The makesense global community has been built by individuals ready to take action to help social entrepreneurs all around the world. We call them the Gangsters: they organize Hold-Ups of ideas to build collaborative solutions to the entrepreneurs’ issues. Some of them, even launch new initiatives to push makesense impact further!
Read the story of Pierre, who used his superpowers to launch makesense from Yerevan to Le Mans!
Hi Pierre! Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Pierre, I’m 22 and I live in Le Mans, in France. I’m studying Solidarity and Social Economics to become a social entrepreneur! I’m very curious and passionate about social business and sharing economy, and have been active in local associations and NGOs for 10 years. Always following Gandhi’s “live simply so that everybody can simply live”.
I also love music and especially Jazz, Soul and Funk: Otis Redding, James Brown, Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway… and the Blues Brothers: that’s why I’m always wearing a hat :)
What are your superpowers?
I’m great at connecting people from different social environments. And I can cook delicious French pastry!
Yummy! How did you discover makesense?
I discovered makesense thanks to challenges shared in Socialter, which is a French magazine about social entrepreneurship, sharing economy and solidarity. I also heard about makesense in a TV documentary called “Global partage”.
And what did you like at first?
I immediately found the concept very interesting and unique: helping entrepreneurs to find solutions to social and environmental problems by connecting them to other actors. I also found makesense spirit very cool and fun.
“I’m going to Armenia and your project is very cool. Is it possible to see a Community Developer to discuss about what can be done there?”
Then how did you become a Gangster within the community?
One year ago, right after having discovered makesense, I went for the first time to the sensespace in Paris, where I met Marie and Marine and told them: “I’m going to Armenia and your project is very cool. Is it possible to see a Community Developer to discuss about what can be done there?”
And before leaving France I organised my first SenseDrink and Hold-Up creativity workshop in my hometown, and that’s how I became a Gangster!
I finally met with Chloé who told me that an entire community was supporting me.
MKS Room: 4 social projects were presented
and an Armenian band played music,
with more than 60 people in the attendance!
How did you mobilize the community to boom social business in Armenia?
I stayed in Armenia from October to April 2015 as volunteer for a cultural project, and I really wanted to launch makesense in this country. Thanks to the Gang I connected with Sara, who allowed me to directly meet 8 social entrepreneurs. I organized a MKS Room (editor’s note: recorded events blending live performance and talks connecting art and social entrepreneurship) which topic was “social business in Armenia”. Four social projects were presented and an Armenian band played music, with more than 60 people in the attendance! I also animated a Hold-Up and 2 SenseDrinks and for a social entrepreneur who wanted to develop organic farming in Armenia.
Then I came back to Le Mans, where my sister Line had started to develop makesense. So far, 3 Hold-Ups and 1 SenseDrink have been held to help the local development of social entrepreneurs; more than 70 people participated and 3 new Gangsters were born in Le Mans. We also collaborate with the city hall, by joining their tour bus among the popular neighbourhoods.
Cherry on top, we are preparing a SenseCamp which will take place in February 2016!
Waw! Do you have any other projects?
Actually, later I would love to initiate a SenseCube in Le Mans (editor’s note: makesense incubator for Social Business startups, currently in Paris and México). And I would also love to participate in a SenseTour.
What is the makesense community bringing to you?
Knowledge, fun, friends and the confirmation for my progression to become a social entrepreneur, because my passion is to help people and solve social problems. Pierre Rabhi said “ if you want to transform the world, transform yourself at first”.