By Maria Gregoriou
Most of us want to make the word a better place, either for our children or so it can work towards our advantage but we need some kind of inspiration to put the wheels of change in motion.
Renowned Israeli Social Entrepreneur Adi Altschuler will give a talk on just this under the title Social Entrepreneurship: Formulating a Vision and Realising it on Thursday at the Point Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia at 7.30pm.
During the talk Artschuler, who has been called the next generation leader by Time Magazine, will share her experiences as an entrepreneur with us, while also offering advice on how to create change in our own community.
Not only is Altschuler a social entrepreneur, she is also a former Manager at Google for Education in Israel. She has been at the forefront of two prominent initiatives in Israel, which have become nationwide phenomena and paved the way for the recognition she received from Time Magazine.
At the age of 16 she established the Krembo Wings Youth Movement, the only inclusive youth movement in Israel, which provides weekly social activities for hundreds of children and young people with mental or physical disabilities by their able-bodied peers at 44 locations throughout the country.
Then she went on to found and run [email protected], an initiative that brings young adults together with Holocaust survivors, in people’s living rooms or homes, ideally in a more intimate setting. The programme is structured to benefit both sides, the young people to hear survivors’ stories, but also the elderly for discussing everyday issues, which can help create a community for isolated seniors.
Altschuler has won multiple awards, including the Bernstein Award for Social Leadership in 2006 and the Rappapart Award for leading social change in the Israeli society in 2013. 2014 is when TIME magazine elected her as one of the six future world leaders and it was also the year when she was chosen to speak at the UN on Social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for growth in developing countries.
According to Altschuler “maybe it will sound clichéd, but the key is really to imagine, to think of reality as it is right now and to picture the world as if it were different.”
If you want to know more, then this talk is definitely for you.
Social Entrepreneurship: Formulating a Vision and Realising
Talk with Israeli social entrepreneur Adi Altschuler. December 3. Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia. 7.30pm. In English. Tel: 22-369524