Searching for great ideas for projects? - We have some thoughts
Idea generation or identification of good projects can be one of the most challenging aspects for Enactus Teams. Over the years we have compiled together a list of some of the organisations you might like to look for in your locality.
Important things to consider
- Under promised and over deliver - As students you are bold and passionate to change the world - this is awesome don't loose it. However, when you are working with partners you have to realise they are working to deadlines, criterion so make sure if you say you will do something you do it to maintain the relationship.
- Personal Introductions are golden - local organisations often have a couple of people they really trust for introductions - have a good search before reaching out to see if you can find a warm introduction but if not try things like Twitter and Websites to have some sort of a warm lead. But follow up the email or tweet with a phone call!
- Be open and honest - make sure you are super clear about what you are looking to achieve and why. Organisations will always tell you the same things - we are really busy, we need funding and we only want x support. Don't be afraid of this but realise that it is extremely rare that organisations know what they actually need! Often it takes a fresh pair of eyes to see opportunities.
- Strategic ambition - what are they aiming to achieve and why?
- Organisational Efficiency - Are they wasting money? could they make savings? or be more efficient to achieve the objective they set?
- Market - Where do they sit in their market place? Who are their 'competition'? (that could be for funding or time!)
- Financing - Where does their revenue currently come from?
- People and Culture - does it feel like a tight nit unit? Are they working well? are there obvious differences in objectives ?
- Risks the organisation have - This could be economic changes, Funding issues, the perils of working with high risk individuals
Now you are ready to look for organisations.
- Local Council - A key contact in any local community
- Chamber of Commerce - Local businesses networking and training groups
- Lions Clubs - Providing help and support to local communities
- Rotary Clubs - Providing Grant funding and support in local communities
- Transition groups - Creating initiatives that rebuild resilience in communities and reduce CO2 emissions
- Time Banks - An exchange used to organise people and organisations around a purpose, where time is the principal currency
- Facebook groups - Most communities will have local facebook groups for residents to communicate - always reach out to the group manager before posting!
- Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) - Local Enterprise partnerships - They tend to know the support organisations for companies in areas who in turn know great organisations in the area.
- University Outreach groups - Most universities will have a group that does work in the community
- Local Giving - helping local charities and community groups to connect with people, fundraise online and take control of their future
- UnLTD - Funding packages for social business
- Princes Trust - Funding and resources for small businesses - normally with local area managers.