So, we made it to Wien! (Vienna, for those of you that don’t speak Deutsch.) I apologize for the lack of activity, but the route was much more rural than anticipated (don’t ask me why I anticipated otherwise) and computers (that I could use) were few and far between. Nevertheless, there was plenty of time for thinking and getting ready to switch gears (har har har) for the big return to The States on August 20.
The vision of The Schooba Academy is getting clearer and clearer. I am not sure/I don’t think that I will ever consider it “done” or “perfect”, but I am getting to the point where I am ready to move forward with what I have and move on to the next step/steps in the process, i.e. developing the curriculum and figuring out how to fund/implement it. (This is where you tell me not to worry and that a most generous donation is on its way!) The idea of a “partnership” or a “collaboration” with an already existing organization has come up before as a possibility to fruition. The Echoing Green Applicant Coaching Guide states,
“Given that starting an organization is an incredibly difficult and expensive enterprise and that there are already over 1 million organizations in the US alone, it often makes more sense to find out which organizations are already working in your field and then see if you can collaborate with them to achieve your goals.
Wise social entrepreneurs spend a great deal of time researching their field. They gather information on the major players and compare and contrast their respective ideas. If they find an organization that’s already implementing their idea, they work with it to achieve their goals. And even if no organization is already working on their exact vision, they find compatible organizations that may be willing to incorporate their new idea. Only when they’ve exhausted existing resources do they attempt to start a new organization.”
And so, what organizations might I be able to collaborate with?
So far, I have gathered a list of five:
What am I missing? Is there anywhere that The Academy fits in??