Agile and Lean Tools, Techniques and Methodologies for Social Startups: On today's fast changing and competitive global economies, with low entry barriers and democratic access to tools for turning ideas into product and services, windows of opportunity for entering markets come with accelerated expiration dates and markets get crowded fast. To compete and be successful, social entrepreneurs in the 21st century make use of effective and popular models and techniques for creating their startups, validating their products and services, bringing their ideas to market and adapting their social business models and offerings. In this course we learn how to effectively use, complete and apply professional and dynamic tools for creating social business plans, models and strategies. Participants create their own models and plans based on real life examples and using customizable templates that they can fill and edit freely.

  • Strategyzer's Canvases:
    • Social Business Model Canvas.
    • Value Proposition Canvas.
    • Connecting the Elements of the Canvas.
  • Lean Social Startup Methodology.
    • Minimum Viable Product.
    • Early and Continuous Validation.
      • Idea, Product/Service, Customer Validation.
      • Interviews.
        • Liking Idea vs Buying Product or Service.
    • Continuous Innovation and Iterative Development.
      • Actionable Metrics.
      • Build - Measure - Learn.
    • Split Testing: A/B.
    • Pivoting.
    • Innovation Accounting.
    • Lean Social Startup Canvas.
    • The Validation Board.
  • Before Lean, Observation, Test and Adaption existed.
    • Shewhart-Deming's PDSA Cycle: Plan, Do, Study, Act, Repeat.
    • Iterative Scientific Method: Observation, Question, Hypothesis, Test, Analysys, Repeat.
  • That which cannot be measured.
    • Managing the unknown and the unmeasurable.
    • Deming's position on the dangers of focusing management on measurable and visible figures.
  • Kanban workflow and boards.
This course is part of our multi-module "Social Entrepreneurship and Impact from Business" program for full and rounded capacity building on Social Startups and Social Innovation. Click here for more details.
About the Instructor: Carlos Miranda Levy

Carlos Miranda Levy speaking at TEDxTokyo.A social entrepreneur and innovation technology expert with 20 years of work in human development, education, culture, disaster response and the environment, Carlos has led multiple social impact technology initiatives across the globe, while maintaining a successful career at the service of international organizations, government agencies and corporate and non-profit organizations.

His multiple credentials include a Stanford University Digital Vision Fellowship, a National University of Singapore Social Entrepreneurship Residency, a Google Developing World Scholarship Award, a Bill & Melinda Gates TEDGlobal Scholarship, a Reuters Foundation grant, among many others. Carlos has been featured on CNN as one of 20 Latin American Leaders on the Internet, on Forbes as a Latino Leader in Silicon Valley and as an Emerging Leader by New Media Consortium at MIT.

A balanced mix of tech skills, business savvy and understanding of social processes, give him a unique advantage for visualizing stakeholders and ecosystems, their processes and opportunities, drafting strategies, leading teams, organizing events and creating technology solutions. This is clearly appreciated in his work with vulnerable youth, disaster survivors, teachers, policy makers, software developers and communities, which has taken him from the Caribbean mountains to Silicon Valley, the Amazon basin and snowcapped Andes; to Haïti, Singapore and Japan, and more recently to Africa and Europe.

His hands-on, proactive spirit has benefited from the lessons learned through field experience at scenarios as diverse as remote rural villages, the headquarters of international organizations, Presidential offices and government agencies, high security prisons and some of the most prestigious universities in the world. He summarizes his approach and methodology to problem solving and ecosystem intervention with a simple phrase:

“never help: engage, enable, empower and connect”.
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