Experiences of a Refugee | A story of self-organization in Africa

Read the article about The Social Innovation Academy (SINA) in Uganda, their journey with holacracy and Emile who learned a lot during his journey.

The Social Innovation Academy (SINA), is a program from Jangua e.V., our collaboration partner from the “SUSA beyond supply chains” programme. SUSA has collaborated with Jangu e.V. to provide quality education for eleven children of the Miracle Orphans Care Foundation (MOCF) in Uganda by financing school fees, educational material, healthcare, excursions and nutritious food. In addition, SUSA works closely with Gloria Bengo, the founder of MOCF to further develop MOCF and supports her fundraising efforts for the construction of a new orphanage for the children.

SINA is a social business that educates former orphans, street children, refugees and other disadvantaged youth in Uganda to become job creators and social entrepreneurs with the ability to turn challenges into solutions. They use the Holacracy approach from Brian J. Robertson to work in a dynamic, self-organised structure in their organisation.

Christiane Seuhs-Schoeller is a Holacracy Coach and wrote an article about her time with SINA. She visited SINA for several month to conduct coaching sessions on how to apply this method.. She experienced an astonishing learning journey and observed that challenges people have in applying this method are similar in different contexts.

On the outset of my journey, I was curious whether the adoption of Holacracy in Africa, in a context like SINA would be much different than in the contexts I have experienced many times before. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were much more similarities than differences. I find that very encouraging and inspiring.  Experiences of a Refugee, A story of self-organization in Africa | Christiane Seuhs-Schoeller

This article is also about Emile, a member from SINA. He commented on his journey:

Emile learned:

When you think, you know that something won’t work and the fear of doing something wrong stops you from trying, you miss out. Because, guess what: In at least 70% of the cases is does work and it moves the organization forward. The rest is learning to try and do things in a different way. Holacracy taught me that.” Emile in Experiences of a Refugee, A story of self-organization in Africa | Christiane Seuhs-Schoeller

Read the full article here: Experiences of a Refugee, A story of self-organization in Africa | Christiane Seuhs-Schoeller

At SUSA, we have been through the same experience in our dialogue programs. Without failing, change is not possible. Every organisation, factory or group has to find their own way of applying methods. E.g. our PROSPERe2e® programme gives hands-on tools on how to identify a particular workplace problem, examine it critically, create a joint vision for the future, and address the problem in a structured way. When we use this method in our trainings we always adjust it to the participants’ needs. Applying this method on their own after the training requires the courage to make mistakes and find their very own way with the tools learned. No failure, no learning.

 

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