NGO develops sustainable business

ACTIONMEN:

Lars René Petersen, Director, Center for Social Economy

Peter Froberg, founder and open business models, Freemium

Kathrine Rasmussen, Co-founder and process designer, ACTIONTANK

Stine Laurberg Hansen, Co-founder and process planer, ACTIONTANK

Ane Price Mørk, Graphical recorder

Cathrine Frederiksen, Graphical recorder

 

The Client:

Architects Without Boarders (AwB) is a humanitarian organization working for creating decent housing and living conditions for everyone. The organization works primarily in 3. world countries and disaster areas.  

 

The Challenge:

(AWB) is – like most other NGO’s – facing financial challenges. Because when funding, sponsorships and membership vary, it will have huge consequences for existing and future projects.   

 

The Result:

AwB developed with help from the ACTION(wo)MEN, four specific business concepts. The concepts focus on lecturing, collaboration with micro-finance institutes, development and sale of design objects. All four concepts are linked to the organizations core qualifications.  

 

Sofie Wäberg, chairman of the board, about ACTIONTANK:” ACTIONTANK is a dynamic team of highly qualified consultants, with a sharp overview, creative inputs and high spirit. One get specific tools to implement and carry on the project afterward”

 

Marianne Filtenborg, vicechairman; " It was important that we created new business strategies as a team. It created ownership for the result."

 

The Process:

ACTIONTANK challenged selected members from the organization and the board, to create alternative strategies for financial means for an association. Through two days of intense workshop AwB was guided through a design process, where the organizations financial limitations and strengths were mapped out. New strategies for creating financial means were discussed and developed. As help, two ACTIONMEN were invited to the process: Lars Rene Pedersen, Director at Center for Social Economy, and Peter Froberg, founder of Freemium, both experts in developing new business models and strategies. An ACTIONplan was developed to secure the implementation of the concepts.  

 

Karin Elkjær, secretary in the board, about the process: “It gives results, to hand over the steering and direction to others, while you jointly empty your heads and build on each others ideas. You can focus 100% about the process.”

"ACTIONTANK is a team of highly qualified consultants, with overview, creative inputs and high spirit"
"It was important that we created new business strategies as a team, it created ownership for the result"
“It gives results, to hand over the steering and direction to others - You can focus 100% about the process”