Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Sunset Points - Digital Nomad Retreats
Explain your idea in details:
Sunset Points (SP) is a co-working retreat focussed company for digital nomads. What is a Digital Nomad? Over the last decade there has been a global shift to virtual offices that has created a spike in growth of the ‘remote worker’. From this ‘remote worker’ a paradigm shift has occurred whereby the ‘digital nomad’ has evolved. SP curates communities of these 'digital nomads', professionals, young entrepreneurs and freelancers from across the globe to spend time together, co-working, co-travelling, and exploring international destinations. We believe that everyone benefits hugely by investing in their personal and professional development. Transformational experiences, travel and personal & professional development is at the heart of our product offerings. Focussing on building self and social awareness, understanding sustainability and exploring entrepreneurial capabilities in both the private and corporate sectors. SP retreats include: Highly collaborative and experiential international co-working retreats Organised adventurous and cultural activities Personal and Professional development programmes (in exciting locations & scenarios) Innovative Approaches: There are competitors in this space and commonalities include exotic locations, likeminded people & fun activities. Therefore SP has innovated, going ‘deeper’ in regards to how programmes can provide ‘transformational experiences’ for the client on both a personal and professional level. Enhancing their conscious and subconscious outcomes. Some topics include: Global & Regional Sustainability Developing your vision, values, principles & mission Self and social awareness Entrepreneurial Leadership Effective Communication - understanding compelling stories Leader-follower relationships Creating effective teams Adventurous Activities are chosen for the value they add to the enhancements of personal achievement and self-esteem. On a number of retreats, SP plans to utilise the innovative Multi-Disciplinary Expedition (MDEx) framework developed by our partners in New Zealand. By use of MDEx, adventurous activities and various workshops, personal outcomes and feelings are openly discussed and analysed. This analytical, reflective approach allows SP clients to ‘make sense’ of their transformation and see where valuable evolutions to their worldview.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
As defined in the Brundtland report "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." (Brundtland; 1987) Sustainability Targets: 1. Business Sustainability: The key factor here is to develop and grow SP with strong competitive advantages over the other players. With a flexible yet consistent product mix and a strongly principled team that can act quickly and be aware of the rationale and included in developing of SP shared visions & values. 2. Environmental Sustainability: The SP team will endeavour to work and behave in a manner that best exemplifies and embraces the Quadruple Bottom Line (QBL). Developing systems to minimise possible negative impacts of the operation upon the environment, society and cultures of the locations where we work. The four tenets of QBL are: people, planet, profit and purpose. 3. Entrepreneurial Leadership: Create a space (retreat) whereby educational processes are utilised to discuss and impart knowledge regarding the issues of global sustainability. This primarily focusses on leadership training and specifically on developing ‘entrepreneurial leadership’ skills. The three key principles of Entrepreneurial Leadership relating directly to understanding and affecting positive sustainable development is that of ‘SEERS’ or Social, Economic, Environmental Responsibility and Sustainability. Entrepreneurial Leadership, as explained by Greenberg et al. (2011), is showcased by people who are driven by their desire to create social, economic and environmental opportunities simultaneously. They add that entrepreneurial leaders are individuals who, through an understanding of themselves and the contexts in which they work, shape opportunities to create value for their organisations, stakeholders and the greater society. Sustainability Measures: For Targets 1 & 2, SP will regularly measure systems and outcomes against international benchmarks (QBL). For target 3 the feedback loop of Kolb’s reflective learning model is utilised, verbal and written feedback regularly collected and analysed.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
SP business model: Sole Trader Financing source: Sponsors Collaborators: Educators: Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism experts Artistic Director: Web, Graphic and App design MDEx Multi Disciplinary Expedition (MDEx) Partner: Recruitment marketplace that brings top companies and freelancers together Co-working spaces Eco-sustainable accommodations
My Name is Sara Adele Airoldi. I’m 35y.o. and am from Bergamo, Italy and am based in London. I am an accomplished Business Development Manager, working for International Tourism with more than 10 years in customer experience management. I have a solid education and personal qualities that contribute to inspire other people. Since I started working as a digital nomad, I have noticed all the benefits of living out of the common scheme. I do believe in a better world and I want to support the digital nomad community. I believe that we could improve human mental health & personal relationships by having a more flexible and healthy lifestyle. I believe this change can only start if we educate different people to find a good balance; live & work & travel, through these retreats we can together inspire others.