By using an approach designed called the 5Is of Starting Social Ventures, I work with people to turn their ideas into fully scaled, high impact social ventures.
Idea: Any social venture starts with an idea that can transform society. Have you got an idea? This could be for example, to help young people get better GCSE results, to improve participation in sport or to help people get jobs.
Innovation: For this idea to turn into a reality, it needs to be honed and developed, fusing it with a mixture of sector experience, leading research, and unconventional thinking. For more about what makes a powerful social innovation, read my 8Ps of Powerful Social Innovation.
Incubation: Now the innovation is at a stage where a team needs to be put in place to help turn it into into a fully designed and developed organisation ready to pilot the idea. This process includes business modelling and planning that not only enables the pilot to happen but also enables the new organisation to scale, enabling its impact to be much more significant.
Initiation: Having identified locations to trial and initiate what is by now a new social venture, it's time to set up the organisation itself, press go and pilot! Finding the right location(s) is crucial; ensuring a good mix of stakeholders is key.
Impact: Successful piloting provides the benchmark for social venture expanding and having significant impact, potentially nationally or internationally. At this point, it's time to learn lessons from the pilot(s) and think roll out, perhaps through direct growth, social franchising or replicating through a different means.
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