FUTURELINK NOW’s SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROJECT

 

The idea for this project was birthed in November 2015 following the presentation of a workshop “Understanding the Power of Choice” to a group of Eastern Cape leaders in King Williamstown.   They, in turn, introduced us to other community leaders all of whom expressed deep concern for our country and a heartfelt desire to do something meaningful and practical about the social instability and increased civic unrest currently experienced in the Eastern Cape and nation-wide.

 

These conversations give rise to FutureLink Now’s lead training programme, Unlocking Potential through the Power of Choice. It promotes leadership, economic sustainability, civic responsibility, good governance and personal mastery. This programme benefits business, the public sector and the community at large. It contributes to building a sustainable and prosperous nation.

 

OUR VISION

 

We believe that the quality of our relationships determine our happiness, our success and our future. We recognise that leadership, social change and governance are in essence relationships and that self mastery is the foundation.

As facilitators of adult learning and leadership effectiveness, our commitment is not only to impart cutting edge, 21st century knowledge and thinking skills but also to optimize relationships.

We put our vision into practice by building inclusive partnerships with business, the public sector and community based organizations.  This way we help to co-create a future we all want to be part of.

 

ETHOS & VALUES

 

Central to this project is our desire to play our part as nation builders.

As such our team is non-partisan and respectful of the country’s multi religious and multicultural nature.

We strive to be role models and influencers of the greater good i.e. principled leaders.

Given that we are entrusted with social development funding, this project is managed in a transparent way. Our financials are externally audited and available for perusal on request.

 

OUR CONVENING TEAM

 

Jean Mathews Wildervanck is the proprietor and lead consultant of FutureLink Now, which she co-founded in 1997. Her expertise areas are team building, leadership and personal mastery, emotional and cultural intelligence. She is drawn to explore the new field of Conscious Business now rooting across the world. Jean is a contractual lecturer at the NMMU Business School and has also taught at Rhodes University and the University of Limpopo.

FutureLink Now’s Social Entrepreneurship project brings together a team of facilitators committed to social development in our region. Each team member brings a particular set of skills allowing us to offer a wide range of training products in accordance with the varied needs of the business, community and civic leaders.

Margo Bastos, an academic and business person, strives to live consciously. A long time student of the works of Joseph Campbell, Jean Houston, James Hillman and Jean Shinoda Bolen, Margo looks at life through the lens of story and myth as these archetypal tales show us ‘the way out’ of our current difficult situations. She lectured for many years at UCT before moving to the Eastern Cape in 2003 and founding Blue Anchor Real Estates.

Gisela Brauer has a passion for empowering people. She has worked for big industry in South Africa and Germany and has many years entrepreneurial experience in the hospitality industry. An ardent student of Glasser’s Choice Theory, she would like to play this knowledge forward. Gisela is also our marketing and social media person.

Annette Neuschafer originally trained towards becoming a teacher but then pursued the business route and found herself working for and then owning a family business in the pharmaceutical sector. She is a community worker at heart having worked many years at Lifeline and facilitates an internationally recognized course in bereavement counselling.

Jean Stedman recently retired as an HR Consultant in the banking sector.  While she worked in all areas in HR, in later years she specialised in recruitment and was responsible for the successful sourcing and placement of specialists and senior managers for a vast geographical area.  Her primary interest has, however, always been in learning and development; she is passionate about helping people develop to be the very best that they can be.

António Bastos is an electrical engineer with 29 years work experience in the Medical Imaging field, his expertise being in electro-magnetic energy and computers. He witnessed how energy is changed from one form into another and understood that everything in this universe is energy, including our thoughts and feelings. This led António to develop a set of thinking skills that help us correct the mind, create positive attitudes which in turn create happy individuals with high self-confidence and productivity.

 

OUR PRODUCTS

 

We have products designed for organizations and businesses as well as ones specifically aimed at helping marginalised communities.

All people will benefit from our lead product, Unlocking Potential through the Power of Choice.

 

 

Programmes aimed at Business, Public Sector and Community Leaders

 

PROGRAMME TITLE

DESCRIPTION

UNLOCKING POTENTIAL THROUGH THE POWER OF CHOICE

Facilitator: Jean Wildervanck

 

 

This training programme teaches the thinking skills central to decision making, problem solving, leadership and governance at both a collective and individual level.

These thinking skills impact civic responsibility and promote the sense of being able to determine one’s destiny, individually and collectively. It is in the interest of all people and all sectors of society – employers, employees, the partly employed, the unemployed and poor.

Entrepreneurship: A Hero’s Journey 

Facilitator: Margo Bastos

 

Business tells the story of our entrepreneurial adventures. How we frame our respective stories influences its meaning and how we respond to it. Learn how your story fits within the context of the bigger story. Knowing the “roadmap” gives encouragement, insight and inspiration.

Positive Minds Create Happy Workplaces    

Facilitator: António Bastos

 

 

This workshop corrects the pessimistic and negative attitudes preventing individuals from being motivated and highly productive members of an organisation.

It teaches delegates mental and communication skills essential for creating a harmonious and productive workplace.

 

 

 

TRAINING PROGRAMMES SPECIFICALLY FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS

 

PROGRAMME TITLE

DESCRIPTION

Unlocking the Power of Choice when you think you have no choice?  

Facilitator: Gisela Brauer and Jean Wildervanck

 

Who says you have no choice? We explore how your choices practically influence the quality of your world. With Choice Theory as a guide we get to improve our relationships on all levels.

 

Being an Emotionally Intelligent Community Leader          

Facilitator: Jean Wildervanck

Serving a community as their leader demands EQ par excellence. Learn how to manage strong emotions – your own and those of others - and build relationships that last.

 

A Matter of Faith   

Facilitator: Jean Wildervanck

 

 

We apply Fowler’s Stages of Faith to real time SA.

Faith makes the difference when times are tough.

 

Pastoral Care of Families 

Facilitator: Jean Wildervanck

What is meant when we say ‘family’; the balance of give and take; the importance of love, loyalty and legacy.

Business Plan Essentials 

Facilitator: António Bastos

 

Are you planning to put your business idea into practise? Or have you already taken that step and are struggling with some of the complexities? By participating in this workshop you will understand the importance and how to put together a business plan.

 

Stories for Personal growth  

Facilitator: Margo Bastos 

Revisiting ancient stories for creative ways to deal with the age old human dramas of rivalry, favouritism, betrayal, etc.

 

Interview Skills  

Facilitator: Jean Stedman

 

How to conduct a successful interview

How to ace that job interview

 

Building a Positive Personal Brand 

Facilitator: Jean Stedman

Working with what you already have to be the best that you can be

 

Gratitude Workshop   

Facilitator: Jean Stedman

Learning the Art of being Thankful 

 

Pastoral Care – Facilitating Grief Recovery 

Facilitator: Annette Neuschafer

 

Leaders are often custodians of community life, also its grief. You need to know how to respond empathically but also help people to move on.

 

 

OUR OPERATIONS

 

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP lies at the heart of this project. For every programme presented to a paying client, a programme will be made available free of charge to leaders of communities and organizations unable to pay for their own training and development.

 

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Social Entrepreneurship is built on a deep understanding of the principle of win-win relationships; it draws on private sector business techniques i.e. the efficiencies of supply and demand, but rather than being profit driven, its motive and pay-out is social upliftment and transformation.

Generally, the aims of social entrepreneurship are poverty alleviation, closing the gap between the perceived have’s and have nots and working toward a more just, transparent and equitable society.

Such high ideals require social innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit i.e. socio-economic development projects are self-sustaining and show a measurable return for those investing in it.

This particular venture, where the products are essentially education, training and development (ETD) ones, is all about empowering people in general and leaders in particular with thinking skills regarding conscious choice. 

 

Social Entrepreneurship is all about Partnerships

Our training programmes bring together three groups of people:

  • FutureLink Now facilitates, co-ordinates and administers training workshops. We are the custodian of the training material.
  • The NMBay Business Community who ‘buy’ the training product. For them there is a measurable ROI; our ‘clients’ see returns in terms of performance, accountability and the problem solving ability of all who attend the training.
  • Community leaders are upskilled making social innovation a possibility. They and the communities they serve are empowered to become more resourceful and self-sustaining.

 

THE MARKETPLACE

 

There are many very worthy players in the Education, Training and Development (ETD) field and we are one of them!

 

The Competition

Other players in the Social Entrepreneurship and Social Development field are:

 

Competitor

Services Offered

Comments

Engeli

 

They also offer leadership training

 

BEE L1, could be a collaborator

Similar to the Hope Factory

Partners for Possibility

 

Focussed on Schools

Teach principals leadership

Operates mostly in Gauteng & Western Cape

 

ECSECC

 

 

Facilitates interface between Government, labour, business, NGOs and rural development

 

Possible collaborator

HO in East London

CEO: Andrew Murray

Bertha Institute, UCT GSB

 

Social innovation and Entrepreneurship expertise

Possible resource

HO in Cape Town

Propella Incubator 

 

NMMU and IDC initiative supporting innovation

Could be a resource we can liaise with.

 

 

 

Our Unique Value

Our products and business model is unique.

The combined experience and wisdom of our team and our commitment to a shared vision. FutureLink Now strives to play our part in building a positive South Africa.

 

Our distinctly social entrepreneurship project serves two very different sectors of society; both are very influential and are ultimately interdependent. They are:

  • Economically active persons, irrespective of the level (from CEO to shop floor operator and administrative clerk), need to be committed to put into practice and play forward First Principle Thinking, in the interest of themselves and the company.
  • Community leaders in disadvantaged and low income areas can choose from a number of programmes with the aim to better equip them to counsel and guide people in their respective communities. Post graduate students and unemployed graduates may also be trained in the art of facilitation, going on to become community workers themselves.

 

SWOT Analysis

Strengths

Weaknesses

Opportunities

Threats

The intentions, knowledge and skills of the team are sound and trusted.The opportunity to liaise with other community role players.

 

 

We are in uncharted waters as this business model is new and the process is innovative.

 

 

Offering training to Exempt Micro Enterprises, Qualifying Small Enterprises and to big business in a way that meets their SED and B-BBEE requirements.

 

Our intellectual property: the training material can easily be copied. Copyright and date of publication should appear at the bottom of all training material.  

 

 

 OUR ROADMAP

 

The diagram shows the main steps we are following in developing this SED project.

 

STEP ONE:  Market Research and Product Development

  • Brainstorm with FutureLink Now’s 104 Open Learning Community
  • Cleric and Civil leaders from the Northern Areas
  • Development network with Thought Leaders from various walks of life.

 

STEP TWO:  Forming the FutureLink Team & writing our Business Plan

Main Purpose – to put the necessary structure in place to support this venture

Governance – legal founding, finances, administration & accreditation

Purpose:

  • Ensure the financial viability of the programme
  • Establish legal framework so that industry can claim SED, BBBEE and CSR returns.
  • Establish right relationships with beneficiaries in terms of the above
  • Ensure the quality of the training programmes meets industry requirements

 

STEP THREE: Launching our lead training product - Unlocking potential through the Power of Choice

Do free presentation at Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber

  • Interested persons experiencing the essence of the programme first-hand.
  • Invite interested persons who may want to support the programme financially and organisationally going forward.

 

 STEP FOUR: OPERATIONAL - IMPLEMENT training programmes

For every training programme presented to industry (money is earned), training programmes aimed at upskilling leaders from disadvantaged communities, will be presented to them.  These leaders will have a variety of leadership, personal mastery and family care programmes to choose from.   Appendix A outlines our team of facilitators and the workshops on offer to non- paying leaders from marginalized communities.

 

REVENUES

 

The costing of the workshops is available on request.

 

OUR ASK 

 

We are asking you to invest in the development of your leadership team and staff by purchasing one of the workshops we have on offer.

 

WHAT YOU GAIN

 

You will receive effective, affordable, time conscious training programmes that show a definite return on investment as well as documentation to support your SED claims on the B-BBEE Scorecard.