Replicable Model Approach

  1. Establish a working partnership with a local representative who has a very strong desire to help his/her community/village and is familiar with the culture, tradition, and conditions. He/She should also have local contacts on the ground. Find out as much background of the village working closely with the local representative and through his/her communication with on the ground contacts. Establish an initial village education working committee.
  2. Conduct a fact finding/needs assessment trip to the village with the local representative (working with his/her contacts on the ground) laying the groundwork in the community - scheduling formal meetings and list of contacts to meet. Meet the various stakeholders in the village both formally (i.e. scheduled meetings) and informally to gather evidence - photos, videos, recordings, meeting notes. Seek out Positive Deviance. Find out about local resources and organizations. Exchange information about Thus Thought and explore ways to work together. Set expectations. Seed Ideas. Show existing local solutions through positive deviance.
  3. Begin organizing the village. Reestablish and expand village education committees and give them local leadership role. Establish various stakeholders work groups. Organize the villagers who have migrated out of the village in the current city or country they reside in.
  4. Design Programs to address the needs. Work out the details and costs of the individual programs. Package into Adopt-a-Project packages and How-tos details marketing/information materials.
  5. Campaign to raise awareness of the issues and adoption of the programs within the village and outside it. Distribute the materials to the various local stakeholders and working groups. Initiate fundraising drives both within the village as well as externally. Push for Adopt-a-Project package adoption.
  6. Implementation of the programs using the gentle hand approach. Work with the village education committees and let them lead and manage the local effort. Set local habits through active involvement for the first three years. Collect data related to implementation and progress measurements. Evaluate the effectiveness of the programs and make refinements as needed. Follow up the first three years with a two years of transitional period to hand over to the local community. Monitor the community for additional five years to make sure the continuation of programs is taking place on a long-term basis.
  7. Publish and franchise the above Blueprint model and make it widely available for copying. Incubate social entrepreneurs who want to adopt our model to their own localities. This includes mentoring, coaching, and 501(c)(3) umbrella fiscal sponsorship.