Social Justice | Social Innovation | Social Impact Education
I write and publish content inline for a number of organisations as well my latest self-driven adventure of ESSA Rising. Here, I critically discuss paradigms and pedagogies in social impact education as well as feature up and coming social change-makers in interview-style pieces.
Equity is either confused with the financial terms describing liquid assets, or it is often misunderstood as favouring people who come from minoritised backgrounds without any historical or social interrogation as to why this might be the case. Synonymous with affirmative action and/or positive discrimination, equity as part of a social justice strategy is important to understand if we are going to systemically build an alternative reality that serves the unique and complex needs of everyone. Read this blog article to understand the difference between equity and equality and why equality as a 21st century development practice is nothing more than a fallacy.
ESSA is a superhuman persona that was created out of a deep want and need to reclaim all the parts of myself that I've lost to systemic oppression. As well as my truth to power, she is also a call to action… a call for systems change that starts with the self. As my alter-ego, she reminds me that the system that I am fighting to transform out there is the systems that I am also reinforcing within me. The faults, failures, and fallacies of the wider system can all be found within my own attitudes, behaviours, and beliefs - however small or invisible they may be. To truly create an alternative reality that eclipses our current one, I needed to first create an alternative version of myself that reflects the values of this alternative reality that I am fighting to reframe, redefine, and reimagine. And then I need to show up as her and live up to her. That is who ESSA is to me... a persona-fied example of who I can be and what kind of systemic solution I can be part of.
In this piece, Vanessa explores the power and purpose of empathy by redesigning design thinking with social justice in mind. Read all about it to learn more about how the empathy map canvas can be used as a tool for building empathy, equality, and enterprise.
During the month of February, Vanessa Faloye gave two keynote speeches at UNLTD.org.uk and Queen Mary University of London on the topic of ‘failure’ as a social entrepreneur. Here, she shares the content of those keynotes in the spirit of intelligent failure. She refers to them as the top three failforwards to watch out for before even beginning to build a social enterprise.
Founder-CEO Hanna Naima McCloskey shares her unique startup journey with social enterprise Fearless Futures in a fantastically honest, interesting, and insightful interview about challenging power, creating value, starting from scratch, and the myth of starting up with no money. This is the second part of that interview.
Founder-CEO Hanna Naima McCloskey shares her unique startup journey with social enterprise Fearless Futures in a fantastically honest, interesting, and insightful interview about challenging power, creating value, starting from scratch, and the myth of starting up with no money. This is the first part of that interview.
As social entrepreneur, sooner or later you come across the question how to measure your impact. Social impact measurement is not only important to demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of your practice, it also helps to attract funding and motivate staff and volunteers. Our online editor Vanessa Faloye interviewed Megan O’Neil-Renaud, manager of Social Enterprise and Social Finance at Pillar Nonprofit, on that important topic. Here you find the second part of the interview.
As social entrepreneur, sooner or later you come across the question how to measure your impact. Social impact measurement is not only important to demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of your practice, it also helps to attract funding and motivate staff and volunteers. Our online editor Vanessa Faloye interviewed Megan O’Neil-Renaud, manager of Social Enterprise and Social Finance at Pillar Nonprofit, on that important topic. Here you find the first part of the interview.
During my journey as a social innovator, I have experienced the symptoms of imposter syndrome for two reasons I can think of. The first reason speaks to my previous article (read here) which discusses how the personification and perception of success have been socially constructed to leave most of us feeling left out and below average. Naturally we fail to recognise and internalise our successes when success rarely ever looks like, sounds like, or thinks like we do.
There has been much talk about the woes of imposter syndrome¹. It is something I have seen and felt myself as a social entrepreneur (hustling to save the world isn’t easy). It’s something that the majority of us feel at some point during our professional and personal lives but the question is for how long and how deeply?
There is much debate as to how social impact education can up the ante in building social innovators. (For an expert and very insightful cross-examination of this ongoing debate, check out The Stanford Social Innovation Review: The Future of Social Impact Education in Business Schools and Beyond). But for the sake of bringing something new to this discussion, first let’s reverse engineer this question of how to build innovators for social impact? What exactly does it actually mean to be an innovator?
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In the present-day eleventh-hour context, learning design increasingly serves to dismantle, shift, and transform unhealthy systems in the social, political, economic, and ecological realms. But when it comes to learning about wicked problems (that need equally wicked solutions), perhaps there has never been a more important time to slow down… and listen. The Afaris tribe in Ethiopia demonstrates this slow-burner ethos with their practice of Dagu. But what is Dagu and how might it inspire us to learn how to learn again (and take our time doing it)?
India's Bollywood brings to life the most mundane and magical moments of our day-to-day, transforming them into vibrant, expressive, and emotive anthems. The physical, emotional, and vocal range of Bollywood's song and dance scenes (and routines) is as wide as it is deep... how might this inspire our ways of learning?