Impact Entrepreneurs Replication School: Day One – The Work Begins!

January 23, 2012 at 6:36 am 2 comments

PSU’s Impact entrepreneurs, in partnership with Digital Divide Data and The Rockefeller Foundation, has been delivering Impact Sourcing Training to social entrepreneurs hand selected by Rockefeller. The training, hosted by digital Divide Data, is preparing these entrepreneurs from Africa and South Asia to launch or expand their own social enterprise initiatives in the Business Process Outsourcing space in their countries.

By Lindsey Dietz, PSU MBA Candidate and Week 1 Replication School Teacher in Cambodia

This morning I nervously traveled by tuk-tuk to the new DDD offices in Phnom Penh to deliver my first day’s curriculum. Today was the first day of eight weeks of classes for our participants. They were jet-lagged but enthusiastic, positive and ready to learn. There are currently four participants from outside organizations and two DDD staff members involved in the marketing module. There will be additional students as the weeks progress.

transportation to DDD offices

tuk-tuk ride to the DDD offices

My nervousness stems from my desire to provide the best educational experience possible for our participants. I want those who have invested funds to get me here to be proud of my work. I also want to make sure that my presence and performance reflect well on IE and DDD. The confidence of the IE staff in my abilities is a relief and signals to me that I am trustworthy and capable. That added support has helped me grow and become more confident in my own knowledge and abilities.

I want to deliver my curriculum in a way that inspires the students and helps them reflect on their current or potential businesses. As a passionate marketing professional I hope to instill some of my passion and lay a conceptual foundation that will help them understand their respective markets and grow their businesses. The difficulty is teaching one set of curriculum to five different cultural and geographical markets. At the same time, each participant has a unique perspective that adds to my learning and the group discussion. We have more opportunities to learn from each others experiences.

Today we introduced the program the participants and some of the expectations. Once we started the curriculum we focused on market research, mission statements and elements of a marketing plan. I was pleased at the end of the day when the participants shared their key insights from the day. Each person is passionate about creating or growing a social enterprise that will help their local communities. My impact is by providing the knowledge and background to help them achieve their goals. I’m proud to be apart of this and making a direct impact.

Here is a little bit about our outside participants:

Gift Serero is visiting us from Invincible Outsourcing in South Africa. His organization runs a call center to support other elements of their business. Their impact is focused on education.

Ejaz Ali is visiting us from KADO (Karakorum area development organization) in Pakistan. KADO is an indigenous initiative aimed at improving the socio-economic conditions of the local communities.

Jan Wekesa is from Enablis East Africa in Kenya. Enablis is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs in the developing world through its member-driven network. Enablis is currently helping new social entrepreneurs enter the impact sourcing space through education and coaching.

Hayford Dorvlo from e.Services in Ghana is also with us. E.Services is a world class business and IT-consulting and technology firm.

More to come from day two. I need to start preparing!

Entry filed under: DDD Replication School.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wagsnwords  |  January 23, 2012 at 6:59 am

    You’re going to do a great job, Lindsey! Your Aunties and Canine Cousin are very proud of you! Gretchen, Ann, and Rubin

  • 2. John Obendorfer  |  January 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Good luck, Lindsey! Teaching a class never quite goes the way you planned it, but a) no-one will ever know, b) the divergences are often where the most interesting or important things happen, and c) also where the roles reverse and your students start teaching you. It’s all good and you’re gonna do just great! Regards, J.


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