the skillseed difference
At Skillseed, we occupy a unique space as both practitioners and trainers. Our training is informed and nuanced by our experience and insights gleaned from over half a decade of field work, research and consulting both in Singapore and overseas. We are candid about sharing real case studies of both success and failure, and we also bring to the table best practices we have learned from our global community partners who are doing incredible work in their respective fields.
We look forward to sharing what we have learned with you!
Social impact tools
Build your capacity to innovate and make an impact that sustains - cultivate creative confidence, encourage entrepreneurial dare, empathise with your stakeholders, learn to identify assets, and work together for sustainable solutions! Be your own curator from our suite of offerings, or opt for the whole package for a comprehensive training in an entrepreneurial approach to social impact. See samples of the canvases we use during our workshops here.
Design Thinking For Social Impact
1) CRASH COURSE: 3.5 hours
2) FULL COURSE: 8 hours over 2-3 sessions - recommended as we include exercises to increase creativity!
3) TRAIN THE TRAINERS: 12 Hours - intensive training for educators or leaders who wish to adapt our curriculum for a specific event, project or camp. Inquire to find out more.
Hands-on workshop, participants to work in pairs. For up to 100 participants!
A human-centric approach to crafting solutions addressing identified needs, customized by Skillseed to target social issues, or issues faced by youths today, such as body image issues or parental pressures.
This particular framework that we used also incorporated empathetic interviewing skills and rapid prototyping of solutions, which are critical to participants’ implementation of their ideas.
Asset-Based Community Development
2 hours - Lecture and hands-on team activity
An applied methodology for development, sustained and anchored by communities' diverse assets.
ABCD builds on DT by encouraging participants to identify and leverage communities’ assets in the design of their solutions. This enhances the practicality of their proposed solution and improves the longer term sustainability.
We strongly recommend that organizations choose both DT and ABCD modules for greater effectiveness.
Theory of Change
3.5 hours - Lecture and team activity
The Theory of Change is a methodology that defines long-term and short-term outcomes and maps them backwards to identify the necessary preconditions and partnerships needed to promote the intended social change.
2 hours - Lecture and team/individual activity
The Logic Model is a systematic, visual way to represent the relationships between various facets of a program, and map the outcomes and impact of projects in relation to the work that participants planned.
The Logic Model was intended to equip participants with the means to conceive their intended impact or outcomes from the start and work backwards to plan the resources and activities that they need for a successful project.
Social Business Model Canvas
3.5 hours - Hands-on team or individual activity
The SBMC adapts the traditional business plan for ventures and projects with a social mission, articulating and communicating the vital facets of a project’s financial sustainability and its social value proposition succinctly on a one page canvas.
Using the SBMC, participants work in teams to capture the different elements of their proposed solution, including their strategies for sustainability, partnerships, marketing, and more.
Human-centered leadership and community engagement
The Skillseed Experience begins with comprehensive training: Tailored to each organisation’s objectives and targeted outcomes of each program, our human-centered leadership and community engagement toolkit arms participants with the necessary sensitivities, competencies, and contextual awareness to maximise their time and impact in communities.
These are foundational modules to introduce the concepts and frameworks that we will be sharing. We strongly recommend them as equipping modules for students’ service learning projects, corporate CSR projects, or as refreshers for staff and teachers working in the service learning or social impact field.
Delving into Dignity
1.5 hour - Theory and games/simulations
Promoting dignity is integral and most fundamental to building respectful and sustainable relationships, whether it is with colleagues, students, or community partners in social impact projects. In this module, participants will learn about the concept of Dignity through hands-on simulations / games before learning about strategies to promote dignity in stakeholder engagements.
1.5 hours - Theory and hands-on individual or team activities
Emotional Intelligence is fundamental to effective leadership and to building sustainable relationships. In this module, participants will learn and practise fundamental skills for developing Emotional Intelligence.
1. Awareness of emotional and mental patterns
2. Frameworks to navigate emotions and change patterns
3. Frameworks and vocabulary to increase emotional literacy
2 hours - Theory and hands-on team activities
Being able to hold space for powerful, difficult, and important conversations is a skill that is indispensable for leaders, employers, educators, parents… or anyone who works with people-centred processes.
Facilitation 101 will introduce participants to the skills and frameworks most fundamental to effective facilitation, such as:
Styles of Facilitation for Different Contexts
Layers of Facilitation
Synthesizing, Questioning, Modelling, Reflecting
1.5 hour - Hands-on team building activity with facilitated reflection session
Bespoke exercises exploring the complexities of privilege, diversity and identity, cultivating empathy between individuals, within teams and across borders. Talk to us to find out more about our range of EEs targeting different themes and topics!
These modules offer an added challenge to participants or organizations who may be operating in the field/social sector/education sector and are interested in building further capacity in human-centered leadership skills and community engagement competencies. Also appropriate for student leaders and CSR leaders.
COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION COMPETENCIES
3 hours - Theory and hands-on activities
Compassionate Communication Competencies (CCC) focuses on equipping Participants with relevant skills to effectively relate to and engage with their target audience, be it community partners or their project team members. In this module, participants will learn and practise the following skills which build upon each other to achieve the most effective community engagement outcomes.
7 Core Competencies of Compassionate Communication™
FACILITATING ACROSS DIFFERENCES™
3 hours - Theory and hands-on team activities
Facilitating Across Differences™ will equip participants with necessary skills for facilitating in groups where a diversity of perspectives, values, backgrounds, abilities, and/ or agendas are represented. Incorporating frameworks from the field of intercultural studies and non-violent communication, Facilitating Across Differences™ will enable participants to hold space for meaningful engagement with and across differences. Skillseed will be sharing strategies that we have explored and deployed while in the field and our case studies of success and failure.
This module will introduce participants to concepts including:
Fundamentals of Conflict Resolution
Facilitating Across Language Barriers™
Cohesion Amidst Diversity™
Sample case studies
Tying the different social impact tools together with the training and program development experience of the Skillseed trainers, Skillseed aims to create robust programs that allow our participants to learn, challenge themselves and be empowered to be changemakers in their communities.
1) raiSE Social Enterprise Young Talent Programme
Skillseed was appointed by Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE) to be the trainer and program organizer for their Social Enterprise Young Talent Programme (SEYTP), which took place from Mar -Sep 2017 (1st batch) and from Sept 17 to Feb 18 (2nd batch). The aim of the SEYTP was to develop a strong pipeline of high quality and passionate young talents to drive growth in the social enterprise sector, and involved us training a select group of outstanding youths in social innovation tools, as well as curating learning journeys and workshops to expose the talents to prevailing social issues and the social sector.
We conducted training in areas such as:
Design Thinking for Social Impact (DT applied to social causes, rather than focused on entrepreneurship)
Identity and Goal Setting (Especially for Youth who may be embarking on their first careers; to align personal goals with professional aspirations)
Empathy Exercises (Team-building for a purpose; simulations of social issues in order to build empathy)
Collaboration Zen (Teaching about project management and collaboration tools for effective project management especially in a fast paced and manpower constrained social enterprise/non-profit)
We also curated learning journeys and workshops with other fellow social enterprises to allow them to get to know the diversity of causes and innovative solutions that are currently being spearheaded.
2) SPD (Serving People With Disabilities) Youth Development Programme (YDP)
Skillseed has been the appointed trainer for SPD in their signature Youth Development Program (YDP), where we train youths with disabilities in social innovation and project management skills to become changemakers who will able to enhance community inclusion through social inclusion projects. From the get go, the program was designed to leverage the assets of the members of the community to serve the community. In this program, we develop and customize the Social Impact Toolkit to better fit the different requirements of the youths attending and also created mentoring sessions throughout the program to follow up on the youths' progress.
As of 2019, Skillseed has successfully carried out two iterations of YDP. In the spirit of continuous improvement and co-collaboration, the second iteration included able-bodied youths who formed teams with our youths with disabilities in creating community inclusion projects, thus furthering our cause by making the entire journey and learning process inclusive from within.
Our proud alumni from the two YDP programs have gone on to pursue their own initiatives that include projects that aim to increase awareness on the experiences of people with disabilities and increase the awareness on disabilities amongst younger children.