Designers with a 
Social Entrepreneurship 

Social entrepreneurs are resilient with skills and mindset to create solutions.

The world of work is changing rapidly. The pandemic has led us to a new way of living. Social entrepreneurs are resilient with skills and mindset to create solutions. Due to increasing pressure to achieve sustainability objectives, designers have also proven to be excellent in addressing challenges and to apply their design processes to problem solving. We believe that designers have skills to act upon ideas and opportunities in challenging times. Sustainable and inclusive economic growth depends on knowledge and innovation. Designers have comprehensive understanding of research methods for collecting knowledge and when meeting challenges, they have a unique drive and capacity in creating and innovating solutions. These are key competences which align with a social entrepreneurial mindset.

Designers have now, more than ever, an important role to inspire the world to tackle and solve societal problems. the social mandate of the design industry has strengthened, which presents great opportunities for the fashion design industry to rise and become experts in innovative solutions for sustainable development. 

Our Approach

Digital Vocational Education and Training that offers opportunities for all

Brighter Smiles believe VET can play a central role in preparing young people for work-, developing the skills of adults- and responding to the labour-market needs of social prosperity. We offer a range of vocational programmes that offer opportunities for all and minimise dropout. 

The programmes are linked to workplace training, formal apprenticeships and alternating on-the-job learning with school-based training. Practical and work-based vocational programmes are very effective at engaging young people who have previously become disenchanted by academic education.

Theory of Change

We approach our projects with the method of Theory of Change. Theory of Change is a comprehensive description of how and why a desired change is expected to happen in a context. Brighter Smiles do this by first identifying the desired long-term goals and then work back from these to identify all the conditions (outcomes) that must be in place for the goals to occur. Through this approach the precise link between activities and the achievement of the long-term goals are more fully understood. This leads to better planning, in that activities are linked to a detailed understanding of how change happens. It also leads to better evaluation, as it is possible to measure progress towards the achievement of longer-term goals.