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Imagine a future where every entrepreneur is a social entrepreneur, every business a socially conscious business, and every career an impact-driven career. At Be Social Change, we believe this future can become a reality, and we're building the Makers Institute to make it happen.
Two years ago, we were searching for a community to connect with around what we cared most about: people creating bold and innovative social impact. At the time, this type of community didn’t exist in New York. Rather, the city was a place of missed connections and undirected passions. We saw an opportunity to create a space where people could share their ideas and collaborate on new forms of social change.
We soon launched Be Social Change on Meetup.com to build a vibrant and diverse community. It grew rapidly and soon we were hosting large-scale panels, workshops, and interactive networking events, and creating resource-sharing tools such as our weekly Social Good Events Guide.
Through building Be Social Change on the ground, we’ve seen from people a growing desire to pursue meaningful work. But at the same time, there's a gap between intention and action. The Makers Institute, our in-person and online learning platform, is designed to answer the question so many passionate people ask: How do I apply my skills and talents to make the world a better place?
Think of the Makers Institute as the next evolution in business school and career training—though at a fraction of the cost. The skill-building classes and hands-on, project-based workshops will teach the latest in social entrepreneurship and innovation. The goal is to accelerate the spreading of new ideas and best practices across different industries, and provide a framework for people to learn how to best apply their talents for making the world a better place.
How? The Makers Institute provides a set of Foundational Classes similar to 101 courses in college, where people explore and discover how they can best create meaningful change. We then provide a set of entrepreneurial tracks, like majors, in Social Entrepreneurship, Social Intrapreneurship, and Civic Innovation.
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