This is the very first event workshop of BizTory Myanmar Social Enterprise collaborated with U.S Embassy Rangoon at Veranda – Youth Community Café, Hpa-an. It was on December 8 and 9, YSEALI members organized a discussion of pluralism and promoting collaboration in business for the future.
On Day 1, Sayar Mann Thiek Htun facilitated for Pluralism Workshop and Prof: Mazida Khan joined as a guest speaker to deliver speech through Facebook messenger video call. Information Support Team member from U.S Embassy Rangoon, Vincent Hinton talked about the ability to gain unique perspectives and deal creatively with community issues by understanding other cultures and religions, from his experiences growing up in a diverse community New York City. Hinton highlighted that Myanmar youth, after many years of isolation, are in the vanguard of change because of their ability to access new information and ideas.
On Day 2, Daw Naw Thazin Hpway (Founder of BizTory Myanmar) facilitated the workshop for the whole day. In the morning, panel discussion was held with the guest speakers: The first one is Sa Shine (Managing Director of Veranda – Youth Community Café) and Ko Ye Kyaw Zin ( Co-Founder of Bayin Food ).
In the afternoon of 9th Dec, we held a competition of design thinking to create new social enterprise. The product launched during the competition were Kanyaw ( a traditional wine brand which support local culture and tradition, E&E ( innovative and traditional loom making device which help youths for job opportunities), Youth EDU Tafe ( a tea shop + café which provides information about educational opportunities), Yo Yar – Instant Tar La Pot ( instant traditional soup which can be carried around with us wherever we are), Colorido Hostel ( a business which provide full time/part time jobs for youths), Htike Htar ( a reliable seeds for your health) and a traditional cosmetics brand which promotes the values of traditional product. The winning team was Kanyaw ( Kayin traditional wine).
To wrap up this workshop, Most of the feedbacks asked for more long-term trainings (more hours of training like that day) and more visuals for workshops in the future. There were 31 participants in Day 1 (Pluralism Workshop) and 49 participants on Day 2 (Design Thinking Workshop). Most of the participants are from different Universities all over Hpa-an Township and the rest are youths from villages near Hpa-an. We are looking forward to contribute our commnity and empower youths more in the future as BizTory Myanmar social enterprise.