VIA Social Innovation

Nov 2015 | Updates | Inspiration | Opportunities

ESI Hong Kong Alum Host Proaction Cafe!

Congrats to ESI July & August alumni from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for launching Design4Entr & hosting their first Proaction Cafe! The journey continues beyond VIA!
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Share an inspiring VIA moment!

It's International Education Week and we want to know what inspired you about being abroad during your VIA experience! Take a moment to share on your Facebook and use the tags/links below:


@viaprograms #IEW2015 https://www.facebook.com/VIASocialInnovation/


Your story has the power to inspire someone else to take their own life-changing journey!

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Change from Within: 4 Intrapreneurial Super Skills

Creating meaningful change is not just about starting a new organization. If you are working inside of an existing organization, you can still create powerful impact as an intrapreneur. Here's a summary of the 4 super skills that can help you succeed!
  • Frame your goals to align with your organization's core values and strategy
  • Figure out and use resources that already exist in your organization
  • Invite allies and build support to get things done
  • Aim for success both for your cause and your organization's advancement

Read the full Ashoka article on Forbes HERE

See Myanmar's Future with VIA alumni: Feb 5-22, 2016

Join veteran VIA travelers to Myanmar (also known as Burma) and first-time visitors for a timely examination of Myanmar’s political life and civil society, not to mention a first-ever chance (on a VIA trip) to experience the many cultures of Shan State.


The trip will take a first-hand look at Myanmar’s political intrigue and seismic shifts after Myanmar’s first (largely) free and fair national elections since 1990. Our visit falls between the 8 November 2015 national elections and before the new government takes office in March 2016, an ideal time to see the impact of the national elections and political dynamic.


You'll talk to political activists, civil society forces and other stakeholders in Yangon & Mandalay, and visit innovative NGOs, VIA fellows & the inspiring people of Myanmar.


Apply here by December 15, 2015

The world has solutions to poverty. Can you distribute them to those in need?

Millions of lives would improve if people had access to proven energy, education, health, and other interventions that already exist and work well!


D-Prize is a call to the world’s boldest entrepreneurs. Can you design a new social enterprise and solve one of the distribution challenges? If selected, we will award you up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in Africa, India, or another other developing region. D-Prize will award 5-15 social entrepreneurs funding. If your pilot is successful, we will help you find future funding and grow to impact millions.


Deadline: December 30th: http://www.d-prize.org/

Asia Foundation Development Fellowship- Leadership training in S.Korea, Mongolia & U.S. + $5000!

Leveraging The Asia Foundation’s rich 60-year history of development experience, the Development Fellows program brings together next-generation Asian NGO and civil society leaders, government officials and policymakers, social entrepreneurs, journalists, environmentalists, and academics. interested in the region’s social and economic development challenges.


More info: www.asiafoundation.org/developmentfellows. Deadline (including reference letter): December 1, 2015

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