companies. It serves as an innovation and creativity hub for those coming from non-creative sector. Innovator box serves as a hub for like minded folks, who are associated with non-creative jobs. Innovators box wants to change the way, the people think about creativity. A lot of people who are  social innovation leaders, are also creative thinkers.

InnovatorsBox connects with its audience through four main ways. The first one is a public event, where individual get to participate in events like Mindful Monday. They also do pop workshops called, unplugged. InnovatorsBox is also getting ready for a weekend creative boot camp called Creative Jump. Creative Jump helps you to get unstuck and become a creative leader. They also offer a wide array of programs for clients, to built a creative mindset in their teams.  InnovatorsBox also participates in a community events. InnovatorsBox tries to change the language and perception on creative thinking and innovation by trickling in various events.

Monica feels that holding on your values is the key thing that she has learnt over the years. She also notes that being an entrepreneur is really tough, but you never really understand the path unless you take it.  Monica also notes that you should take small baby steps, honor your goals, measure them consistently. Everyday she self-evaluates herself to understand, what she needs to do better, to create impact.  Monica feels that on her journey she has faced a lot discouragement, and denial but she held on to her values and moved on to make things better.

Show Notes

Website : http://www.innovatorsbox.com/

Blogs : http://www.innovatorsbox.com/news/

Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/monicakang

Interviews : http://billionsuccess.com/2016/07/monica-h-kang-founder-innovatorsbox/

In this episode of the Impact Podcast, Innov8social founder talks to Michele Wucker, an International Affairs Expert and Author of “The Gray Rhino”. Neetal explores, Why do leaders and decision makers sometimes fail to address the obvious dangers before they spiral out of control ? Michele Wucker is a thought leader in this space, and she has written a book called “The Gray Rhino” to recognize and act on these dangers. Neetal talks to Michele Wucker, about an actionable framework to address these dangers.

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Meet Michele

Michele M. Wucker is an American author, commentator and policy analyst specializing in the world economy and crisis anticipation. Michele addresses the issues with the decision making failures, from two angles. One angle comes in the form of a former journalist, who addressed the issue of sovereign debt in emerging markets. As a journalist, she has witnessed a lot of crisis, and how people reacted to those failures. The other angle comes from her experience, in working as a think tank management in Newyork during 2008.

But the central question came to her during the Argentinian crisis. In 2001 when Argentinian crisis rose, the debt started going up, but economy and reserves went down. But there were people at wall street, who came up with a smart proposal to cut the debt and get it back on track. Sadly, Argentina’s denial of the fact, failed to grasp this opportunity resulted in crawling into a crisis. But a similar scenario happened with, Greece but there were people willing to talk about it and act on it.

Michele wrote an article in CNBC, about the problem and there were actions on it. Private debtors came to the rescue, and also helped to the stop the Euro from falling. So Michele, feels what makes the difference here is “how you see and react” to crisis.

Crisis Handling Trends

Michele gained a lot of crisis handling experience while running the organization, in the form of outside shocks, group dynamics and systems that needs to be created. She also got to know, how to make tough choices between long and short term  priorities. Michele started to see a pattern by looking at various problems like immigration, gun control policy, inequality, climate change, Syria etc.  The key trend in these problems is denial, where people fail to accept the problem. But once you get past denial, you get into modelling stage, where people are willing to talk about the problem.

Even though people, accept the problem they always come up with various reasons, on why they cannot deal with it. Michele found that some of these, are structural problems, like lack of diversity in group thinking, cognitive bias etc. The the next step in addressing a crisis, would be diagnosis, where people try to focus on the key problem. They analyse the problem to see how fast it is moving or  whether it is recurring issue, which requires a system to be created in future. While analyzing the problem, one has to think about the upstream and downstream effects that the problem is going to create.

Michele also noted that finding right perspective of a problem, is the key to address it. For example in Syria’s case, Russia sees the lack of power with Assad as the problem, whereas others look at the humanitarian issues with Assad. So assigning a right perspective, would give a right ingredient to solve the problem. The fourth stage in addressing the problem is Panic. Michele points out that, if there is plan to handle the problem then Panic can be useful in addressing the problem. And the final stage is action, and Michele feels that it is good to reach action faster rather being late and getting trampled.

Crisis handling for Social Enterprises

Michele finds that Social entrepreneurs are one of favorite group of people who try to handle a crisis. She feels that there are three ways you can handle it. One is to stuck your head in the sand, second one is make money out the problem, the third and best is figure out a solution to handle the problem. Michele feels that sustainability is one area where people try to come with efficient solutions to address the same. For example, Water scarcity is addressed differently by companies, some of them try to use them efficiently, whereas others try to clean up waste water and create renewable sources.

Michele finds that the philosophy of identifying a problem, and what you can do to solve a problem with a group of helpful individuals is great. When there is not enough awareness, then Michele feels thought leadership should be brought in address the same. Another important point that Michele brings forward is, making people aware that they are a part of problem, and what they can do to be a part of the solution.

Social Media Influence

Michele feels that emergence of social media helps a long way in taking denial rhino to a larger audience. For example Facebook live was helpful in addressing the truth in police shootings. With the emergence of media, it is difficult for people keep denying the fact and indulge in unethical practices. But on the flip side, it can create hatred among the community and incite violence as well.

You can connect with Michele through the following ways.

Show Notes

Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/wucker

Twitter : @wucker

Facebook :@MicheleWucker

Website : http://wucker.com/

Book : the-gray-rhino

Amani Institute

In this episode of the Impact Podcast,  Innov8social founder speaks to organizers at the Amani Institute including co-founder Roshan Paul and Communications & Community Director Geraldine Hepp. The Amani institute acts a bridge to bind the gap between higher education and employment marketplace. They help to prepare a new generation of leaders, to tackle the world’s toughest problems.

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Meet Roshan

Roshan was born and brought up in India, he moved to the US, for his undergraduate studies. He graduated in 2001, and it coincidentally met with the 9/11. Soon after his studies, Roshan landed in a consulting job with a big company in the US. But after looking at 9/11 attack and the Hindu- Muslim violence back in India, Roshan went back to India to become a social entrepreneur.  He travelled around the world, working with 300-400 social entrepreneurs. While working with them, Roshan understood that it was not funding, but rather finding right talent was a main problem for all these social entrepreneurs.

At the same time, Roshan found that a lot of students who were graduating wanted to work in a job that provides, social impact. But at the same time, the graduates were missing some required talent, hence were not landing in their dream job spots, and hence Amani was born.

Meet Geraldine

Geraldine joined Amani institute after working as an Intern in education sector. She did not want to join the development sector, as it was not in line with goals that she has set as a teenager. She wanted to join the education sector, and through one of her friends heard about Amani institute. Geraldine felt this option to be great, as it helps her to look at the social enterprise sector from a different perspective. Geraldine felt that through education, she would be able to change the problem that see saw with development sector. She feels that the sector needs the best minds to solve the problems of the 21st century.

Geraldine feels that just having good intentions and passion might not suffice,  but they should also be willing to second guess things. So Amani helps these professionals to fine tune their skills, so that they can fit into the social sector quite easily. She joined Amani in 2013 from Kenya.

Amani Institute – Activities

At Amani institute, Roshan and team has created a master equivalent program in Social Innovation Management. They launched their first class in Kenya. Currently Amani is running their fifth class in kenya and their second class in Brazil. The Amani institute is also approached by a lot institutes, social enterprises and companies, to come in and do customized programs for capacity planning. At Amani, they have also started to work with universities, to align their courses to the marketplace, and to arrange trainings for their faculties. Those are the three main streams that Amani is working on right now.

Amani has trained around 130 fellows, from around 35 countries mainly from Africa, Latin America and Europe.  What is common among them in their quest is to find meaning in their life and career. They want to create an impact. The common fellows of Amani are the people, who want to move from private sector to a social enterprise space. The second group are the ones, who come directly from the university and have interest in social sector. The teams at Amani are incredibly diverse, and have people from IKEA and Coca Cola  who are interested in social space.

Amani Institute – Certificate in Social Innovation Management

The main program for individuals is the “Certificate in Social innovation management”, it is an online course and it has an immersion phase in Nairobi or Sao Paulo for four months.

It starts with an online foundation month, where people connect online and discuss content based things about social innovation. As there is high diversity of fellows, there is a lot of talent that comes to the table. Geraldine feels that a lot more intrapreneurs needs to come up so that all the amazing ideas brought forward by social entrepreneurs can be taken to the next level.

After that the foundation month, the immersion program allows the fellows to join as an apprentice in any of their choice of social enterprise and learn things on the job. This forms one of the pillars of the immersion phase. The second pillar is to learn the skill required using a professional skill workshop, apart from the daily work. The third pillar is the leadership track, which is called the inner journey of the change maker.  This phase focuses on the inner qualities of the change maker.

After the immersion phase, the acceleration phase kicks in, and that spans for five months. During these five months the participants will get to focus on finding mentors, maintaining relationship with the mentor, building peer networks and skills that participants wants to hone . There are two intakes for these programs one is in February and the other in July.

Geraldine has a piece of advice for all aspiring social entrepreneurs and that is to do job that you love. She pulls out the three circles of hedgehog concept which is

1. “What are you passionate about or what give you joy ?”

2. “What is it that you can do the best ?”

3. “What drives the economic engine ?”

Geraldine wants to add a fourth circle “4. What does the world needs from you ?”

To Learn more about Amani institute and about their team, please visit below.

Show Notes

Website : http://amaniinstitute.org/

Twitter : @amaniinst

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/theamaniinstitute

In this episode of the Impact Podcast,  we travel to Canada and speak to Danielle Carruthers, who is the founder and CEO of “theSedge.org”. She is also working with Solene on building new resources and tools to engage social entrepreneurs.

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Meet Danielle Carruthers

Danielle is based out of Calgary, Alberta in Canada enjoying rocky mountains. She has done quite a bit of work in South America for theSedge.org, surveying global social entrepreneurs.  Danielle graduated in biology in high school, but she found her interest, in the entrepreneurial space, and switched programs through university.  She always applied her love for knowledge and learning, in the work she did. She was involved in school club called, Enactus. It is a community of student, academic and business leaders, committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and build a sustainable world. This was her crash course in social entrepreneurship.

theSedge.org

Danielle always loved to facilitate things, teach people, as part of extracurricular activity in the university. She wanted to pick up topics that are not exciting & snazzy, but are very practical and important for life success. As a part of the program, she spoke about budgeting, credit cards, interest rates to a group of women who were earlier involved in sex trade.  She found that it helped them, to get their lives back on track, so she wanted to keep doing these activities which brings in impact or social good.

She worked in banking industry for a couple of years after graduation. But she always wanted to build an ecosystem for social entrepreneurs to collaborate, as there wasn’t a proper place for these like minded folks to share their passion. She used to reach them in pockets through blogs on the internet. She liked the fact that theSedge platform, helped to connect like minded social entrepreneurs from different backgrounds. But what started as a platform, eventually transformed itself into a space where it can help, educate ways about running a social enterprise business.

Danielle is currently running a workshop called “Idea Finder”, this helps people who are really interested in making a change in community through a new idea. It helps the participants to go through phases and set of activities which helps to validate if the idea is worth investing your time and feasible as well. It really helps social entrepreneurs to have a good shot at their goal.

Collaboration with Solène

Danielle collaborated with Solene,  founder of Creators for Good and like minded social entrepreneurship enabler. They both co-host quarterly calls for communities, arrange Q&A sessions with network members. Their first topic of discussion was ironically about collaboration itself, it was core value that they were drawn into. They were able to accomplish so much more than, they could do it alone. So they decided to write a book about “Meeting of the Minds, the Social Entrepreneur’s Roadmap for Collaborations That Work”. They have managed to do everything within a year of their collaboration.  They have also recently launched “Change Makers Association” which is  a membership learning platform for social entrepreneurs.

There is a “Global Social Entrepreneurs Lab” on facebook, where you can connect with Solene and Danielle about their work. There are close to 900 members. They also have website called SocentLab.com, where they have hosted some of the past Q&A’s.

Danielle’s biggest advice for anyone who is starting a social enterprise is to start small, even though their dreams could be bigger.  This could potentially avoid a tripping point. And the other factor, is patience. To learn more about Danielle and her work, please visit the site in the show notes.

Show Notes

Global Social Entrepreneurs Lab
Meeting of the Minds: the Social Entrepreneur’s Roadmap to Collaborations that Work (The book)
Changemakers Association
theSedge.org

In this episode of the Impact Podcast,  we travel to Brazil and talk to Nastassia Romano, who has worked on a number of projects related to social enterprise. In this podcast, we will get to hear about how her work and education has led to her current role in Yunus Social Business. We will also get to know her perspectives about social enterprise in Brazil.

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Meet Nastassia Romano

Nastassia is an economist, she did her graduation in Brazil. She has studied in the London School of Economics, where she specialized in international studies & environmental studies. While studying, she had an opportunity to go to Oxford in 2010, for a conference at the Saïd Business school. In that conference Nastassia was able hear about social enterprise like she never did before.

So after coming back to Brazil, Nastassia did some research and after talking to lot of people decided that, she had to first start working in a social impact. She eventually ended up working as project manager, in Brazil, to select and train non profit social organizations in business and management that creates an impact.

Social Impact in Brazil

Nastassia reveals that social enterprise or social impact, is a novel concept in Brazil when she started. She feels that with type of inequality issues in Brazil, there is a need to do something on your own rather than relying on government. But some of these already existing social enterprises in Brazil were lacking a business acumen, hence they were struggling to kick start. She feels that strategic management, is something that needs to be brought in to solve these issues.

Association with Yunus Social Business

While working with Social Institute, Nastassia did some research about social enterprise and developed contacts by talking to people. It is during this time, she found out that Yunus is coming to South Brazil for a conference. She wanted to work along with the Yunus foundation. She travelled São Paulo, to figure out what they were doing and to connect on how they can partner, to do projects. On one occasion she went to a social finance seminar, about impact investing and had the opportunity to talk to the CEO of Yunus through her connections.

Nastassia spoke with members from Yunus and explained that,  Yunus education strategies had a lot of synergy with what they are doing in South Brazil. She also explained that if they have to start anything, related to social enterprise education it should start from South Brazil, as people in Sao Paulo already has access to those. She has also invited Yunus to talk about their business models at higher education event. Eventually Nastassia, became a part of Yunus representing Parana state.

Nastassia feels that a social enterprise as company should focus on making profits, and thereby creating a social impact. The profit earned should go back to the enterprise, to strengthen the impact it is creating rather than producing dividends for the owners. With Yunus Social business, Nastassia is helping to organize workshops, speeches, academic events that create this new type of social impact mindset. In Brazil, private companies does not trust NGO as funding gets deviated hence Nastassia is working primarily on the mindset change across companies. YSB also runs an accelerator in Rio and Sao Paulo to help develop more social entrepreneurs by helping new businesses. YSB also does academic work related to social enterprise  with the universities. To learn more about YSB, please connect below.

 

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Website :  http://www.yunusnegociossociais.com/

Email:      nastassia@yunusnegociossociais.com

Twitter : @yunusns

 

Learn Educate Discover

In this episode of the Impact Podcast, Innov8social founder meets another exciting Podcastor Sonali Mangal. In this episode Neetal discusses, with Sonali about the podcasts that she is working on. Sonali also shares some details about her, and how she got involved in ” Learn Educate Discover ” podcast.

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Meet Sonali Mangal

Sonali Mangal is Podcastor of the series “Learn, Educate & Discover” podcast, which helps students and young professional to learn about various careers. She organizes her podcasts, into interview style podcasts with professionals from various backgrounds such as consulting, banking & product management. Sonali tries to understand from current professionals in a career, about their day to day challenges. She tries to dig deep into each areas, so that it helps people with aspirations about a particular career path.

Neetal also shares her passion about podcasting with Sonali, and they both were brainstorming about doing events together. Neetal managed to get some snapshots, of the upcoming podcasts with Sonali and you hear about exchanges between the fellow podcastor’s in this episode. Sonali was excited about the way, Neetal manages to get some of her podcasts in the form an informal conversations. She feels that, it makes the speaker to open up more casually, than formal process.

Neetal also did a podcast as a speaker for Learn, Educate & Discover, and shared her experiences in podcasting, career and her passion about creating social impact. Sonali always enjoy doing podcasts and the moment she receives a note from her listener, she feels great that it was meaningful to someone. She feels that is what, keeps her going.

Sonali shares her vision about Learn, Educate & Discover with Neetal. Her vision is to help people choose a career, they love, rather than pushing themselves to office on Monday’s.  She want to develop LED as a resource that help people choose right career path, by providing well informed insider views.  Sonali loves to receive feedbacks on her podcasts, and also on topics that would interested them.

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Twitter : @LED_Curator

iTunes  : iTunes – Learn Educate Discover

Email : hello@learneducatediscover.com

 

In this episode of the Impact Podcast, Innov8social founder shares her experience live from an event called “StartingBloc unplugged”. This event is a reunion of the program that happened, in LA institute in early 2016. Neetal shares her experiences with the participants, who came from different part of the country.

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Pay for Success

In this episode of the Impact Podcast, Innov8social founder meets Eileen Neely, Economist and Director of capital innovation at Living cities. In this episode Neetal discusses, with Eileen about social enterprise funding mechanisms like “Pay for Success”. We will also get learn about use cases, for this type of funding.

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Meet Eileen Neely

Eileen Neely is the director of capital innovation at Living Cities. Living Cities harness the collective power of 22 of the largest foundations and financial institutions. At living cities, they develop and scale opportunities for people with low income and also help improve the cities they live.  Eileen started her career as a housing economist,  doing interest rate forecasting  for the real estate industry. She also volunteered at the community development corporation for revitalizing the commercial corridor in D.C area.

Eileen entered into the field of impact investing while working at Fannie Mae, by making construction loans for catalytic housing development. This was a niche part of Fannie Mae. They also ventured into non low income credit investments to revitalize communities. They lend out loans to government entities, who were working to push their housing agendas.

When federal government took over Fannie Mae in 2008, Eileen reevaluated her career path. She found that working with public housing entities directly, would create a meaningful impact. So she started to work with Fresno housing authority during the recession to complete projects, using their own resources. After coming back to Washington D.C, after a cross country trip, Eileen started working at living cities. At Living cities, she took the experience gained at housing projects, and applied the same holistically across systems to improve the economic well being of people.

Pay for Success

Living cities found that they have done a lot for housing impact, and wanted the same to be applied to eliminate poverty. This lead to “Pay for Success”, which is a financial innovation that combines a performance based contract where the government pays if certain social outcomes are reached. This is called a social impact bond.

Social impact bond is really a working capital line of credit or a bridge financing that allows the service provider to provide services. It does not care about the mechanism, but loves any contract that pays for the outcome. The “Pay for Success” concept enables private sector to invest in human capital to eliminate poverty.

Roca Model – Pay for Success

Eileen explained about the first project implemented, by the “Pay for Success” strategy.  The state of Massachusetts wanted to reduce the rate of recidivism in the juvenile coming out of prison. There was a trend, where by 60% of these individuals, ending up in prison again within 5 years. Roca is a service provider , who has been working with this population for years, they have managed to reduce the rate of recidivism by 40% .  The state of Massachusetts wanted to sponsor this program only if it is an outcome based model. So there is a contract between the state and the service provider to pay only when certain outcomes are reached.

Roca loved to provide such a service, but it would cost 23 million to do the same. This is where private investors enters in, like GoldMan Sachs, Living Cities, Boston Foundation, New Profit, John & Arnold Foundation. They were willing to pay that upfront money for Roca. The last stakeholder in this investment, is to have third party evaluator to evaluate if Roko met the goals. In this case it is the urban institute, they will look the data and decide how much Roca will be paid. The Roca program runs the program for four years.

Global Good Fund

In this episode of the Impact Podcast, Innov8social founder explains about a new fellowship program called ” Global Good Fund ” and you will hear about details of the program. We are joining with Jose Fernandez in this episode, and we will hear more about the Global Good Fund.

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Meet Jose Fernandez

Jose has a business background with an MBA degree from Spain. Jose has travelled to various countries for working in, banking, cosmetics industries.  He was working with consulate general of Spain in New York. In New York, he was introduced to social entrepreneurship and got connected with Global Good Fund. Jose was amazed at how social enterprises were able to bridge the gap between traditional non-profits and traditional businesses. He was also worried about the vulnerabilities of the traditional non-profits who were relying on funds and grants. Jose felt that non-profits also should have good revenue generating models. Once Jose was introduced social enterprise, he felt that he found the missing part of traditional business, which is social responsibility.

Neetal was asking Jose about connection between politics and social enterprise. Jose explained that when you start a political party, you mentality will be to help people. It is very similar to social enterprise, where they dive into a worthy cause and try to make an impact. In social enterprise you try to make connections, which helps to create synergy. But he felt the execution of social enterprise is vastly different from political system, and media plays a major role in politics.

Global Good Fund

Jose spoke about a currently open fellowship called Diana Davis Spencer Foundation Fellowship.  It is a fellowship that focuses on nurturing unemployed or underemployed people who are  older than 50 years or more in the united states. The fellowship program runs for 15 months and pair them with mentors and guide them with professional coaches to become a leader. The applicant can be of any nationality and should be fifty years and older.  There is global good fund summit is happening in April and the participants will get to meet their mentors.  The deadline for the fellowship application is 26th September 2016. Please refer to the “Apply” page of  globalgoodfund.org.

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Website :  http://www.globalgoodfund.org/

Twitter Handle : @GlobalGoodFund

 

In this episode of the Impact Podcast, Innov8social founder discusses about the business models for social enterprise. Neetal mentions about the percentage model, in various resources and in the website. One of the companies that has popularized this model is Salesforce. They have implemented the 1-1-1 model, where by 1 percent of their employee time, 1 percent of the product and 1 percent of the revenue goes to social impact or non-profit.

As you might be wondering how this can be implemented in your own enterprise, today’s guest Rahul Gupta explains how he has created and implemented the percentage model in his own social enterprise.

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Meet Rahul Gupta

Rahul Gupta is the founder of Big Wheel Brigade, a web application development company. They also run a code school called “Omaha Code school”. Rahul started this company four and a half years ago, but the actual thought about social enterprise started an year before. He started his first company in 2004, and there were lot of ups and downs, but things started to switch after a conference called “Big Omaha”. In that conference, Rahul met with Scott Harrison of Charity water, who spoke about social enterprise. During that speech, Rahul realized that he is not doing enough for social benefit.

So Rahul started working with a new nonprofit called planet water, they work on water filtration systems for its web presence. But Rahul wanted to do something better, and he started “Big Wheel Brigade” with his cousin Sameer. But to make ends meet, Rahul was still doing consulting work. After eight months starting the business, Rahul had to move to San Francisco, as his wife found an opportunity there. The shift changed the complexion of their work, as their rent just quadrupled. So they ramped up their consulting work, and they were billing hours and hours.

BWB’s Business Model for Social Good

As Rahul started to get more busy with consulting work, they set out 10% of their revenue for social good. It was decided this way as there was no inherent way to do social good with their consulting work. The set out fund was used to support social good that they believed in. As their business grew, the funding grew as well.  Sameer also runs the Omaha code school, and they were able to train graduates and bring them on to Tech school.

Initially they were supporting social good, without a clear plan but starting this year they have a good plan. They spend 50% of the set out figure to support “Anti- Slavery” issues,  25% for diversity & tech inclusion and rest goes to miscellaneous. They also support organizations like “Transhack” and “Ultracomp” who supported under privileged communities.

BWB has also created a code school for underprivileged in North-Omaha, a poor part of Omaha. BWB conducts free two month code camp, for 12-14 kids in Omaha and provide them free laptops, transportation, classes from 8am to 3 pm inclusive of two meals.  They also help them to visit small and big businesses.  BWB uses some of their set out money from consulting work for running this school and rest of them is supported by local businesses.

Rahul wants to spread their social good through word of mouth and lead by example. He does’nt want to become a B-corp and using it as a marketing tool. They bring their social good inherently in to their consulting space, rather than pitching the same in a sales meeting with their clients. The impact in tech inclusion that BWB was able to create through Omaha code school is great. There are two ways BWB supports social impact 1. Setting out 10% of their revenue 2. Working increasingly with companies, that does social good.

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Website :  http://www.bigwheelbrigade.com/

Twitter Handle : @hul

Email : rahul@bigwheelbrigade.com