250 million adolescent girls live in poverty worldwide,
often unable to attain an education or a safe income.
Spring Accelerator is an experimental program based in London
that is working to make a positive impact
on the lives of girls across East Africa
and South Asia through business and innovation.
Business success through innovation and positive girl impact can go hand in hand.
弹簧加速器是什么 做什么 可以灵活选择
What Spring Accelerator is and does is very selectively, we choose businesses to work within
countries in Africa and South Asia.
And we work with them through a structured very intense nine-month program
to get them to really push their innovation that can benefit adolescent girls.
然后大体上 我们追踪测量它们的工作 并从中学习
And then we basically track and measure what they are doing and learn from them.
And use it all over again select the next batch.
Across the board, design for us to becoming more and more intrigued,
我想有两个原因 第一 发展被称为维基问题
For two reasons I think, one is that development is what’s known as a wiki problem,
第二 你开始回答此问 如何提高女孩的生活质量
you know, the second that you start answer the question, how do you improve the girls life
to start to get into all kinds of very interesting questions.
But I also think design has a unique property that really is needed in the development space,
which is the agility to prototype and to really sort of checking with users and
to make sure you are doing the right thing
rather than to build something really expensive then find it doesn’t work.
And the history of development is literally with very large, very expensive projects that haven’t worked.
And design can actually be a cure to that.
Spring Accelerator is an enormous experiment,
and it’s testing all the things that we are most passionate about.
And I believe in the world of design making fundamental change in different people’s lives.
The Accelerator gives this an opportunity to show how human-centered design,
and really listening to people and empathize with them.
创造极好的应对措施 这是我们一贯建立生意 生产产品和创立网站 创立品牌的方法
create great solutions. That’s how we always built businesses, how we always built products and websites,
and brands is thinking about what do people and how do they relate to these things.
Spring was an opportunity to do this in a different market in a different context.
What we are trying to do is actually create a changing mindset.
And we had to really understand the mindset around social businesses,
so on every market we work in.
But we are finding there’s a whole of unlocking going on, with other programs that operating a similar space.
You know, within the space of entrepreneurship or social entrepreneurship in the countries,
a lot of what we are doing by working so closely
with a number of businesses at one time,
is having a lot of interesting ripple effects and that’s very very exciting,
because it means that our sustainability is assured.
Things don’t just stop because we stop the program.
We’ve set these companies on a path and they will continue.
And we are, we’re becoming more and more certain about as time goes on.