NEXT GENERATION LEADERSHIP
Dreamfish challenged the traditional models of leadership education and the "banking model of education" by facilitating collaborative action learning and leadership coaching.
DIY Tools for Entrepreneurs
A frequent challenge that individuals with lower socio-economic statuses face is not having a social network from which they can mobilize financial and emotional support for their professional development. In 2009, the Dreamfish Wave project developed a series of video tutorials to enable solo entrepreneurs to share their dreams, and build their social support networks. In the video on the left, Paul Loper coaches the viewer on how to help an entrepreneur by videotaping their story.
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Dreamfish Internship programs were rigorous and started with intensive orientations which employed critical reflection and art-making processes to develop social-emotional competencies, and collaboration skills.
In 2012, Dreamfish's global internship program partnered with Nairobits, an award-winning training in East Africa. Nairobits' graduates came to Dreamfish to build their leadership skills as they built collaboration technology. In designing the technology, interns first conducted interviews of users, to then build real world stories. In the video to the left the group has created a music video to depict a user story, describing how the technology will support collaboration.
Dreamfish's first internship cohort launched in 2007 in in San Francisco. The team included Laura Jiang, and Violet Chan from Hong Kong, and Helen Dorfmeier from the US. In this moment, Rita Venturini and Dietmar Brinkmann, facilitators from Italy and Germany, are guiding a discovery exercise, using crayon drawing, during the internship orientation training.