"Iris Speaks" needs your advice! Can you help?

Social Entrepreneur Zoe Peden is on a campaign to raise awareness of her latest venture Iris Speaks. At Ogunte, we were thrilled to help Zoe’s first company Insane Logic get off the ground to support over 100,000 people with their communication so she’s keen to tap into the network again.

Iris Speaks aims to provide highly productive and cost-effective Speech and Language Therapy programmes. It will do this by combining the latest digital and machine learning technology with access to highly qualified experts to provide targeted and unique learning and development opportunities for the people who need it most.

But Iris Speaks has to start somewhere and this is where Zoe is putting a call out to you. She has a team of speech and language therapists writing content aimed at helping everybody from children to older adults.

Iris Speaks is starting with 5 key areas of support:

They have a free 10 part inbox course with videos for each of these very important and worthwhile areas. Zoe is looking for support on getting the word out about these courses to families who would benefit. Those who sign up will help her research into finding out the areas of therapy to focus upon with the tech.

  1. For families with children under 7 with language delay or speech issues, visit www.irisspeaks.com/language and www.irisspeaks.com/speech
  2. For families of children with autism, visit http://www.irisspeaks.com/autism

Thank you!

Servane                              

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Our time is here!

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Servane Mouazan, CEO of Ogunte pays tribute to the mothers of social justice and embraces the ongoing battle too.

We are celebrating International Women’s Day 2017.

Showing respect, appreciation and love of women is one thing.

Wearing ribbons is another thing.

Recognising, analysing, and highlighting the struggles of women around the world, far from the coziness of our salons and our (social media) networks is something else.

Actively listening to the perspectives of women with a different heritage, who live in other social contexts, with a different upbringing, have different sexual expressions, different psychological profiles, family orientations, other political views, different mental or physical health, is a different matter.

Building hope and constructive actions to eradicate the struggles of all women in the above categories and others, is essential.

All this, whilst understanding that you shouldn’t force anyone to align themselves to your own vision of what is acceptable or not. Because your vision of the world is only one perspective.

Women are multiple

In December 1977, The United Nations  proclaimed a Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, a political and human rights theme that aims to bring out a strong political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide. It is built on a premise of hope and effective action.

So let’s pay tribute to the mothers of social justice, the human rights campaigners, the social activists, social entrepreneurs and politicians. And equally importantly, let’s celebrate the younger ones, and let’s embrace the ongoing battle too:

Thank you Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, the souls behind the #BlackLivesMatter campaign for speaking out and organising a global movement against violence and systemic racism toward black people.

Thank you Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola (WeCyclers), Achenyo Idachaba (Mitimeth), Thato Kgatlhanye (Repurpose School Bags) and Winnifred Selby (Afrocentric Bamboo), for your environmental social entrepreneurship and green leadership across various countries in Africa.

Thank you - Spectra Speaks, Soraya Bhagat (Tahrir Bodyguard), Shruti Kapoor (Sayfty) and Ashila Mapalagama (Stand Up Lanka)  for founding social enterprises that provide opportunities and support to others so they are better equipped to uphold their rights.

“Women hold up half the sky”…

but women still pick up the price tag for just wanting to be respected as humans.

So thank you Li Maizi, Wei Tingting, Zheng Churan, Wang Man, and Wu Rongrong, the Feminist Five, for risking their lives protecting women’s rights in China and beyond.

A heartfelt thank you to all the women who have come forward and shared their stories of harassment, rape, cyberbullying, trolling, on EverydaySexism, Take Back the Tech, Hollaback, Callisto, through the #PrimeiroAssedio or #FirstHarassment campaigns, and many other platforms and off-line forums.

You have create tools and spread resources to prevent violence. Your brave coming out is an everyday revolution that sparks courage and confidence in others. You have helped yourselves and others to also report and get support from friends and institutions. You have even hacked into the phenomenon and grown your response and means of expression. (Thank you Chayn!)

Trading fairly

Thank you to the fair-trade entrepreneurs who prefer to have thousands of owners (such as Sophi Tranchell at Divine Chocolate) rather than an unaccountable group of shareholders, and trade whilst growing communities, protecting workers’ rights and educating generations in the process.

Thank you to Fatima Ali, the President of Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana. At 35, Fatima is now the head of the biggest cocoa farmer’s co-operative in the world.

Thank you to Ajaita Shah from Frontier Markets, providing relevant energy to low-income families in India, but doing so by empowering women to be the experts, the makers, the fixers - which they often already are!- of their own communities.

“Let’s run for office”

says investor, entrepreneur and gender rights campaigner, Halla Tomasdottir. Halla frequently talks about that Women’s Day in Iceland when women went on strike, which paved the way for the first female president in the world, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir - and later gave Iceland a brilliant prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the world’s first openly gay head of government, who fought hard battles against her male peers during her time as member of parliament and as a minister. Johanna showed passion for social justice and her government also decided that Iceland’s citizens should be involved in creating a new constitution. Meaning in a participative democratic way, not a populist way… Yes, Johanna was a white grandmother when she came out, and it is factually  easier to do so in Iceland, than in Saudi Arabia for instance. But western women shouldn’t take things for granted.

Halla herself ran in the 2016 presidential elections and achieved second place after an unusual campaign, full of media biases.

Connect and do something

We need to know more about these voices to emulate them, support them, get the courage to step up, even if these are small incremental steps.

We won’t find peace by using the same old hierarchical top down strategies. Our change will come from nature: like a virus, small acts of social justice and entrepreneurship will do good and spread. Millions of us, holding hands and putting the finger where it hurts, putting pressure on policy, changing it. Creating space for small behaviour changes, every day.

It’s about one conversation at a time, but millions of these conversations going on at any one time.

Minn tími mun koma!

“My time will come!” Iceland prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir once said.

Our time is here.

#ImpactWomen is an initiative that aims to encourage peer-to-peer support around the world, and promote a network of amazing women social entrepreneurs. 

We have built a map to enable you, as a woman in social enterprise, to make yourself heard and be found. 

We have some brilliant ambassadors for our movement including: Louise van Rhyn (Partners for Possibility, South Africa);  Sian Conway (#ethicalhour, UK); Claire Kinyanjui (Secure Magazine, Kenya);  Okocha Nkem (Mamamoni, Nigeria); and Leila Ben Gacem (Blue Fish, Tunisia). And our crazy aim is to connect #1MillionImpactWomen by 2020. 

It’s time to join forces, reverse the tide, and make this ecosystem more vocal! It’s time to be bold for change.

Join here map.ogunte.com

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Better Know a B: @ogunte believe in social impact made by women.

From Bcorporation.uk site. “Ogunte believe in social impact made by women, and that influential, skilled and connected women with bold solutions to social and environmental issues can create sustainable opportunities to make the world a better place. They kindly spared us a few miutes to tell us more.”

http://bcorporation.uk/blog/better-know-a-b-ogunte

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Can you put yourself in the shoes of an investor?

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During our first Make a Wave incubator Bootcamp in 2014, we played “The Dragon’s Apprentice Den"!  Here’s how it works - and here’s what we learned.

How it works.

The group of participants divide in two groups. One one side: the investors. On the other side: the entrepreneurs. 

1st part

The investors co-design questions they want answers to. The entrepreneurs listen to each other’s pitches and decide on one person’s venture to put forward. The designated “founder” explains her idea and others ask questions to understand as much as they can about the business and become part of her support team.

2nd part

The entrepreneurs pitch. The investors ask their questions. The entrepreneurs provide answers to support their “founder”.

The participants learned how to:

Further thoughts that the exercise provoked:

We also learned tha tinvestors can get excited by your passion too. They have feelings and emotions that help them make a judgment beyond just a track record, order sheets or promises of sales. Useful to remember!

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Questions Business Support Providers Have About Money...

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Money is a painful topic

Don’t you feel it is time you invited yourself into a conversation about money?

A conversation about the money you haven’t made yet;

About the outgoings you haven’t budgeted for as you started your business;

About the cashflow that melts like ice in the sun;

Let’s talk about the corporate finance expertise you never allowed yourself to get;

The funder you were counting on and that is folding;

The CFO you wanted to keep at all costs and who is flying back to Argentina;

The aspiring clients who can’t rise up to your new fees structure;

The money you’ve invested in a company, which didn’t return anything;

The time you haven’t got to fill in this humongous funding application;

The job that would be so much easier to get compared to this gig where you can’t close the deal;

The advice and the mentoring provided for exposure;

The exit strategy that was so badly designed;

So if you want to sit down and talk about this money story, by all means, please comment and we’ll make a it a priority.

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