Join GBSN on Friday, November 6th, the last day of our conference in Manila, Philippines as we explore this year’s venue for experiential learning. Our destination will be the GK Enchanted Farm, Gawad Kalinga’s platform to raise social entrepreneurs and aid local farmers.
The Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation (GK) is a Philippine-based movement that aims to eradicate poverty for 5 million families starting by restoring the dignity of the poor. GK sees the road out of poverty as a continuing journey, where providing physical homes is only the beginning. The GK Enchanted Farm came to fruition from the recognition that the Philippines is a country abundant in land resources, and harnessing this strategically will lead a great deal of Filipinos out of poverty.
So what is the GK Enchanted Farm? It is envisioned to be three things: a farm village university, a Silicon Valley for social entrepreneurship, and a Disneyland for social tourism. As a farm village university, the Enchanted Farm aims to make productive use of its land, break disconnectedness within its community, and incorporate the agricultural industry into its education system. The Farm hopes to create an environment like that of Silicon Valley that fosters creative Filipino entrepreneurs and their ideas through mentoring, networking, and basic resources. Finally, the Farm works to stay true to its name by enchanting visitors through lived stories and pioneer centers, allowing everyone to discover the beauty of the Philippines.
At the very core of the GK Enchanted Farm lies a firm goal shared by GBSN: to utilize business and professional tools to find solutions to social problems.
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Kelly Song is the International Programs Intern at the Global Business School Network