Are you searching for a co-founder, mentor or coach? Are you in the process of recruiting a team around your social enterprise or project?
Believe me or not, it is a tough journey that only the prepared, persistent and patient mind can conquer. A part from funds for running the enterprise finding the right, or rather perfect match for your team and the idea is the biggest headache or hurdle which needs to be juggled carefully. Remember, once you introduce people to your idea that you have been conceptualizing for many years, people will always try to bring in the missing bricks or sometime remove the strongest bricks within the foundation. So how do you go about it? Maybe this is the question you might be asking, below are some of the great tips I have learnt in the process of implementing Wilsen Initiative (Wi)
#Top 10 Tips
- Find people with the shared values which also are in line with the enterprise.
- Find people who can compliment what you are already doing
- Recruit the DOERS: Creative thinkers, strategic thinkers and critical thinkers.
- Love the process, observe keenly, active listening and decision making skills.
- Be prepared, Be persistent and Be patient.
- Dream IT, Live IT, Love IT and Do IT
- Develop a team culture.
- Clear documentation; Define team role and explain objective, mission and vision (Why, What, Who, When & How).
- Define your decision making and planning process.
- Embrace both success and failure.
In a special way I want to thank Patrick Mukabi, Washikadau production, Linnet Wahome, Danstan Ochieng, Penninah Owidhi, Lilian Were and Alex Simmitta for working and walking together with me in implementing the Plus One Talent Forum under the umbrella of Wilsen Initiative (WI). I’m blessed and honored to have connected with the right or rather perfect match for the idea and all of us share these values; #BuildingBridges #SharingSkills #ChangeMaking #MakingOfChampions #GivingBack #TheChampionInYoun #ValuesInsideOut #Talen&Skills #Empathy #Visionary #LifeLongLearning which are in line with the Wilsen Initiative (Wi) vision.
About Wilsen Initiative (Wi)
We are a team of young professionals, role models and change makers who inspire and aspire to educate our peers to use their talents and skills for positive social change.
Our mission is to develop positive young change-makers in informal settlements in Kenya.
Our vision is to have a society of self-confident young people who inspires positive change using their talents and skills for prosperity.
There are many people who are willing to join you in your cause just keep on sharing your vision, don’t worry nobody can steal your idea and if they do they can’t implement it with the same zeal like you do.
Meet Our Great Team; Plus One Talent Forum under Wilsen Initiative (Wi)
Mr. Patrick Mukabi – Renowned international visual artists aka “Panye” is the Godfather of art in Kenya. His paintings are found in the main international airport in Kenya, JKIA; the ultimate coffee house in Nairobi, Java House; and private collections locally and internationally.
Plus One Talent 2nd Edition 20th October 2015 at The GoDown Arts Centre
First and foremost a happy Mashujaa day (Heroes day) in Kenya, as we celebrate the heroes / heroines who liberated and who have made our country proud, we want also to acknowledge you all as heroes in the making or heroes who are already making positive contribution / change in your life and that of others. Don’t underestimate your contribution to the society…
We had a wonderful day; we hope and do believe that you were also inspired to take action after taking one step towards your idea. Here are some pictures, more will be uploaded soon… and if the pictures couldn’t speak then watch out for the video which will be out soon.
Thanks to everyone who made the event a success, and it through pulling together will have our 100%. Think 1% ideas and 99% Action for more about Wilsen Initiative (Wi)
1% Ideas + 99% Action = 100% Optimum Success
Plus One Talent (POT) organizes training workshops, discussion forums, and inspirational talks for young people between 16 – 35 years, with a target to train on subjects that will enhance skills development and talent nurturing with an aim of raising awareness about promoting self discovery and cultures that seek to strive transformation of different realities.
- Connecting the young people with the extras (Plus One) that they need to grow their skills and especially their talents which are unique and needs to be tapped into and managed wisely by them to avoid exploitation by others.
- Creating a collaborative culture which encourages co-creations amongst young people.
- Striving for transformation of different realities/ stimulating positive change in the societies through young people’s talents and skills.
- Creating a platform for creative and innovative ideas that promote equality and opportunity.
- Encouraging open dialogue, where youth and other positive social groups can connect.Concept: We take a more participatory approach that engages everyone as an individual or groups.
Immediate goal: To triggers new patterns for lifelong learning.
Participants: Maximum 50 who can work in groups of 10 or 5 depending with what the facilitator wants for achieve.
Meet Part of the Team – Plus One Talent
- Full profiles of the team coming soon!
From left to right;
- Ms. Linnette Wahome: Entrepreneur/ Rugby player and web develop
- Mr. Dan Ochieng : Entrepreneur/ Hock player and web developer and designer
- Mrs. Lilian Were: Entrepreneur and Web developer.
- Mr. Alex Simmitta: Web designer / Developer and Technician
Missing in the picture;
- Mr. Wilson Masaka: Social Entrepreneur/ Photographer/ Football coach and web developer.
- Ms. Peninah Achieng: Entrepreneur and Web designer.
Doing more than one thing is our mantra as we continue to discover our potentials. We have come together to share and build these bridges for other people to learn and create a bigger network of knowledge economy, by the way most of the life lessons aren’t taught in school we learn through many platforms. You can’t miss to learn the 21st Century Employability skills in whatever career choice, this marks our call for Plus One in whatever you do!
21st Century Employability skills
- Planning and organizing
- Problem solving
- Self management
- Initiative and enterprise
- Technology and learning
Our team is on a continuous mission to learn all the above!
We Support UN Sustainable Millennium Development Goals:
Picture source and read more on https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgsproposal
How to Get Involved
The event is supported by contributions from the members, join this team and share your resources in terms of time, expertise, space, funds, material etc. Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
#BuildingBridges Wilsen Initiative We thank Thomas Abungu who is a member of Wilsen Initiative (WI) for his continues support and coordination over the years for Aspire Drive-In team tournament that empowers and spots great talent in football while also providing the much needed resources like footballs, training bibs etc.
Last Sunday, 15 teams that participated in the tournament were awarded each quality Nike football courtesy of Aspire. Were encourage you to step forward and create a link or donate any football kits of your choice, for example football shoes, bibs, footballs, uniforms etc.
Thanks and let us continue with the same spirit of Inspiring, Connect and Educating young people to believe and use their talents and skills for prosperity.
#BuildingBridges #DoingWhatYouLOve #LovingWhatYouDO
There are many forms of rewards that can motivate the young people to pursue their dreams despite different hurdle in the society.
We at Wilsen Initiative (Wi) runs a soccer shoe campaign that is driven
towards enabling all soccer youngster from Mathare North play in a safe
space with the required gears especially the playing shoes.
We invite you to join us by either buying a shoe or help us connect to
a possible sponsor that would help us in the big cause. So far we have been able
to reach more than 40 youngster since the campaign began. Stand to be counted in Building Bridges for prosperity.
So how do I make my contribution?
You may buy the playing shoes UK size number 5 to 9. or send cash and we will organise for the purchase. One quality playing shoes second hand is approximately Kes 1500 ($15) – Kes 1800 ($18) even though it depends with the number and the design / brand. At the sports shops new shoes are very expensive and not that good quality. Please inbox wilson.masaka[at]gmail.com to discuss your preferred option of making your contribution.
Football for Hope #BuidingBridges #Right2Play
We at Wilsen Initiative (Wi) want to thank Sandra Cress, Director for Africa One World Play Project for her generous donation of 10 specially designed footballs sponsored by Chevrolet that is suitable for our pitch at the grassroots levels in communities like in Kibera, Korogocho, Mathare slums and other places around the world.
This is one of our success stories in building connections through the use of social media and other related channels. This is part of our pursuit in mobilizing resources for our community to support the young talents to play with the right materials in a safe space.
We invite you to link with us either as individuals or organization in offering your special skills and experiences especially in using football as the main reach out to related social issues that affect young people. Our mission is have many of them transform or choose a positive path in building their careers, talents, skills as responsible citizens.
Part of your donation can be in the form of material (new or used) support for example;
- Football shoes
- Training bibs
- Track suits
- Football corns
For further inquiries on how you can link with us for support and information please contact email@example.com
#SocialEntreprenurship #StartUp101 #Founders
Social Entrepreneurship can be such a lonely journey with a lot to give as the founder while juggling many things at the same time for example; family, work, life, dream project, burnouts, success points, failures, learning, delegating, finding the right match for the team, collaboration, networking, opportunities, disappointments etc.
If you believe in the idea you won’t GIVE UP despite the limiting resources that are hard to come by. Step by step you can still achieve more with less… The starting point shouldn’t be pegged only to money!
At Wilsen we are the stage that even more is required of us to meet the vision, especially on raising funds, co-creating, building a strong team that would take the idea to the next level. If you are the person we are looking for please get in touch with us through firstname.lastname@example.org
In the coming months we shall be working on strategies on how best to do it together… Moving from ideas into ACTION ZONE.
Article written by Wilson Masaka