SEF introduces. Goran.

By |Tuesday, September 6, 2016|Categories: SEF introduces, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Last, but definitely not least, is Goran Maric, who is responsible for brand building, involvement, sponsoring and strategy.

What are you doing right now? One sentence, short and sweet.
Planning Teach For Austria’s recruitment strategy for next season.

What is one random piece of information about you?
Some people tend to say that I need longer to style my hair than some women do.

How did you first become interested in social entrepreneurship?
I was studying for a finance exam at my university and bit by bit realised the egoism and falseness behind our current economic system and mindsets of many business people.

What is your motivation behind SEF?
Our society needs change and I aim to see the first steps of change happen through SEF. We are stuck in a rat race and have a deep lack of leadership within the business sector. People forgot that doing business isn’t just about making money – it’s about creating value for our society. Profit seems to be the #1 goal for so many businesses. Unfortunately, it is the new the standard. We want to change this attitude and put social impact at #1 again, without neglecting profitability.

How do you envision yourself and social entrepreneurship in the future?
I am still playing with my thoughts. On the one hand, I want to tackle challenges myself, found a business, make it grow and become influential. On the other hand, I find it very attractive and at the same time crucial to enter existing systems, be it the public or private sector, in order to change it from the inside. I believe that both approaches are needed to reach our goal – I am just not sure yet which path it will be for me.

What’s on your bookshelf at the moment?
Die Weltverbesserer – 66 große Denker, die unser Leben verändern by Lisa Nienhaus (engl.: The do-gooders – 66 big thinkers who changed our lives) and The Orphan Master´s Son by Adam Johnson.

One piece of advice to business students?
Develop your personal skills as early as possible, become special and start building your network as soon as you can. Strive to become a better self every day and start not only scrutinising the status quo, but changing it despite the hundreds of people who will keep telling you the opposite. We are facing hard times nowadays with even harder challenges to overcome and are in need of strong individuals who want to lead whole generations into a better future.

Message Goran at goran@socialentrepreneurshipforum.org or find him on LinkedIn for more information.

SEF introduces. Franziska.

By |Sunday, August 21, 2016|Categories: SEF introduces|Tags: , , , |

Meet the SEF Team! Up today: Franziska Graf, aka Fran, who is responsible for brand building, visual content and communications. 

What are you doing right now? One sentence, short and sweet.
I am readjusting to Austria after having spent six months in Milan – so far I cut pasta consumption from 4 to 3 times a week. #proud

What are your summer plans?
Working, travelling and also actively taking some time for reflecting. Apart from that, highlights include friends, family and SEF, of course.

What is one random piece of information about you?
I often substitute lunch with gelato. Yes, that picture was taken during my lunch break.

How did you first become interested in social entrepreneurship?
I took a course at WU on the subject that gave me an introduction into the topic as well as the scene in Vienna. I quickly discovered some pretty awesome people with a shared spirit, that made me want to expand my knowledge and get involved.

What is your motivation behind SEF?
For me, SEF is about making change happen and creating a platform for dialogue. My vision is to see SEF become a movement across universities and countries.

How do you envision yourself and social entrepreneurship in the future?
I definitely see social entrepreneurship intertwined with my future, but to be honest I am still figuring out how, with a different idea in my head every day. What I do know is that I want to see purpose in the work I do and further explore how social entrepreneurship can be introduced in already existing businesses.

What’s on your bookshelf at the moment?
I am currently reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera and my Lonely Planet about Turkey. 

One piece of advice to business students?
It’s very easy to be pressured into expectations on where and how business students should work, driven by money and career perspectives. We need people that question the status quo and that want to shape a bright future. Use your time as much as possible to explore what really suits your talents. Talk to people. And think big. 

Find Fran on LinkedIn or contact her at franziska@socialentrepreneurship.org.

 

SEF introduces. Marc.

By |Sunday, August 14, 2016|Categories: SEF introduces|Tags: , , , |

Up today on our Sunday interview is Marc Trebitsch, SEF Ambassador, whose exact role at SEF is still written in the stars. 

What are you doing right now? One sentence, short and sweet.
Currently I am enrolled as a business student at WU and am busy collecting research to finally finish my bachelor studies.

What are your summer plans?
I am spending all summer in beautiful Oregon, visiting my even more gorgeous girlfriend, enjoying the US lifestyle and assisting her dad in business and miscellaneous affairs.

What is one random piece of information about you?
I like to directly translate German to English and weird people out by doing so:
Dude you hang me out so much, but still, can I build me in on your sandwich?

How did you first become interested in social entrepreneurship?
Mostly through my friend Goran Maric, who sharpened my awareness for SEF and invited me to SEF rises, but also through all kinds of people around me telling me that I was too “nice” for business when I complained about common (mal)practices in the outside world.

What is your motivation behind SEF?
I want to raise awareness for social and solidary causes in our society and demonstrate to the business world that there is more to pursue in life than just the plain and dull belief that (more) money alone will lead to happiness.

How do you envision yourself and social entrepreneurship in the future?
I want to accomplish actual change in the way we interact with each other and how we treat one another. SEF is a hub to propagate this change and inform as many people as possible that something is happening. I am still dreaming, but I am dreaming big.

What’s on your bookshelf at the moment?
Currently I am rereading “The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli, which will be followed by his Discourses. In order to keep my feet on the ground after this intense session I will read “The Motivation Manifesto” by Brandon Burchard.

One piece of advice to business students?
Step 1: So you are studying business and dreaming of big money, just like I did at some point during my business degree…so far so good. Step 2: Now go watch and truly understand relevant movies such as the Wolf of Wall Street and the Big Short. Step 3: Do everything in order to avoid becoming one of those greedy people who plunge the world into crisis with their striving for more and more profit.

Find Marc on LinkedIn or send him a message at marc@socialentrepreneurshipforum.org for questions and answers.

SEF introduces. Jana.

By |Sunday, August 7, 2016|Categories: SEF introduces|Tags: , , |

Meet the SEF Team! Up today: Jana Christina Fälbl, who is responsible for Involvement, Event Coordination and Website Development.

What are you doing right now? One sentence, short and sweet.
Studying pedagogy and didactics to become a teacher next fall. #excited 😀

What is one random piece of information about you?
I would love to have a nickname, but my first name is too short, so nobody ever gave me one. I can recommend JC.

How did you first become interested in social entrepreneurship?
Through a class at WU called “Social Entrepreneurship” in early 2014, and especially through the introduction to the Impact Hub Vienna – a place where the social entrepreneurship spirit is simply in the air.

What is your motivation behind SEF?
For me, SEF is about the people. It helps me to meet those who strive for more than just to make a living. With SEF, I want to create a broad community of students and young professionals, who desire to make the world a better place by being creative innovators. Because of SEF I am allowed to work with people who inspire me everyday.

How do you envision yourself and social entrepreneurship in the future?
I have not yet decided, whether I want to become a social founder myself, or someone who is making change happen in a public sector organisation. What is certain, though, is that I want my work to be focused on fostering educational equality.

What’s on your bookshelf at the moment?
“Herausforderung Migration” (engl. the challenge migration) by Hans Winkler – a book on how we can manage the current challenges due to immigration.

One piece of advice to business students?
Whether business or not – use your skills wisely. Don’t only take your own career or profit goals into account, but think about how the work you (will) do affects others. We are facing challenging times of various conflicts and cultural, ethical, religious misunderstandings. This is why I truly believe that it is highly important to our society that we as a generation focus our efforts on collaboration instead of competition.

Find Jana on LinkedIn or contact her at jana@socialentrepreneurshipforum.org if you have any more questions.

SEF introduces. Silvana.

By |Sunday, July 31, 2016|Categories: SEF introduces|Tags: , , , |

Meet Silvana Lobin, SEF Ambassador of the first hour, so to speak, who moderated a SEF event and is keeping you updated with the review blogs of our events.

What are you doing right now? One sentence, short and sweet.
I just finished my Bachelor and am currently doing the editing and picture selection for a calendar published yearly by the NGO Society for Threatened People.

What is one random piece of information about you?
I collect funny and artsy postcards, that I buy in museums or find in pubs – I have over 300 of them and not nearly enough room on my wall 😀

How did you first become interested in social entrepreneurship?
For me the whole reason why I started studying business in the frist place was to try to find ways to make it more socially responsible. I first heard about social entrepreneurship in a class at university and then got really into it when I joined SEF because I thought – yes, that’s it, that’s how you can bring those two sides together.

What is your motivation behind SEF?
I want to contribute to spreading the concept of social entrepreneurship and the idea that a commitment to social issues and a good business sense are not mutually exclusive. I also love that I get to meet and learn from so many inspiring people. 

How do you envision yourself and social entrepreneurship in the future?
In a nutshell: I want to bring people together. I think one of the most intriguing and yet challenging aspects of social change is that it can’t be accomplished by just one person, but rather needs the combined creative energy of many people – people from different cultures, with different skills and their own unique set of experiences. And while we can usually agree on what the general issue is, when we go further into detail, it becomes clear that almost everyone has a slightly different idea on how to approach it. Everyone has an individual perspective, but in my mind that’s precisely what is necessary for social change. So I think it’s a lot about how we communicate with each other and whether we look at our differences as something that divides us, or as something that enriches our lives.

What’s on your bookshelf at the moment?
Bill Bryson – Down Under
Hannah Arendt – Nach Auschwitz
Isabel Allende – Das Geisterhaus
Stephen Hawking – A short history of time

One piece of advice to business students?
There is still this idea that in business, in order for someone to make a profit, someone else has to lose – which is a pretty depressing thought. So be reflective, talk to as many different people as you can, try to form your own opinion and don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

If you want to know more, find Silvana on LinkedIn or send her an email at silvana@socialentrepreneurshipforum.org.

SEF introduces. Tine.

By |Sunday, July 24, 2016|Categories: SEF introduces|Tags: , , |


Second SEFster to be introduced is Christine Jama, aka Tine, responsible for our information platform, event coordination, and the numbers.

What are you doing right now? One sentence, short and sweet
Learning as much as possible about (social) entrepreneurship during my master in Copenhagen and doing an internship at the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie in Munich.

What is one random piece of information about you?
I have two different looking thumbs. And yes, you can have a look one day.

How did you first become interested in social entrepreneurship?
During my bachelor degree at WU when I took a course on Social Entrepreneurship – I finally found a name tag for this need of mine to do something with actual purpose.

What is your motivation behind SEF?
I would love for as many people as possible to get in touch with the concept of social entrepreneurship to realise that there are so many possibilities out there to do good while doing business. Creating positive impact should be the norm rather than a movement. So let’s make the movement normality!

How do you envision yourself in the world of social entrepreneurship in the future?
An initiator that empowers and inspires others to question the status quo and create actual value and positive impact for our society and planet earth.

What’s on your bookshelf at the moment?
Because I always want to do 1,244 things at the same time and can’t seem to fit them all into my schedule, I currently have 6 books on my shelf that I have started and not finished yet:

Glücksökonomie (The Economy of Happiness) – Annette Jensen, Ute Scheub
The Longest Way – Christoph Rehage
The Blue Sweater – Jacqueline Novogratz
Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahnemann
Tiere Essen (Eating Animals) – Jonathan Safran Foer
Der kleine Prinz (The Little Prinz) – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

One piece of advice to business students?
Dare to question the status quo especially with regards to our economic system. It’s not just a bunch of hippies, as some people would dismissively describe those that are advocating alternative options. It’s a time for re-thinking. It’s people who dare to question the status quo in every aspect, even if it means that the truth they find is uncomfortable. Change takes a lot of work but less of it when we pull together on the same string .

You have more questions for Tine? You can find her on LinkedIn or contact her at christine@socialentrepreneurshipforum.org.

SEF introduces. Stefan.

By |Sunday, July 17, 2016|Categories: SEF introduces|Tags: , , , |

Welcome to our summer feature, dear SEFsters: SEF introduces, a set of interviews with the people behind SEF. Why? Because we want to give you an insight into our team, tell you what we are doing during the summer and simply explain why we love SEF.

So, here we go. First up is Stefan Steinberger,  SEF Ambassdor, who already moderated a SEF event and is responsible for the on-boarding process of future Ambassadors.

What are you doing right now? One sentence, short and sweet.
I am teaching kids between 10 and 15 from low-income communities at a school in Vienna.

What are your summer plans?
I will try to pursue some of my own little projects as during the school year I did not have time for something else than school work. For example, I try to build a bridge between corporates and schools as many apprenticeships stay vacant whereas on the other side many young people are searching for a job. And yes, I actually cheated a bit with the “summer plans” picture above – it was during Easter. 

What is one random piece of information about you?
I don’t like to spend money – that’s why I prefer to pay with card 😉

How did you first become interested in social entrepreneurship?
I always liked doing good and helping other people. After my internship in consulting I started to think about how to be independent and be my own boss, which led me towards startups. I then combined doing good with startups and discovered social entrepreneurship.

What is your motivation behind SEF?
For me SEF is all about the people. I like to work with likeminds, who are hands on, thinking positively and also want to make the world a better place. It is also a chance to learn from and with others, to develop yourself and try out some things you never did before (e.g. write a blog, host an event, etc.).

How do you envision yourself and social entrepreneurship in the future?
No one is going to stand up at your funeral and say: “He had a really expensive car and great clothes.” I want to be a social entrepreneur myself and build something which lasts longer than I live.

What’s on your bookshelf at the moment?
At the moment I am finishing “Der große Kostolany: Börsenseminar. Börsenpsychologie. Die besten Geldgeschichten” by Andre Kostolany, stories about money.
Next to come is  “Schularbeit – Die Leiden eines Lehrers” by Frank Huss, about teachers’ work, and a book on the digital education revolution, “Die digitale Bildungsrevolution”, by Jörg Dräger.

One piece of advice to business students?
Be curious, open minded and talk to as many different people as you can – especially to those who you would not talk to at first sight because they seem too different or even strange to you. It will broaden your horizon!

Find Stefan on LinkedIn or send him a message at stefan@socialentrepreneurshipforum.org if you have any questions.