How will you build a sustainable social business model for improving the public hospital environment for children in China? This was the question put to the team of 15 selected undergraduate and postgraduate students from Tsinghua University, representing a broad range of disciplines including construction management, healthcare, science, business management, arts and culture.
The challenger Beijing Contemporary Arts Foundation (BCAF), is a Chinese cultural institution committed to bringing the appreciation and enjoyment of the arts to people, by organizing philanthropic activities, creating a contemporary urban think tank that gathers creative ideas, and connecting art with a variety of other disciplines. The challenge for the participants in this first edition of Leading for Impact in China, revealed at the end of the BE phase, was to co-create a sustainable revenue model to enable its Children Hospital Environment Improvement Social Initiative(CHEISI) to be scaled up in China, whilst keeping to the mission of the institution.
Reuniting since the BE phase in May, the 3-week DO phase programme kicked off on 4 July with the team and DO School Innovation Facilitator Ms. Helena Henneken, who took us through the DO school method, with the focus on brainstorming and ideation(see below Step 1: Dream) for the week. A briefing and in-depth discussion about BCAF’s mission, the CHEISI project vision, plan and development, and the expertise of BCAF was held on the first day with Ms. Wang Lijie, Chief Development Officer, BCAF.