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Nation Builder Launches New Online Peer Learning Community


Nation Builder’s expert co-labs result in the launch of SA’s first free social investment online Peer Learning community.
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Nation Builder launched their new online social investment Peer Learning community this week. This collaborative resource platform is a first for the South African social investment community.

Unlike other knowledge sharing platforms, the Nation Builder Peer Learning platform includes an interactive online community to ensure further learning and opportunities for dialogue and collaboration. Most importantly, the content is developed and written for South African businesses by South African businesses – homegrown content and collaboration at its best.

Background:

In 2014 Nation Builder brought together a panel of top social investment experts that jointly developed the Good Giving Benchmarking Tool and Toolkits. This was an initiative that offered a neutral space for peer-to-peer learning and relationship building amongst all participants. This year, Nation Builder launched a second phase of these expert Advisory Panel co-labs, expanded to three provinces for broader thought leadership and knowledge sharing.

Since January 2017, Nation Builder hosted 15 co-lab panels involving more than 80 people, representing over 70 businesses, consultancies and NPOs, with more than 30 hours of time spent sharingIMG_6541 knowledge, brain storming, learning and networking. Participants include businesses such as the MMI Group, GrowthPoint, Deloitte, Val de Vie, Millennium Trust, Trialogue, Investec and Tsogo Sun, as well as a wealth of advisors from the NPO sector.

Through these sessions, Nation Builder discovered numerous impactful, homegrown solutions that South Africans are implementing to address some of the social challenges that our country faces.

“We realised the great power and value of bringing these “pockets of knowledge” together – businesses and NPOs of all sizes and focus areas – in order to learn from each other, and then to take that outwardly to develop resources and knowledge-sharing for other businesses in SA,” said Lauren Henning, Nation Builder Public Affairs Director. “So, we developed this platform to make this rich knowledge and expert community available to all businesses who have a passion for using their business as a force for good, to encourage and equip them to have a greater social impact.”

This online community is intended to offer shared learnings, best practice tips, case studies, animated videos and resources put together by CSI experts, academics, practitioners, NPOs and consultancies so as to get a fuller perspective of best practice.

“The success of social impact is greatly aided by a combination of knowledge, experience, innovation, patience and a willingness to work and learn together,” said Keri-Leigh Paschal, Nation Builder’s Executive Director. “To ensure greatest social impact, one needs to combine these elements together with collaboration, peer learning and community. This is what we aim to achieve through the online community,” she added.

“Together, we can achieve so much more to ensure sustainable opportunities for all South Africans,” said Hlengiwe Zulu, Nation Builder’s Social Investment Business Liaison. “We can do this through the implementation of collaborative social investment solutions,” she added.

To join the community, businesses and individuals can complete a quick Social Investment Health Check on the Nation Builder website, to determine how well their business’s social development approach is doing.

The Nation Builder team is based in Stellenbosch and Pretoria, and can be contacted at: nationbuilder@mergon.co.za / CPT: 021 816 111 & PTA: 012 003 2128.

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