Leonardo Letelier with two former summer interns
Hello from SITAWI,
SITAWI at Harvard
SITAWI took part in the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference in Cambridge, MA in February. . In its 14 th year, the gathering of more than 1500 social entrepreneurs has established an impressive track-record for attracting inspiring speakers, skill-building workshops and panels, and networking events, including the Pitch for Change social innovation ideas contest and a social enterprise career fair. This year’s topic was “Create. Connect. Commit.” and encouraged participants to find new and innovative forms of creating and leading change. Originally scheduled over two days, the conference was disrupted by winter weather. Even so, our CEO, Leonardo Letelier, was part of a panel that looked at the evolution of social businesses around the world.
A more efficient social sector
In 2013, SITAWI is carrying out a study into alliances and mergers between social sector organizations in Brazil.
Inspired by the business sector, some organizations in Brazil are looking at tools to increase scale, efficiency or impact, such as collaborating with other organizations to integrate back offices, create franchises or merge.
The advantages of this type of initiative include reducing costs, generating more resources (by combining “brands” to create a joint budget for marketing, communication and fundraising), or increasing impact (by taking the best of each intervention to serve the same public).
As part of the project’s current phase, SITAWI is interviewing experienced professionals and sector leaders to publicize case studies from Brazil and other countries and to identify best practices.
Stay tuned for the results!
A project that could benefit from collaboration